Newsletter for Friday January 20, 2017

Winter Market hours 3:30 - 6:30
Be aware that vendors are not permitted to sell items to customers until the start of the market at 3:30.  Thank your for your cooperation with this.

Please note the following remaining dates of the 2016-2017 Winter Market:

January 20
February 3 and February 17
March 3 and March 17
April 7 and April 21

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market is held inside year-round for your shopping comfort at Cheviot United Methodist Church 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd. 45211.  Most weeks 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.

In Their Own Words
In this week's newsletter I'm simply going to have some of the vendors tell you about some of the great products they have been working on for you.  In order of appearance: 
Green GRRRL Wisdom, aka Karen Blocher; Linda of Honey Tree Acres Farm and Gardens; Tiffany Wise of The Healing Kitchen; Jenny Kettering, of Angela's Homemade Pies, also loving known as Jenny The Pie and Much More Lady. 

I'll have my selection of soaps, herbal teas, and body care products, including the shea lotion bars. These are a great moisturizer for the winter-time. They are solid at room temperature, and melt/soften in your hands to rub in a thick moisturizing layer into the skin. I use it on winter hands and feet, but it can also be used as an all-over body moisturizer by applying it right after the shower while the skin is still wet. Stop by and check them out. 

LEWFM Market Meal: This week's feature is Chicken Crock Pot Market Meal, a pre-planned meal that will easily serve 4 people and can be prepared in a crock pot or oven. 

All the key ingredients as well as simple and easy to follow directions for just $18.00.  A great meal idea on these dreary winter days!

The meal includes:

  • Homemade sauerkraut from The Pickled Pig – ¼ lb. container – full of probiotics!
  • Fresh carrots from Honey Tree Acres – 1/3 lb.
  • Fresh collards from Honey Tree Acres – 6-8 stems
  • Potatoes from Honey Tree Acres – 1 lb.
  • ½ Chicken from Honey Tree Acres
  • Garlic from Honey Tree Acres – 1 small head

I am testing out my new Toasted Pecan Butter again on Friday. It's slightly sweet, but with no added sugar. I use Organic Stevia, cinnamon and Coconut oil. It tastes quite sinful without any sin;) 
I will also have my Savory Cashew Butter. (Here is a dairy-free dressing recipe that you may like to try:

Otherwise, my Wise Crackers and Bone Broth are also available for pre-order and I will have some to buy first come, first serve on Friday.

New Items:
Belgium Waffles - Using Dale Filbrun's locally grown Organic Turkey Red Wheat flour (sold at our market by Linda of Honey Tree Acres).  As with all bakery products, eggs are from my farm (non-gmo), and low in sugar. Regular or Blueberry
Please Note this will be a pre-order only item  -  coming frozen ready for your toaster! I will have a few to sell and sample.
Puffed Granola Bars - Using Dale Filbrun's Puffed Spelt Cereal, Almond Butter from The Healing Kitchen, and honey from my brother's bees.
Almond Butter Cookies - Using The Healing Kitchen' s Almond Butter.

As you can see, many of the above items are pre-order only.  
All vendors' contact info is on our market's website  To make future pre-ordering simpler, see further details in the Previously Announced section.

The above is only a small taste of what awaits you at market this Friday.  All of our vendors have been busy preparing their specialties just for you and they look forward to seeing you and serving you each market day.

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 first Friday of each month, Mike & Deb of Abundant Green Pastures Ranch, who supply us with their 100% grass fed beef from their Red Devon heritage breed cattle, will be selling pastured pork from Mahlon Schlabach.  This collaborative arrangement between Mike and Mahlon will be more efficient for Mahlon who, being Amish, necessitated hiring a driver to bring him to market.  This arrangement will be a win-win for all.  If you are on the market's pre-order list you will receive further info from Abundant Green Pastures Ranch about the pork.  If you are not on the pre-order list and would like to be, 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 market 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. 


  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