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Please make sure you get a confirmation email after you order. If you do not receive one immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete.

Have a wonderful weekend!

News:Reminder No 12/24 Pick up, Group Buy -FCLO & Vital Choice This Weekend


Reminder: No Pick up on 12/24


Christmas Eve and Market Day are on the same day this year. Due to church and family commitments I’ve decided to cancel Market Day for Tuesday, Dec 24th.

I’ve talked with Scott from Nature’s Garden Delivered and they will give you home delivery option for that week only since I will not have produces boxes delivered that day. NGD will be sending out a separate email to let you know the details. Look for that email coming soon!

I encourage to double up on items this week if you’d like since we will not have pick up the following Tuesday.

This is difficult for raw dairy so Sam from Cedar Rock Dairy (Raw Jersey Cow Milk) will have a milk pick up on Tuesday, Dec 24th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Suwanee at my neighborhood clubhouse.

You will have to pre-order milk from Cedar Rock Dairy this weekend if you want it on 12/24. You will see additional listings for milk on the market site this weekend. It will be marked (PRE-ORDER) and this is a pre-paid preorder so payment is expected by Tuesday 12/17. This will be for both milk in glass and plastic. We will not take last minute orders so please plan accordingly.

Sam will also be accepting jars returns that day as well. I will give Sam all the jars that were returned the week prior. Please do not bring jars to my house.

Thank you again Sam for offering to do this!

Group Buy: Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil

This weekend we will have our monthly Group Buy for Green Pasture products (Fermented Cod Liver Oil, High Vitamin Butter Oil, Skate Liver Oil, etc. All currently available products (as of today) will be listed on the market site tomorrow for ordering.

The prices include our discounted group buy price, shipping, fees and taxes. This will NOT be available for pick up this Tuesday. I will place our group order on Monday and expect it will be available for pick up within 2 weeks. This is a prepaid preorder, so payment is expected this Tuesday. If you are only ordering Green Pasture products this week, please drop a check in the mail or online payment on the co-op market website.

If you are new to the co-op and/or Fermented Cod Liver Oil, I have a section at the bottom of this weblog that discusses the benefits of this amazing product.

We will also have our Vital Choice Seafood Order for Wild Shellfish, Sardines and Albacore Tuna. This order will be available for pick up on 12/31.

Simple Mills- Gluten Free Muffin Mix

I was recently contacted by Jenna Laughter and some of you may know her since she is very involved in Weston A. Price activities. She works for a local Atlanta-based startup called Simple Mills www.simplemills.com Simple mills makes nutritious, delicious, gluten-free, grain free, Paleo-friendly, Non-GMO muffin mixes.
Their co-packer recently mis-mixed a batch of our chocolate muffin mix and they are not able to sell them retail as it’s missing an ingredient. The only modification needed is to add 3 TABLESPOONS of arrowroot powder to the mix (sold at Whole Foods or Natural Foods Warehouse). I know you can also substitute cornstarch for arrowroot powder. I’m excited to try this muffin mix!

They would like to offer them to the co-op at a reduced price. They are $19.80/case, with 6 pouches of mix in each case. Each pouch makes 9 full size muffins and normally retails for $8.99 at local Whole Foods stores. So at $3.30 per pouch, that’s a fantastic savings, and only $0.37 per muffin (plus the other minimal ingredients – egg, oil, water, and arrowroot)!

This will be listed on the market as a “weekly special” and will only be offered this week. It will be available for pick up this Tuesday.

I need your help!


You may have noticed that it’s getting a little cramped in my garage these days. I am absolutely thrilled that so many of you support the co-op! It’s evident that this food movement is here to stay! We’re getting close to reaching 100 produce boxes delivered and I’m already planning on adding a couple more growers. I was offered another refrigerator and was so disappointed that I had to turn it down due to lack of room. And I really could use 1 more refrigerator.

Since I want to continue to grow and serve more people in the community I think it’s time to start looking outside my garage. If you know of a church, community center, or other venue in Suwanee that may be willing to host us please let me know. If you could help me get my foot in the door that would be so helpful. I’m looking forward to exciting new opportunities in 2014!

Nutrete Wellness

Speaking of new opportunities and the new year, one of our fellow co-op members, Melissa Gauna, is starting a weight loss group in Suwanee. She currently has classes in Cumming and Duluth.

