Newsletter for Friday September 16, 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.  


FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Factory Farm or Family Farm:  Which Do You Prefer?
After watching this brief video   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2erLkMuVqt4  
 and then reading the information below from Honey Tree Acres, if people give only a little thought to where their food comes from and how it was raised, I suspect most health conscious and conscientious people would choose to purchase their food from our local farmers. 


Here is a little bit about who we are.  
Honey Tree Acres provides produce, eggs and meat chickens to the market - as well as fresh cut flowers in the summer time and seasonal items like floral centerpieces, wreaths and other items that we make on the farm.
We start all of our produce from seed and only grow non-gmo items.  While not certified organic, we do raise everything following the organic standards - so you can be confident that it is safe to eat.
We also offer CSA Memberships with a drop off point at the LEWFM Market.  If you are interested in reading about our CSA's, check out our website (link below). 
We also raise our own free range chickens for meat and eggs.  We grind our own feed and use mostly certified organic, soy free grains.  Those that aren't certified are at the very least non-gmo.  We raise soy-free because we philosophically believe soy is overused in the food chain today and believe that too much soy in our diets is not good.  As a result, we started raising our chickens soy-free many years ago and only offer soy-free eggs and meat.  The feedback we receive on the flavor of the eggs and chickens has only reinforced our belief that soy-free is the way to go however, this is really up to our customers to judge.
One of our customers from the market recently sent us an unsolicited email about the taste of our chickens and eggs:
"I was especially proud to tell another raiser of chickens...how much better your chickens (and eggs) taste because, no soy! He said, "we like the soy, it's nutritionally the same". I said, "but it doesn't taste as good"!"

We look forward to seeing you at market and, should you have any questions at all, please feel free to reach out to us via email or phone (listed on website - link below).

Feel free to check out our website   honeytreeacres.com or like us on Facebook as well.

Pete and Linda Hebauf 

Although Pete and Linda bring some chicken (frozen) to market each week, if you would like a specific weight or number of chickens it is recommended that you email them with your request so that they can be sure to bring them to market.   honeytreeacresfg@gmail.com 



NOTICES
Jo the Dough Lady will not be at market this Friday September 16.  She will return next Friday September 23.

Chef Gary, aka The Pickled Pig, will not be at market this Friday September 16.  He will return next Friday September 23.



PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
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. 

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Abundant Green Pastures Ranch will be at our market the first Friday of each month with their 100% grass fed beef from their Red Devon heritage breed cattle.

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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 emails 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. 

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  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.

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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. 


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






Newsletter compiled by Mary A. Hutten, Market Manager