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April 7, 2013 - Vegetables, Herbs, and Cod Liver Oil




The Market is open every week from Saturday morning until Tuesday evening.
Place your order by 7:00pm Tuesday for pick up the following Thursday.


CO-OP NEWS


This is my favorite time of year! New life is popping up all around and fresh food is becoming more readily available. Our first delivery of vegetables from Moss Hill Farm is this week. Even if you did not sign up for the CSA this season you should come on over to my house on Thursday to take a peek at these beautiful vegetables. While you are here you can say hi to our newest co-op member, Dena Place, and see all the wonderful things she has to offer. If the weather is anything like it was this weekend we will be hanging out outside while the kids run around the yard.

Many of you have asked recently so we will be placing a group order for Green Pasture products (fermented cod liver oil, high vitamin butter oil, coconut oil, etc.). More details below.

Hope to see you on Thursday :)

Sandra


FRESH & LOCAL



Good Shepherd Herbals ~ www.GoodShepherdHerbals.com

Please welcome Dena Place, owner of Good Shepherd herbals, to the Melody Lane Co-op. We will start with a once a month delivery on the 2nd Thursday of every month and add more if there is enough demand. This week is our first delivery so go ahead and place your orders now. Dena will be at my house this Thursday at 3:00pm and will stick around to answer any questions you may have.

Good Shepherd Herbals provides herbal salves, goat’s milk soaps and medicinal tea blends made with care on their family farm, Father’s Bounty Homestead, in Canton, Ga. These are natural care alternatives to the commercial chemical laden products found in most stores. They use chemical free milk from their own Saanen does to make the soaps which are cold pressed and handcut. All of their goat’s milk soaps are gentle and emollient; safe for infants, the elderly, and those with skin issues. The various herbal salves are made in small batches. The herbal infusion process takes 14 days with special attention given to consistant temperatures and purity. Their original medicinal tea blends are made using certified organic herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs and sold loose in 4 ounce bags.

Good Shepherd Products


All of these wonderful products are available in The Market now. You will find them listed under the FRESH & LOCAL category:


  • Goat’s Milk Soap Bars: Cedarwood & Rosemary, Lemongrass, Oatmeal & Honey, and Palmarosa & Lavender

  • Salves: Beulah Balm, Comfrey, Itch Salve, Rash Relief, and Trauma Balm

  • Loose Leaf Teas: B.M. Blend, Blood Pressure Tonic, Breathe Easy Blend, Mother’s Milk, Pregnancy Tonic, Throat Tonic, Tranquility Blend, U.T. Blend, and Wise Woman Tonic

  • Rescue Liniment: releif from insect bites & stings and calms angry acne.

  • Elderberry Syrup: antiviral and immune stimulating properties.

Winter CSA Moss Hill Farm ~ www.MossHillFarm.net

Our fresh vegetable CSA starts on April 11th!  Pick up is at my house from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. Floyd will be dropping off a few minutes before 3:00pm so if you would like to talk to him or ask any questions please try to be here early to catch him before he leaves. If you have already signed up and paid your deposit for the Spring season Floyd will be sending you an email will more details about what to expect in your share this week.

Pre-paid spots for the Spring CSA are sold out but you can still sign up for Summer, Fall, and/or Winter. Read all the details here

I have one extra vegetable share available this week for $42. It is listed in The Market under FRESH & LOCAL. If you want it, you’d better order now before it’s gone! Since this is our first week I don’t know exactly what all will be in there. From what I remember last year it should be at least 10 different varieties including green leafy vegetables, onions, and possibly some radishes.




From Mimi’s Mountain Home ~ www.FMMHome.com

This week I will be taking a tour of the production facility that makes all of the From Mimi’s Mountain Home products (aka Brandon’s kitchen) and he says he’s going to put me to work. I’m looking forward to it and will let you all know how it goes. If you haven’t already, why don’t you show Brandon some love by liking his facebook page.

GROUP BUYS



Green Pasture ~ www.GreenPasture.org
Cod Liver Oil, High Vitamin Butter Oil, Coconut Oil, etc.

Green Pasture Products

- Order deadline is April 16th
Place your order online through The Market. The Market website is open for ordering each week from Saturday morning until Tuesday evening. Green Pasture products are listed under the category GROUP BUYS. Orders must be submitted online and cannot be placed via email or in person.