Melissa is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner & Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant and her philosophies are aligned with those of Weston A. Price.

About The Program

The objective of the program is to get the body healthy. As your body gets healthier, the weight will naturally come off until you reach your ideal, healthy body weight. This is not a low-calorie, low-fat diet. It is not about restricting calories and therefore nutrients. The body needs good nutrition to properly function. This program is about giving the body the proper nutrients it needs for its metabolic and hormonal processes. By doing this not only do you feed your body good nutrition, but your body gains health, diminishes food cravings and you gain energy while losing the unwanted body fat.

The GET AT THE ROOTS WEIGHT LOSS 12-WEEK PROGRAM addresses the underlying root causes of excess weight gain such as hormonal imbalances, deficient brain chemistry (causing stress eating), digestive problems, food sensitivities, and more.

The GET AT THE ROOTS WEIGHT LOSS SYSTEM gives each person a specific daily amount of protein (in grams) based on their individual lean body mass. The amount of carbohydrates will be different each day based on activity level. In addition, it is extremely important to the program that you eat the right kinds of fats in the appropriate amount. We will be dispelling the myth that fat makes you fat. The right kinds of fats will actually help you to reduce overall body fat. You will learn how to eat to get your body into biochemical balance – balancing brain chemistry, hormones, and blood sugar. This is key to your long-term success.

The program includes a Workbook, nutrient cards, recipe cards and a support group, not to mention access to a Nutritional Therapist for the duration of the program.

Melissa Gauna, who is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and a co-op member, will be leading the 12-week program starting in January. The locations include: Choe’s HapKi Do of Cumming/Suwanee (3020 Old Atlanta Rd, Cumming, GA 30041) and Vitality Method Pilates Studio (2590 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Suite D, Duluth, GA 30097).

The cost of the 12-week program is $250, that’s only $20 per session and you’ll have access to a Nutritional Therapist during that time. .

If you’d like to know more about Melissa, you can visit her website, www.nutretewellness.com or contact her directly at 404-941-6069 or melissa@nutretewellness.com.

Contact Melissa directly for registration details, space is limited!

New Items this Week on the Market

New items:
Cilantro- Certified Naturally Grown-Finch Creek Farms

Green Pasture Detail info

GREEN PASTURE INFO:
Here’s some information about Fermented Cod Liver Oil and its health benefits:

Why choose Green Pasture Products?

•Whole Food Form
•Wild, as Provided by Nature
•Natural fatty acid complex, nothing removed or changed
•Full, deep range of Vitamins A, D, E, K; CoQ enzymes; and other Quinones
•Non-industrialized & Historical Processing Methods
•Clean, Pure, and Extensive Third Party Tested (NO PCBs, Lead, Mercury, Arsenic or other Heavy Metals)
•Family owned business
Why is FCLO better than regular fish oil? •Green Pasture uses wild caught cod in and around the Arctic region (A substantial amount of today’s cod liver oil is produced from farmed fish)
•FCLO higher in nutrients than regular fish oil
•Double the amounts of vitamin A and D as regular cod liver oil
•Goes rancid less quickly
•No synthetic vitamins added
•Most salmon oil has one-fifth the potency of cod liver oil
•1/2 TBS of FCLO provides the amount of elongated omega-3 fatty acids found in twelve 1,000 mg fish oil capsules

What are the benefits of Fermented Cod Liver Oil?
•Rich in Vitamins A & D which are crucial nutrients that are lacking in most modern diets
•Vitamin A- vital for a healthy immune system and healthy vision and is important for proper development in children
•Vitamin D- improves insulin function, protective effect against multiple sclerosis,
•May help prevent flu (lack of vitamin D synthesis during the winter as one explanation for high rates of influenza infection during cold season)
•In women, higher levels of vitamin D from cod liver oil improve bone mineral density
•EPA- Eicosapentaenoic acid (Omega 3 Fatty Acid) anti-inflammatory and necessary for prostaglandin production
•DHA -docasahexaenoic acid, a nutrient absolutely vital for a healthy brain and nervous system
•Fights inflammation associated with heart disease and heals the lining of the arteries
•Reduces the size of atheromas clogging arteries and improves blood vessel function
•Studies have shown cod liver oil can protect against diseases like cancer and leukemia
•Effective in treating arthritis
•Helps maintain soft skin and minimize wrinkles

How does it benefit my child’s health?
From conception through adolescence, cod liver oil can provide developing children with what they need to thrive. Mothers who take cod liver oil during pregnancy and nursing protect their children from disease while providing them with important nutrients and fatty acids. For growing children, cod liver oil is important for healthy bones and teeth, as well as preventing common problems like ADHD. It’s also an excellent treatment for diaper rash and other skin conditions if used topically.

