Weekly Market News


Suwanee Whole Life Co-op

Order on Our Website: http://suwanee.locallygrown.net/market Fridays to Sundays

Pick Up Location: 1300 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suite 1104, Suwanee 30024 at Cultured Traditions (LOWER LEVEL at The Plaza at Suwanee Station Shopping Center)

Pick Up Date & Time: WEDNESDAYS 1 pm to 6:30pm


Plants for your garden!

Whether you're an experienced gardener or a first timer, our local farmers are here to help.They have some amazing plants listed on the market! Here's a link to some tips if you are new to the whole gardening thing https://georgiaorganics.org/for-gardeners/do-it-yourself/starting-your-spring-garden/

If you have little ones, give them a little plot of land to plant and take care of. Great way to have family fun and teach responsibility! I started my kids off with easy herbs. My daughter's favorite is basil. She loves to pick in the summer for her favorite caprese salad. My son continues to be proud of his never ending "mint garden" we planted over 5 years ago!

Check out all the plant and seedling listings on the market this week and the upcoming weeks as they become available! Perennials and annuals available! https://suwanee.locallygrown.net/market/index/121094


Farm Tour - Back In Time Farm

Sunday, April 28th, 2-4pm

40 Arnold Road Southeast

Statham, GA

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We will tour Back in Time Farm on Sunday, April 28th, 2pm to 4pm. This is a great opportunity for you and your family to meet your farmer and see where your food comes from! Come see their chickens, goats, and gardens! All the animals are kid friendly but we ask that you supervise the little ones.

HAY RIDE will be provided for little ones and those that can’t walk for long periods of time! Back in Time will have a tractor pulled hayride during the tour. Please RSVP soon so they will know if they need a 2nd one. Feel free to bring a snack to have by the gentle flowing creek at the back of the property.

Please RSVP if you can make it. I have added a category on the market called “Farm Tours -RSVP” and would like you to add to your cart as an order if you want to attend.

Please make sure to arrive about 15 minutes before the tour starts. We will promptly start at 2pm. Bring water & sunscreen!

You're more than welcome to invite friends and family that might be interested in the farm and our market but please have them RSVP or add them to your count.

The farm address is 40 Arnold Rd SE, Statham GA 30666 (about 50 minutes from Suwanee)

Hope to see you there!!

-Back In Time (Bill & Ruth) and Nora

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Exciting new market changes

If you are a new member you probably didn't receive this. Please check out this information about upcoming changes to the market. Please read letter below:


PLEASE HELP! Volunteers Needed at pick up!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We need 2 volunteers this Wed, 4/24 at 3pm, and 5pm.

Please consider volunteering during market pick up. I can’t run the market without your help! Shifts are 1 hour long and go by really fast. It's a great opportunity to meet and help your fellow members!

Thank you Gwen, Miki, Diana,Karen and Melanie for volunteering last Wednesday! We couldn't have the co-op without our amazing volunteers!!

If you are interested in volunteering but unsure exactly what that involves, please let Nora know and she will do a quick "volunteer orientation" with you on a day/time that you pick up.

Click to Volunteer

No packing is involved just need someone to be there to assist other members. You are welcome to bring your kids as long as they are supervised.


Question about coffee - very interesting...

I love when you guys have questions and contact our growers and vendors!! That's one of the unique things about our market. You can actually talk directly to the farmer or vendor that grew/made your products. Here's a recent question about coffee and I learned a lot too so I thought I would share:

Question: Hi, Whatever happened to the Java Cidiwey? I used to buy it through Nora's co-op in Suwanee.I still miss it!

-Cindy Smith

Suwanee, GA


Hi Cindy, Your question is an interesting one and I’ll take you into the world of green buying to answer it.

First thing to know is they grade coffee beans based on quality. Much like grades of meat. For coffee there is specialty grade, fine grade and commodity grade. Specialty grade is what we buy and it is the top 3-5% of beans. The total quantity of beans each year isn’t very much.

Second, importers are the buyers of the beans at origin. Some very large coffee roasters also buy direct.

Third, because coffee is an agricultural product generally there is one big harvest per year. Sometimes there is a second smaller harvest in some regions.

So, for importers who are buying in this specialty grade tier of coffee getting contracts on the beans you want is very competitive in the global marketplace. If an importer has a coffee that their customers demand they sometimes put a contract on an entire crop of beans before they are even harvested to ensure they get that coffee. Also if they do this they have exclusivity on that coffee and can charge a premium. This is is what happened to the Java Ciwidey. It became unavailable in the marketplace for us because someone contracted it before harvest with a multi-year contract. (Great for those farmers) We had to replace it with another coffee. We chose the Sumatra Lintong since it has similar flavor notes.

We’ve also had to switch out coffees because of natural disasters...volcanic eruptions in Sumatra, plant disease in Central America and we had a Nicaraguan coffee held at port for a while due to unrest in the country. We weren’t sure we’d get that coffee.

Green coffee selection and buying is the hardest part of what we do. We have to predict our consumption needs for 12 months and buy it upfront when the new crop hits the market. Once we buy our quantities we hope we’ve done it right. If we run out before next crop is available, there’s no buying more.

Thanks for your question and I hope this very long answer gave a little more background to why we don’t have the Java Ciwidey any longer. We miss it too.

It’s buying season now for Southern Hemisphere coffees. I’m attaching a picture of our warehouse taken yesterday. There’s probably 14,000-15,000# of green coffee in the warehouse right now.

Juanice Christian
JavaGenesis Coffee Roasting

Click here to order JavaGenesis freshly roasted coffees: https://suwanee.locallygrown.net/market/index/68684


Group Buy Schedule and Events

Below is a list of upcoming co-op group buys to help with planning and budgeting. All dates are subject to change.

Group Buys:

4/26 - 4/28 Grass Fed Cheese

Upcoming Farmer/Vendor of the Day/Farm Tour:

4/28/19 (SUNDAY) 2:00-5:00 pm Back In Time Farm (see details in newsletter)



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Member Announcements

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Request from a member

We are looking for recommendations for general doctor, gynecologist and pediatrician that is “friendly” to holistic practices. If you have someone you can recommend please send to Nora @ suwaneewholelife@gmail.com

Please send me recommendations and I will compile a list and have available for everyone. I think this would be really helpful to many members and families!


About Us

We are an online farmers market that strives to provide the community convenient access to nutrient dense, organically grown foods and healthy products that contain No Antibiotics, No Hormones, No Synthetic Fertilizers or Chemicals, No Additives, such as MSG or Nitrates, No GMO Soy and No GMOs.

Click Here to Order (Fridays to Sundays)

Market is open for online orders Fridays starting at 7:30 am to Sundays ending at 6 pm. Pick up is in Suwanee at Cultured Traditions on Wednesdays from 1 pm to 6:30 pm only. Please make sure you understand how we work before you order.