- Payment must be received by April 18th
You can pay online with a credit card when you place your order or drop off cash/check at Sandra’s home by 7:00pm on April 18. Make checks payable to Sandra Walker. If she is not home when you stop by there is a lock box on the wall next to the refrigerator. Orders that have not been paid for by April 18 are subject to cancellation.

- Estimated Delivery Date is April 25th
Pick up from Sandra’s home in Roswell. We expect to have our Green Pasture products available for pick up on Thursday, April 25th during normal co-op hours (3:00pm – 7:00pm). You will be notified via email with more info as soon as our order ships. If you cannot pick up during co-op hours, contact Sandra to make an arrangements to pick up at a different time.


WORKSHOPS & EVENTS



We had a lot of fun fermenting vegetables last week. Thank you to everyone that was able to come to the workshop. We had quite a large crowd so I will definitely be doing that one again.


Below is a list of our upcoming workshops and events. I would like to try using evite to send out event information and keep track of RSVP’s but I have not had time to enter in all the information yet. For now, just mark your calendars. You should receive an evite in your email shortly.

April 18 (7:00pm – 9:00pm) – Demonstration: Sourdough Bread – presented by Deb Joswick
May 2 (7:00pm – 9:00pm) – Workshop: Canning (vegetables, meat, and juice) – presented by Brandon Follett
May 10 (morning/mid-day) – Carlton Farm Tour
May 16 (7:00pm – 9:00pm) – Workshop: Essential Oils


If you know of any other farms to tour or have an idea for a workshop please let me know!


CONTACT INFO



Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
770-841-3437

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April 1, 2013 - This Week




The Market is open every week from Saturday morning until until Tuesday evening.
Place your order by 7:00pm Tuesday for pick up the following Thursday.


CO-OP NEWS



I was so wrapped up in the big meat delivery this weekend I forgot to send out the weekly email. Sorry! There is not much new to share this week so I will keep it short.

A new grower/producer has joined the co-op. Good Shepherd Herbals provides herbal teas, salves, and syrups that strenghthen and heal the body. You can find out more at www.GoodShepherdHerbals.com and look for their items in The Market in the coming weeks.

Our workshop on Fermented Vegetables is this Thursday and it seems to be very popular. It’s going to be a packed house! If you are planning on coming please RSVP as soon as possible so I can make sure to get enough supplies for everyone. Also, I have added two more workshop/demonstrations to the schedule, however they are not up on the Facebook page yet. The topics are sourdough breads and canning foods. They will both be held at my house, as usual, but will be taught by other members of the co-op. If you have a topic to share that you think may benefit others, please let me know and I will be happy to host it in my kitchen.

Have a great week!
Sandra


WORKSHOPS & EVENTS



Visit our events page on facebook to RSVP for upcoming workshops and events.

April 4Workshop: Fermented Vegetables
April 18- Demonstration: Sourdough Bread – presented by Deb Joswick
May 2 -Workshop: Canning (vegetables, meat, and juice) – presented by Brandon Follett
May 10 – Carlton Farm Tour


If you know of any other farms to tour or have an idea for a workshop please let me know!


CONTACT INFO




Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
770-841-3437

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March 25, 2013




The Market is open every week from Saturday morning until until Tuesday evening.
Place your order by 7:00pm Tuesday for pick up the following Thursday.


CO-OP NEWS



Another busy week for the co-op!  Wednesday we are taking a tour of Moss Hill Farm. Thursday we will be making homemade soap and lotion. And Saturday is the big meat delivery from Mother Earth Meats. In addition to that, I will be following up on a few leads for new vendors including coffee, medicinal herbs, and possibly raw goat milk. Stay tuned!

Are you following the Healthy Life Summit? All of the speakers and topics fall right in line with what I believe the Melody Lane Co-op is all about. Each day there are 5 new interviews with the biggest names in the Paleo and Weston Price community. Some of the presenters include Joel Salatin, Sally Fallon Morell, Sarah Pope, Donna Gates, and Chris Kresser, just to name a few. You can listen for free online for a limited time. Go check it out.


FRESH & LOCAL



I have just posted homemade soap in The Market. I made this soap myself using beef tallow (from Mother Earth Meats), coconut oil, olive oil, water, and pure lye. Nothing fancy, there is no color or fragrance added, just your basic old-fashioned bar of soap. I imagine this is the kind of soap they used in Little House on the Prairie. soap



Winter CSA Moss Hill Farm ~ www.MossHillFarm.net

Our vegetable CSA starts on April 11th. You can read all the details here. Fill out a CSA Application and drop it off at my house with your deposit before Wednesday to reserve your share for the upcoming season. We will be taking a tour of Moss Hill Farm on Wednesday, March 27th. You are welcome to join us even if you do not plan on participating in the CSA. Hope to see you there!




