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    PLS READ The Future of SPLG - Jan. 24, 2016

    Valued Locavores:
    I have finally made a decision on the future of SPLG’s Market. I announced my retirement plans at last night’s potluck social with intentions of keeping the Market open until the end of March. As you might imagine, it has taken much thought, angst, and self reflection to come to this decision but I know it is the right thing for me to do.

    I hope that all of you will commit to SPLG until its conclusion as all of us are just as committed as ever to delivering the best produce, products, and customer service until then. I have asked for a commitment from the Growers and Volunteers and I ask for the same from you. I value the part you have played in keeping us going. Without all of you, I would never have experienced such an honorable responsibility of funneling locally grown, chemical-free vegetables into the St. Petersburg Community.

    SPLG will close effective March 31st. I truly hope that, sooner or later, someone will approach me and want to pickup this well documented business model where I’ve left off. At that point, I believe I’ll be willing to consult to make that happen.

    FYI, if you have paid a membership fee since we re-opened on Nov. 2nd, your account will be credited $30 for the three months of April, May, and June. Please spend that money on market goods to spare me the refund requests. FYI, I have every intention of following through on our pork PRE-ORDERS by purchasing it sometime in February or sooner if we have the minimum order covered. I have already purchased the PRE-ORDERS for beef and will deliver on your next order. Also, I intend to publish all sources I have for access to the meat products we have been purchasing on behalf of our customers. I also have new ones to share.

    I will send out more details as they occur and I welcome any questions you may have via email. If you can hold off until after the Market opens tomorrow, that would help me focus on my work today. The Market opens at 3pm tomorrow!

    My heartfelt thanks to each one of you,