Suncoast Co-op Market News
Azomite: Check out our commercial youtube for Azomite with this rock dust you can add micro-nutrients to your soils that helps convert woody mulch into rich veggie gardens. Learn how one of our growers did it in Tarpon Springs Tarpon Springs Permaculture garden using Azomite
Great new Products
- Tempeh – Fermented Soy a vegan protein source
- Summer Greens Mix
- Essential Oils
- Local Pork meat!
- Frozen Tart Cherries
- Butterfly plants
- Fresh Herbs
- Sweet Potato Leaves
- Black Bean: Burger, Meatloaf, Hummus
- King Kang Greens
- Pickled Beans
- Hand Soaps, Facial Cleansers, Multibalm
- Cranberry Hibiscus
- Moringa Leaf Powder
- Jamaican Cherry
- Red Brandy Wine tomatoes
- Crimson Sweet Watermelon
- Sweet Peppers
- Lemon Basil
- Farm Fresh Eggs
- Gluten Free Baked goods
- Essential Oils
- Sweet Potato slips
- Milk and more!
Make sure you browse all the categories on the left hand side of the market to see all we have to offer from our over 45+ local growers. Please remember to get your orders placed by Thursday noon.
In the News
In the near future we will be moving our market pick-ups from the cafe area inside the Habitat back into the Kinship garden area at the rear of the Habitat for Humanity. This week nothing is changed but look towards this shift over the next couple of weeks we will have signs and emails letting you know when we do shift. We are in need of supplies and will be putting a comprehensive wishlist in the near future. The short list right now is:
- Tarps (any size)
- Tents – preferably 10ftx10ft or larger.
- Chest Freezer
- Paint – We will be painting our logo on the trailer. less then 1 gallon (blue, yellow, green, purple, red)
- Plastic bins for orders
- Shelving of any sort
- Nursery gear: Used pots, Seed trays, labels, seeds, seed starting gear of any sort.
We feel this shift will be good overall as people will directly see where the food is growing, we will have a mobile refrigerated trailer with more room, we will have to set-up some shaded areas and social area that will be our own area. If you would like to assist us in the changes we are going to be working on Friday 9am-Noon at the Habitat for Humanity this week. Together we can keep growing our co-op and get ready for the next big season this fall when lots of fresh veggies will be more available due to season changes. All hands on deck, many hands makes light work! Aug. 10th we have another permablitz set-up, Aug. 24th a big seed starting party for the Kinship Garden is going on as well. Get involved and help the co-op grow together we can transform the West Pasco area and beyond by showing how cooperative we all can be pitching in to make a difference and a new local economy of fresh local healthy food.
Your voluntary participation is essential to the success of our co-op and local food in our area!
Check out photo’s from our latest permablitz at Kinship Garden located at the rear at West Pasco Habitat for Humanity. Kinship Garden Facebook photos.
Milk update from The Dancing Goat
The cow products are now all fed a GMO FREE grain. It was ordered last week and is put into use this week. It is roughly double the cost of conventional grain but guaranteed to be GMO FREE so the prices have increased by $1 each across the board!
Permablitz: Deidra’s House! Sheet mulching, Hugelkulture, Worm composting Port Richey, Florida
We had a permablitz this morning where a group of our Suncoast Co-op members got together to set-up an edible garden for someone who’s volunteered at 3 or more permablitzs. Check out the video of our event and please share to your friends! Like to get more people to see the video for us. Thanks! Lets make it go viral eating the suburbs one lawn at a time! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycnpbYr-XUY
Check out the latest article about the Suncoast co-op from the Tampa bay times! Suncoast Co-op cultivates thriving organic business
Simply Fresh Customer Pick-up 1pm-1:30pm
All Tarpon orders delivered in Suncoast Co-op bags, please return the bags the following week when you re-order. Thanks
Customers can now pick-up their orders from Simply Fresh 1pm-1:30pm in Tarpon Springs on Saturdays. Make sure you specify what customer pick up location you want to pick-up at on the second page when you place your order. Simply Fresh Produce & Peanuts is located at 1942 S. Pinellas Ave. Tarpon Springs, FL. Please add a Delivery Charge to your order of $3 located here: Delivery Charge
Now accepting all Major credit cards
We are now accepting all major credit cards for a 3.0% additional convenience fee we will use credit cards for your orders. We can use your credit card at pick-up.
Side of Beef and Pork coming soon!
