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Late Email


Hi Fellow Market Members,
Just a note of apology. I did not get the market email out on time as I some sort of a bug that has laid me flat.

I have an appointment with my Doctor tomorrow so I know I will be ready for Thursday. Hope this malady avoids you.

The market is open.
Click the Link below to go to the market
www.citruscounty.locallygrown.net/.

See you at pickup

Your CCLG Team

The Changing Days


Hi all fellow market members,
Today is the day in the year when the nights start to be longer than the days. That is just another reminder that the Holiday Season will be upon us soon.

Change has come to Citrus County Locally Grown. For more than a year Tricia Kirkham has served as our Assistant Market Manager. Several good things are happening in Tricia’s life including new business potential. So Tricia has decided to step back at this time to concentrate on these new opportunities. Thank you for all your help, and good luck in your new ventures.
Tricia is staying with us as a grower.

Heart Healthy Beef
Now that is an eye catching headline. One of our market members has put pen to paper and given us the Cliff’s Notes version of the benefits of eating Grass Fed Beef.
This is printed in full below.

The market is open
The link will take you there.
www.citruscounty.locallygrown.net/.

So have a great week and see you at pickup.

The CCLG Team

Grass-Fed Beef – The “Heart-Healthy” Beef?
Many of us have been told to limit our consumption of red meat to prevent high cholesterol levels,
which may be associated with the development of heart disease. But did you know that grass-fed beef
has a different nutritional profile than conventionally raised beef in the U.S.A.? You may be surprised!
What is the difference between grass-fed and conventionally raised beef?
Traditionally, all beef cattle were raised in a pasture, roaming freely while eating a natural diet of grass
and forage. Beginning in the 1950’s, new methods were used to speed up the rate of beef production
and fatten the cattle as quickly as possible. As “finishing” time approached, cattle were confined to
pens and their diet was then changed from grass to a concentrated feed consisting mainly of grain and
soy.
The consequences of raising grain-fed cattle were many. The fat and cholesterol content of the meat
increased and the proportion of “unhealthy” vs. “healthy fats increased. As the cattle were penned up
in close proximity, an infection in one animal could spread quickly to the entire herd; therefore, the
animals were routinely injected with antibiotics as a preventative measure. Additionally, hormones
were administered to further speed the rate of growth.
During the latter half of the twentieth century, both cholesterol levels and the incidence of heart disease
rose in the United States. Elevated cholesterol levels have been linked to a diet high in total fat and
saturated fats in particular.
What are the health advantages of grass-fed beef?
Grass-fed beef is leaner and more nutritious
• Lower in Calories: Per 100 grams (size of a hamburger patty), grass-fed beef contains 192
calories vs. 254 calories in conventionally raised beef.
• Lower in Fat: Total fat is 12.73 gm (26.5 % of calories from fat) in grass-fed and 20.00 gm.
(39.7% of calories from fat) in the same size serving of conventional.
• Higher in Protein: The protein content is 19.42 gm in grass-fed beef vs. 17.17grams in
conventional beef. (Source: USDA nutrition database, www.ndb.nal.usda.gov)
• Higher in Vitamin E: The Vitamin E content of grass-fed beef is as much as four times that of
grain-fed beef. Vitamin E is an important anti-oxidant, which may have a preventative effect on
heart health.
2. The lipid (fat) profile is much healthier.
• Per 100 gram serving, grass-fed beef has 5.3 grams of saturated fat vs. 7.7 grams in conventional
beef. A diet high in saturated fat is more likely to increase blood cholesterol.
• Grass-fed beef contains a higher content of omega-3fatty acids. Omega-3s are the “heart
healthy” fat that is found in fish oil supplements.Omega-3s may lower blood cholesterol and
act as anti-inflammatory agents as well.
• The proportion of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids ismuch more favorable. The recommended
ratio is no more than 4:1. In grass-fed beef the ratio is about 3:1, while in conventionally raised
beef, the ratio can be as high as 20:1.
• Grass-fed beef contains conjugated linolenic acid (CLA), a type of fat, which has been postulated
to have a positive effect on heart health and possibly diabetes and weight control.
Is there anything that I should know about grass-fed beef?
Grass-fed beef tastes delicious!
Because grass-fed beef is leaner than supermarket beef, it may cook faster on the grill. Moist methods
of cooking such as braising or stewing have very favorable results. Also, the taste is richer and more
satisfying. Although grass-fed beef is costlier than supermarket meat, it is a quality product with less
waste. You may likely feel more satisfied with a smaller portion.
Citrus County Locally Grown BEEF is raised locally in North Central Florida
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Copyright: Written by Sheila Abrahams, M.A., R.D., Registered Dietitian
Professor of Nutrition, College of Central Florida,Citrus Campus
Tel: 352-270-8019 Email: sabra3@tampabay.rr.com

Honey and Other Tempting Treats-Email


Hello All Market Members,

Additional News for this week.

HONEY
We have honey available on our market. From the beehives of a Nature Coast Beekeeper. It is local, and most of the hives are West of US19. A beekeepers life is a busy one, so CCLG is the distributor.
Just $5 for the 1lb jar.

THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Part of the unique flavor of the Bread Pudding, from 3 Rock Farm, comes from the French Bread used in the recipe. Eaten Hot or Cold this is a real treat.

EGGS 18 Count
18 Count cartons of eggs are available again.

FRESH CREAM AND BUTTER
Gaia’s Creamery are offering raw fresh cream and butter for your animals.

