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Co-op News- Maple Syrup, New Vendors and Upcoming Farm & Bakery Tours


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This weekend I will be taking orders for organically produced Maple Syrup – Grade B and Unfiltered Grade B Maple Syrup from Old State Farms in Northern Pennsylvania. The Burkett family has been producing maple syrup on their farm since 2001.

We partner up with Joyful Noise Acres Farm in Ballground, GA to get bulk pricing and reduced shipping. We only order this once a year!

My family easily goes through a gallon each year. This is a delicious nutrient dense traditional sweetener that has many uses besides a great pancake syrup. Use it in smoothies, glazes for salmon & chicken, marinades, yogurt & ice cream topping, maple butter, vinaigrettes, etc. and baking.

This maple syrup is organically produced, no chemicals, formaldehyde-free, no sprays or fertilizers used on trees, evaporator is stainless steel (lead free) and they practice Low Impact Maple Production.

What is unfiltered maple syrup?
Maple Sap is tree’s the primary source for nutrients. When the tree’s root system begins pumping sap up the trunk to feed the tree in early spring it brings with it many nutrients and minerals (Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese & Selenium). Old State Farms collect the sap and boils off water until the syrup reaches the proper density (66.7brix). During the boiling process only the water evaporates. Not only does the sugar concentration increase, so does the mineral concentration. These minerals begin to collect to one another and form small granules (known to syrup makers as “sugar sand” or niter). This “sugar sand”, given this name because of its light blond color and slightly gritty texture, is then filtered out of the maple syrup. Unless you have asked for it specifically from a producer, any syrup you will find will be the filtered variety and look very clear.
In a nutshell unfiltered syrup is pure maple syrup with all the minerals and nutrients that were present when the sap was collected from the tree. It tastes the same and looks the same but will have a cloudy rather than clear appearance.

This is a pre-order and payment will be due at next week’s pick up or you can mail your check. Our order will take several weeks since Joseph is still tapping the trees. I will contact you as we get closer to a delivery date.

New Vendors


I’m very happy to welcome JavaGenesis Coffee Roasting, From Mimi’s Mountain Home and Royal Rose Bakery to our family of growers and vendors!

JavaGenesis Coffee Roasting- Bethlehem, GA
In the effort to try to get as many local vendors as possible for the co-op to support, I recently decided to switch coffee roasters. That same day I made this decision is the same day Juanice from JavaGenesis contacted me. I think it was meant to be! She roasts the coffee beans at the roastery in Bethlehem, GA about 40 minutes from Suwanee. You will now be able to get your coffees weekly instead of monthly! Whole beans and ground coffee will be offered. She will custom grind for you as well. If you choose ground coffee, it will be assumed for a drip coffee maker but if you need French press or a Keurig grind please email her after you order. All decaffeinated coffees are decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process. SWP uses water from the coast mountains of British Columbia to gently remove the caffeine until the beans are 99.9% caffeine free, while maintaining the bean’s distinctive origin and flavor characteristics. No chemicals were used to remove the caffeine from the coffee.

Below is their description:
JavaGenesis Coffee Roasting is a small batch craft roaster of specialty coffee. We source our coffee from the major growing regions around the world. All of our coffee will be roasted within 24-48 hours of the market to ensure our product is at peak freshness when it is delivered to you. Choose a trio of our 2 ounce sample size or a full pound bag and ‘Discover the Fresh Roast Difference’.

In addition to producing awesome coffee, promoting responsible environmental and/or social stewardship is important to us. Because Georgia does not have the climate needed to grow coffee, we use 3 importers to source our green coffee. We select coffee from our importers that have been farmed using sustainable practices and when possible we buy shade grown and/or fair trade organic coffees. We roast on a roaster which uses infrared burners, not open flame, atmospheric burners. IR burners produce substantially lower emissions than atmospheric burners. We are proud to roast our coffee on a ‘greener’ roaster. In addition we give all of our organic waste material (coffee chaff, coffee grounds, etc) to a local gardener to use in her vegetable garden.

From Mimi’s Mountain Home – Alpharetta, GA

If you picked up on Tuesday you probably saw and smelled the wonderful cleaning and bath samples From Mimi’s Mountain Home. All of their products are 100% natural, handmade and homemade. No synthetic chemicals or fragrances. Check out the Weekly Specials section for their starter kits. This is a great way to try the products at a reasonable price!

Below are more details about From Mimi’s Mountain Home:
Everything we sell as homemade is truly homemade, right here on the north side of Atlanta! Our products are NOT purchased from a factory and repackaged to be “homemade”. All of our recipes are passed down from my grandmother, “Mimi” (and her mother too!). Some are quick to make, and some take days to make, but Mimi always said that patience makes perfect!

All of our products are 100% Natural, No Manmade Colors or Scents! We use natural coloring and essential oils!

Since we are just starting out, our products are limited, but we will be adding new products monthly (if not weekly)! If something isn’t here and you need it, just ask! Like her cookie jar, Mimi’s recipe book is almost never-ending!

