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The market is now open for ordering!
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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.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

New Items from Caley's Culinaries


Happy Independence Day Everyone!

I hope you are all having a great day despite all this rain we’re getting.

The market will be open as usual tomorrow (Friday) around 7:30am.

Here are some new items from Caley’s Culinaries:

Okra
Basil – African Blue
Beans – Mixed color
Catnip
Oregano – Hot and Spicy
Oregano – Italian
Shallots – green bunch
Cucumbers – mixed

Look for these and other healthy and delicious items from our growers on the co-op market this weekend!

Thank you for your support,
Nora

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 reply to this email.

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. This price will include free shipping.

I will place our order tomorrow (Tuesday) and pick up will be the following Tuesday on 7/9.

If you are out of town and can not pick up I can store in the freezer for you until you get back. It’s not a problem at all! Just let me know if you need me to hold it for you.

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

Salmon Boneless Skinless Portions – 6 oz (16 orders needed) $8.50 each

Canned Albacore Tuna (Natural Pack, no salt, no oil)- 6 oz (18 orders needed) $6 each

Canned Portuguese Sardines (8 orders needed) $3.30 each

If you have any questions please let me know.

Thank you,
Nora

Produce Box delivery will be on TUESDAY


Hello Everyone,

I have received confirmation that Nature’s Garden Delivered produce boxes will be delivered on TUESDAY not Monday. We will have our normal TUESDAY pick up on July 2nd.

I will send an email after the boxes are dropped off so please do not arrive until you see the “Items are Ready” email on Tuesday afternoon.

Thanks so much,
Nora

Produce Box Delivery (Nature's Garden Delivered Customers only)


Hello Everyone,

I’m still working with Michael at NGD to see if we can get delivery on Tuesday as opposed to Monday. He is currently looking into it and has not ruled it out. As soon as I know if they can accommodate us I will let you know.

If they do delivery on Monday and you have items besides their produce box you can either pick up on both days or I will hold your box and you can pick up everything on Tuesday as normal.

Sorry for the confusion. I’ll update as soon as I know.

Thank you,
Nora

Market is now OPEN!


Hello Everyone,

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

We take orders Friday to Sunday.

If I don’t see you on Tuesday at pick up, have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Have a great weekend!
Nora

News: Group Buy & New Growers


Hi Everyone,
I can’t believe the 4th of July is right around the corner. This summer is flying by! We will have a normal pick up schedule this Tuesday.


Group Buy This Weekend



Sustainably Caught Wild Seafood Bulk Order this Weekend

This weekend we will be having our group bulk order for Wild Caught Seafood from Vital Choice. We only do this a few times a year and will not have another seafood group buy again until November when Heidi (from Wild Salmon Company) gets back from Alaska.

In order for us to get discount pricing we have to reach certain minimums, if we do not reach the minimums on all the items I will let you know and you will have the option to purchase at the non-discounted price and still take advantage of our FREE shipping. More details about Vital Choice is at the bottom of this weblog.

New Grower: Caley’s Culinaries Farms

I am very excited to welcome Rebecca Caley of Caley’s Culinaries to our family of growers. Caley’s Culinaries is a small family farm located in Buford,GA in the Hamilton Mill area. Their property is only 1 of 2 properties still zoned agricultural in that area! They have a variety of seasonal produce growing but what’s ready right now is their Genovese Basil that is perfect for making pesto or a fresh caprese salad. Dry it in a low temp oven and you’ll have basil ready at all times to season your favorite dishes. They will list more items as they are ready. For more info about Rebecca and Caley’s Culinaries check out the links below:
Caley’s Culinaries Facebook page
Caley’s Kitchen Garden Blog
and a YouTube channel

All grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers!



Goat Milk: New Grower

It is with sadness that I let you know that Montage Farm will no longer be able to provide the co-op with raw goat milk. Most of you know that they’ve lost their farm help a few months ago. In addition, Angie had back surgery last winter but is still not where she was before she hurt her back. Due to these issues they have made the difficult decision to sell most of their herd and are drying up the rest. Please keep Angie and her family in your prayers as they go through this transition.

In lieu of this news, I am happy to announce that Rusty Repp of Little Tots Estate in Loganville, GA will provide the co-op with raw goat milk starting this week. Rusty raises Nigerian Dwarf Goats Nigerian dwarf milk is highest in butterfat and solids compared to most other breeds of dairy goats. His entire herd is CAE free (Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis) and Johnes negative and they are healthy happy little goats. He will be offering his raw goat milk under the Georgia pet milk license.

