The Benefits of Supporting Local Producers and Agriculture
We at New Leaf Market Co-op believe in supporting local growers and producers. How do we define local? Items grown or produced within 200 miles. Look for Local Color signs to find the best local has to offer. Local products save energy and support our economy and community. Get to know the faces behind your favorite local products.
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About twenty years ago, Amber Turtle was told by doctors that she didn’t have long to live. She learned that she had multiple chemical sensitivities, and that there were ways to improve the quality of her life. She started on a wellness journey that has taken her out of the world of chemicals and into a natural, non-toxic one. Learn their store with Local Spotlight.
At their family tempeh shop in Gainesville, Art Guy and his father produce the finest, consistently firm, aromatically pleasing, dense tempeh. This tempeh is more similar to the original Indonesian product than the commonly available commercial tempeh. Artie’s Tempeh is not pasteurized. So when you use Artie's Tempeh, you’re buying a living food. Learn their story with Local Spotlight.
Address: Gainesville, FL 32609
Reno and Veona Plenge, owners of Bayhead Honey, bring many years of experience and stellar credentials to their business. After tasting their tupelo honey, you’ll agree that they’re not just your average master beekeepers. They have PHDs–Perfect Honey that is Delicious! Learn their story with Local Spotlight.
Owner of Blue Ridge Farms Wayne Hawthorn has been providing produce to New Leaf Market since 2001. Blue Ridge Farms is a little different than your average farm. Instead of rows of cultivated plants stretching across the horizon, you’ll find greenhouses full of greens thriving in an aquatic environment. Wayne grows his crops using a popular hydroponic technique known as NFT—Nutrient Film Technique. Learn their story with Local Spotlight.
Address: 804 Frank Smith Rd. Quincy, FL 32352
Coffee is a process, beginning with farmers who grow it, and continuing on from there. Bold Bean Coffee’s small-batch, artisanal approach to roasting brings out the best flavor in each batch of beans.
You may not think of organic farming as something people stumble into, but you’d be wrong. C & J’s Blueberry Vineyard is living proof. Jim and Carol-Ann DeWulf, owners of C & J’s, found themselves facing retirement as accidental farmers. There's more to the story...Local Spotlight.
Deep South Honey
Deep South Honey's mission is to sell and promote natural Tupelo honey. This Florida favorite is created exclusively by bees in the Florida Panhandle. There's more to the story...Local Spotlight.
Address: 17 West Washington Street, Chattahoochee, FL 32324
Kyle and Janelle Wehner created Dreaming Cow Creamery to provide high-quality, socially responsible dairy products using milk collected from their family's own grass-grazed, Jersey-cross herds. Local Spotlight article.
Address: 940 Magnolia Church Road, Pavo, GA 31778
Florida’s Bounty was created because of the love owner Rebecca Posner has with local Florida treasures and the people who create them. She's excited to bring to you unique jams, jellies and spreads and knows you will enjoy them as much as she does. Get to know Rebecca more with Local Spotlight.
Full Earth Farm
Being a local farmer, Kevin Shaw produces corn, cotton, peanuts, wheat and olives. In 1997, Kevin and his wife Gayla began grinding naturally grown white corn for personal consumption. After family and friends raved over their unique flavor, Kevin and Gayla decided to market Gayla's Grits. The meticulous steps taken to sustainably plant, nurture, harvest and mill the 100% natural white corn to produce Gayla's Grits are what makes them so special. There's always more to the story and you can find it here.
Address: Lakeland, GA
Georgia Olive Farms, an agricultural cooperative formed in 2009, is the leading East Coast producer and marketer of olive trees and our own branded Georgia Olive Farms Extra Virgin Olive Oil. We invest in and continue to create systems for successful olive farming in the southeastern United States. Georgia Olive Farms, in 2011, conducted the first commercial harvest of olives east of the Mississippi River since the late 1800’s. Get to know the gang with Local Spotlight.
