Newsletter for Friday November 21, 2014

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market is held each Friday year-round at Cheviot United Methodist Church 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd. 45211. 
Winter schedule:  The market is now on its winter schedule, which means market is held every Friday from 3:30 - 6:30 P.M.  Please read all the pertinent information about the winter market elsewhere in this newsletter.
Location: usually in the church's Werner Lounge.  Follow the sign that says OFFICES and we will be right inside that entrance.  Please note that this location could vary depending on other activities taking place at the church.  Follow the happy voices and you'll find us.


THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHT
PLANNING AHEAD
This week's spotlight shines on PLANNING AHEAD.  We will have market this Friday November 21, but there will be no market November 28 (the day after Thanksgiving).  To ensure that you have all the items you will need for the next two weeks, please plan ahead and remember to purchase extras while at market this Friday.  Also, just a reminder to place your pre-orders for pick up this Friday.  If you have signed up to receive vendor emails, your vendors will also email you a reminder and details about what they have to offer.  And when you are market this Friday you can place your pre-orders for pick up on Friday, December 5 or email the vendors from whom you wish to pre-order.  Your vendors will help remind you to do this.  Please see below for further details about the SAVE 10% pre-order program and how to sign up to receive vendor emails. 


THANK YOU
We wish to thank both our vendors and our customers for your loyalty to the market.  Without both of you there would be no market. 
 

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT WINTER MARKET
Although all the vendors will have items that customers can purchase the day of market, if you would like to SAVE 10% on your purchases you can do so by pre-ordering your items from each of the vendors.  You can pre-order while you are market each week, or if you won't be at market and would like information on how to place your pre-orders, email us at lewfmlocal@gmail.com.  You can also find more information about how to pre-order and SAVE 10% by visiting the market's website lewfm.org   Or you may call Mary at (513) 481-1914.

The SAVE 10% offer is not valid on meat and craft purchases.  
      

For a full listing of our vendors, their products, and services including:
  • Kids & Krafts (available starting at about 4:15), where the kids can have loads of fun so you can leisurely shop the market
  • Many food and non-food items
  • and a list of vendors who accept credit cards
Check out our Vendors.

You can also see up-to-the-minute news on the market's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/lewfm.org 

REMINDERS
While some of you are long-time readers of the newsletter, people who are new to the market are reading the newsletter for the first time; therefore, the Reminders section is included each week so new folks can see what's happening around the market and around town. 

Angelia's Homemade Pies
Jenny The Pie (& Lots More) Lady is expanding her lineup.  Those of you who have often asked when we will again have jams at market will be happy to know that Jenny is planning to honor your requests.  She recently came into lots of locally grown apples, and other locally grown fruits, and decided it's tine to branch out.  Stop by Jenny's booth and check out her new supply of apple butter and jams, some of which are no-added sugar options.  And while there, you can check out all the other yummy items she sells, including cheeses from Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese. 

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Produce Perks
For those who noticed the new logo at the bottom of the newsletter recently and wondered what it means, here is the good news about a new program that began this summer.  Produce Perks is an incentive program that is meant to encourage and help those who receive EBT (formerly known as food stamps) purchase more produce.  Produce Perks is a dollar for dollar match (up to $10), with the matching dollars used on produce.  The Produce Perks website offers the following additional information:
“Produce Perks” is an initiative modeled after a similar program in Cuyahoga County.  It is administered by OSU Extension, Hamilton County as a partnership of OSU Extension, Hamilton County; the City of Cincinnati Health Department; and the City of Cincinnati Creating Healthy Communities initiative.  Focus is on access and affordability of healthy fruits and vegetables for under-served consumers. 
Produce Perks are incentive tokens given to customers at participating farmers’ markets who use an Ohio Direction Card (“electronic benefits transfer” or EBT card) to purchase food.  A customer wishing to use their food assistance benefits can swipe their card at one central terminal, located at participating market’s information booths, and ask to withdraw a desired amount. The market provides tokens for the transaction and additional Produce Perks that can be spent on fruits and vegetables.  As the name suggests, Produce Perks are only good for purchasing fruits and vegetables.  All other tokens purchased with the Ohio Direction Card are good to use on eligible items at the market.           
Please help us spread the word about this very worthwhile program.  One way to help get the word out is to stop by the market management booth to pick up brochures to share with those you know who receive EBT benefits.  You could also leave brochures at your church, doctor or dentist's office, or any locations that would permit you to do so. 


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We hope to see you real soon at Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market!