Vendors on Vacation

A&A Alta Cucina and Orobianco are both in Italy! Their items are currently unavailable but will be back on the market once they return.

Glass Jars Still Available

Glass Jars are still available if you’d like to purchase milk from Cedar Rock Farm in glass. I will keep the jar sets listed on the co-op site until they are sold out. Please refer to the the Q&A section of the website for more information about the glass jar program.

Only those members that bought jars last week or brought me jars BEFORE Tuesday 6/25 will be allowed to purchase in glass this weekend. All others must purchase milk in plastic.

Co-op Member Business Directory

I have updated the co-op business directory. If you’d like to be added to next month’s update please send me your information and I’ll be happy to add. You can find the updated link in the About section of the market website in the We Support You paragraph.

Vital Choice Information

Below is the co-op discounted pricing and links to detailed descriptions from Vital Choice’s website. These items will be on tomorrow’s price list for ordering. Our minimums will be the “Available(estimated)” amounts and we can go over that number since it’s just a minimum to get the discount.

Portugese Sardines Update We usually get boneless, skinless sardines but they no longer carry this product. The portugese sardines that are listed are regular sardines (skin on,with bones) packed in Organic Extra Virgin Oil Oil.

You’ll enjoy several advantages when you choose Vital Choice seafood:
•Certified Purity – By nature, their wild fish and shellfish are free of hazardous levels of contaminants (see in their revealing mercury chart on their website).
•Top Quality – Their seafood will always be the very best quality available … a promise supported by their many testimonials, and backed by their 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
•Stellar Nutrition – In addition to ample protein, their fish are rich in two vital nutrients scarce in modern diets: omega-3s and vitamin D.
•Sustainable Sustenance – All of their seafood comes from well-managed, sustainable wild fisheries, certified as such by the State of Alaska, the Marine Stewardship Council, and independent organizations like the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, which advises consumers to avoid farmed Salmon.

Bulk Seafood Co-op Pricing
(These prices will be on the market website tomorrow and you will be able to place your order via the website on Friday)

Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon- Whole Fillet, Boneless approx. 24oz. each $22.00 (Co-op Savings $10.00)
Wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon- 6oz Portions $8.50 each (Co-op Savings $4.67)
Wild Oregon Pink Shrimp (Shelled/Cooked/) 2lbs bag-250-300 count/lb – $22.00/bag (Co-op Savings $6.00)
Alaskan Weathervane Scallops – 25 to 35 scallops per re-sealable 1-lb bag $27.00 (Co-op Savings $2.00)
Canned Albacore Tuna Natural Pack, No Salt or Oil Added- 6 oz $6.00 (Co-op Savings $2.17)
Wild Pacific Calamari – 8 oz $6.25 (Co-op Savings $1.50)
Manila Clams- 1 lb. bag $10.00 (Co-op Savings $5.00)
Portugese Sardines- 4 3/8 oz. $3.30

All prices include FREE shipping and all taxes/fees

Seafood Descriptions: (Click Link)
Salmon- Whole Fillet
Salmon- 6oz Portions
Shrimp
Scallops
Canned Tuna Natural Pack
Calamari
Sardines


See these items tomorrow on the co-op website to order!

Upcoming Group Buys

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

Vital Choice Seafood (Wild Caught Salmon and Seafood) – THIS WEEKEND! 6/28-6/30

Wildness Family Naturals -(Organic Coconut oil, nuts and pantry items)July 12th

NEW-Muddy Pond -(Sorghum syrup and pops) July 12th

Green Pasture – (Fermented Cod/Skate Liver Oil/High Vitamin Butter Oil) July 19th

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

We take orders Friday to Sunday.

Have a great weekend!
Nora

Market News:New Growers and other exciting news


Hi Everyone,
There is so much going on this week at the market- new growers, system improvements and lots of grower news! I have 3 new potential growers lined up after my farm visits next week! This is an unusually long email so please bear with me.

Raw Dairy News


I am very excited to announce that Sam Jones from Cedar Rock Dairy will be listing his milk on our market in Suwanee as well as on the Lilburn Locally Grown market. Maryanne, the market manager for Lilburn wrote up an excellent introduction about Sam, his farm and the advantages of A2 milk. A link to the full document is below.

