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Republican Valley Produce:  RVP- Last market of 2012


This week marks the last order and delivery market in 2012 for RVP. As you, we will be taking a needed break from Christmas to New Years. The market will open up on December 29th, with delivery on Saturday January 5th (at the Saturday Winter Market in Manhattan). Following that, we will go every two weeks. Here is the schedule for January. The market will open the Friday before.

January,
market opens December 29th, delivery on Saturday Jan 5th (Winter market in Manhattan)
Deliveries 15 and 16, 29 and 30
(we do have a winter market in Manhattan on Friday, January 25th)

Thank you for your support over the last year. We truly appreciate your willingness to purchase and consume locally grown products. It has been a challenging year, but we have made it through. With any luck, 2013 will be better.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from our families to yours!

Gwinnett Locally Grown:  Market is Open


The Market is now open for ordering.

Gwinnett Locally Grown will be closed the week of Christmas and will re-open the following week. Pickup the following week will be Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas filled with His love and Light.

Joyful thoughts,
~Maryanne

Suwanee Whole Life Co-op:  Market is open for ordering


Good Morning Everyone,

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

Have a wonderful weekend!

Conway, AR:  CLG Pick-up 4pm today!


Good Morning,

This is a pickup reminder for those of you who ordered this week. Thank you for your order. You can pick up your order from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. today at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.

Remember to bring your glass jars for recycling, and bags for ordered items.

See you this afternoon. Have a great day!

Local Farms First:  Go Green!



Greetings local food lovers!

Finally, winter has set in! But there is still a hint of greenery on the market.

Snatch up some green curly kale while supplies last from Rain Crow Farm this week.

Shred it into a salad, stir-fry it in a wok or bake it into a chip!

Also available: a colorful variety of root vegetables, boxes of processing apples, delicious Luna Bakery breads & more!

Thanks for supporting local family farms!

Maya Silver
LocalFarmsFirst.org – a 501c3 non-profit
970-641-7682
click here to start shopping on the website:
www.LocalFarmsFirst.com

Spa City Local Farm Market Co-op:  Volunteers


Volunteers for this week’s pick-up day are James Wilson and DocJody! Please be sure to thank our wonderful volunteers when picking up your order tomorrow. We couldn’t have a co-op without ’em!

There are some open shifts for upcoming markets, so check out our calendar on VolunteerSpot and sign up: http://tinyurl.com/Co-opVolunteers

Remember, for EVERY shift volunteered, whether a full 1:00-5:30 slot or a 1:00-3:30 slot, each volunteer will receive TWO FREE MONTHS of co-op membership.

In addition, for every 1:00-5:30 shift completed, each volunteer will receive a $5 Walmart gift/gas card!

If you have any problems or prefer to contact me directly, my email is kgharbut@aol.com

Thanks!

-Karen Harbut
Volunteer Coordinator

Suncoast Co-op:  Children in need: Pasco's Food Desert and food insecurity


Hello Co-op,
Pardon me for sending you another email this week, But I thought this issue was very important.

I’m writing this email to tell you about a personal story that I’ve been hearing a lot from fellow board members in the co-op and people from our community. Ever since the great recession in 2008 the Pasco economy has tanked creating widespread suffering for many residents in our community. Economic hardships have hit our children the worst. In this 60 minutes piece you can learn more about how the recession has hit Florida’s children the hardest. http://youtu.be/dK_RnxYdrqU

The story that I heard was from one of our board members Barbara, a family member was volunteering at a local charity collecting letters from children in need Christmas gifts. In many of the letters children instead of asking for toys, or bikes, or ponies, or xboxes were asking for food instead. This wasn’t an infrequent scenario its estimated in Pasco county the number of children who go to bed hungry every night is in the thousands with their parents dependent on help to make sure food is there. Statistics for health in Pasco: http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdpasco/publications/Pasco_Community_Health_Profile_Report_2010.pdf

Current economic hardships experienced by residents of Pasco County have lead
to an increase in applications for nutrition services never experienced before. In 2009,
food insecurity in Pasco County is at an all time high: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) applications up 75%; WIC participation up 18%; and Free/Reduced
Lunch participation now covers 48% of all children enrolled in district schools. In 2008,
4.1% of all households in America accessed emergency food from a food pantry at least
once. It was also seen in 2008 that 55% of food insecure households participated at least
in one of three major food assistance programs (WIC, SNAP, or School Lunch Program).
It is anticipated that demand for these essential nutrition programs will continue to
increase well into 2010.

We at the co-op have a year long goal of hoping to create an avenue to help change this. We hope to connect with the local master gardeners, local schools, restaurants, growers, churches, farmers and anyone in our community willing to help to weave a local food resilience. We hold our future is something we are all co-responsible for making sure each individual child has a way of learning how to grow their own food, learn necessary skills to create food resilience (Canning, cooking, preparing food), and create economic opportunities for the local agriculture sector for young adults seeking to become organic farmers. Together we can co-create a new story of our community rising together to tackle food insecurity. Our vision is simple thousands of victory gardens connected using the internet. We can do it. You can help!