Synergy of Butter Oil and Cod Liver Oil
Research shows that butter oil and cod liver oil, taken together, provide complementary factors leading to proper essential fatty acid balance. High-vitamin butter oil contains arachidonic acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid, while cod liver oil is rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3. Moreover, the saturated fatty acids in the butter oil promote efficient utilization of the unsaturated fatty acids in the cod liver oil. Finally, butter oil contains a broad and deep range of important quinones including Vitamin K, E and CoQ enzymes while cod liver oil is rich in Vitamin A and D.

Green Pasture’s High-Vitamin Butter Oil is extracted from dairy milk produced by Guernsey and Devon cows (high butterfat producers) that graze exclusively on irrigated grass in the northern Great Plains. This specific combination of climate and irrigation produces a rapidly growing specialized forage, ensuring optimal levels of Activator X as discovered by Dr. Price. Activator X and other nutrients are then further concentrated by putting the butterfat through a specialized low-temperature centrifuge process

Here is a link to an article about the benefit of cod liver oil and why it’s best taken with a high vitamin butter oil http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil .

I’ve been taking FLCO since October 2011 and I can honestly say that I have seen an improvement in my own health. My hair and nails are stronger than they’ve ever been. My hair hasn’t been this thick since my last pregnancy 6 years ago. My skin feels and looks better. I usually have small bumps on my upper arms and they have virtually disappeared. My hormone level seems more even and no mood swings. One member told me her vision has improved since taking FCLO. My son thinks it’s helped him learn how to read! He loves it and actually requests it. My daughter, on the other hand, takes it only because she knows it’s good for her.

I have heard and seen several testimonies about FCLO increasing HDL (the good cholesterol) and have experienced it myself. My doctor has been tracking my HDL (and LDL) for the past 5 years and noticed that my HDL has been going up since 2011. The only significant dietary change I have made is adding FCLO to my diet. One of my closest friends has been taking the infused coconut oil that includes fclo and skate oils. Her HDL skyrocketed almost 50 points and her LDL lowered. Ironically we have the same doctor and she is now very interested in Fermented Cod Liver Oil.

Last year, my dentist told me I had a small “soft spot” on one of my molars that he wanted to keep an eye on. I doubled up on my fish oil and at my next visit he said it was no longer there! I have been told by others that using this product can help re-mineralize your teeth and reverse tooth decay and now I believe it.

My neighbor just started taking FCLO recently. She is also a breast cancer survivor for almost 14 years but has suffered from lymphedema (swelling in arms and hands). She told me shortly after taking fermented cod liver oil blend gel she has seen a significant reduction in her swelling and sense of well being she hasn’t felt in years!

If you have a testimony you’d like to share, please email me. I’d love to know how others in our co-op have seen the benefits of taking this wonderful product!

The market will open up tomorrow morning (Friday) for ordering and close at 5pm on Sunday.

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!

Market is open!


The market is now open for ordering!
suwanee.locallygrown.net

To reserve you spot for the workshop, please go to “Event Reservation” and add the workshop to your order.

Please make sure you get a confirmation email after you order. If you do not receive one immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete.

Have a wonderful weekend!

News:Christmas Week Pick Up


Christmas Week Pick Up Schedule


Christmas Eve and Market Day are on the same day this year. Due to church and family commitments I’ve decided to cancel Market Day for Tuesday, Dec 24th.

I’ve talked with Scott from Nature’s Garden Delivered and they will give you home delivery option for that week only since I will not have produces boxes delivered that day. NGD will be sending out a separate email to let you know the details. Look for that email coming soon!