Also, we hand-make everything that is labeled “homemade”… the old fashioned way. Sometimes our products will vary slightly between batches.

If you have any questions/comments/concerns or just want to talk, let us know at imtellingmimi@fmmhome.com


Royal Rose Bakery – Suwanee, GA
Royal Rose Bakery specializes in genuine French baked goods. They will provide the co-op with quiches, with a crust free option, dairy free cookies, cakes low in sugar and wheat free (gluten free) bakery items.

Here’s more about Royal Rose Bakery:

All our delicious and very tasty goods have a distinctly homemade look and are made from scratch with no preservatives and the finest ingredients as well as other local and organic ingredients that will awaken your taste buds!

Royal Rose Bakery’s owner grew up in the South of France enjoying her mother’s delicious and very tasty baked goods. Those delicacies were always deeply appreciated by friends and family.

Since moving to Georgia in 2000, our founder continued the family tradition of making her mother’s goodnesses.

Today, thanks to Royal Rose Bakery, you can now also enjoy these delightful treats… BON APPETIT!!

Upcoming Events


I am coordinating 2 events during Spring Break week. This is a great opportunity for you to meet the farmers and vendors. Look for an Evite to come soon. These are kid friendly events and I hope you and your family can make 1 or both events! I will bring information about our co-op at both events so feel free to invite friends and family.

Great Harvest Bakery Tour and Vendor Tasting- April 8th at 3pm
Ray Boland, owner of Great Harvest Bakery in Duluth will give us a group tour of the bakery demonstrating the flour mill, sprouting grains, how they bake their bread. This is a wonderful educational experience for the kids (and adults) to see how their bread is made. Afterwards, we’ll have a few of our vendors do a tasting of their delicious items and/or a demonstration.

Family Fun Day at the Farm- April 10th at 10am-B&G Farm, Madison GA
Lynda from B&G Farm has offered to sponsor this year’s Family Fun Day! You will be able to see her animals and many acres of green pasture they graze on. Right now she has lots of baby piglets running around! For the kids, she’ll have her jumpy jump set up for them to play. Plan to bring a lunch and enjoy some time meeting her and hanging out on her farm.

After lunch we’ll head to Johnston Family Farm in Newborn which is close to Lynda’s farm. Russell will give us a tour of his dairy and farm.

This is a great opportunity to see where your food comes from and to meet the farmers that provide it.

The market will open tomorrow around 7am and you can place your orders until 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 foods possible!

Free Ticket to Conference


Hi All,

I have a FREE ticket to this year’s WAPF (Weston A. Price Foundation) Conference. My childcare fell through and my husband can’t attend. The conference is tomorrow starting at 8am. Reply to this email if you want the ticket!

Event Details:

Building Nourishing Traditions
A conference on making nutrient-dense foods work for you!
Saturday, March 16th all day (8am to 5pm)
Rancho Alegre Farm 2225 Givens Rd, Dacula, GA 30019

Registration is at 8am and Lectures begin at 8:30am with breaks and great workshops in between. I’ll email more details.

Market is Open


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

Please place your orders by Sunday at 5pm.

Have a great weekend!

Market is Open for ordering-FREE Kombucha Starters


Good Morning Everyone,

I forgot to mention yesterday in the Co-op news that I will be offering FREE Kombucha Tea starters. A $1 refundable jar fee is charged and your account will be credited once the jar is returned. Make your own delicious, probiotic rich, organic kombucha tea at home for a fraction of the cost of commercial bottled teas! Cultures For Health has a wonderful YouTube video on how to make Kombucha Tea to get you started. The kombucha SCOBY is listed on the market website to order.

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

Please place your orders by Sunday at 5pm.

Have a great weekend!

Group Order for Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese


Group Order for Grass-fed Cheese This Weekend

This weekend we will be placing a group order for Grass-fed cheese from Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese. Prices and available sizes will be on the market website tomorrow for ordering. The pricing will include shipping and taxes/fees. The cheese will be available for pick up on March 19th.

•Cows Raised without synthetic hormones
•Cows are grass-fed and raised on pasture
•Old World, Handmade Cheese making Techniques
•Cheeses are made with raw milk and aged at least 60 days to comply with the USDA regulations for raw milk cheese production
•Vegetable-based rennet, to make it more acceptable to vegetarians
See Kenny’s website for more detailed information about his process: http://www.kennysfarmhousecheese.com/

Benefits of Grass-Fed Cheese
•One of the few foods that contains a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, a ratio ideal for your health
•Very high in “conjugated linoleic acid;” in fact, it contains five times more CLA than dairy from grain-fed cows! CLA, which are most abundant in grass-fed products, are among the most potent cancer fighters in all foods.
•Considerably higher in beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin D, and vitamin E than cheese and other dairy from grain-fed sources.
•High in the healthy calcium and protein your body needs
•Free from growth hormones





The market will open around 7am on Friday.

