Newsletter for October 6, 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.



THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHT
Smiling Patti
Wonder why Patti is so happy?  It's because she is loaded down with good food from
Photo courtesy of Kelby Bowers
our market.  Patti and her husband Jack purchase nearly all their food, and many essential non-food items, at our market.  From breakfast to bedtime snack, they Eat Well thanks to the Very Valued Vendors at our market.  


I so enjoy sharing Patti's excitement when she discovers yet another item she can include in the multitude of bags she brings with her to market each Friday.  A most recent addition is organic oats that she purchases from Linda of Honey Tree Acres.  Patti says that she now no longer has to buy cereal from the grocery store.  BTW, the certified organic oats is part of a collaboration of Honey Tree Acres and Langland Farms in Indiana.  Linda has a number of other certified organic staples/pantry items from the collaboration.    

Another one of Patti's favorite items at our market is hummus from Gary, The Pickled Pig.  Actually, Gary first started making hummus several years ago especially for our market because Patti asked for hummus.  You want, you ask, our vendors provide.  So, if you want to remove other items from your grocery store list but have not seen the items at our market, just ask.  We will certainly do everything we can to add them to our lineup of healthy products.

Other items in Patti's market bags include meats from Abundant Green Pastures, lots and lots of produce from our various produce vendors, soaps and teas, trail mix, and sundry other items.  We so appreciate Patti and all our long-time customers, as well as those of you who recently learned of our market.  Without you there would be no market.  Keep coming back!



FUN HAPPENING IN NEIGHBORING PRICE HILL
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Pancake Brunch, Sunday October 15 from 10:00 - 2:00.
If you're looking for good food and a fun time, stop by the Harvest Pancake Brunch.  Most of the food will be locally sourced and sure to be tasty.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Urban Earth Farms, part of Enright Ridge Ecovillage.  Over the years,I've attended many events sponsored by Enright Ridge and have thoroughly enjoyed myself.  See you there on the 15th!   






LOOKING AHEAD
Customers have been asking for details about the winter marker schedule.  I'm glad for their interest because it lets me know that they want to Eat Well year round and that they know they can do that by making their purchases at our market.

Details of the 2017-2018 Winter Market Season:  Market will be held from 3:30 - 6:30 the 1st and 3rd Fridays November through April in the Cheviot School gymnasium.  

Other Winter Market news:  I'm currently working on adding a new vendor to our lineup of Very Valued Vendors.  You will love him and his products.  I'm discussing with him the possibility of being with us one Friday this month to give you a sneak preview, including samples.  That will certainly whet your appetite for more of his products.  Watch for details about this new vendor in upcoming newsletters.



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







Newsletter compiled by Mary A. Hutten, Market Manager