Fred and Bobbie Golden own and operate a small ranch in the panhandle of Florida. With care and pride, they raise Tennesssee Fainting Goats for pets, livestock and meat. They also raise Katahdin sheep for meat, chickens for free range eggs and provide healthy and attentive pet boarding. Read Local Spotlight article.
Address: 704 Barnes Road, Monticello, FL 32344
Grassroots Coffee roasts each of their single-origin coffees in house, which means they can control the flavor profiles of each coffee. It’s a difference you can taste.
Address: 118 South Broad Street Thomasville, GA 31792
After going down many roads, siblings Julie and Jason realized their vision in HoneyPax. Convenience without compromise. Fussing over every detail of production, from harvest to packaging, was and still is our daily rigor. Obsessively pure honey to go is more than just a tagline to them. It's a core belief and ever present reminder that raw purity is worth the obsession.
Organically grown and family owned. Hoover Farm protects the environment while it provides for the healthier you! Learn more about three generations of farming with Local Spotlight.
Address: 15715 40th Street Live Oak, FL 32060
KBH Farms' cattle graze on open pasture, only and are never fed antibiotics, growth hormones, or steroids. To insure the sweetest and freshest grass at all times, owners Bryant and Kathryn Harvard practice rotational grazing in a stress-free environment. There's lots to learn, lucky for you we have Local Spotlight.
Address: 9039 US Highway 19 South Thomasville, GA 31792
Kurtz & Son's Dairy
Leslie and Bubba Kurtz, owners and operators of Kurtz & Son's Dairy, proudly produce non-homogenized milk and drinkable yogurt free of bovine growth hormone (rBGH). Read Local Spotlight article.
Address: 11805 193rd Rd Live Oak, FL 32060
Ladybird Organics houses Monticello Vineyards & Winery, Florida's only organic farm winery. Cynthia Connolly owns this 55-acre organic farm just outside Monticello, where she has a vineyard, an orchard and a small chicken-and-egg operation. What does Cynthia have to say about farming? Find out with Local Spotlight.
Address: Monticello Vineyards & Winery 1211 Waukeenah Highway Monticello, FL 32344
Lake Seminole Farm is a family owned mushroom farm located on the shores of Lake Seminole in Southwest Georgia. We began the farm in 2012 with the hope of producing high quality, nutritious, and naturally flavored Shiitake mushrooms in a sustainable way.
To demonstrate our commitment to delivering natural and organically grown shiitakes we went through the process of obtaining USDA Organic Certification. By using locally-sourced pesticide-free logs we grow our shiitake mushrooms using natural methods, free of pesticides, herbicides, or additives. All of the spawn we use to inoculate our logs is certified organic and not genetically modified and we only use trees that have not been treated with pesticides.
Owners Ben and Brooks Pautsch named Lucky Goat Coffee after Kaldi the legendary goat herder in 800AD whose goats ate coffee cherries, became euphoric and started dancing. Their roasts are designed by hand, and use Certified Organic Fair Trade beans. Read Local Spotlight article.
Address: 1512-3 Capital Circle SE Tallahassee, FL 32301
Mangrove Soap Company
Started in early January 2012, Mangrove Soap Co. is made up of mother Michelle Palmer and daughters Jeanette Morin and Taylor Palmer. Together they craft, creating handmade vegan soaps and a variety of other moisturizing products out of their home. What began as a hobby, became a business, more on the story with Local Spotlight.
Address: Tallahassee, FL
I once asked a friend of mine who loves fishing what his favorite fish was and he replied, “The one I just caught.” I can say the same for vegetables—my favorite is the one I just picked, fresh from my garden. The farmers at McClellan love to see how quickly they can move produce from their fields to you, the consumer. Read Local Spotlight article.
Address: Cairo, GA
Haskell and Melanie Martin have created a clean revolution. No more bulk packaging, wasted materials, lists of ingredients a mile long that few people can pronounce, or ingredients and packaging that contribute to environmental hazards or questionable ethics. Enjoy your shower. Love your soap.