I encourage to double up on items if possible. This is difficult for raw dairy so Sam from Cedar Rock Dairy (Raw Jersey Cow Milk) has offered to have a milk pick up on Tuesday, Dec 24th from 1pm to 2:30pm in Suwanee. I am going to see if he can use the parking lot at my neighborhood clubhouse. I’ll have more details about location as we get closer.

New Items

Cream- Heavy Cream – Mountain Fresh will have cream this week!!!

Veggies – Kale Dwarf Siberian (Rigid Rich Green Curled Leaves and Stems with Flavor as well. Slap Full of Vitamins A,C,K and Phytonutrients)

Essential Oils:
Anise Star
Basil (Sweet)
Cypress
Ginger Root c02
Grapefruit
Juniper Berry
Lime
Sage
Spearmint

Here’s a link to one of my favorite essential oil resources online http://www.everythingessential.me

Upcoming Group Buys

To help you plan and budget here is the tentative calendar of upcoming Group buys.

Green Pasture (Fermented Cod Liver Oils)- December 13th

Vital Choice Seafood (Wild Caught Shellfish, Sardines and Canned Albacore Tuna ONLY) – December 13th

The market will open up tomorrow morning (Friday) for ordering and close at 5pm on Sunday.

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!

Market is OPEN for orders


The market is now open for ordering!
suwanee.locallygrown.net

To reserve you spot for the workshop, please go to “Event Reservation” and add the workshop to your order.

Please make sure you get a confirmation email after you order. If you do not receive one immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete.

Have a wonderful weekend!

News:Holiday Blend Coffee, Holiday Gift Items, Last Weekend to Reserve Workshop & more...


Hi Everyone,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

New from JavaGenesis Coffee Roasting


JavaGenesis Coffee Roasting has a new Holiday Blend coffee that they will be offering this season! They are also excited to offer holiday gift packaging at no charge for coffee purchased as gifts.

Note from JavaGenesis:
Our Holiday Blend is a great morning cup for those that love a smooth yet balanced cup of coffee during the Holiday season. As you celebrate the season with family and friends, nothing will start the conversation better than a great cup of this blend. A Brazilian and Guatemalan based blend with a bit of our Indonesian to add rich, warm undertones has produced a well balanced, awesome cup of coffee. *Holiday Blend makes a great gift and is available for a limited time only.* Pick up several bags to share at your holiday gatherings this year!

Give the gift of coffee this season and leave the gift wrapping to JavaGenesis. Whether its a bag for the coffee lover in your life, a coworker, teacher or a hostess gift for a holiday party, let me gift bag it for you! Bags are either brown kraft paper or red paper with white tissue paper and the distinctive JavaGenesis bean and flame on the front of the bag. Just order your choice of coffee and add the holiday gift wrap to your cart and I will take care of the rest.

Christmas Items and Teacher Gift Baskets from My Daily Bread

Christmas Items such as cookie platters, teacher’s gift baskets, and gingerbread boys will be available beginning December 7th. If you would like to pre-order one of these items you can order starting this weekend. Any pre-order gift items ordered this week will be available for pick up the following Tuesday (Dec 10th).

Also My Daily Bread wants to make sure everyone is aware that yeast breads are affected by the weather, especially rain and cold front combos like we had this past week. Occasionally they have to pull products that are affected off the market. They try to notify everyone in advance if they have to remove an item. They do this to ensure you get the best quality product.

Goat Milk will be available this week

Rusty is back and so is his goat milk! Please continue to keep him and his family in your prayers as his father continues to battle cancer.

Last Week for Workshop reservations

This will be the last weekend we will take reservations for the Soap Making and Yogurt Making Workshop on *December 7th from 2pm to 4pm at BeeBerry Farms in Cumming until it is sold out. The address is 5595 Ranch Drive Cumming, GA 30041.

Workshop Details:
This is a beginning-level soapmaking and yogurt making class designed to teach students to make soap and yogurt by hand at home.
Soapmaking:
The main focus of this class is the “cold process” soapmaking method. After learning soapmaking safety, students learn to formulate soap recipes and calculate lye quantities using a “lye calculator.” The objective of this class is to have students understand saponification values and be comfortable creating their own soap recipes at home. Cold process soap making will be demonstrated during the class session. Each student will receive at least one bar of soap made during class.
Class topics include:
• Brief history and basic chemistry of soap making

• Necessary materials, supplies and equipment

• Safety considerations when working with sodium hydroxide

• Taking accurate measurements & proper mixing temperatures

• Using pure essential oils to scent your soap naturally

• Preparing your molds and molding options

• Insulating, cutting, curing and storing your finished soap

Yogurt Making:
• A brief discussion on the different types of yogurt cultures and preparation methods- We will focus on mesophilic culture (low heat process)with no special equipment needed.

