Message from Your Market Manager
Sorry, no COW raw dairy this week except for cow yogurt. “Grower” is waiting for heifers to have their calves! GOAT raw dairy is available as usual.
This coming Saturday’s workshop on Sept. 20th will start at 8am sharp for anyone learning how to make their own dirt, what Nathan calls “REAL DIRT”. This particular workshop is held every month year-round on the third Saturday of the month. If you miss this one, there is always next month. What’s important about this one is the timing. Tis the season to be planting and the condition of your soil is going to impact the yield of your precious garden and the time you have invested. Hope to see you! Get all the details on both the September & October workshops, plus a preview of Nathan’s garden at this link. You can Rsvp BELOW under the “Workshops & Events” AND get a peek at Nathan’s dirt. He’s really got it down…
CHANGES ON SPLG EVENTS CALENDAR
- We will combine potluck socials for November and December into one event we call our Annual Holiday Party—on December 6th. DO mark your calendars now. Active customers, volunteers, and growers will receive their invitations in early November.
- In November we will be open two weeks in a row just before Thanksgiving so we can close for the week of Thanksgiving. You will have plenty of time to be prepared for this important day of sharing food and being grateful. All weeks of Market schedule are posted on our event calendar and reflect the permanent bi-weekly schedule.
FEATURED FRESH FRUIT THIS WEEK ==>Fuji apples, green seedless grapes (large and sweet!), Red Sensation pears, and Green Goose pluots. We don’t want any leftovers so please buy fruit this week!
WELCOME NEW GROWER THIS WEEK!
JR’s Greens has posted some gourmet cowpeas that originated from Cuba. They are intentionally harvested small to be consumed whole either raw or sauteed. Joe Ramon, upcoming urban farmer, will have lots more interesting produce in the weeks ahead. We are thrilled to have another backyard grower in our repertoire! YOU can do it too. We’ll teach you how.
LOCAL SUMMER FARMERS
We are grateful to ALL who contribute goods to our online Market year round. We love the local raw dairy, eggs, honey, and all the household & garden products, coffees, herbal remedies, dried goods, fruit, and natural skin care products that we have come to rely on. The summer is especially challenging for our Growers who farm in the heat. Special thanks to those who have been responsible for almost all the greens and veggies purchased through our Market this summer. Without these dedicated folks, our Market could not have stayed open this summer. Thanks to all!
Brenon’s Homegrown continues to nurture specialized greens & herbs that are tough to find locally.
Faithful Farms is bursting at the seams with freshly harvested-to-order produce like lettuces, kales, turnips, spinach, and a beautiful variety of herbs. As hydroponic producers, they are ahead of the curve with fall produce and we have it on our Market now. Yay! They are allocating more volume to us this week so let’s show them our support.
Glory Road Gardens delivers only the highest quality microgreens and we’re so glad they have returned to our Market. They were missed!
Nathan’s Natural Veggies is our summer provider of lettuce mixes with substantial textures and tastes. He has become our summer salad specialist.
COMING TO MARKET THIS FALL
Doug Wild Alaska Salmon returns to Florida in November so our Market will have salmon to sell right after Thanksgiving.
Geraldson Community Farm will be back with 100% Certified Organic produce. Availability and variety this year is supposed to improve over last year. We were satisfied last season… but bring it on!
Pioneer Settlement Garden intends to provide our Market with produce again this fall. We are thrilled!
MORE VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – NOW EVERY OTHER WEEK
- We especially need customer oriented folks to join our Friday delivery teams which head out around 11am. We provide all the training & coaching you might need, a comfortable air-conditioned cargo van in which to ride with a skilled partner who will help you be successful AND have a good time doing it. The commitment for this is about 3 hours every other week.
- We also need more folks on Thursdays to package vegetables for Friday delivery.
- On Friday morning we are currently seeking folks who like working with a team to load customer coolers and help to get the van ready for deliveries.
- We will train and we promise you will have fun! Please call or email me if you want to meet some fabulous, like-minded people!
WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST CUSTOMERS!
Once you have submitted your order, if in doubt about what you owe, you can always confirm what you have been charged for by checking your account history and viewing your most current invoice. Instructions on how to do that are on our Q&A page under the question entitled Since you don’t provide an invoice with delivery, how do I know what I owe? Also, since your vegetables are picked fresh within 24 hours of delivery, they should be lasting for WEEKS in your refrigerator. When you accept delivery, please take a few minutes to inspect your order to protect your vegetables from unnecessary spoilage. Lastly, it is imperative that you understand our policy on Unclaimed Orders found on our Q&A page. When you make a purchase you are agreeing to abide by this policy.
Our Market has high standards for what it sells. Despite that—as seasons transition—the challenges of evolving weather and pesky insects can take its toll on the crops. Market Growers are being very selective about what they are willing to present to you. No, it won’t always be picture perfect (which is part of its charm) and sometimes an insect is going to evade capture! But we won’t send you anything that we wouldn’t eat ourselves. If for any reason we have goofed and you are dissatisfied, please report it to me right away so we can rectify the situation. That’s how we get better and we all benefit from that. Your satisfaction is key to our success as a resource for St. Petersburgs’ lovers of chemical-free, organically & locally grown vegetables.