Weekly Market News

5/4/07

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

Pick Up Date & Time: Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm

Market News Highlights

LAST CALL!! Maple Syrup - Old State Farm - This is the final weekend we will be taking orders for unrefined maple syrup. This is a seasonal, once a year order so you don't want to miss it! More details about maple syrup below in this newsletter.


Back In Time Farm - Last call for Farm Tour- don't forget to RSVP for the farm tour this Sunday 2pm to 4pm. More details below!


Altanta Fresh - Vanilla Greek Yogurt is now on the market in addition to their grass-fed milks and plain greek yogurt.


Carrell Farms - Group Buy This weekend for Pastured Water Buffalo, Alpaca, and Lamb


New Farm! Pearl Mill Farms will be offering pastured pork on the market starting this weekend. They use hydroponics fodder (seed sprouts from barley, sunflower and peas) as the main food source for their livestock.


Copperhead Homestead Grass fed Ground Beef Sale - In order to clean out their freezers they are putting their ground beef on sale this week! They are sold out of all other cuts and will be stocking their freezer soon. Take advantage of this savings!


Fry Farm is back and has listed a bunch of veggies- Beets, Leeks, Parsnips, Cardoon, Baby Fava Beans, and more!


Leilani's Gardens has listed lots of veggies, herb plants, annuals, and perennials. These are definitely the best plants I have ever planted!


Delivery is now available! We are now offering home delivery! This includes all co-op market items and your Fresh Harvest produce basket. See more details below in this newsletter.

Farm Tour: Back In Time Farm

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We will tour Back in Time Farm on Sunday, May 7th, 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, baby cows 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!

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

Hope to see you there!!

Pearl Mill Farms

I'm very excited to welcome PEARL MILL FARMS to our family of growers and producers!


Pearl Milll Farms is located on beautiful Richard B. Russell Lake in Elbert County, Georgia. Started by two families (one is a Suwanee Whole Life Co-op member) that have divinely partnered together for the purposes of sustainably raising all natural beef, poultry, eggs, pork, goat milk (LaMancha) and related dairy products – all of which they happily provide to friends, family and the local community. In addition, they are utilizing hydroponics fodder (seed sprouts from barley, sunflower and peas) as the main food source for their livestock. They make their farm available for farm tours and hands-on educational activities as well! Looking forward to our co-op taking a tour soon! In the meantime here's a virtual tour video. More videos will be posted soon

MAPLE SYRUP DETAILS

It’s finally Maple Syrup time again! Thank goodness for an early Spring in Pennsylvania! I’ve talked to Joseph from Old State Farms, he’s tapping trees and ready for us to send our order. We only order once a year so you do not want to miss out!

This weekend I will be taking orders for organically produced Maple Syrup. The International Maple Syrup Institute (IMSI) introduced a new set of grading rules to govern how maple syrup is labeled so there is no longer Grade B, It's now Grade A - Very Dark. We'll have Unfiltered and Filtered Maple Syrup, Maple Spread, and Maple Mustard. This is a seasonal product and we only order once a year!


If a gallon is too much for your family and you want to split a gallon, I suggest posting on our Facebook page or using our Google Discussion board to post your request. We just need 1 person to order and submit payment. You will have to divide among yourselves. This worked out really well for folks last 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,and baking.


I also buy an extra gallon and put in pint and quart mason jars with a pretty ribbon to give as gifts. Old State Farms Maple syrup will last 18 months refrigerated because it is so fresh.


The maple syrup and other maple products are organically produced, no chemicals, formaldehyde-free, no sprays or synthetic 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 begin Group Buy this weekend for Maple Syrup. We only order once a year!s 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.

Joseph Burkett and his family has been producing maple syrup on their farm since 2001.


This is a pre-order and payment will be due at this week’s pick up or you can mail your check. Our order will take several weeks since Joseph is still tapping the trees. It will also arrive via freight so it takes longer than FedEx.

I will contact you as we get closer to a delivery date.

Delivery to your home is now an option!

I have received many requests for an alternative to picking up since our current time frame is during working hours. So we are now offering home delivery! This includes all co-op market items and your Fresh Harvest produce basket. Below are more details. Please read carefully if you choose this option. We will deliver starting this upcoming Thursday.