From Mimi’s Mountain Home ~ www.FMMHome.com

I am loving all the goodies I got in my Mimi’s First Market package last week! They have a new special in The Market this week “A Special Easter Treat” package includes 4 bath bombs for $5.



East West Farm ~ www.EastWestFarm.com

Looking for fresh, local, pasture-raised, soy-free chicken? I highly recommend East West Farm in Marietta. Owner, Daniel Seedorf, was one of the farmers I interviewed for the Farmers’ Panel at the recent Weston A. Price Conference. He is committed to treating his animals right and producing the highest quality food possible. His chickens spend their days scratching and pecking for bugs out in the pasture and are supplemented with clean water and organic, soy-free grains from Coutryside Organics (the same brand of feed I give to my own chickens).

Daniel will be processing chickens at the farm once a month starting in May and you pick them up fresh that same day. Tentative dates are: May 4, June 29, July 20, August 17, September 21, and October 19. All orders must be placed in advance at their website (http://eastwestfarm.com/pastured-poultry/). Individual chickens sell for $5.50/lb but if you sign up for their chicken CSA before April 1st the price is only $4.95/lb. I have already signed up for the CSA myself so I know I will be going to the farm on processing days to pick up my own chicken. If you would like me to bring yours back to Roswell with me I will be happy to, just email me to let me know.

It’s a little early to be thinking about Thanksgiving turkey but this is the time of year that farmers buy their baby turkeys in order to have them fully grown by fall. Daniel just got his turkey chicks in and is taking orders on those as well. You will find the turkey order form on the same page (http://eastwestfarm.com/pastured-poultry/) just scroll all the way down to the bottom.


GROUP BUYS


delivery

Mother Earth Meats ~ www.MotherEarthMeats.com

Our Mother Earth Meats delivery is this Saturday (March 30) between 11:00am – 12:00pm. Those of you that have ordered in the past know that it is hard to pinpoint the exact time they will get here because they are driving all the way down from Tennessee and have a couple of stops before ours. They are still working on getting all of our orders packed up. I will send you your exact totals just as soon as I have them. If you can not be here from 11:00am – 12:00pm, please make arrangements to drop off your cooler before 11:00am on Saturday. Payment is due at the time of delivery so you can leave cash or a check with your cooler OR, for first time, Mother Earth Meats is offering the option to pay with a credit card over the phone. If you need to do that just let me know and I will give you the phone number to call.


WORKSHOPS & EVENTS



Visit our events page on facebook to RSVP for upcoming workshops and events.

March 27 – Moss Hill Farm Tour
March 28 – Workshop: Homemade Tallow Soap and Lotion
March 30 – Mother Earth Meats Delivery
April 4 – Workshop: Fermented Vegetables
April 18 – Workshop/Demonstration (topic TBD – possibly canning or sourdough)
May 10 – Carlton Farm Tour


If you know of any other farms to tour or have an idea for a workshop please let me know!


CONTACT INFO



Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
770-841-3437

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March 19, 2013 - NEW From Mimi's Mountain Home




Don’t forget to go to The Market by 7:00pm today to place your order for pick up on Thursday.


CO-OP NEWS


 
The Weston A. Price Conference on Saturday was a huge success. Thank you to all the presenters and volunteers for their help. My favorite part was interviewing the farmers. I got a really good response from both the audience and the farmers so I would like to find a way to organize more “meet the farmer” events in the future.

FRESH & LOCAL


From Mimi’s Mountain Home ~ www.FMMHome.com



From Mimi's Mountain Home
I am pleased to introduce a new vendor to the co-op. From Mimi’s Mountain Home offers all-natural, homemade cleaning products and soaps based on recipes passed down through the generations. You can read more at their website www.fmmhome.com and while you’re at it, go on over and give them a “like” on facebook www.facebook.com/MimisMountainHome

You will find their products listed in The Market under the category FRESH & LOCAL. I had an opportunity to try some samples last week and I am very impressed. They smell great and seem to work well so far. Currently available in the market is dish soap, dishwasher detergent, laundry soap, fabric softener, glass and window cleaner, multi-purpose cleaner, bath bombs, and bath salts. They are working on some new products, too, including color safe “bleach”, shower spray, shampoo bars, deer repellent, and furniture polish to name a few. Everything, of course, is all natural. Their products do not contain optical brighteners, and are not made with Zote Soap or Fels-Naptha, which are not natural soaps.

