Newsletter for Friday March 27, 2015

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
YOU, Our Very Valued Customers
If you read this newsletter on a weekly basis you are aware that we usually highlight a vendor or a special event that is taking place at market.  This week we are highlighting YOU, yes you, our customer because without you there would be no market.

While we don’t know every one of you personally, we do know a lot about each of you.  The primary aspect that we know about you is that you care.  You care about what is in your food.  You care about the short-term and long-term effects of the food you eat.  You care if it is laden with synthetic chemicals.  In fact, many of you have told us that one of the things you like best about our market is that all the produce sold at LEWFM is grown using no synthetic chemicals.   

In addition to caring about how your food affects you and your family, you care about who grows your food and you believe it is important that they earn a living wage, unlike workers on factory farms who are paid a pittance.  Because you care, you are willing to pay a fair price for the quality food our producers provide for you.

And that's not all, you also care about the environment.  You care about what growing practices your producers use, either for the detriment or benefit of the Earth.  Therein lies another reason you keep coming back to LEWFM; our producers are ultra conscientious about their growing practices, being careful to protect and enhance the environment, of which we are all a part.  

Thank you for caring.  LEWFM exists because you care enough to keep coming back to support our Very Valued Vendors. 



NOTICES 
  • Jenny the Pie (& Lots More) Lady will not be at market on April 3.  However, Dena will be there with the pre-orders customers have placed.  You may place your pre-orders with Jenny at market this week.  Or, if you won't be at market this Friday you may email Jenny at angelaspies@zoomtown.com.  Please email her in advance to give her ample time to prepare your pre-orders.  



PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED
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, this section is included each week so new folks can see what's happening around the market and around town.  


AT THE WINTER MARKET
Products-A-Plenty  
If you haven't been to market this winter because you think there isn't much there, you are in for a pleasant surprise.  We encourage you to stop by this Friday and you'll see that our vendors have you covered from breakfast to bedtime snack.  The large selection of produce varies from week to week but usually includes potatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage, salad and cooking greens, beets, turnips, and more.  Of course we have many other products, both food and non food.  You'll find eggs, local honey, olive oil, breads, healthy locally produced potato chips, baked goods, totally yummy cheeses, tea blends, a variety of handcrafted soaps, and lots more.  You can find more information about our vendors and their products on the Vendor page of the market website http://lewfm.org/Vendors.html   
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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


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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.  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!