Newsletter for Friday September 15, 2017

We are now in our Summer Market season with market being held each Friday from 3:30 - 6:30.
Market is in the gym of Cheviot Elementary School, 4040 Harrison Ave.  
Enter through the back: Harrison Ave. to Carrie St. to McFarran St.  You will see the market's sandwich board sign at the entrance door.  Once inside, turn to your left and proceed to the gym on your left.



MINI NEWSLETTER THIS WEEK
It's been a very busy week, leaving me little time to do a full newsletter.  So I'll simply whet your appetite by listing some of what's ahead for you at LEWFM.  Several of our vendors and I have been brainstorming ways to make it even easier for you and your family to Eat Well.  
 
LEWFM Market Meals, collaboration of several vendors to synergize their offerings, numerous vendors exploring items to add to their product lineup, along with a plethora of fall produce and winter produce storage items await those who come to our market each week.  We continue to look for ways to eliminate, or at least significantly decrease, your trips to the grocery store.  

I also want to offer a shout out to all our Very Valued Customers.  You are why we do what we do best, help our customer Eat Well.  See you all this Friday.


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.



NOTICES
Some of our vendors attend market every week, some every other week, some once a month.  For dates and details http://lewfm.org/Vendors.html 


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COMING SOON TO OUR MARKET
FREE COOKING CLASSES
Margarita Lewis, Ohio State University Extension Nutrition Specialist, will begin her
Margarita talking with folks about her free cooking classes
second series of cooking classes at our market starting September 22.  The nine-week series is free and open to the public.  This second series is comprised of entirely new material; therefore, if you attended the first series please come back for more.  If you didn't attend the first series, that's no problem because each series is stand alone.  More info from Margarita follows:  

Our hands-on classes engage our participants and are designed to change the attitudes, values and behaviors of families.

We will start our Nutrition Classes at Cheviot School Friday September 22, 2017.   The classes will be held from 4:00 - 5:30 P.M. at Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market as a way to encourage families to visit the market and try some of the organically grown products that they offer.



EFNEP Nutrition classes are a series of 9 lessons. The classes include 10-15 minutes physical activity (please wear comfortable clothes and sneakers to classes), 30 minutes of talking about the theme of the day, and 30 minutes of cooking food. In each lesson attendees will receive information material and enhancements to take home and by completing all lessons they will receive an Ohio State University Certificate of completion.



                 Margarita Monagas Lewis
                 EFNEP Program Assistant
                 Ohio State University Extension, Hamilton County
                 4210 Dane Avenue, Cincinnati, OH, 45223
                 Phone:  513-946-8973
                 E-mail: lewis.2349@osu.edu





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MORE FREE BOOKS ON GARDENING

We have received two installment of free books on gardening.  The books were a gift from Bonnie, one of our Very Valued Customers.  All these books have now gone to good gardening homes.  However, Bonnie indicated that more books will be forthcoming.  The next offering will likely be cooking books.  Who doesn't love free books?!  Check out our literature table for the free books and other free publications.    
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As a way to thank Bonnie for her continued generosity in gifting our customers with free books, I'm including pictures and information about two rain barrels that Bonnie has for sale.  Following is Bonnie's contact info, along with info about the barrels:


Red barrel, $35.00
Raining-Cats-&-Dogs barrel, $65.00 



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A VERY SPECIAL REQUEST
Each week in this newsletter I highlight one or more of our Very Valued Vendors.  This week I am highlighting one of our Very Value Customers, Clark.  I recently received an email from Clark asking that I include information in the newsletter regarding his very special request.  Following is Clark's email:  

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE A LIVING KIDNEY DONOR?  My name is Clark and I’m receiving hemodialysis due
to experiencing renal failure over a year ago.  The treatments are keeping me alive but my greatest hope is to receive a kidney from a living donor.  I’m presently on the deceased donor wait list but it could take as long as three to five years to receive a transplant.  My quality of life would be enhanced if I could receive a living donor and no longer have to receive dialysis.  If you are interested, please contact the University of Cincinnati Medical Center Transplant Department at 513-584-7001.  I deeply thank you for your interest, Clark.

If you would like to contact Clark directly, simply send me an email by replying to this newsletter and I will forward your email to him.

I sincerely hope you will forward this newsletter to all on your contact list so we can help spread the word far and wide regarding Clark's very special request.  



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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 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. 

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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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BYOB: Bring Your Own Bags to Market
As a way to help reduce the use of plastic bags, we are asking customers to bring their own reusable bags to market.  I realize that many of you are already doing this and we very much appreciate you doing so.  For those who are not yet in the habit of grabbing a few reusable bags as you leave for market, it might take a bit of extra effort to develop this new habit.  Doing so will result in short and long term benefits.  To gain some insight into the importance of reducing the use of plastic bags, take a look at this brief video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhxX1g9A2OM


If you don't have any reusable market bags we've got you covered.  Beginning this week I will have free reusable bags courtesy of Green Umbrella 10% Local Food Shift.  To receive your free bag, check out this link for directions for signing up for the 10% Shift.  https://greenumbrella.org/10shift  Then, when you come to market just let me know that you've signed up for the 10% Shift campaign and I'll have a bag for you: one per customer, while supplies last.



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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. 


New One-Minute Video From Produce Perks

Please help us spread the word about the Produce Perks dollar for dollar match (up to $10) for customers who use their EBT card at our market.  Further details in the Previously Announced Section and in this new video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qj_RFN90jS8 


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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