Nellie’s Sweet & Sassy sauce has humble beginnings in the small northwest Florida town of Quincy. The dream started with one family’s love of great food and good times. Monk Miller, founder of Nellie’s Sweet & Sassy, had a dream to take his BBQ sauce recipe and turn it into a household name. So he got his family together and Nellie’s Sweet & Sassy was created. Monk named his sauce Nellie’s Sweet & Sassy as a blend of both the old and young versions of the women who held the name “Nellie." Read Local Spotlight article.
Our beehives are located a quarter mile from New Leaf Market Co-op in a residential neighborhood (Indianhead Acres) known for its organic gardens. Can't get much more local! No chemicals or pesticides are used in the hives; instead, Michael constantly checks his bees for any problems. Healthy, robust hives are the best line of defense against pests and disease. Michael has been keeping bees for years as did his father, brothers and his father-in-law before him. His bees are known and appreciated in the neighborhood as they seek out the best yards for nectar and pollen. They've also been spotted in the neighborhood greenway. Often we hear comments like, "My bottle brush tree was covered with your bees this morning." Nene Honey won 1st place as well as “Best in Show” at the 2013 Welch Honey Show at the North Florida Fair. Find out how our neighborhood beekeeper got started with Local Spotlight.
Address: 1549 Chuli Nene, Tallahassee, FL
Dairy farmers Paul and Mary Lou Wesselhoeft are not new to the dairy business, but their new venture has a hint of the old. Ocheesee Creamery offers milk in recyclable glass bottles and homemade butter. Read Local Spotlight article.
Address: Blountstown, FL
Orchard Pond Organics is a diverse organic farm with the goal to provide their customers with fresh, locally grown, organic food at affordable prices. Orchard Pond Beef is 100% grass-fed, which is more nutritious and contains less total fat and calories than non grass-fed beef. Read Local Spotlight article.
Address: 500 Orchard Pond Road Tallahassee, FL 32312
Phone: 850-591-5766, CSA Information
Bell Plantation was founded in 1991 by J.C. and Jo Bell as an agricultural research company. Spurred on by the need to improve profitability for family farmers, Bell Plantation is devoted to rethinking the uses of traditional farming products. Key to the company's goals is the development of consumer-ready products from commodities grown on the farm. And that’s how PB2 was created – an excellent answer to a significant peanut surplus. When you buy Bell Plantation products you’re choosing flavorful, healthy innovation that’s good for you, your family, and for America’s family farms.
Address: Tifton, GA 31793
Once upon a time, two guys who had never met, had a glass of beer. Who knew that years later their love of beer would bring them together. Elliott Eckland and Mark Robertson started this journey in 2009. In October 2012 they opened the doors of the Pensacola Bay Brewing and mix a little Florida history in each pint.
Address: Pensacola, FL
At the age of 14 Israel Artzi fell in love with Yocheved. Their lives together brought them from Isreal to Thomasville, Georgia where home gardening eventually turned into Artzi Vegetables. Pita Queen now adds organic hummus, fresh pita bread and assorted dips to their long list of delicious products. A love story that became a love of farming, more in the Local Spotlight.
Address: Thomasville, GA
Wes Raley combines modern flavors with ancient techniques to create the most delicious and unique handmade candy in the world. A story of sweet success...more about Wes with Local Spotlight.
Located two miles from the historic Suwannee River, Red Hills Grazers is home to over 150 Red Ranger heritage broiler chickens and over 300 Rhode Island Red and Barred Rock egg layers, free ranged and rotationally grazed using holistic management practices on over 60 acres.
Address: Live Oak, FL
Hand-made on our little farm in Sopchoppy, Florida, each soap is made with love. Made from the purist of cold pressed oils, essential, fragrance oils and all natural ingredients.
Bill Wharton has been making hot sauces for family and friends for years. Twenty-seven years ago he was persuaded to go into business. And now his “Liquid Summer” hot sauces are a must-have for customers all over the Tallahassee area. Read Local Spotlight article.
