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Happy Friday morning!
What a beautiful week we have had. I do hope everyone could enjoy some Vitamin D therapy. My spring seeds came in and I put away the seed catalogs as I get a little overeager on my planting abilities. Thankfully, we have Georgia Farm to Table to offer us boxes of locally grown vegetables. Our market farmers are geared up starting seeds and preparing for spring planting. Please remember them, the work they do is not easy, requires more attention than a 9-5 job, they work outdoors rain or shine and they do it for the love of food, people and the earth.
The market, don’t forget to place your orders for Elderberry Syrup, the wonder tonic. You should be taking a small amount daily to enhance your immune system and an increased amount if you are fighting off sickness. It will be available for pick-up the first week of February.
February 7th is the Cultured and Fermented Vegetable class/feast. Marty has around 12 items he is working on and he is excited about all of them. I cannot wait to learn how to ferment foods. They say gut health is the most important factor in our overall health and I believe it. If you are not eating fermented foods and drinks, you are missing out on a tremendous health supplement that often does not cost you more than a head of cabbage. We have room for 3 more people if you are interested.
Jars: Please, please, please wash and dry your milk jars before they get here. If they get to Cedar Rock Dairy and are wet or dirty, there will be a $2 charge per jar for them to be washed. They need to be scrbbed with a brush to get the cream lines out of them and a capful of hydrogen peroxcide added to hot soapy water to soak them helps clean them. Rinse well and air dry.
Go out and have a great weekend (after you place your orders) and we will see you Wednesday.
CLG Pickup TODAY 4-6pm. Bring glass jars, egg cartons please.
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 St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 925 Mitchell Street in Conway.
If something comes up that you cannot personally pick up your order today, please contact someone to pick up for you.
Remember to bring your glass jars for recycling, egg cartons, and bags for ordered items. Reduce, reuse, recycle! See you this afternoon.
Come early for the best selection from the EXTRAS table!
How to contact us:
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. Instead…
Phone or text: Steve – 501-339-1039
Email: Steve – email@example.com
Our Website: www.conway.locallygrown.net
On Twitter: @conwaygrown
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The market is now open!!
Get your groove on!!
Blooming wands bright pink cartons can be returned to be recycled by them.
If any cartons are returned, if there is a vendor name on them, please only recycle your own cartons. I don’t know that there has ever been confusion from a member about which vendor actually supplied the eggs purchased but seemed like a possibility to head off.
I’ll also check with Erin to see if storing cartons has been a problem at all.
see you at pickup
2 Group Buys: Green Pasture – Fermented Cod Liver Oils and Great Lakes Collagen
This weekend we will have our Group Buy for Green Pasture products (Fermented Cod Liver Oil (FCLO), High Vitamin Butter Oil, Skate Liver Oil
and Great Lakes Gelatin- Grass Fed Collagen!
All currently available products (as of today) will be listed on the market site tomorrow for ordering.
We order FCLO monthly and collagen every 2 months. One can of collagen is a 2 month supply for 1 person. Please keep this in mind when ordering.
The prices include our discounted group buy price, sale price (if applicable), shipping, fees and taxes.
THIS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE FOR PICK UP THIS TUESDAY.
I will place our group order on Monday and expect it will be available for pick up within 2 weeks. This is a prepaid pre-order, so payment is expected this Tuesday. If you are only ordering Green Pasture or Great Lakes products this week, please drop a check in the mail or online payment on the co-op market website.
If you are new to the co-op and/or Fermented Cod Liver Oil or Collagen, I have a section at the bottom of this weblog that discusses the benefits of these amazing products.
I’ve also listed my recommendations and dosage for adults and kids.
Refer a Friend and earn $10 from Nature’s Garden Express!
We’d love for you to help us spread the word about Nature’s Garden Express organic produce boxes! Each friend that signs up with Nature’s Garden Express and uses your code will receive $10 off their first box *of organic produce box. *For each person you refer that receives a box, they will add $10 credit to your NGE account.
It’s the ultimate win-win, and there’s no limit to how much credit you can earn.
Plus you will both get our co-op discount if they have their box delivered to our pick up location!
Just do the following:
1. Log in at naturesgardenexpress.com
2. Click on “My Invites” (located on the left side of webpage
3. Share your promo code
HELP! We need Volunteers!!