For their grand opening with the Melody Lane Co-op, From Mimi’s Mountain Homehas a special for us – Mimi’s First Market package, in your choice of scent: citrus, lavender, or rosemary mint. A 30 dollar value for only 20 dollars!


Mimi’s First Market
package – $20.00 – includes:
  • 32 loads of laundry and fabric softener
  • 1 bath bomb
  • 4 oz bath salts
  • 16 oz of lemon dish soap
  • 32 oz unscented window cleaner
  • 2 bath teas



Moss Hill Farm ~ www.MossHillFarm.net
There are only a few spots left in the Moss Hill Farm vegetable CSA. Floyd Keisler will delivery his fresh picked vegetables to us every Thursday starting on April 11th. Read more details about how it all works on the co-op Weblog or email me if you have any question. Fill out this CSA Application and drop it off at my house with your deposit any time to reserve your share for the upcoming season.

And don’t forget about the Moss Hill Farm tour on Wednesday, March 27th.

WORKSHOPS & EVENTS


Visit our events page on facebook for all of our upcoming workshops and events.

We are palnning some more traditional food demonstrations and working on setting up farm tours for Carlton Farm and Johnston Family Farm (another grass-fed dairy and creamery). Look for details coming soon.

If you know of any other farms to tour or have an idea for a real food workshop please let me know!

CONTACT INFO


Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
770-841-3437

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March 13, 2013 - Announcements




The Market is still fully stocked with meat from Mother Earth Meats and will remain open until Friday to make sure everyone gets a chance to order.


CO-OP NEWS




Sorry for all the emails this week. There is just so much going on, I don’t want you to miss anything!

THIS WEEK:

Our Wilderness Family Naturals order from a couple weeks ago is here. Thank you, Lauren, for taking care of that for us! I also have the rest of our Cod Liver Oil / Butter Oil from Green Pasture. If you were in on the bulk order of Olive Oil from Chaffin Orchards late last year and have not gotten your olive oil yet, I still have a couple of bottles here. I’m not sure exactly who they belong to since Lila handled this order for us. Thank you, Lila!
Stop by any time on Thursday (tomorrow) from 3:00pm to 7:00pm to pick up your stuff.

Also tomorrow is the Homemade Raw Milk Yorgurt Demonstration at my house starting at 7:00pm. I still have a couple spots available. You can RSVP at the link above or just email me if you would like to join us.

You are planning on going to the Local Weston A. Price Conference this Saturday, right? It’s a full day of traditional food lectures, workshops, free samples, and a mini farmers’ market. The Melody Lane Co-op is sharing a booth with a few other co-ops / virtual farmers’ markets where we will help people connect with a co-op or market near them. If anyone would like to volunteer to help man our booth, please let me know! I will also be leading the Farmers’ Panel where we will discuss issues that our local small farmers face and learn the right questions to ask when you are buying real food. You’ll want to bring some extra cash because there are going to be some great deals on locally grown food and traditional food products. There will even be a cod liver oil tasting table where you can try every flavor of Green Pasture’s Fermented Cod Liver Oil. Yum!
Click here to find out more and to register for the conference


NEXT WEEK:

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me with all this conference planning, hosting workshops in my home, and organizing the Mother Earth Meats order. I have an opportunity to go on vacation next week and I think I need it! I just need to find someone to pick up the Carlton Farm order for me next Thursday and drop it off at my house. Please email me if you can help out.

Because I will likely be out of town next week, I also need to postpone the Tallow Soap & Lotion Workshop that was previously scheduled for Thursday. I have not decided on a new date yet. If you are interested in learning how to make homemade soap and lotions with tallow, please email me with your preferred time/date. I would like to keep it on a Thursday, if possible.



CONTACT INFO


Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
770-841-3437

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March 13, 2013 - Moss Hill Farm Vegetable CSA





The Market is fully stocked with meat from Mother Earth Meats and will remain open until Friday to make sure everyone gets a chance to order.


FRESH & LOCAL



Moss Hill Farm ~ www.MossHillFarm.net

I am happy to announce:
Vegetable deliveries from Moss Hill Farm will start again on April 11th.
Sign up now to reserve your spot!