• Learn the cost savings of making your own yogurt at home

• Detailed demonstration of how simple it is to make yogurt using all the dairy products on the co-op market with no expensive equipment

• You will leave with a starter culture and the knowledge to make your own yogurt at home

and ample time for questions and answers

The cost of this workshop is $35 for paid members and $45 for non-paid members.

New Items

Bakery Holiday Cookie Platter LARGE
Bakery Holiday Cookie Platter MEDIUM
Bakery Holiday Cookie Platters SMALL
Bakery Holiday Cookies Happy Gingerbread Boys
Bakery Holiday Gift – Homemade Chocolate Pecan Biscotti in a decorative Coffee Mug
Bakery Holiday Mini Loaf
Coffee – Holiday Blend -Whole Bean or Ground
Coffee – Holiday Gift Bag (No charge with any coffee purchase)
Lavender (Bulgarian) Body Butter 2 oz
Lavender (Bulgarian) Body Butter 4 oz
Veggies – Kale Dwarf Siberian
Veggies – Mustard Green ‘Chinese Red’
Vinegar – Orange Balsamic Vinegar
Vinegar – Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar
Vinegar – Strawberry Vanilla Balsamic Vinegar
Vinegar – White Balsamic Vinegar

Upcoming Group Buys

To help you plan and budget here is the tentative calendar of upcoming Group buys.

Green Pasture (Fermented Cod Liver Oils)- December 13th

Vital Choice Seafood (Wild Caught Shellfish, Sardines and Canned Albacore Tuna ONLY) – December 13th

The market will open up tomorrow morning (Friday) for ordering and close at 5pm on Sunday.

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!

Market is OPEN for orders


The market is now open for ordering!
suwanee.locallygrown.net

To reserve you spot for the workshop, please go to “Event Reservation” and add the workshop to your order.

Please make sure you get a confirmation email after you order. If you do not receive one immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete.

Have a wonderful weekend!

News:Pour Jar Caps, Goat Milk and more


Hi Everyone,

ReCap Mason Jar Pour Caps Now Available!


I have just re-ordered ReCap Mason Jar Pour Caps for WIDE mouth jars! They will not arrive in time for pick up this week but should be available for the Dec 3rd pickup. They will be on the market website tomorrow to order. I will not place another order for at least 3 months so order early if you need some. They fit perfectly on the glass half gallon jars used for milk.

Proudly made in the USA from BPA-free plastic. They are spill-proof, top rack dishwasher safe and can be used on all wide mouth mason jars. “Shake, Pour, Store: – grains and cereals – maple syrup, honey, milk… – homemade dressing – household cleaners”. We were able to get bulk pricing and the caps are only $5.50 each and include shipping, taxes and fees.

Thanksgiving Week Pick Up

It will be business as usual and we will have our normal pick up schedule the Tuesday on Thanksgiving (Nov 26th).

If you know that you will be out of town and you have a produce box, please go ahead and put your box on vacation hold online or call Nature’s Garden Delivered and they will put a vacation hold on your account.

Goat Milk will not be available

Rusty, our goat dairyman, has a family emergency and is currently tending to his father that is suffering from cancer. Please keep him and his family in your prayers during this difficult time. He will not have goat milk available this week and possibly next week as well. Thank you for your understanding.

Sea Salts and Wilderness Family Naturals Group Order will NOT be in this Tuesday

I’ve received the tracking info for the sea salt and it will not arrive in time for this Tuesday pick up. I checked the status on our group order with Wilderness Family Naturals and it hasn’t shipped yet. The sea salt will be available for pick up on Dec 3rd and I will update on the other items (WFN) once I get the tracking info.



