Newsletter for Friday February 5, 2016

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market is held year-round at Cheviot United Methodist Church 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd. 45211.  The market is usually held 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.  

We are now on our every other Friday Winter Market schedule from 3:30 - 6:30:  Please see Previously Announced section for dates of the Winter Market.

The Farm & Market Report  
Remembering back to growing up on a farm, I recall a radio program my parents listened to each day.  The Farm Hour provided important updates to area farmers.  Although it was quite boring for us kids, it was a mainstay for farmers.  I use this newsletter kind of like The Farm Hour, but directed to you our customers, providing you with important information about our market. 
This week's updates include the good news that produce continues to be plentiful.  When at market this week you will see over a dozen different types of fresh produce, all grown using no synthetic chemicals.  I very much enjoy bragging about our producers, letting you know not just the various items they provide but the exceptional quality of the products.  For example, did you know to what lengths Honey Tree Acres goes to feed their chickens?  They grind the feed for their laying hens and their meat chickens right on the farm, using no soy and no gmo grains.  Why is that important?  Because you are what you eat ate.  Yes, whether you are eating beans or beef, you are what the beans or beef ate.

And speaking of beef, Small Acres Family Farm provides our customers with 100% grass fed beef.  Also, Mahlon our pork farmer brings pork from his pastured pigs, fed no gmo.  Mahlon also offers a pork CSA, along with options to buy pork in bulk or by the individual cuts.  The meats, eggs, and produce are only a few examples of the quality products  -  both food and essential non-food items  -   you'll find at our market each market day.  

If you really want to Eat Well and Live Well, our vendors are at your service.  In addition to providing the highest quality products, we also gladly offer information on how to use the items.  We love to talk about eating local and living local, so ask away; all questions are welcomed.  You may also email your questions or comments to me by simply Replying to this email newsletter.  I look forward to hearing from you.      


Request for Proposals
Cincy Good Food Fund Awards
Proposals Due by 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 3, 2016
Support for food-related projects in our region that are innovative, impactful, and viable
The Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is pleased to announce the Cincy Good Food Fund, a program designed to financially support innovative and promising projects that can make a significant, positive impact on our food system.  The Cincy Good Food Fund will help strengthen the Greater Cincinnati regional food system by supporting healthy food-related initiatives that improve the quality of life in our region.
The Cincy Good Food Fund will provide up to $10,000 for innovative projects that promote more “Good Food” for our region.  

Information sessions will be held at Interact for Health, 3805 Edwards Road, Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 8, 2016 from 12-1 pm or 6:30- 7:30 pm.

For more information   

Some of you are long-time readers of the newsletter; others are new to the market and are reading the newsletter for the first time.  This section is included each week to bring your attention to important happenings around the market and around town. 

The remaining dates for the Winter Market are February 5 and 19, March 4 and 18, April 1, 15, and 29.  

All vendors will be at market on the above dates except Mahlon.  Mahlon and his pastured pork will be at market on the following dates: Feb. 5, March 4, April 1. 

Other pertinent information:  We will continue with our very successful pre-order program (more details below).  A plethora of produce is expected throughout the Winter Market thanks to our farmers who make use of their greenhouses.  Our vendors will be adding new items throughout the winter, so stay tuned for all the yummy updates.


We're Going Noodles at LEWFM
Yes, thanks to Jenny the Pie & Much, Much More Lady, we now have homemade
noodles at our market.  Please be aware that the noodles are a pre-order only item.  Jenny makes the noodles from locally grown certified organic spelt flour and NON-GMO eggs from her own chickens.  Yet another reason I often refer to Jenny as the "Queen of Local."  She takes local quite seriously.  Jenny uses these locally grown, superior ingredients to ensure that you have access to the highest quality products around.  Thanks, Jenny, for all you do to help make our market great!  

Of course, Jenny will continue to make her wide array of baked goods, energy bars, doggie treats, and all your other favorite items.  However, like all the other vendors, she brings only a limited number of items over and above what customers have pre-ordered, so please let our vendors know what you would like for them to bring for you.  If you are not yet part of our pre-order program, please see further details below. 


Pre-ordering Pays Off
Have you ever arrived at market to purchase your favorite item/s from your favorite vendor/s only to be disappointed because the vendor/s sold out of the item/s?  Did you know that no longer has to happen?  At LEWFM you can pre-order your items and pick them up any time during regular market hours.  Pre-ordering not only pays off for you, it also helps the vendors know how much to prepare/harvest, which greatly reduces waste.  Pre-ordering is a real win-win for all, and it only takes a few minutes of your time to plan ahead and place your order.  Given the importance of Eating Well, getting into the habit of placing your pre-orders each week will likely become a high priority on your weekly To Do List. 

There are two easy ways you can place your pre-orders, in person at market or via email.  Here's how the email ordering works:  Email me at LEWFMLOCAL@GMAIL.COM and ask to be added to the vendor email pre-order list.  Each week you will receive an email from the vendors detailing the items they have available for you to order that week.  Reply to their email, letting them know the items you wish to order, then come to market on Friday to pick up your items. 


  For a full listing of our vendors, their products, and services including:    
  • Kids & Krafts, 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.


Produce Perks
For those who noticed the logo at the bottom of the newsletter recently and wondered what it means, here is the good news about a new program.  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. 


Please share this newsletter with friends and family to help spread the word about LEWFM!

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

Newsletter compiled by Mary A. Hutten, Market Manager