Newsletter for Friday August 19, 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.  



THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHT
Tastes Yummy and it's Good for Your Tummy 
As more people become aware of the importance of Eating Well, they naturally look for ways to include nutrient-dense food into their daily diet.  Chef Gary Leybman and his wife Libby, Co-founders of The Pickled Pig, have made doing this not only easy but tasty, too.  

If you have not yet introduced yourself to the products of The Pickled Pig, do yourself and your tummy a favor and stop by this week.  While the name sounds like you will find pork at this booth, upon taking a closer look you will find numerous unique items, many of which center around fermented veggies, which provide abundant probiotics that are good for your tummy.  You might have heard of the importance of eating probiotics.  The fermented items from The Pickled Pig provides the real thing: no artificial ingredients, only real food.  No need to take a probiotic pill when you can have the real thing in food form.  If you prefer to drink your probiotics, notice the beet kavas and kimchi kavas.  Gary offers samples of each of his items so you can try before you buy.    

The following excerpt from The Pickled Pig website reveals Gary's and Libby's love for and dedication to delicious, nutritious food.

As co-owners of The Pickled Pig, Gary and Libby bring their love of food to the table, so to speak. As a young boy, Gary loved watching and helping his grandmother cook family meals in their homeland of Belarus. Growing up in Midwestern farming country, Libby enjoyed tending garden with her grandfather and watching her grandmother prepare home cooked meals for everyone.  

At The Pickled Pig, we create one of a kind hand smoked meats, fermented delights, and dishes that evoke memories while experiencing new tastes. Flavor is the focus in The Pickled Pig kitchen! We strive to deliver delicious foods that will be unique and surprising to you. We are proud to call Cincinnati our home, our community, and we want to commune with friends, family and neighbors through our food. 
  

Chef Gary, being the ultra creative person he is, continues to expand his offerings.  He recently added salsa, which is available most Fridays, except when he sells out; it is very popular.  Following is information from Gary regarding some of his other popular items.

Seasoning salt

Kimchee salt: actual kimchee that is dehydrated, pulverized and mixed with sea salt.

Smoked salt: sea salt smoked with hard wood.

Both are great in pop corn, eggs, cottage cheese, vegetables, meats and fish.


Hummus made from scratch the day before market with a different flavor each week that I will rotate.   If anyone is interested in smoked pulled pork that is ready to reheat and eat I can take orders. 1 pound packs for $15. It's Mahlon's pig that I butchered and smoked.

To place an order for the smoked pork, email Gary at  thepickledpig@hotmail.com             Visit their website for additional interesting information  http://smokedandpickled.com/



BEEF UPDATE
In last week's newsletter I told you I would keep you updated on my progress of securing a farmer who would supply us with 100%grass fed beef.  I also told you the results would be worth the wait.  I am excited to announce that Abundant Green Pastures Ranch will become our newest vendor, beginning this Friday.  Mike Ortwein raises Red Devon heritage breed cattle in West Harrison, Indiana.  I did my farm visit on Monday and came away duly impressed.  

So that you, too, can be duly impressed, and to find out for yourself how superior this heritage breed beef is, stop by the Abundant Green Pastures Ranch booth this week.  Mike and his wife Deb will have samples for you to try.  

Look for more in-depth info about Abundant Green Pastures Ranch in a future newsletter, complete with pictures and more details about my farm visit, which was an amazing experience!     


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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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