Fill out this CSA Application and drop it off at my house with your deposit any time. You can place it in the locked drop-box in the carport if I am not home when you come by.

These are the freshest, most nutrient-dense vegetables you will find anywhere. Almost everything we get will have been picked that very same day. You can’t get much fresher than that unless you grow it yourself! My family and many of my close friends have been buying from Floyd Keisler for years and we have always been very pleased. Moss Hill Farm is located in nearby Milton, Ga. They are Certified Naturally Grown and use only organic, sustainable, bio-dynamic methods. I know that sounds like a lot of greenwashing buzz words, but you can go to his website for a more in-depth description of everything he does to enhance the soil and work with nature, rather than against it. www.MossHillFarm.net

What’s better than looking at a webpage? How about taking a tour of the farm to see for yourself! To kick off the 2013 growing season, Floyd has invited us to come take a tour of the farm on Wednesday, March 27th. The tour is free and children of all ages are welcome. Go to our events page on facebook to RSVP. For those of you that are not available on a Wednesday afternoon, just contact Floyd at keisler1@bellsouth.net to schedule a personal tour at a time that is more convenient for you. He will be happy to show you around and answer all your questions.

Floyd sells his vegetables through a CSA program. (What is a CSA?) Full share members will pick up from the co-op every week. Half share members pick up every other week. Payment in full is required before the start of each “season”. See the list of seasons and pricing below or download the 2013 CSA Application. If you can’t commit to a whole season, there will be a limited number of extra shares available each week on a first come, first served basis. Extra shares will be posted in The Market and you can pay for them online or in person when you come to pick up.

2013 CSA Schedule:

SPRING (6 weeks: April 11 – May 16)
full share – $235 | half share – $140 | week-to-week $48

SUMMER (12 weeks: May 23 – August 8)
full share – $440 | half share – $260 | week-to-week $48

FALL (12 weeks: August 15 – October 31)
full share – $440 | half share – $260 | week-to-week $48

WINTER (6 weeks: November 7 – December 12)
full share – $235 | half share – $140 | week-to-week $48


You may be wondering, what exactly is in a share? The specific varieties will change week to week depending on what is in season, but we usually get 10 – 12 different items each week. That’s enough to provide all of the vegetable needs for an average family of four. The spring and winter are usually heavier in root vegetables and leafy vegetables, while the summer and fall are heavier in flowering vegetables and fruiting vegetables. I have listed some examples below. In addition, each CSA share will also include herbs, flowers, goji berries, and cherries, when available.




Roots
carrot
beet
radish
potato
turnip
onion
Leafy Greens
lettuce
chard
kale
choi
arugula
beet greens
mustard greens
Flowering
broccoli
cauliflower
herbs
Fruiting
beans
squash
tomato
pepper
cucumber
okra
pumpkin


Spring Share Summer Share
Fall Share Winter Share

CONTACT INFO


Sandra Walker
Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
770-841-3437

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March 8, 2013 - Mother Earth Meats





The Market is now open and fully stocked with meat from Mother Earth Meats!


GROUP BUY




Mother Earth Meats
Order deadline: Friday, March 15, 7:00pm
Delivery: Saturday, March 30 (exact time TBD)

All orders for the Roswell delivery MUST be submitted online through The Market. Call Sandra (770-841-3437) if you have problems placing your order.

Buying from Mother Earth Meats is a little bit different from most of our other group orders.
Please read and understand the following before placing your order:


  • The delivery is a Saturday instead of our usual Thursday. We will not find out the exact time until a day or two before. You must be here during the delivery or make arrangements to drop off a cooler before the scheduled delivery time. As a group we order an average of 800 lbs of meat and I have no way to store all that, which is why it is important for you to be here or at least drop off a cooler ahead of time. Your meat will sit out in my carport until you come to pick it up.
  • You pay the farmer directly. He only accepts cash or check at the time of delivery (no credit cards). Please do not select “Pay Now” when you submit your order online. You can drop off payment at my house ahead of time, along with your cooler, if you know you will not be here during the delivery.
  • Order by the pound. The price you see listed in The Market is the price per pound. Enter the total number of pounds you want of a certain item and then add to cart. During checkout you can add comments if you have specific instructions. For example, if you want 2 two-pound roasts then you would add a quantity of 4 to your cart and then during checkout add a comment that you want 2 roasts at 2 lbs each. If you do not specify how you want it divided the farmer will give you whatever size packages he has that will fill your order. If you order 10 lbs of ground beef you may end up with 10 one-pound packages or 5 two-pound packages or somewhere in between. (There are two exceptions – whole chickens and beef hearts. See the item descriptions for more details)
  • Your order total at checkout is just an estimate. This is real food. Real food is not all the same size and does not naturally come in 1 lb increments. The farmer will do his best to come close to the total amount of each item that you order. In the end you may have a little more or a little less than what you ordered. Occasionally he will run out of something altogether. The price you pay on delivery day will be based on the actual weight of the meat you receive. From the time you place your order until about a day before delivery, the farmer will be working to fill all of our orders. As soon as he is finished he will email me your actual total and I will forward it on to you.
  • Please place a separate order for your Mother Earth Meats items. Since this farm requires a different delivery day and limited payment options, it will really help me keep things straight if you place one order for Mother Earth Meats products and a separate order for everything else. Thank you!