Home Delivery Guidelines

Home delivery is only available for orders paid by credit card or Dwolla online in advance. No cash or check orders. Our delivery drivers will not be collecting any payments.

Delivery fee - $12 flat fee

Delivery radius – We will deliver within a 10-mile radius of Suwanee Whole Life Co-op pick up location (1300 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Suwanee 30024).

What will we deliver – All your ordered co-op items including Fresh Harvest produce baskets

How do I add delivery to my order? - Go to market website (www.suwanee.locallygrown.net) and add *DELIVERY* to your order. I will appear in your cart as an item. Make sure your address on file is correct. We will use this as your delivery address. If you need us to deliver somewhere else besides that address, please leave that address in “Comment to Grower” section of your order at checkout.

How does it work? – We will deliver your ordered items to your address on file between 1pm to 7pm on Thursdays. Please leave out a cooler for your perishable items (milk, meats, veggies, etc). If you have perishable items but no cooler we can NOT leave your items. Fresh Harvest produce baskets already have cooler packs in them so you don’t need to leave out a cooler for that. Our delivery driver will leave your paid invoice in your mailbox and will note the time of delivery. We cannot take specific time requests and this time.

For your first delivery - please specify in the “Comment to Grower” section of your order at checkout- Your subdivision name and instructions where you want us to leave your items. If you live in a gated community please include gate code or put Suwanee Whole Life Co-op on your visitors list. We will keep this information on file so you only need to enter once.

Our delivery team – Here’s our team! Just wanted you all to see them so you’ll recognize them when they come to your home.


Here's our awesome delivery team!

New! AtlantaFresh Milk & Greek Yogurt

Thank you to Shelly, a fellow co-op member, that asked if we can carry AtlantaFresh milk and yogurt on the co-op market! I'm very pleased to welcome Ron Marks of AtlantaFresh Artisan Creamery to our family of growers and producers! They will offer their 100% grassfed, non-GMO, no antibiotics, low temp pasteurized milk and small batch Greek yogurt on the market starting this week. For milk, they can only sell to us in half gallons because we are not a foodservice organization. So if you order a gallon you will get 2 half gallons.

Upcoming Group Buys/Vendors of the Day

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

Group Buys:

Grass Fed Cheeses - 4/21- 4/23

Green Pasture - FCLO - 4/21- 4/23

Great Lakes- Grass fed Collagen/Gelatin - 4/21- 4/23

Old State Farm - Maple Syrup - Grade B - 4/28 - 4/30


Upcoming Farm Tours - (More details as we get closer to date)

Back In Time (Pastured Chicken, Eggs) - 5/7 at 2 pm

Leilani's Gardens (CNG Produce) - 6/3 TBD


Upcoming Farmer/Vendor of the Day:


Upcoming Farmer/Vendor of the Day:

Fresh Harvest - Produce Baskets - Sign Up Info

If you plan to pick up at our SUWANEE location and have a Nature’s Garden Express (NGE) produce box account please read this info!

Since NGE delivers to our area only on Tuesdays I’ve decided that our produce box provider will be Fresh Harvest at our location in Suwanee.

Below are instructions if you want to set up an account to have your Fresh Harvest produce basket delivered to our Suwanee pick up location at a discounted co-op rate.

Their process is similar to NGE- you can make exchanges, add on items, no weekly commitment, payment is directly with them, and receive high quality organic fruits and vegetables. Their prices are comparable to NGE after the 15% co-op discount that will be applied to your basket order.

Here is the process for signing up:

- Go to www.freshharvestga.com
- Click “Sign Up” in the top right corner
- Select a type of basket
- Select frequency of delivery
- Input personal information
- Select “Suwanee Whole Life Co-op” as your ‘Delivery Location’ from the scroll down menu
- Receive 15% off every basket!


You will receive the “harvest email” on Wednesday afternoons. It will let you know what is coming in your basket the following week. You have until 2pm Friday to make customizations or add additional items.
You can make as many customizations as you like and that will not change the price of your basket. Then you will receive your basket the following Thursday at our Suwanee pick up location.


If you have questions please give them a call at 770-847-6630 and they will be happy to help you!

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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 Thursdays from 1 pm to 3 pm only. Please make sure you understand how we work before you order.