Message from Your Market Manager
Hi Folks: Please don’t miss the info on our summer hours below, an important question about fruit for our Market, and a request for delivery volunteers… Have a safe & restful Fourth of July!
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. This week we have a great variety of spinaches, squash, and new seedlings on the Market. You’ll find no curly green kale or string beans posted today but we may be posting some beans before Wednesday at which point I’ll send out an announcement.
NEW CO-OP St. Pete Locally Grown is now delivering to the Disston Heights Neighborhood in the vicinity of 39th & 39th! Delivery fee is $4. Just submit a comment with your order and we’ll send you the details for picking up there on Friday.
CLOSING FOR WEEK OF JULY 4TH
With the 4th on a Friday it’s not possible to work out the logistics for delivering on a Holiday. Please order what you need this week. MOST all produce and products will keep AT LEAST two weeks if not three.
This summer we will close one week of each month until around October. This is our way of “beating the heat” & still providing convenient service and excellent produce to our customers all summer long. As many of you can attest, the produce is so fresh that much of it generally lasts as long as 3 weeks. That’s what happens when produce is harvested fresh to order for you! Our first week off will be next week for the Fourth of July. When the Market re-opens on Monday, July 7th, I will publish the summer schedule which is currently being finalized. In the meantime, please call Tina if you need help figuring out what will keep. 727-515-9469
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN FRUIT?
Everything we wanted to order this week was only available from Mexico. This continues to be a dilemna for us. All fruit we buy is USDA Certified Organic but much is grown in Mexico and at certain times of the year is imported from other countries besides Mexico. The explanation I am getting is that, due to extensive drought conditions on the USA West Coast and elsewhere, growers are gravitating to grow in Mexico and other foreign countries with similar climates as an extension of their USA operations. Unless we can all move beyond the stigma of purchasing imported fruit, it is quite possible we won’t have the supply of fruit we have come to expect year round unless we can grow it locally. Yes, we do pursue Florida fruit whenever possible! I am wondering… If I purchase imported fruit from outside the USA and it is grown by a USA-based Certified Organic Grower, will you purchase it?
CALL FOR FRIDAY DELIVERY VOLUNTEERS
We are in great need of volunteers to help deliver fresh, gorgeous produce to St. Pete customers on Fridays between 1pm and 530pm. We have two shifts of teams to build for the summer and our 1-hour training program will guarantee that you have fun in the process of meeting grateful customers and seeing other parts of St. Pete you haven’t visited yet. Please call Tina at 727-515-9469 to discuss what is involved.
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.