Here is some more information about Mother Earth Meats:

www.MotherEarthMeats.com
Mother Earth Meats is located in Maryville, Tennessee. They provide pastured, grass-fed, hormone-, antibiotic- and cruelty-free beef, bison, elk, goat, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck and pork, as well as other products like Druck’s raw milk cheese, organ meats, bones for broth/stock and traditional cooking fats. Most of their products are just sold locally, but they do make special trips select areas in the southeast a few times a year. We take part in their Atlanta area buying club.

I will be happy to answer any questions you have about their products, but here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions:

  • There is NO sales tax or added delivery fee!

  • There are no nitrates or MSG in the uncooked sausages, fresh bacon or seasoned bacon.

  • Mother Earth Meats does not add any kind of salt or chemical washes to their meats, nor do they use gases to sterilize it.

  • Mother Earth Meats does not use any fertilizers at the farm, other than their own manure and homemade compost.

  • The chickens and turkeys are pastured/free-range and are given a limited amount of non-GMO feed which does include corn/soy.

  • Pork lard is already rendered and pork fat is not; the same is true for beef lard and fat (however, you can easily render it yourself in the oven).



  • In addition to my home in Roswell, the farmer will be delivering to a few other locations around Atlanta on the same day – see the list below. If you would like to pick up at a different location please email that coordinator for an order form. Please do not order through The Market for pick up at another location.

    Alpharetta/Johns Creek
    Phyllis Tatgenhorst
    (404) 271-8103
    ptatgenhorst@gmail.com
    Ballground
    Jenna Laughter
    (678) 294-9989
    jennalaughter@yahoo.com

    Dacula
    Pilar Quintero
    (770) 339-3065
    contact@ranchoalegrefarm.com

    Lilburn
    Maryanne Vaeth
    (404) 432-4337
    heirloomlivingmarket@gmail.com

    Warner Robbins
    Dena Sue Watts
    (478) 365-8354
    denasue@hotmail.com

    CONTACT INFO


    Sandra Walker
    Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
    melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
    770-841-3437

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    March 3, 2013 - Veggie CSA, Almonds, and Wilderness Family Naturals





    Visit The Market any time between now and 7:00pm Tuesday evening to place your order.

    Pick up is every Thursday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, at Sandra’s home in Roswell.



    CO-OP NEWS




    Thank you to everyone that was able to come to the co-op meeting on Thursday. We had some great conversations about ways to improve the co-op and make it possible to offer more variety. Because of all the new things I have to share with you, this email is a little long. Please read to the end so you don’t miss anything.

    I love being able to provide good food to local families but I was reminded on Thursday that this co-op is about more than just food. It’s supposed to be a community. In order to open up communication between members of the co-op we now have a Facebook page. We will use this page to share information about upcoming orders, ask each other questions, and discuss current events. I will also post the details for workshops and farm tours in the events section. I know some of you are not on Facebook or don’t check it regularly so I will still continue to send out this weekly email with the most important information.

    FRESH & LOCAL



    Moss Hill Farm
    www.MossHillFarm.net

    The Moss Hill Farm vegetable CSA starts the second week of April. The first season is 6 weeks long and costs $235. We are still working out the details for the Thursday delivery but I am hoping for a similar arrangement to last year – pick up at my home in Roswell on Thursday afternoons. The other option is for you to pick up at the farm in Milton on Wednesday afternoons or Saturday mornings.