THANK YOU *Tanya, Marie, Diana, Pam, Chuck and Lanay for helping on Tuesday! You guys are a blessing! We couldn’t have a co-op without volunteers and we appreciate you all so much!
If you are interested in volunteering, I have created a volunteer sign up on Signup Genius. I am asking for volunteers to sign up for 1 hour shifts from 2p to 6:45 pm. 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. Here is the link to the sign up http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0A44AEA623A7FA7-volunteer
The link is also posted on the About page on our website.
Thank you in advance for your support!
Fermented Cod Liver Oil Info Details
GREEN PASTURE INFO:
Here’s some information about Fermented Cod Liver Oil and its health benefits:
Why choose Green Pasture Products?
•Whole Food Form
•Wild, as Provided by Nature
•Natural fatty acid complex, nothing removed or changed
•Full, deep range of Vitamins A, D, E, K; CoQ enzymes; and other Quinones
•Non-industrialized & Historical Processing Methods
•Clean, Pure, and Extensive Third Party Tested (NO PCBs, Lead, Mercury, Arsenic or other Heavy Metals)
•Family owned business
Why is FCLO better than regular fish oil? •Green Pasture uses wild caught cod in and around the Arctic region (A substantial amount of today’s cod liver oil is produced from farmed fish)
•FCLO higher in nutrients than regular fish oil
•Double the amounts of vitamin A and D as regular cod liver oil
•Goes rancid less quickly
•No synthetic vitamins added
•Most salmon oil has one-fifth the potency of cod liver oil
•1/2 TBS of FCLO provides the amount of elongated omega-3 fatty acids found in twelve 1,000 mg fish oil capsules
What are the benefits of Fermented Cod Liver Oil?
•Rich in Vitamins A & D which are crucial nutrients that are lacking in most modern diets
•Vitamin A- vital for a healthy immune system and healthy vision and is important for proper development in children
•Vitamin D- improves insulin function, protective effect against multiple sclerosis,
•May help prevent flu (lack of vitamin D synthesis during the winter as one explanation for high rates of influenza infection during cold season)
•In women, higher levels of vitamin D from cod liver oil improve bone mineral density
•EPA- Eicosapentaenoic acid (Omega 3 Fatty Acid) anti-inflammatory and necessary for prostaglandin production
•DHA -docasahexaenoic acid, a nutrient absolutely vital for a healthy brain and nervous system
•Fights inflammation associated with heart disease and heals the lining of the arteries
•Reduces the size of atheromas clogging arteries and improves blood vessel function
•Studies have shown cod liver oil can protect against diseases like cancer and leukemia
•Effective in treating arthritis
•Helps maintain soft skin and minimize wrinkles
How does it benefit my child’s health?
From conception through adolescence, cod liver oil can provide developing children with what they need to thrive. Mothers who take cod liver oil during pregnancy and nursing protect their children from disease while providing them with important nutrients and fatty acids. For growing children, cod liver oil is important for healthy bones and teeth, as well as preventing common problems like ADHD. It’s also an excellent treatment for diaper rash and other skin conditions if used topically.
Synergy of Butter Oil and Cod Liver Oil
Research shows that butter oil and cod liver oil, taken together, provide complementary factors leading to proper essential fatty acid balance. High-vitamin butter oil contains arachidonic acid (AA), an omega-6 fatty acid, while cod liver oil is rich in eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3. Moreover, the saturated fatty acids in the butter oil promote efficient utilization of the unsaturated fatty acids in the cod liver oil. Finally, butter oil contains a broad and deep range of important quinones including Vitamin K, E and CoQ enzymes while cod liver oil is rich in Vitamin A and D.
Green Pasture’s High-Vitamin Butter Oil is extracted from dairy milk produced by Guernsey and Devon cows (high butterfat producers) that graze exclusively on irrigated grass in the northern Great Plains. This specific combination of climate and irrigation produces a rapidly growing specialized forage, ensuring optimal levels of Activator X as discovered by Dr. Price. Activator X and other nutrients are then further concentrated by putting the butterfat through a specialized low-temperature centrifuge process
Here is a link to an article about the benefit of cod liver oil and why it’s best taken with a high vitamin butter oil http://www.westonaprice.org/cod-liver-oil .
