Newsletter for Friday October 31, 2014

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market is held each Friday year-round at Cheviot United Methodist Church 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd. 45211.  
Summer schedule:  Through October 31 from 3:00 - 7:00  P.M.  Location: just inside front entrance of church.
Winter schedule:  Beginning November 7 from 3:30 - 6:30 P.M.
 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
Ending Summer Market, Transitioning to Winter Market

This Friday, October 31, marks the last day of the Summer Market.  We take this opportunity to offer a huge Thank You to our vendors and to our customers, for without both there would be no market.  We also send a Thank You to Cheviot United Methodist for allowing the market to be held at their church year-round.

This Friday also begins the transition into the SAVE 10% Pre-order Winter Market.  That means that when you are at market this week you can place your pre-orders with each vendor.  The vendors will have your orders ready for you to pick up at market the following Friday.  Pre-ordering your items allows the vendors to prepare/harvest/bring to market the amount of items customers want, which results in less waste of unsold items.  And for pre-ordering your items you are rewarded with a 10% savings.  During the Winter Market, which begins Nov. 7, some vendors will have a small number of items that you can purchase each Friday without pre-ordering; however, the majority of items will be available only as pre-orders.

If you won't be at market this week and would like information on how to place your pre-orders, email us at  lewfmlocal@gmail.com  and we will send info to you.  If you have further questions you may call Mary at (513) 481-1914.    


FUN AT THE MARKET
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Join us at Market on Halloween for the Halloween Costume Contest and Scavenger Hunt.  Have fun, win prizes, stock up on fall produce, bread, eggs, baked goods, soaps, teas, and lots more.  Costume contest and scavenger hunt are open to kids and adults.  Come one, come all and join in the fun. 


PLANS TO EXPAND
Angelia's Homemade Pies
Rumor has it that Jenny the Pie (& Lots More) Lady will soon be 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.  While we don't want to rush Jenny, (well, maybe a little) we're hoping she will have apple butter this week, with various types of jams to follow.

You can stop by Jenny's booth and check in with her regarding the timing of these new items.  And while there, you can check out all the other yummy items she sells, including cheeses from Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese.  


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



THINGS TO DO AT MARKET THIS WEEK
  • Join in the Halloween fun (details in the Fun At The Market section)
  • Purchase everything on your shopping list
  • Remember to pre-order items to be picked up the following Friday so you can SAVE 10% (details in This Week's Highlight section) 

   
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. 
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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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VENDORSWe currently have openings for a meat vendor, produce vendors, and vendors offering value added items.  If you are interested or know someone who might be, you may email us through the link below. 

Vendors Click Here!

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