Sam was born in Tennessee and his father was a Dairyman. He is familiar with Weston A Price diet guidelines, leaky gut issues, Celiac disease. His cows roam on certified organic *pastures of a 1200 acre organic farm. He has a closed herd, which means he has whole families of cows and knows the genealogy as well as the genetics of each individual. He feeds a *GMO- Free grain at milking time and the amount of grain each cow receives depends on their body condition at milking. The feed does contain a nominal amount of non-gmo soy. Sam explained that the need for cows to have some grain has been bred into cows. If they are suddenly prohibited from having any grain at all, they will starve themselves to death – mostly they survive on grasses, but man introduced grains to increase milk production. (another fine mess we have created!)

In an effort to correct this unfortunate reality, Sam is working with Dairymen in New Zealand where there exist closed herds that have never been fed any grains. Since he inseminates his cows, he is able to purchase semen from New Zealand in an effort to achieve the goal of having a herd that does not need grain to survive, but will in fact, thrive on a diet of pasture grasses. At the present time, Sam has bred 3 or 4 generations toward this optimum objective.

Sam does have his cows tested and all but one have the A2 gene and are “*A2 cows*”! Sam is a consultant for Farmers in Georgia and the surrounding states for purchase of Dairy cows, the breeding of Dairy cows and pasture management. His “hobby” is cow genetics! It is his passion and when we went to visit the Farm, we were blown away by the depth of Sam’s knowledge and expertise!

Sam does not vaccinate, he has his cows tested regularly, has his milk tested regularly and has a reputation with the Dept of Ag for having exceptionally excellent results. He does not use antibiotics unless it is absolutely necessary and the milk is not incorporated with the batch until it tests negative.

Link to explanation of the advantages of A2 milk

He will be offering his raw milk under the Georgia pet milk license in half gallon plastic containers and half gallon glass jars. This first week only plastic will be available. In plastic it will be $4.40/half gallon and in glass is $3.30/half gallon. There is a savings to buying it in glass but there is also an initial investment.

Explanation of Milk System Using
Half Gallon Mason Jars

If you are choosing to receive your raw milk from Cedar Rock Dairy in a glass container, here is information on getting started and your ongoing responsibilities.

Because this is system for milk delivery is ‘new’, I am going to walk you through the initial process step-by-step.

Explanation of System

The first few weeks will be a little confusing, so bear with me! For the first week, we will all receive our milk in plastic containers. When Sam comes to drop off the milk this Tuesday, he will pick up 3 sets of jars for each person who wishes to receive their future milk orders in glass jars.

Here are some examples:

I get 1 gallon of milk per week. Sam packages milk in ½ gallon Mason jars. I will need 2 jars for my 1 gallon of milk – that is ONE set. I must have 3 sets so I need 6 half gallon Ball Mason jars.

Mary gets 2 gallons of milk per week. Sam packages in 1/2gallon Mason jars. Mary will need 4 jars for her 2 gallons of milk – that is One set. Mary must have 3 sets, so she will need 12 half gallon Ball Mason jars.

Betsy get ½ gallon of milk per week. Sam packages in ½ gallons Mason jars. Betsy will need 1 jar for her ½ gallon of milk – that is ONE set. Betsy must have 3 sets, so she will need 3 half gallon Ball Mason jars.

Why do we need 3 sets?

Initially, Sam will have all of our sets of jars. He will fill one set for each of us and deliver them. We will use the milk and return the *CLEAN DRY *jars the next time we pick up milk. Sam will have already delivered our milk for the week before you drop off your washed set. So, if we do not have a third set, he would not have any jars to put milk in on the 3rd week. With 3 sets of jars the rotation will work smoothly and there are plenty of jars.

Where can I buy the jars? How much are the jars?

You have a choice.

1. We can provide the jars and the plastic lids for $3.00 each. This is a little more than you would pay if you shop around; however, it does include the lid and label.

2. You can purchase the jars yourself (usually Ace Hardware has them) and Walmart has the plastic lids)
The jars are only sold by the case and there are 6 to a case. Depending on where you can find them, they will range anywhere from $11.25/case to $13.99/case. The plastic lids run around $3.00 for 8 at WalMart and can be up to $5.99 at some Ace Hardware stores.