I’ve been taking FLCO since October 2011 and I can honestly say that I have seen an improvement in my own health. My hair and nails are stronger than they’ve ever been. My hair hasn’t been this thick since my last pregnancy 6 years ago. My skin feels and looks better. I usually have small bumps on my upper arms and they have virtually disappeared. My hormone level seems more even and no mood swings. One member told me her vision has improved since taking FCLO. My son thinks it’s helped him learn how to read! He loves it and actually requests it. My daughter, on the other hand, takes it only because she knows it’s good for her.
I have heard and seen several testimonies about FCLO increasing HDL (the good cholesterol) and have experienced it myself. My doctor has been tracking my HDL (and LDL) for the past 5 years and noticed that my HDL has been going up since 2011. The only significant dietary change I have made is adding FCLO to my diet. One of my closest friends has been taking the infused coconut oil that includes fclo and skate oils. Her HDL skyrocketed almost 50 points and her LDL lowered. Ironically we have the same doctor and she is now very interested in Fermented Cod Liver Oil.
Last year, my dentist told me I had a small “soft spot” on one of my molars that he wanted to keep an eye on. I doubled up on my fish oil and at my next visit he said it was no longer there! I have been told by others that using this product can help re-mineralize your teeth and reverse tooth decay and now I believe it.
My neighbor just started taking FCLO recently. She is also a breast cancer survivor for almost 14 years but has suffered from lymphedema (swelling in arms and hands). She told me shortly after taking fermented cod liver oil blend gel she has seen a significant reduction in her swelling and sense of well being she hasn’t felt in years!
If you have a testimony you’d like to share, please email me. I’d love to know how others in our co-op have seen the benefits of taking this wonderful product!
I have personally tried every flavor and type of FCLO that Green Pasture carries. There are 2 that my entire family takes and we switch it up for variety- FCLO/HVBO Blend Gel- Cinnamon Tingle Flavor and Infused Coconut Oil- Carob Banana flavor.
I recommend shaking up the FCLO Blend Gels then storing it in the fridge upside down. It’s easier to scoop out that way. None of the products need refrigeration but I do only for this product. The infused coconut oils tend to harden up in the fridge so I just keep it on the counter.
My family has “family fish oil time” right after dinner. We take it with a little orange juice or something acidic to cleanse our palate.
FCLO/HVBO Blend Gel- Adults 1 teaspoon, children 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon depending on age
Infused Coconut Oils- Adults 1 tablespoon, children 1/4 to 1/2 tablespoon depending on age.
For other FCLO products see sources below for recommended dosage.
Great Lakes Collagen Info
Great Lakes Gelatin (the Green can) Collagen Hydrolysate (beef kosher) Unflavored
Gelatin (also known as cooked collagen) has wonderful anti-inflammatory and anti-aging qualities, as it helps to fill in the missing amino acids (the building blocks of proteins) in the standard American diet. This is a completely different from the jiggly gelatin product most of us grew up eating as kids.
Homemade bone broth is chock full of gelatin and very nutrient dense but Great Lakes Gelatin- Collagen is a convenient way to get gelatin consistently into your diet.
What is Collagen Hydrolysate?
Hydrolyzed Collagen is the unique combination of amino acids in concentrated levels that promotes rapid re-production of blood cells for healing and conditioning over other proteins especially for bone and joint health care. This low molecular weight protein is easily digested for healthy enrichment in minutes after ingestion. It will not congeal because it has been hydrolyzed for quick assimilation and improved hydration to the connective tissue. Collagen is important to nitrogen balance, now considered an anti-aging product as it supports age related cartilage damage, and collagen loss. source: http://greatlakesgelatin.com/)
How do I use this product?
You can mix it in drinks, shakes, smoothies, or add a tablespoon to your favorite recipe to give it an anti-inflammatory protein boost. It will dissolve in cold liquids very easily.
How Much Do You Need?
Recommended dosage: Take one rounded tablespoon (10-12 g) in the morning, and the same amount before going to bed in the late evening which will help reduce appetite. This product has a low molecular weight so it will dissolve in cold, warm, or hot liquids.
Important Note: Remember not to get too carried away with gelatin. Adding too much too quickly can cause digestive issues: bloating, loss of appetite, stomach ache are just a few side effects.
It’s important to remember that more gelatin is not always better, especially if you are adding it to your diet for the first time.
