Newsletter for Friday July 22, 2016

Summer Market schedule: Each Friday 3:00 - 7:00

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market is held inside year-round for your shopping comfort at Cheviot United Methodist Church 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd. 45211.  The market is held in the church's Narthex, which is just inside the main entrance of the church.  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.  

How Much of Our Food is "Good, Clean, Fair?"
A focus of Slow Food International involves the philosophy of food being Good, Clean, Fair.  Taking this view, the production of food includes a fair price for the farmers.  The vast majority of the food consumed in this country is not necessarily of good quality, nor does the production of the food ensure a living wage for the farmers.  To get a first hand account of this, you are invited to watch this 20-minute video.  It serves up a large helping of reality from the perspective of the farmer, an impression that is seldom heard by the general public.

If  watching the video inspires you to make changes in your food purchasing practices, changes that would result in obtaining good, clean, fair food, you are invited to make more of your food purchases at our farmers' market.  The prices will be somewhat higher than at the grocery store, and the quality will far surpass any items from the grocery.  Food is certainly an example of the old adage, "You get what you pay for."   

Mahlon is at market the first Friday of each month with his pastured pork.  His pigs receive NO gmo.

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. 


Spelt items, Gluten Free items, and Organic Popcorn

Yes, we have lots of new items at our market.  Just back from a two-year hiatus is Jo the Dough Lady with her truly amazing handmade spelt items and gluten free items, including but not limited to: English scones, noodles, seeded spelt bread, gluten free savory zucchini bread, gluten free snack/power bars, and many other items.  Her list of offerings will change from week to week so she'll always have something new and yummy for you.  

And, from Honey Tree Acres: organic popcorn.  HTA did not grow the popcorn but obtained it from a regional source.  It is certified organic, grown on certified organic farms in the Ohio/Indiana/Illinois region. 

Of course, new produce items have been showing up each week.  All produce at our market is grown using no synthetic chemicals, beef is 100% grass fed, pork is from pastured pigs fed NO gmo, chicken and eggs are from pastured chickens fed NO gmo and NO soy.  Doing your shopping at LEWFM allows you to get the freshest, most nutritious food, supports our local producers, and could even save you a trip to the grocery store.          


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.  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