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    Market NOW Open - Sept. 29, 2014

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    FIRST TIME CUSTOMERS You are invited to watch our Market Tutorial before you begin. If you do not receive an email confirmation immediately after you order, then you did not click the SUBMIT ORDER button and we did not receive an order from you. Call your Market Manager for help.

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    REPEAT OF Market Schedule Announcement REPEAT

    After much consideration I have decided to make SPLG’s biweekly Market schedule a permanent change for several reasons. At sixty, I need a bit more time to relax, as much as I love this Market work so dearly! Secondly, we’ve proven this summer that our biweekly efforts produce almost as much income as two successive weekly Markets. This change will mean less wear and tear on all our resources, including our dedicated volunteers who commit their free time to year-round service of our Market customers and without whom our business cannot exist. Most of all, our biweekly summer schedule has given me such a feeling of well being!

    How will this change impact our valued customers? Not at all. You will continue to enjoy great locally grown, freshly harvested produce delivered with gentle hands from kind, volunteering spirits, and wonderful monthly potluck socials that bring us all together to celebrate the diversity of our local food movement and the wonderful commonalities of our members. I appreciate all of your ongoing support for St. Pete Locally Grown. I step into the future with delight! Tina, YOUR Market Manager

    Message from Your Market Manager

    Due to severe flooding and standing water on our supplier’s property, our order had to be cancelled because they could not accept delivery. You cannot be more disappointed than I am. However, I am looking into opening an account for SPLG IF we can meet the minimum order requirements. We have been selling out of fruit each Market week because I’ve been cautious in not over-supplying our Market. Since demand appears to be steadying and our customer base is expanding, it may be time to try it out. The BIG advantage to you as charter customers is that our pricing will be low to make sure it sells out. Once we can depend on consistency of demand, then I will have to ask for more return on our investment. Can you all live with that arrangement? Would love to hear from you.

    Too much rain isn’t good for the crops and the wonderful folks who tend to them.

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    - Pam Lunn of The Dancing Goat reports: “We should be back in the cow extras i.e. butter, cream, cottage cheese in mid/late October. One just calved on Saturday and three more are walking the perimeter at the mall – just kidding but their udders are filling which indicates calving is coming shortly!”
    - Joe Ramon of JR’s Greens noticed that I mis-reported his name when I introduced him last Market. His last name is NOT ‘Ramos’; it is Ramon. Sincere apologies to Joe. WELCOME to his wonderful yellow squash on our Market this week! Nathan and I have enjoyed its ‘golden’ flavor!
    - Steve & Tara Kipp of Faithful Farms come through for us again this week despite heavy rain damage. Their delicate lettuce, though covered, was ripped apart by heavy winds and rain. They need our support this week for sure!
    - Nathan of Nathan’s Natural Veggies would love to get some feedback on the Juicing Bundle: Power Booster you may have purchased recently! Please email your comments directly to Nathan. Do remember that Nathan’s salad mixes are a substantial alternative to standard lettuces that we are awaiting.

    - 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.

    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.

    Upcoming Events

    All these and more are posted on our Calendar of Events


    • “Successful Urban Farming in St. Petersburg” on Oct. 11th, 8AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • REAL DIRT: Make Your Own” on Oct. 18th, 8AM Cost $35/$25. RSVP NOW
    • “Monthly Potluck Social”, Oct. 25th, Garden Tour Begins at 5:30PM for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers. BY e-vite ONLY. Our Speaker is Kay Clark, Publisher of edible Tampa Bay Magazine. Their Mission? “Edible Tampa Bay explores the foods, stories and communities of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Pasco and Hernando counties season by season. We aspire to be the voice of the local food movement, inspiring readers to support and celebrate the farmers, fishers, chefs, food artisans and local businesses in our community.” Kay Clark and her multi-talented team of writers are deeply entrenched in our local food movement and we are grateful to be listed in their quarterly directory. Looking forward to this one!
    • Holiday Gathering scheduled for Dec. 6th in place of both the November and December potlucks (normally held on 4th Saturdays). Mark your Calendars! BY e-vite ONLY for active Market customers, growers, and volunteers.

    Volunteer Opportunities

    We are currently organizing our volunteer needs by Grower and by Market. So when you are interested in learning how to garden and/or how to run an urban market—including a model for great delivery service for the Market—consider volunteering for the organizations below. Check back for more Growers to be listed.
    Nathan’s Natural Veggies
    Pioneer Settlement Garden
    St. Pete Locally Grown Market

    We thank you for your interest and support of our efforts to bring you the healthiest, the freshest and the most delicious locally-produced foods possible!