Gelatin should be used in addition to a nutrient dense diet and not to replace real food like homemade bone broths and grass fed meats.
Additional links and sources:
Upcoming Group Buys
Below is a list of upcoming co-op group buys to help with planning and budgeting. All dates are subject to change.
Great Lakes Gelatin – Collagen Hydrolysate 1/23/15 – 1/25/15
Green Pasture – Fermented Cod Liver Oils- 1/23/15 – 1/25/15
Grass Fed Butter – 2/6/15 – 2/8/15
Wilderness Family Naturals- (Organic Pantry Items) – 2/20/15 – 2/22/15
Raw Mixed Nuts – 2/20/15 – 2/22/15
Grass Fed Cheese – 3/6/15 – 3/8/15
Vital Choice (Wild Caught Seafood Only) – 3/20/15 – 3/22/15
Unrefined Maple Syrup – Grade B- TBD Spring 2015
Sorghum Syrup – TBD Spring 2015
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!
Old 99 FArm, week of Jan 19 2015
Needless to say, this is getting to you too late to be much help as reminder to order this week. (The regulars have mostly placed their orders without my mail in their inbox)
We have some chicken broth for sale this week, at $10/liter plus jar exchange. (bring a jar take a jar) I’m using mason jars with sealable lids.
We have Hubbard squash in 500gm freezer bags, cut up and ready to cook. This is a trial, to see if the reason squashes aren’t that popular is because of their size.
Lots of eggs.
See you tomorrow!
Ian and Cami
Gwinnett Locally Grown:
The Market is open for ordering! Green Pastures Bulk Buy!
The Market is open Thursday at 9 – Monday at noon After that, ordering is disabled until Thursday morning. Pick up your order Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. only at Rancho Alegre Farm at 2225 Givens Road, Dacula, GA 30019. New to The Market? Learn about how it works here.
BULK BUY FOR GREEN PASTURES!
We are going to place an order for Fermented Cod Liver Oil for those interested in taking advantage of the many health benefits of FCLO and the savings! It is real pricey if you order individually, so email me if you are interested!
_Pick up for Mother Earth Meats is this Saturday, the 24th. The time will be announced soon…
*If you ordered from Mother Earth Meats, please email us the order so we can make sure we have all you purchased!
Thanks for a great Market last week!
*Please share with friends and family about us so that we can give more people the opportunity to buy and eat healthy! Local farmers need our support to keep providing us with all the fresh foods! If we don’t give them enough business, it’s hard for them to continue to deliver to us. Please let’s not let that happen! Tell your friends about us so we can keep the Growers supported as this is how they make their living. *
I hope that this year will be the best year in health for you and your family!
Browse through to see all the great Growers we have and maybe you will find something new!
We have Wilderness Family Naturals Coconut Sugar, Flour and Organic Popcorn in the Market for sale! When you come to pick up your order, check them out! They are also now online!
If there is something you’d like to see in the Market, please let me know! I would love your imput!
The Market is extending their hours! The Market will now be open from 4:00 to 7:00pm!
Having said that, if you place an order with us, PLEASE remember to pick it up on Tuesday. As I am so grateful for your orders, I also have a family at home waiting on me too! We cannot hold orders, especially cold items due to limited refrigeration space, so please be courteous and come for your order.
CLICK HERE NOW to Shop Gwinnett Locally Grown!
Thanks for all your support!
Shop often and eat well!
Rancho Alegre Farm
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions pertaining to Market or Raw Milk. It is very difficult to return phone calls. Remember to interact with us on Facebook and follow us on Meetup to get notification on all our wonderful events and news.
Market News, Please read
We are having to many no shows, no calls
so we will now have a 25% restocking fee
whenever this happens.
Please note that if an item you are trying to order is negative this means they are sold out and you won’t receive any. This has happened several times on the eggs since I have so few to go around.I will not be selling any eggs this week I have some hens wanting to set so I will be giving the eggs to them so we can increase our flock.
A couple of things before I get into the third issue of how the market works, with this week focusing on the growers.
Ancient Awakenings is back this week, but will be off next week selling every other week from now on.
Cheese Raw Cheese order was placed on Monday from Meadow Valley Farm in Indiana and should arrive by Saturday. I ordered a few extra in case anyone would like some, just let us know when you come in.