If you choose to get your own jars:

1. All jars must be ½ gallon Ball Mason Jars

2. All jars must have a metal lid and a plastic lid

3. All jars and metal lids will be labeled by us

4. All plastic lids will have the Farmer’s Raw Milk label on the top (as mandated by Georgia Law)

5. All jars must be washed and dried. Do not dry these jars in your dishwasher or in the oven!
The type of glass that is used for ½ jars will be weakened unless they are air dried! (I know this from experience! The bottoms will get weak and one day you will pick up a jar and the bottom will fall out!)

6. All jars and metal lids will be labeled when you bring them to the pickup location. We will use a unique colored label to differentiate our jars from other locally grown markets.

7. Email me and let know you have your own jars so I can get them from you to label prior to Sam picking up on Tuesday.

Can I just get my milk in a plastic container? How much will it be?

Yes! The cost of a half gallon of milk in a plastic container is $4.40 (or $8.80 per gallon)

How much is my milk if I get it in jars?

The cost of a half gallon of milk in a glass jar is $3.30 (or $6.60 per gallon)

Although you have an initial investment in the jars, they are yours and should you move, or drop from the Market for any reason, the jars are YOURS and will be returned to you. In the long run, you will save money by getting your milk in glass jars.

New Grower: BeeBerry Farms

I am very happy to welcome Kevin Toth of BeeBerry Farms to our family of growers! BeeBerry Farms is family community Urban Farm and is a Certified Naturally Grown (CNG)farm.

They will be listing seasonal fruits and veggies, eggs and all natural soaps. Look for their delicious and nutritious blackberries and blueberries on tomorrow’s market!! All grown without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers!

Market Website Improvement

Eric, our amazing developer and creator of the Locally Grown Network has made some improvements that will hopefully making ordering easier for you!

He has made the “Order History” box on The Market page much more useful. You could always see your last ten orders, and add items you had ordered before to your cart. It only ordered one, though, so if you habitually ordered four dozen eggs, you had to click the button four times. Now it will add the same number to your account that you had ordered before. Even better, there’s a link to duplicate the entire order (what’s available this week, anyway) with one click. We can’t really have standing orders, since the availability changes so much from week to week, but this is the next best thing. Make one order with the things you order every week, and next week (and each week thereafter) just duplicate it and check out. It doesn’t matter how many orders you place — we’ll add everything up together on Tuesday, but each order is still a separate thing in the records, so you can just have one with your staples that you repeat, and then other orders with things you just want this week. Take a look — you may not use it at all, but for some people this will really come in handy.

Upcoming LocalEvents

Small Classes at Deerfield Co-op in Alpharetta
In conjunction with the Deerfield Co-Op and Buying Club, they will be offering small classes throughout the month. The first class date will be on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 7:00 PM to around 9:00 PM. If more than 5 RSVP, they will have a class on Wednesday June 26, 2013 from 7:00 PM to around 9:00 PM. Come learn how to make ricotta cheese ravioli from scratch! This small group class will allow for hands-on experience in turning whole milk to ricotta cheese, making pasta dough, rolling the dough, and filling it. While you make some to take home for lunch the next day, we will have light refreshments and a sampling of products from their vendors. If you would like to buy any of the tools used in class, they will have an order form available. Each class will be between 4-5 people, however special arrangements may be made if you would like to have a group event. You can make reservations “Event Reservations” at the Deerfield Co-Op and Buying Club (alpharetta.locallygrown.net) or here Suwanee Whole Life Co-Op (suwanee.locallygrown.net). This will be held in a private residence that also houses a cat. He will be put away, but this should be taken under consideration if you have allergies!
If you have any questions please contact Brandon directly at follettbrandon@aol.com

Upcoming Group Buys

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

Vital Choice Seafood (Wild Caught Salmon and Seafood) – NEXT WEEK! June 28th

Wildness Family Naturals -(Organic Coconut oil, nuts and pantry items)July 12th

NEW-Muddy Pond -(Sorghum syrup and pops) July 12th

Green Pasture – (Fermented Cod/Skate Liver Oil/High Vitamin Butter Oil) July 19th

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

Montage Farm will not have goat milk this week. They will be back next week.

We are still working out the logistics for Cedar Rock Dairy delivery of raw Jersey Cow Milk. It should be listed on the market next week. Look for details to come soon.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!!

Have a blessed weekend,
Nora