As the seasons change, and we welcome cooler days, we will have Lettuce and other fall crops returning soon.

If you have any questions or need help with ordering please do email the Market Managers.

Click on the link below to visit your market.

www.citruscounty.locallygrown.net/.

Thank you for supporting your ON-Line Farmers Market.

See you at Pickup.

Blessings, HEALTHY EATING, and Happy Gardening to you!

The CCLG Team

Honey and Other Tempting Treats


Hello All Market Members,

Additional News for this week.

HONEY
We have honey available on our market. From the beehives of a Nature Coast Beekeeper. It is local, and most of the hives are West of US19. A beekeepers life is a busy one, so CCLG is the distributor.
Just $5 for the 1lb jar.

THE FRENCH CONNECTION
Part of the unique flavor of the Bread Pudding, from 3 Rock Farm, comes from the French Bread used in the recipe. Eaten Hot or Cold this is a real treat.

EGGS 18 Count
18 Count cartons of eggs are available again.

FRESH CREAM AND BUTTER
Gaia’s Creamery are offering raw fresh cream and butter for your animals.

As the seasons change, and we welcome cooler days, we will have Lettuce and other fall crops returning soon.

If you have any questions or need help with ordering please do email the Market Managers.

Click on the link below to visit your market.

www.citruscounty.locallygrown.net/.

Thank you for supporting your ON-Line Farmers Market.

See you at Pickup.

Blessings, HEALTHY EATING, and Happy Gardening to you!

The CCLG Team

Howdy, Howdy


HELLO Friends and Neighbors!

It’s that time of the week again. Your CCLG Market is OPEN to take your orders and our Growers are EAGER to share the bounty of their harvests with you!

www.citruscounty.locallygrown.net/

Blessings, Healthy Eating, and Happy Gardening to you!

The CCLG Team

Happy Labor Day


Happy Sunday friends and neighbors,

Labor Day is tomorrow, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday!

Your market is open for this week. Don’t forget to check the various categories for new listings and changes. Our Growers are always adding and changing things.

Www.citruscounty.locally.net/

Blessings, Healthy Eating, & Happy Gardening

The CCLG Team

Rainy week ahead


Good evening friends and neighbors!

We are opening the market up just a wee bit early this week due to managerial time constraints on Sunday morning. We hope that this will afford some of you an extra opportunity to browse and order at your leisure.

This week’s weather is supposed to be cloudy and rainy for most of the area so everyone please be careful driving. The deluge the other day in Citrus and Marion Counties was so terrible it was difficult to see the road to drive at times. Please take extra care in this dangerous weather.

We hear that Roxie’s Mom is back at home and doing better. Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes for her family last week.

There has been a varmint getting into some of the chicken coops recently which is driving costs up for everyone. We hope our growers who are suffering from this hungry pest are able to remedy the problem and rebuild their flocks soon.

Shoebox Herb Gardens is taking a vacation this week but fret not dear friends, you will be able to order her products again starting August 25th.

So without further adieu, your CCLG Market is OPEN!!!
www.citruscounty.locallygrown.net/

Thank you for your support and patronage!

Blessings, Healthy Eating, and Happy Gardening to you!
The CCLG Team

Autumn is Technically here


Good morning friends and neighbors,

We’d like to start this week’s weblog off with a prayer for the mother of one of our growers, Roxanne Cochran of Roxie’s Garden. She had to got to Emergency last Thursday. Please keep her in your prayers for a fast and full recovery.

Autumn is technically here but it sure doesn’t FEEL like it does it? With temps still ranging in the low to mid 90s it’s still important to be careful when you’re getting out and enjoying the outdoors. Wear your sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids!

We have lots to choose from this week with a few changes here and there so go ahead and browse all the categories while you’re considering what to order!

Your CCLG Market is OPEN!
www.citruscounty.locallygrown.net/

Blessings, Healthy Eating, and Happy Gardening to you!
The CCLG Team

Early August


Hi all CCLG members
Summer continues with hot days and frequent rain. While we need the rain growing anything other than Okra is very challenging.

CONGRATULATIONS go to Jeff Berman of Inverness. He entered our Facebook competition and his lucky number came up. Jeff receives a $25 market credit. Our thanks go to our volunteer, Becca Jackson for organizing that.

As the summer goes on think about changing up the salad or even easier is to try the Calamari Salad from Simply Seafood. Asian inspired flavoring.

Eggs have been short for a few weeks now. Florida Fresh Meat has made a small quantity of their eggs from pastured chickens available.

Talking of fresh meat did you notice the recall of beef this week? That is another reason to know where meat is raised and processed.

Purchasing your produce from local growers and knowing sources helps to keep you and your family safe from food borne illnesses.

Thank you for supporting our local growers.
The market is open.

Link to CCLG Market.

See you at pickup

Your CCLG team

New Experiences, New Friends


Good morning friends and neighbors!

As many of you heard, there was a new market opened up in Crystal River in the old Sears store of the Mall. Several of CCLG’s growers took the opportunity to get out and meet the community through this venue. Coffey Break Farm was present, Florida Fresh Meat Company was represented, Register Cracker Farm was there as well as SaraFay Farm and Shoebox Herb Gardens. We had a great day and really enjoyed meeting the members of the community we serve as well as other vendors! YOU make this market and every event we attend an exciting and enriching experience for us, thank you!

This week’s market is OPEN! www.citruscounty.locallygrown.net/ See you Thursday!

Blessings, Healthy Eating, and Happy Gardening!

The CCLG Team