2017-2018 Winter Market

We are now in our Winter Market season with market being held from 3:30 - 6:30 the 1st and 3rd Fridays November 2017 through April 2018.  Market is held in the gymnasium of Cheviot Elementary School, 4040 Harrison Avenue 45211.  

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.

Plethora of Products, Including Plentiful Produce at the Winter Market.
When you shop at Lettuce Eat Well Farmers' Market, you can Eat Well all year long.  Due to the diligent efforts of our farmers and the use of their greenhouses, we expect to have produce throughout the winter.  When you purchase produce, along with the multitude of other products at LEWFM, your dreaded grocery store runs will be almost eliminated.  

Buying from our vendors also means that you can know first hand that the items you purchase are of highest quality.  Shopping at LEWFM allows you to talk directly with the producers of the products.  And did you know that all the produce at our market is grown organically?  Although not all the farms are certified organic, all the produce farmers use only organic methods.  Buying your produce at LEWFM means that you don't have to choose between local or organically grown; you can have both.  You are also contributing to the local economy by supporting our local producers.  Many win-wins when shopping at LEWFM. 

All vendors will be at each market day, except Abundant Green Pastures Ranch who attends market the 1st Friday of each month.  

To see a general list of our vendors' products, along with their contact info and updates to their schedule (should any occur)   http://lewfm.org/Vendors.html 

Garden of Eaten Fresh Foods
I'm happy to introduce our newest vendor, Tim Dwyer of Garden of Eaten Fresh Foods.
Tim will be with us throughout the Winter Market with his 5 varieties of fresh pickles, 3 varieties of salsa, and 4 varieties of dip.  He hand makes all the items himself.  

When Tim visited our market in October and provided samples, his products wowed the customers.  I'm thrilled that Tim and his products will be at our market providing yet another line of food items, which means you can cross all these items off your grocery store shopping list.  The more items you cross off your grocery store list by purchasing them at LEWFM, the happier we all are.   

Remember that during the Winter Market season, market is held the 1st and 3rd Fridays, November through April, 3:30 - 6:30.  

Also keep in mind that when you place your pre-orders, be sure to pre-order enough to last for 2 weeks.  Nearly all the items will keep for two weeks; but, some need to be frozen (bread for example, which freezes very well), in order to stay fresh for the extended time.  If you are not familiar with our pre-order option, see further details in the Previously Announced section.

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.

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.  


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. 


  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 essential non-food items
  • and a list of vendors who accept credit cards
Check out our Vendors.


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.


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 


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

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