Address: 2873 Saint Augustine Road Monticello, FL 32344
Southern Craft Creamery ice cream, sorbets, and sherbets are made with as many local ingredients as possible. They strive to create interesting flavors that accentuate the fresh, local ingredients. As local farmers they we want to support local farmers. There are numerous unique, top-quality ingredients grown/harvested right here in the Florida Panhandle. Southern Craft Creamery showcases them alongside local milk. More to the story about this award-winning creamery with Local Spotlight.
Southern Seafood unloads boats daily from local fisherman to supply the southeast with the freshest seafood available. Whether it's fresh caught grouper and snapper, hand picked crab meat, stone crabs, fresh gulf shrimp or Apalachicola oysters, they're your source for the finest seafood in the south.
Address: Tallahassee, FL
Smith Family Dairy Farm
The Smith family has been raising goats for 14 years and specialize in hand crafted artisan goat milk cheeses: chevre cream cheese in plain, pineapple pecan, ranch, French onion, and tomato basil, plain feta, tomato basil feta and fresh mozzarella. Smith Family Dairy Farm goats are free ranged on pasture as well as seasonal grasses such as oats, rye grass and millet. And they do not use hormones or antibiotics on their lactating does. They pride themselves in making healthy, delicious, all-natural products you will feel good about having in your home. Get to know the gang with Local Spotlight.
Address: 528 John Vickers Rd, Norman Park, GA
Phone: 229-429-9828 or 229-798-5626
Michael James has been refining cheeses for years and first introduced St. Andrews Bay Cheese to the coastal towns of Northern Florida about 5 years ago. St. Andrews Bay aged and smoked cheeses are 100% all natural, contain no artificial milk hormones, and are rBST/rBGH free. Their naturally organic hardwoods (hickory, maple, oak) are gathered from three private forests—no chemical sprays or chemical fertilizers.
Address: Havana, FL
After years of preparing these herbal soups for friends, owner Kelly Green decided it was time to offer them to everyone. Read Local Spotlight article.
Address: Gulf Breeze, FL
Jeremy and Jessica Little operate a farmstead cheese operation, producing handcrafted fresh, soft-ripened and naturally-aged goat and cow cheeses in a healthful, humane environment. Read Local Spotlight article.
Address: 19635 US Hwy. 19N, Thomasville, GA 31792
Your small town, local candle company specializing in 100% soy wax candles. Learn more about the co-op employee turned entrepreneur with Local Spotlight.
Providing Tallahassee with the best home style baked goods in the area. I bake a variety of mouth watering Cookies, Layer Cakes, Cheesecakes and other "Delectable Delights" to suit any occasion. It's a family affair, more with Local Spotlight.
Address: Tallahassee, FL 32312
Veronica discovered the Health Crunch while training for the 2012 Great Floridian Ironman Triathlon. She was looking for a healthy snack that tasted great, while providing the essential nutrients and health benefits she needed in her training regimen. Now you can enjoy this delicious snack!
Address: Santa Rosa Beach, FL
Family owned and operated by Sharon Weeks Crosby and her son Ray Crosby, Weeks Honey Farm has been in business for 50 years and has had four generations active in the business! All of Weeks Honey Farm honey is produce in America, strained, not filtered, with satisfaction guaranteed! Read Local Spotlight article.
About 20 miles south of Chipley, Florida, Robert Wheeler makes his home, which consequently is also his farm. In 1985, Robert purchased farmland and began carving his farm out of the woods and planting just enough to feed his family. As time went on he added more crops, more land, chickens, fruit trees, cows and horses. About six years ago, Robert decided to make the transition to a certified organic farm. Robert is now a certified organic farmer, providing New Leaf Market with fresh, fantastic varieties of seasonal specialties roughly once every two weeks. Read Local Spotlight article.
Address: 3158 Wheeler Lane Chipley, FL 32428