Newsletter for Friday December 19, 2014

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
PLAN AHEAD
This week's spotlight shines on PLANNING AHEAD.  We will have market this Friday December 19, but there will be no market December 26 and no market January 2.   To ensure that you have all the items you will need for the next three weeks, please plan ahead and remember to purchase extras while at market this Friday.  Also, just a reminder to place your pre-orders for pick up this Friday.  If you have signed up to receive vendor emails, your vendors will also email you a reminder and details about what they have to offer.  And when you are at market this Friday you can place your pre-orders for pick up on Friday, January 9 or email the vendors from whom you wish to pre-order.  Your vendors will help remind you to do this.  Please see below for further details about the SAVE 10% pre-order program and how to sign up to receive vendor emails. 


NOTICES
  • There will be no market December 26 and no market January 2.  Market will resume Friday January 9 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.


RECENTLY ADDED
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Poinsettia and Farmer's Almanac                          
Jenny the Pie, & Much More, Lady will be selling beautiful poinsettia this Friday.  Also again this year, Jenny is selling The Old Farmer's Almanac.  First published in 1792, it is the oldest continuously published periodical in North America.  With age comes wisdom and this publication offers much wisdom on many topics, including cooking and recipes, home and health, gardening, weather, sustainable living, folklore, and much more.  Curling up with The Old Farmers Almanac on a cold winter's eve can be both nostalgic and informative. 

Jenny is also in the final planning stages of another new addition to her lineup.  Too early to say for certain but it looks like she might have this new product this Friday.  Stop by to inquire and try samples if they are ready.       




IMPORTANT HAPPENING  AROUND TOWN
Local Loans for Local Foods: A Slow Money Group invites you to attend the special event, Reclaiming Local Communities Through Restoring Community-Owned Grocery Stores at the future home of the Apple Street Market in Northside on Sunday, January 11, 2015 from 2:00 - 5:00 P.M.  Join fellow Cincinnatians in a discussion on the impacts of supporting local food and grocers.  Local food producers will be present and selling their wares.  Light refreshments will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.  So planners of the event can prepare appropriately, your RSVP is greatly appreciated.  For more information or to RSVP  http://localloansforlocalfoods.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 marker and around town.   


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Honey Tree Acres
The picture depicts only a small portion of the items Honey Tree Acres will be bringing to market this week.  The beautiful wreaths are made by Linda, whom you see at market most weeks.  The small packages in the baskets is the infamous Christmas Crunch, now made by Auntie Patty, another member of the Honey Tree Acres crew.  They also offer eggs each week and produce as available.


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Want to dazzle and delight your family and friends with a healthy snack that tastes irresistibly delicious?  Stop by the Learning to Live Sustainably booth and pick up some Rue Farm Rustic Potato Chips.  They'll be offering samples to help you decide which variety you like best   -   or perhaps you'll decide you can't decide and, like many folks, you'll buy some of each.  

For those of you who are interested in what's in the food you eat, we are happy to inform you that Rue Farm Rustic Chips are made from locally grown NON GMO russet potatoes and prepared in NON GMO oil.  The chips contain no preservatives and no artificial ingredients.  Don't look for them in your local store because our market is currently the only location where they are sold in Cincinnati. 

While at the L2LS booth you can also purchase mustard, olive oils, local honey, produce grown locally by Our Harvest Co-operative, and breads.  As with the other vendors during the winter market, you can purchase items without pre-ordering; however, it is best if you pre-order your items.  Not only will that ensure they do not sell out of your favorite items, you will also SAVE 10% on your pre-orders.  Read about the SAVE 10% promo in the Reminders section of this newsletter.


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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 new logo at the bottom of the newsletter recently and wondered what it means, here is the good news about a new program that began this summer.  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!