Would any of our customers be interested in a portion of a side of beef or Pork from a local farm? Please email any of your feedback so we may compile a list and research more Thanks! Suncoastcoop@gmail.com
Looking for Volunteers and Board of Directors
We are always looking for new help in growing the cooperative. For inquire into assisting the growth of the co-op and local food movement please email Suncoastcoop@gmail.com
In Search of Website assistance
We would like to update our website to have more information about our co-op, a place for the members to talk as well as our grower converse, and more information about what our mission is about. Would anyone be interested in volunteering with our board on setting up a wordpress that will link to the market and vice versa. What kind of web experience do you have? Please email Suncoastcoop@gmail.com
You can RSVP for these events either on our On Facebook: Facebook Fanpage or Suncoast Co-op Meet-up: Meet-up
Every Saturday join us for talks about local food movement. Conversations about growing our own food. 10am-2pm at the West Pasco Habitat for Humanity Restore 4131 Madison Street. We have a grower table full of fresh veggies and cottage industry goods. You can pick up your online order at Noon-2pm.
New Port Richey Library 5939 Main street
Join the co-op every Tuesday at the New Port Richey Library 5939 Main street. We have a grower table set-up along with other vendors selling fresh veggies and products made from our local growers. Pick-up fresh local food till you can pick up your order on Saturday.
Fresh Friday Aug. 2nd
5pm at Railroad square one block east of Main Street on Nebraska Avenue between Grand Blvd and Adams Street
Description: Held in downtown New Port Richey, Railroad Square, one block east of Grand on Nebraska Avenue and Cavalaire Square located between Nebraska & Missouri Avenues. Experience a multitude of vendors who sell produce, plants & flowers, cooked and prepared specialty foods such as: fish, meats, cheeses, bakery items, jellies & jams, honey, nuts, coffee, ethnic foods and so much more. These products vary from week to week so there is always something new. There will be demonstrations, gardening tips and live entertainment from local artists.
Permablitz: Kinship Garden
4131 Madison Street
Permablitz (noun): An informal gathering involving a day on which a group of two or more people come together to achieve the following:
- create or add to edible gardens where someone lives
- share skills related to permaculture, the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient, and other sustainable living ideas
- build community networks
- have fun
Permablitzes are free events, open to the public, where you learn a lot, share food, get some exercise and have a wonderful time.
If you come to three or more permablitzes we can help organize one at your house. That’s right. Permablitz is based on reciprocal volunteer support. Once you’ve been to a few we will help connect you to a volunteer or professional permaculture designer, help you plan your blitz, promote it, and co-ordinate it on your day. For free.
In addition to having a Permablitz, we will be celebrating our work with a Potluck, so bring something delicious! To keep it a green event please try to remember to bring your own utensils as well!! See you soon!!!
Lettuce Beat Crime
August 20th 6pm
5919 Main St., New Port Richey, Florida
RSVP and add friends on facebook: Facebook RSVP
We are calling out our co-op community! “Rally the Troops!” Every volunteer who comes out to represent the co-op will get a free co-op button. Support the co-op by attending the August 20th Vox Pop for City of New Port Richey’s council meeting. Our co-op will be vox poping about our plan to grow community gardens througout the Suncoast/Nature coast area and our demonstration gardens at Kinship Garden and Peace Learning garden. We have a plan to show how grassroots mobilization we can Lettuce have peace in our community !
Stay for the duration of the City council meeting to learn about our city’s Environmental committee who will be going over how the past year they have been promoting the development of an Ordinance to allow community gardens in New Port Richey as well as a Free seed lending library located at the New Port Richey library. Support the Environmental board of your city’s plan to bring community gardens.
We want to show the city how together we can cooperate to transform the landscapes into edible landscapes that we can cooperatively work and benefit from lower of crime, production of local food, and a renewal of community civic spirit and pride in New Port Richey. Lettuce have peace!
Scientific studies show that crime decreases in neighborhoods as the amount of green space increases and that vegetation has been seen to alleviate mental fatigue, one of the precursors to violent behavior (Kuo and Sullivan, 2001). • Community gardening is recognized by many police departments as an effective community crime prevention strategy. “In Philadelphia, burglaries and thefts in one precinct dropped by 90 percent after police helped residents clean up vacant lots and plant gardens” (“Healing America’s cities” p. 5-6, as cited in Englander, 2001). From: http://www.communitygarden.org/docs/learn/articles/multiple_benefits.pdf
Kinship Garden Seed Starting
August 24th 9am-2pm
Join the co-op in revamping the Kinship garden with a seed starting blitz. Our nursery at the garden will be complete and we will begin planting fall/winter crops en mass to transplant into the gardens. Learn how to grow for Fall/Winter and help jump start Kinship Garden.
We are in need of volunteers and coordinators to help us set-up more future events. What events would you like to see? What can you help us set-up in the future that others would like to attend to increase awareness of local food? Please Email us if you would like to host events for the co-op.