Workshop reservations



We will continue to take reservations for the Soap Making and Yogurt Making Workshop on December 7th from 2pm to 4pm at BeeBerry Farms in Cumming until it is sold out. The address is 5595 Ranch Drive Cumming, GA 30041. Workshop Details:
This is a beginning-level soapmaking and yogurt making class designed to teach students to make soap and yogurt by hand at home.
Soapmaking:
The main focus of this class is the “cold process” soapmaking method. After learning soapmaking safety, students learn to formulate soap recipes and calculate lye quantities using a “lye calculator.” The objective of this class is to have students understand saponification values and be comfortable creating their own soap recipes at home. Cold process soap making will be demonstrated during the class session. Each student will receive at least one bar of soap made during class.
Class topics include:
• Brief history and basic chemistry of soap making

• Necessary materials, supplies and equipment

• Safety considerations when working with sodium hydroxide

• Taking accurate measurements & proper mixing temperatures

• Using pure essential oils to scent your soap naturally

• Preparing your molds and molding options

• Insulating, cutting, curing and storing your finished soap

Yogurt Making:
• A brief discussion on the different types of yogurt cultures and preparation methods- We will focus on mesophilic culture (low heat process)

• Learn the cost savings of making your own yogurt at home

• Detailed demonstration of how simple it is to make yogurt using all the dairy products on the co-op market with no expensive equipment

• You will leave with a starter culture and the knowledge to make your own yogurt at home

and ample time for questions and answers

The cost of this workshop is $35 for paid members and $45 for non-paid members.

New Items

New Items this week:
Carrier Oils (Apricot, Argan, Jojoba, Coconut (Fractionated)and Sweet Almond Oil to be used with essential oils.

10 lbs and 5lb bags of Certified Naturally Grown Sweet Potatoes and Georgia Collard Greens from Finch Creek Farms. Just in time for Thanksgiving!

Organic Orange and Cranberry bread from Great Harvest! This is delicious loaf contains freshly milled organic whole wheat grains, organic orange and organic cranberries. Perfect breakfast bread!

Upcoming Group Buys

To help you plan and budget here is the tentative calendar of upcoming Group buys.

reCap (Pour Caps for Mason Jars)November 22nd

Green Pasture (Fermented Cod Liver Oils)- December 13th

Vital Choice Seafood (Wild Caught Shellfish, Sardines and Canned Albacore Tuna ONLY) – December 13th

The market will open up tomorrow morning (Friday) for ordering and close at 5pm on Sunday.

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!

Market is OPEN for ordering!


The market is now open for ordering!
suwanee.locallygrown.net

To reserve you spot for the workshop, please go to “Event Reservation” and add the workshop to your order.

Please make sure you get a confirmation email after you order. If you do not receive one immediately after you placed your order, then your items are still in your cart and your order is not complete.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Group Orders:WFN and Unrefined Sea Salt, Pick Up Issues and more


Hi Everyone,

Group Buys: Wilderness Family Naturals and Saltworks


This weekend we will be taking pre-orders for organic pantry items from Wilderness Family Naturals(WFN). These items include healthy oils, nuts, spices, cacao, grains, rice, coconut products, natural sweeteners and skin care products.

Mayonnaise is back! WFN was having an emulsification issue for many months and it is finally resolved. Their awesome organic mayonnaise now available again!

Case Pricing for Organic, Soaked and Dried Nuts
In order to get a reduced price on the mixed nuts we need to order 25lbs as a group. These certified organic nuts have been soaked as Sally Fallon and the Weston A. Price Foundation suggests, and then dehydrated at low temperatures.

Mixed nuts includes Raw, Certified Organic, Soaked and Dried Nuts: Pecans, Almonds, Walnuts, and Cashews. These are delicious and healthy! This will be listed on the market tomorrow.

In addition, we will have our group buy for Unrefined Sea Salts fron Saltworks

We only order sel gris de Guérande twice a year and this is the last time in 2013! Please expect to pick up your salt order in 1 to 2 weeks. See my gift idea below. During the holidays I gift this salt to friends and family and they absolutely love it!