How you can help?
Bring Cans of food, donations of toys, donation of clothes, or gifts for a child in Pasco when you come to pick up your order: We will work at getting these donations to the appropriate local non profits.
Join as a owner/member of the co-op and get involved with the co-op via participating as a volunteer. We will make available in the future opportunities to volunteer at schools growing food.
Join us at future permablitzes where we will construct victory gardens for local residents in Pasco or Pinellas.
Purchase from our local market weekly as much or as little as you can. Your purchase invests money into local people to grow more local food. Grown by us, for us!
Sign our petition to get school victory gardens at every school in Pasco county: http://www.change.org/petitions/pasco-county-school-board-grow-vegetable-gardens-and-fruit-orchards-at-pasco-schools-k-12
Share the co-op with your friends, family, neighborhood, organizations, churches, businesses and more so we can connect more people to our cause of food resilience.
Volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity Kinship garden Wednesdays and Saturdays: We have 3 acres at the back of our customer pick-up location that is not utilized to its fullest capacity. We can work together to grow more food to provide for the local community. Contact Rick the garden manager for more information on volunteering: varick789@yahoo.com
Volunteer at the Peace learning garden every other Sunday in Downtown New Port Richey in front of Peace hall across from Sims park. Contact Denise the garden manager for more information on volunteering: houston.denise@gmail.com
We live in a current food desert and we can change that! There is too much fast food and not enough fresh food!

We are hosting regular free film showings revolved around food and book study on critical thought provoking books. Check all our events out at our meet-up and share with your friends. If everyone got 3 people involved with the co-op we could grow quickly and be more effective at re-localizing our local food. Our Meet-up page: http://www.meetup.com/Suncoast-Co-op/

We have plenty of eager growers who are creating food, what we need most right now are customers to support these growers. You can still order till noon today and we will also have fresh vegetables available for sale on Saturdays as well. Make sure to place an order whenever you can your participation with our co-op is critical to our success and we are always open to feedback from the community. Get involved with the co-op this next year if you would like to lead in these endeavors.

Thanks,
Eric Stewart

Homegrown Co-op:  Market Open! Fresh, local produce! Fall Fundraiser in effect!


Contact Us

2310 N Orange Ave, Orlando
(407) 895-5559
info@homegrowncoop.org
www.HomegrownCoop.org

Online Market

Place your order today in our online market!

Saturday Market:
Order online Wednesday 5pm – Friday 9am for pickup or delivery Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday Market:
Order online Sunday 10am – Tuesday 9am for pickup or delivery Wednesday afternoon.

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December Fundraiser in Full Swing!






In our 3rd annual December fund drive, we seek YOUR donation of just $30!

We are recruiting 300 people to each donate $30 in the next 30 days to meet our fundraising goal, which will fund improvements to the Co-op that allow us to better serve our members and our farmers.

This year, supportive local businesses have teamed up with Homegrown to create a Match Fund, where each community contribution will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, to help us reach our $18,000 goal!

Upcoming Member Monday Special!

This Monday, December 17th, all members will receive 25% off ANY Citrus purchased in the store!

There are so many different varieties available!

Remember to have your member card ready at checkout!

Not a Member yet? Support your local food economy now by becoming a member

Shop at the On-line Farmer’s Market.
www.homegrown.locallygrown.net

Place your order before Friday at 9am for pick-up or delivery on Saturday.

Your order is FINAL once placed, and you are responsible for pick-up and payment.

Pickup is from 12-8pm on Saturday December 15th. Sorry, we cannot accommodate early pickups at this time.

Don’t forget, orders for the following items must be placed by 4:00pm Friday to satisfy your order
Fresh bread orders from Olde Hearth Bread Company
Prepared foods from Venetian Gourmet and Purely Raw

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South Cumberland Food Hub:  Good Morning from South Cumberland Food Hub


It’s a chilly but beautiful morning out there. Our town may be a little quiet for the next couple of weeks due to the students being off for Christmas break.

It’s time to order your local produce for the weekend. We’re open till noon. :-)

Thank you for supporting your local farmers!

Risa

Old99Farm Market:  Old 99 Farm Week of Dec 9 2012


Order at www.old99farm.locallygrown.net

The Peter Bane workshop was well attended, had to turn people away. If you are moving towards thinking you need to provide more of your household sustenance: food, energy, water, consider buying The Permaculture Handbook: Garden Farming for Town and Country directly from www.permaculturehandbook.com.

Special on eggs this week, buy two get one dozen free. My flock is keeping right up with its production; the girls don’t realize you people have stopped buying!

The city of Burlington is planning on expanding the marina at Lasalle Park and displacing the hundreds of Trumpeter Swans that overwinter there. Write or call to city mayor Rick Goldring that this is a bad idea, ecologically and economically.
905-335-7607
mayor@burlington.ca

Ian