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

Market is OPEN


Good Morning Everyone,

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

Please place your orders by Sunday at 5pm.

Have a great weekend!

News:New Grower, Co-op Resource Directory


New Grower: Johnston Family Farm
We are happy to announce that Russell Johnston from Johnston Family Farm will be providing the co-op with raw jersey cow milk labeled for animal consumption. Please see the description of his farm below and check out pictures on their facebook page.

“Our cows are pastured and grass fed (but we do supplement with rye grass silage when grass is in short supply, like now). They are Jerseys and Jersey crossbreeds and our butterfat level
usually runs around 4.5 percent so there is lots of cream. Since we are a licensed “Grade A” dairy, our milk is tested regularly by the state and the bacteria levels constantly meet those set for pasteurized milk and the milk is bottled in a clean, sanitary, inspected facility."
Johnston Family Farm website
Johnston Family Farm Facebook page

Co-op Resource Directory
Just by chatting with a few of you on pick up day I’ve discovered that many members have their own businesses/services in the local area. I would like to create a Co-op Resource Directory so that we can support each other in the community. If you are an active member and would like to list your service or business, please send me an email with your name, business name, brief description, website address and contact information. I’m looking forward to supporting all our local business owners!

Montage Farm Update:
Last week Montage Farm had 4 does give birth and some more are expected this week. They hope to list their raw goat milk very soon. Keep checking back to see if it’s available.

Bulk/Group Order Calendar for March
In order to help with planning and budgeting below is the bulk order schedule for March. More details to come as we get closer to the order date.

Grass Fed Cheese (Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese) – 3/8 to 3/10
Organic Pantry Items (Wilderness Family Naturals) – 3/29 to 3/31

Market will open tomorrow (Friday)around 7am for ordering.

Thank you,
Nora

Market is OPEN


Good Morning Everyone,

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

New Items:
Orobianco- Pesto Burrata -This unique version of burrata (traditional mozzarella filled with a heart of heavy cream, shredded mozzarella and butter) contains hand made pesto in its filling

Alta Cucina- Spinach Artichoke Pesto

Far East Herb Company- BodiCleanse, Cardio/Pressure Health, Diabeti Balance, DisolvaTox, Gastro-Support Tonic, Inflama-Aid, Qi Fortifying Tonic

Please place your orders by Sunday at 5pm.

Have a great weekend!

News: Far East Herb Co., Playdate


Hello Members,

I’m excited to welcome Far East Herb Company to our family of local growers/producers. Far East Herb Company is a traditional medicine herb company started by one of our very own co-op members! I’m happy that Mona has decided to share her wealth of knowledge about Chinese herbal formulas with us. Many of the herbal blends contain herbs that are certified organic when available,yet they are not labeled as such as it is impossible to guarantee availability with each batch. They are however naturally grown and are lab tested for quality assurance.

Here are a few health problems that Far East Herb Company has Chinese herbal remedies for. Please contact Mona at fareastherbcompany@yahoo.com if you have specific questions.

  • Adrenal Exhaustion
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
  • Alzheimer
  • Bronchial Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Cancer
  • Coronary Artery Problems
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Cysts
  • Diabetes
  • Endocrine Imbalance
  • Epilepsy
  • Exhaustion
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastritis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Generalized Inflammation
  • Goiter
  • Hypertension
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Joint and Muscle Issues
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Polycystic Ovaries
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Tumors
  • Ulcers

Co-op Play Date
One of our wonderful moms, Johanna, would like to start a play date group! She’s a mother of 2 and lives in Buford/Sugar Hill/Suwanee area. If you are interested please contact her at johanna.seabolt@gmail.com I think this is a great way to get to know one another and we already have one thing in the common- Suwanee Whole Life Co-op!

New Items:
Spinach Artichoke Pesto from A&A Alta Cucina

Look for these and other items in the co-op market tomorrow starting around 7am to Sunday at 5pm.

Thank you all for your continued support!

Seafood Minimums not met- Still time to order


Hello Members,

There are a few seafood items that the minimum for bulk pricing was not met. I’m going to extend the deadline to order until 5pm TODAY for seafood only. If you would like any of the seafood items please email me at suwaneewholelife@gmail.com

At the end of the day, if we still haven’t met the minimums, I will contact those members that have already ordered to give the option of non-discounted pricing. I will place our order tomorrow (Tuesday) and pick up will be the following Tuesday on 2/26.

Below are the seafood items that we still need orders to meet the minimum:

Salmon Boneless Skinless Portions – 6 oz (7 orders needed) $8.50 each

Pacific Blue Mussels 1 lb (8 orders needed) $9 each

Wild Pacific Calamari 1 lb (3 orders needed) $6.25 each

Canned Albacore Tuna (Natural Pack, no salt, no oil)- 6 oz (11 orders needed) $6 each

If you have any questions please let me know.

Thank you,
Nora