Newsletter for Friday August 1, 2014

Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market is now on its summer schedule, which means market is held every Friday from 3:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the market's year-round location at Cheviot United Methodist Church 3820 Westwood Northern Blvd.  Where market will be held at the church will vary depending on the weather.  Rain or shine, we'll be there.  Rain?  We'll be inside.  Shine?  We'll be outside.




THIS WEEK'S SPOTLIGHT
This week's spotlight shines on beautiful.  It's difficult to decide which is more
beautiful, the little girl or the flowers she's holding.  The other lovely lady is Linda from Honey Tree Acres Farm and Gardens.  Linda, along with numerous family members, grow the beautiful flowers and delicious, nutritious produce they bring to market each week.  They also have eggs, which are sometimes in limited supply.  To answer the customers' call for more eggs, they recently added to their flock of laying hens.  Honey Tree Acres Farm and Gardens is an exceptional vendor.  You may read a more in-depth article about them in this previous newsletter http://lewfm.blogspot.com/2014_06_15_archive.html  



RECENTLY ADDED
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Green GRRRL Wisdom (aka Karen Blocher) has recently expanded her line up of  products.
Here's what's new from Karen:

I have two new soaps to feature this week, the Mechanic's Pumice Soap and Poison Ivy Soap (featured with the First Aid line).   The Mechanic's Pumice soap has pumice, clay, and essential oils to handle heavy hand-washing needs, whether in the shop or the garden.  The Poison Ivy soap contains jewelweed- and plantain-infused oils to help combat itchiness and rash. It also contains some oats and essential oils to help soothe irritated skin. 
Karen, a Certified Herbalist, is quite knowledgeable.  If you have questions she will be glad to share her knowledge with you.   


SEASONAL & CHANGING PRODUCTS/ITEMS 
Our Produce & Plant Vendors are currently bringing an array of early summer season produce.  When they know in advance what they will be harvesting they let us know so we can let you know.  If the notice is too late to get in the weekly newsletter we will post it on the market's Facebook page here.

Sometimes Mother Nature's harvest cannot be perfectly timed, so come to market ready to be pleasantly surprised to see what each of the vendors have gleaned from their labors in the fields.  Rather than create your menu and then come to market, come to market and create your menu around what the vendors have to offer that week.  And remember, all produce sold at LEWFM is grown using no synthetic chemicals, and eggs and meats are from pastured livestock who receive NO gmo and NO soy.



SPECIAL GUEST VENDOR
CIEE will be joining us again this week (for the last time this season) as a special guest vendor.  CIEE is a non-profit high school international exchange program recruiting host families for foreign exchange students coming to this area for the upcoming school year.  If you would like further information about CIEE prior to speaking with them at market you may check out their website  http://www.ciee.org/  


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.


NEW AT THIS SUMMER'S MARKET 

PRE-ORDER AND SAVE $$$

Would you like to save $$$ on your food purchases while not compromising on quality?  We thought your answer would be yes, so we devised a way for you to accomplish this.  During the summer market season, a number of our vendors will be participating in Pre-order and Save $$$.  Following are examples of the promotions that two vendors will be offering:  Angelia’s Homemade Pies (& more) will be offering a 10% discount on all pre-ordered baked goods.  Learning to Live Sustainably (L2LS):  After customers have pre-ordered a total of 12 loaves of bread they will receive their 13th loaf free.

As if Saving $$$ isn't enough, Pre-ordering has additional bonuses for both customers and vendors.  When you pre-order your items you are ensured that your favorite foods will not be sold out before you arrive at market.  Additionally, pre-ordering cuts down on waste of perishable foods.  When you let your favorite vendors know in advance what items you want to purchase, the vendors can then produce/harvest the quantities needed to supply their customers.  Furthermore, our already-overly-busy vendors can use their time to make what their customers most want.  Stop by your favorite vendors' booths to inquire about how to Pre-order and Save $$$.  

As more vendors become involved in the Pre-order and Save $$$ promos we will highlight them in future newsletters. 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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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.

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BRIGHT IDEA
While we would like to take credit for the following Bright Idea, alas we can't.  This Bright Idea was submitted by Kerry Wood, Pastor of Cheviot United Methodist Church.  For his Bright Idea Kerry will receive five Market Bucks, which he can spend at any of the vendor booths.  If you would like to receive free Market Bucks, email us your Bright Idea and if it is chosen for inclusion in the newsletter you, too, will receive five Market Bucks.  Email your Bright Idea to  lewfmlocal@gmail.com
 
Barters' Corner  Do you have a skill or talent that you could teach to others?  Perhaps you know how to grow your own food, or how to preserve the abundance of summer produce and could share that knowledge with others.  Maybe you have extra gardening tools, or canning or other food related equipment you are willing to share.  You can put your skills and/or unused equipment to good use by bartering with others who want what you have and have what you want.  

If you wish to participate in the Barters' Corner email us at lewfmlocal@gmail.com. 


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BARTERS' CORNER UPDATE
Following are previous submissions to the Barters' Corner:

My passion in life is sustainable living with includes gardening, homesteading etc. So I have been learning tons about that. I know how to fix computers and have worked in the IT field for years.   As for what I need, anything to do with gardening and homesteading.

Would anyone be interested in bartering for Acupuncture or medical massage?
I love gardening and teaching people how to become urban gardeners.  I grow typical vegetables like tomatoes and peppers but also corn and mushrooms.  I also grow medicinal herbs such as yarrow, horehound and toothache plant.  I know how to water bath can and pressure can.  My boyfriend also does silver smelting. We would love to learn to become more energy self sufficient. Also, I have an up coming business venture that I think will greatly benefit the local farmers' markets. I'm planning on opening a incubator kitchen for individuals to rent so they can sell their items at local markets. 


These sound like great opportunities for folks to connect with one another and share skills.  If you would like to connect with and of these people you may email us and we will forward your info.  Or if you have other skills or items you would like to barter, email us and we will add you to our Barters' Corner.  Email us at   lewfmlocal@gmail.com

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WANTED:  VOLUNTEERS.  We're always looking for volunteers!  If you're available to lend a hand at the Market any time between 1:30pm and 7:30pm on Fridays, or during the week for more behind the scenes activities, check out the link below to contact us!  Our greatest need is help with set up from 1:30 until 3:00 and take down from 7:00 until 7:30.

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/Volunteers Click Here!


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