Sea Salt Description
The French perfected the art of high quality, hand-harvested sea salt by using centuries old Celtic methods. It’s no coincidence they produce the finest grey sea salt in the world. Sel Gris is known for its beautiful grey color, coming from the clay lining the salt ponds, as well as its high moisture content and extraordinary mineral content, with bonus nutrients not found in most sea salts. Over 15% of the material in sel gris de Guérande are trace minerals—possibly the highest of any salt anywhere. 100 grams of sel gris contains about 100 minerals, including 34g of sodium, 287mg calcium, 109mg potassium, 34mg magnesium, 11mg iron, 1mg manganese, and 0.35mg zinc, plus a host of trace minerals like from antimony, copper, germanium, and gold to iodine, to palladium, yttrium, and zirconium.

Sel Gris Tamisé is a medium-sized crystal that is carefully sifted from the brut grains and is comparable to the size of Fleur de Sel. Great for baking and cooking, or to add a delicate crunch to your favorite dish.

Sel Gris Fine is the very same high quality grey salt as the coarser varieties, but is stone ground for easy dispensing from a salt shaker. No additives of any kind are mixed with the salt. The naturally delicious flavor of grey salt and its lower sodium content make this a perfect replacement for ordinary table salt.

Gift Idea- Pour unrefined sea salt into a decorative glass jar, add beautiful ribbon and it’s the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys cooking! You can even add a card with the description above. Makes a perfect Hostess gift too!

Only items that are in stock as of today will be listed. I expect the order to be available for pick up in 2 weeks. If you will be on vacation when it comes in, I can hold your items since these items are non-perishable. As with all our group buys, this is a prepaid preorder. Our buying club prices are significantly lower than their retail prices and include taxes, shipping and fees.

Thanksgiving Week Pick Up

It will be business as usual and we will have our normal pick up schedule the Tuesday on Thanksgiving (Nov 26th).

If you know that you will be out of town and you have a produce box, please go ahead and put your box on vacation hold online or call Nature’s Garden Delivered and they will put a vacation hold on your account.

Pick Up Issues (PLEASE READ)

Typically we strive to have co-op pick up start around 1pm but lately we’ve had some late deliveries. I’m asking that you try not to come until after I send the “Co-op Items are Ready” email. When you arrive at the same time as our vendors it gets very chaotic and crowded in the garage. We had a jar broken because our dairymen and volunteer were hauling coolers up from the bottom of my drive way. Most of you know how steep my drive is and having to unload and carry to the top is very time consuming to say the least. If you have to come at 1pm I just ask that you park on the sides of the cul de sac instead of my drive way.

So please be patient with us as we try really hard to have everything ready at 1pm but sometimes the animals or traffic affect our farmers ability to deliver before 1pm. Co-op pick up is from the time I send the email out to 7pm.

Another issue is I’ve been giving a lot of grace to members that forget to pick up on Tuesdays. It’s been months that I haven’t had an item or box left on Tuesday. This can not continue. Please refer to the Packing List on the table to see what you ordered. I suggest checking off the items to make sure you don’t leave without them.

Starting this week, any items or produce boxes not picked up on Tuesday by end of the day will be donated on Wednesday unless you contact me before then. I do not have the time to send out emails and call folks to come get their items.

My goal is to make the co-op convenient but I can no longer bear the inconvenience of left over items. I take the time to send out a reminder email to everyone on Tuesday and that will be the only reminder going forward. I will not have 2 pick up days and my husband really needs to park in the garage. Poor guy gives up his garage on Tuesdays and I can’t ask any more of him…

Thank you for your understanding regarding this matter.

25% Medicinal Herbs from Far East Herb Company

This is the last week to take advantage of the medicinal herb sale. Click here if you missed last week’s weblog and details Medicinal Herb Info

Workshop reservations

We will continue to take reservations for the Soap Making and Yogurt Making Workshop on December 7th from 2pm to 4pm at BeeBerry Farms in Cumming until it is sold out. The address is 5595 Ranch Drive Cumming, GA 30041. For more information please go to Qs and As section of the co-op website.

Upcoming Group Buys

To help you plan and budget here is the tentative calendar of upcoming Group buys.

Wildness Family Naturals -(Organic Coconut oil, nuts and pantry items)November 15th

Saltworks – (Unrefined Sea Salts)November 15th

reCap (Pour Caps for Mason Jars)November 22nd

Vital Choice Seafood (Wild Caught Shellfish, Sardines and Canned Albacore Tuna ONLY) – December 13th

The market will open up tomorrow morning (Friday) for ordering and close at 5pm on Sunday.

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!