    If you are not familiar with how a CSA works you can read more about it here. In short, you pay a membership fee to the farmer at the beginning of the season and in return you get a “share” of whatever he harvests each week throughout the season. This year Floyd has plans to harvest at least 10-12 different varieties of vegetables and/or fruits each week. The specific varieties will change week to week as we go through the growing season. Here are a couple of pictures of the shares last year:





    Several of us took part in the CSA last year and in 2011 and we have always been very pleased with the quality and selection. These are the freshest, most nutrient-dense vegetables that you will find anywhere. You can read more about how Floyd grows such amazing food at his website www.mosshillfarm.net

    Last spring the co-op took a group tour of the farm and I am hoping to be able to arrange that again. I will let you know as soon as I have the details worked out.

    GROUP BUYS



    Wilderness Family Naturals
    www.WildernessFamilyNaturals.com

    I am very excited to be able to offer Wilderness Family Naturals products again. I know several of you have been asking when we would order again. Well, you’re in luck, we will hopefully be placing a group order this week. We have to reach a minimum of $300 to get free shipping. If we don’t meet that minimum this week I will keep their items in the market through next week to give more of you a chance to order.

    Wilderness Family Naturals provides a wide variety of high quality pantry staples including nuts, seeds, grains, oils, salt, and more. I have already added many of their items to The Market under the category GROUP BUYS. You can also go to their website to see all they have to offer. I am hoping to eventually have everything listed in the market but I am only about half way there. If you see something on their website you want that is not in the market yet, just let me know and I will add it for you. Our co-op price is the same as the prices listed on their website. The advantage of ordering as a group is we get free shipping.

    Raw, Organic Almonds (from California)
    Many of you have asked about ordering raw, organic almonds. Most everything Wilderness Family Naturals sells comes in a variety of sizes from 1 lb up to larger, bulk quantities. One exception is their raw nuts. Raw nuts are sold in 25 lb packages. My family goes through a lot of almonds but even 25 lbs is too much for me. If anyone would like to split them with me I have listed a few different sizes of raw, organic almonds in The Market under GROUP BUYS > Wilderness Family Naturals > Almonds. When our order arrives we will divide the almonds up into zip-lock bags.

    Available sizes are:
    1 lb – $10
    2 lb – $18
    5 lb – $40
    10 lb – $78

    If you are concerned about the almonds coming from California and therefore not being truly raw I can tell you from experience these almonds do sprout when soaked. Here is the official statement from Wilderness Family Naturals:
    “The almonds we sell come from California and they are unbelievably sweet and delicious. As has been mandated by the USDA, these almonds have seen a slight bit of heat after they are shelled, however, these almonds, according to the grower, still sprout. Though we could still purchase unpasteurized almonds from Europe, the quality of California Almonds is so superior to European almonds that we finally made the decision to switch over and the customer response was overwhelming. Everybody loves these almonds and we agree. They are absolutely the best almonds you will ever taste.”




    Green Pasture
    www.GreenPasture.org

    Just about everyone has gotten their cod liver oil and butter oil from our previous group order. There are still two things we are waiting on – Plain Butter Oil and Cod Liver Oil Capsules. They are back in stock on the website and should be here by the end of this week so I will let you know as soon as they arrive.

    At the co-op meeting on Thursday we decided to place another order for some of us that are getting low. We did not quite meet the 12 bottle minimum so I went ahead and ordered a few extra of the most popular flavors. I have them listed in The Market under GROUP BUYS > Green Pasture. They are available first come, first served so hurry on over there before they are gone.

    Here is what’s available:

    2 – High Vitamin Butter Oil, unflavored
    1 – Fermented Cod Liver Oil, unflavored
    1 – Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Cinnamon Tingle
    2 – Skin Care – Calm Balm

    WORKSHOPS & EVENTS



    Up to this point workshops and events have been listed in The Market. I have found that it is hard to keep up with the RSVPs that way so I want to try something different. I created an events section on the new Melody Lane Co-op Facebook page. Please go there to RSVP for events. If you do not have a Facebook account just send me an email letting me know you are coming.

    Our next demonstration, Rendering Animal Fats, is this Thursday, March 7th
    Animal fats have been used in traditional cooking and soap making for thousands of years. Two of the most common are pork fat (lard) and beef fat (tallow). The process of rendering raw animal fat into a usable ingredient is easy and does not require any special equipment but it does take several hours. This Thursday I will be rendering several pounds of lard and tallow in my kitchen. You are welcome to stop by any time during normal co-op hours (3:00pm – 7:00pm) to see a mini-demonstration of the process and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. There is no charge for this event. In two weeks we will use some of that tallow to make soaps and lotions.