Butter I called to place the order for Raw Butter but wasn’t successful. The demand is more than the supply so we may have to wait a bit longer to get more of the butter.
NEW PICK UP LOCATION Beginning Saturday, January 31st, You’ll be able to choose to pick up your order at Cherry Street Brewery in Vickery Village from 1:30-2:30pm.
Important to note: Checks or Credit cards accepted only. We have to have a mobile meat license to be able to transport meat and fish therefore PLEASE DON’T ORDER MEAT OR FISH if you are picking up at Vickery.
Place your order online as usual and add the item “Vickery Location” to your order. We will gather your items and deliver them to Cherry Street Brewery for you to pick up.
Now back to the growers…The decision to let a new grower into the market is always made by me alone. There’s no committee, and no formal application process. We have a closed market, and it’s not open to just anyone to sell through. A good number of our growers also go above and beyond to only bring “the best of the best”, and that pushes the de facto standards even higher. Here’s a summary of what it takes to be able to sell through The Cumming Harvest:
- All growers must use sustainable practices and never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. I’ll come back to this later.
- All growers can only sell what they themselves have grown, made, or otherwise produced.
- All growers must be within about 100 miles of Cumming.
- All growers must be willing to be part of our TCH community, and not think of us as just a dumping off point.
- All animals raised for meat or eggs must be pastured or sustainably wild-caught
- Prepared foods must use organic ingredients if at all possible, and locally grown ingredients if at all possible
- All proper licenses, when required by law, must be obtained
“Sustainable practices”. There’s no set definition of that, and there’s really a sliding scale. There is a generally accepted definition of what is “conventional” agriculture, and that includes the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and confined and grain-fed animals. Those are easy to exclude. At the other end, there is the USDA Organic Certification and Certified Naturally Grown certification. Few small diversified growers can meet the expense of USDA certification, but a good number of our growers are CNG certified. This program uses the USDA rules as a starting point, made a few things more strict, and uses a system of growers certifying other growers to keep things honest. If a new grower does not have a certification, then I talk to them, get information about them, and visit their farm in person when necessary.
In short: the growers have satisfied my standards, and I personally have approved them for inclusion in TCH. However, I want you to not just take my word for it. All the farmers welcome visitors to their farms, just call them and set up an appointment. We occasionally have a “meet the farmer” table on Saturday’s so you can talk with the growers yourself face-to-face. We encourage them to take photos for their online photo album, to describe their practices, and to take care with their product listings. We want to facilitate communication between you and them, so when you place an order, they see your name and email address in case they need to clarify a request or offer a substitution, and likewise for most of our growers you can see their contact info when you view their grower profile (while logged into the site) so you can get clarification from them when needed.
I often wrestle with some of those edge cases. Doug’s Wild Alaska Salmon was one such case. The salmon and halibut they sell was caught in Alaska, but Doug and his family live here (well, just over the line in South Carolina). They own their own small boats, and catch the fish themselves. Their practices are certified sustainable by a reputable organization up there, and their products are high quality. They’ve worked out the logistics of getting fish to you every week (by keeping a supply at the market in a freezer they own). I have in the past talked with dairies from across the state, fisherman from Savannah, olive growers from Savannah, and other people making items we just can’t get from growers located right here. Often, the logistics of getting their items from there to here on a regular and timely basis is what breaks down, but I hope that over time we’ll be able to expand the items at our market without compromising our community of growers located right here.
Hopefully that explains how our growers get into TCH, what standards they have to meet, and so on. It’s a very important topic, perhaps the most important one for our market, but much of it goes on behind the scenes. I know you’ve put your trust in me, and I take that very seriously, If you’d like to talk with me in person about this or any other aspects of TCH, I’d love to do so. Just pull me aside when you come by to pick up your order.
Building 106, Colony Park Dr. in the Basement of Suite 100, Cumming, GA 30040.
PICK UP HOURS
Saturday from 10-12pm.
106 Colony Park Drive, Suite 100 Cumming, GA 30040
Please contact me if you have any questions, problems or suggestions. EMAIL ME
To view the harvest today and tomorrow till 8pm, visit “The Market” page on our website, The Cumming Harvest
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!
It’s Last Call!
Get your orders in before we close up shop for this week!
You have 15 minutes…