    Here is a great video by the Weston A. Price Foundation with more information about traditional fats.


    Other upcoming events include:

    March 9, 2:00pm – Workshop at East West Farm – Biodynamic Composting

    March 14, 7:00pm – Demonstration – Making Homemade Raw Milk Yogurt

    March 16, all day – Atlanta area Weston A. Price Conference

    March 21, 1:00pm – Workshop – Making Soap & Lotion with tallow

    March 23, 1:00pm – East West Farm Spring Fling and Farm Tour

    April 4, 7:00pm – Workshop – Making Fermented Vegetables

    April 6, 1:00pm – East West Farm Chicken Processing Class

    CONTACT INFO


    Sandra Walker
    Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
    melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
    770-841-3437

    And now on Facebook!

    February 26, 2013 - Co-op Meeting this Thursday





    Visit The Market any time between now and 7:00pm Tuesday to place your order.

    Pick up is every Thursday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, at Sandra’s home in Roswell.



    CO-OP NEWS




    This is a quick reminder to get your orders in by 7:00pm this evening. This week we just have the usual Carlton Farm products and a few little extra things from previous group orders. I am looking forward to the co-op meeting at my home this Thursday from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. We will discuss ideas for the future of the co-op including new products to offer and possible volunteer opportunities. I hope you can make it :)

    Sandra

    WORKSHOPS & EVENTS



    Below is a list of upcoming co-op events. Go ahead and mark your calendars, more details will be availabe soon.

    February 28, 6:00pm – Co-op Meeting
    March 7, 3:00-7:00pm – Rendering Lard/Tallow Demonstration
    March 14, 7:00pm – Yogurt Workshop
    March 21, 1:00pm – Making Soap & Lotion with tallow
    April 4, 7:00pm – Sauerkraut & Fermented Vegetables Workshop


    And don’t forget about the local Weston A. Price Conference on March 16th!
    Register soon because it WILL sell out – http://buildingnt2013.eventbrite.com

    CONTACT INFO


    Sandra Walker
    Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
    melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
    770-841-3437

    February 18, 2013 - Kombucha Workshop this week





    Visit The Market any time between now and 7:00pm Tuesday to place your order.

    Pick up is every Thursday, 3:00pm – 7:00pm, at Sandra’s home in Roswell.



    CO-OP NEWS




    Do you like kombucha? “What is kombucha,” you ask? You may know it as GT’s or Synergy brand beverages, available in the refrigerated section at most health food stores. Kombucha is a fizzy probiotic tea. Not only does it taste great, it also has many reported health benefits. But did you know you can make it at home in your own kitchen at a fraction the cost of store-bought? I can show you how. There are still a few spots left for the Kombucha workshop at my house this Thursday. Reserve your spot by going to The Market and finding the Kombucha workshop under the category WPRKSHOPS & EVENTS. If you can’t make it this Thursday, I will have kombucha starter kits with detailed instructions available soon.

    I am also looking forward to the co-op meeting coming up on Thursday, February 28, 2013. We will meet at my house at 6:00pm to discuss ideas for the future of the co-op and volunteer opportunities.

    GROUP BUYS



    Mother Earth Meats

    There are still a few cuts of chicken and pork from Mother Earth Meats left in the freezer. Find them in The Market under the category GROUP BUYS. All of the Mother Earth Meats products currently listed will be available for pick up this Thursday.


    Green Pasture

    We are still waiting for the rest of our Green Pasture order to be shipped. I will let you know as soon as I hear anything.

    WORKSHOPS & EVENTS



    Below is a list of upcoming co-op events. Go ahead and mark your calendars, more details will be availabe soon.

    February 21, 7:00pm – Kombucha Workshop
    February 28, 6:00pm – Co-op Meeting
    March 7, 3:00-7:00pm – Rendering Lard/Tallow Demonstration
    March 14, 7:00pm – Yogurt Workshop
    March 21, 1:00pm – Making Soap & Lotion with tallow
    April 4, 7:00pm – Sauerkraut & Fermented Vegetables Workshop


    And don’t forget about the local Weston A. Price Conference on March 16th!
    Register soon because it WILL sell out – http://buildingnt2013.eventbrite.com

    CONTACT INFO


    Sandra Walker
    Melody Lane Co-op Coordinator
    melodylanecoop@yahoo.com
    770-841-3437