Know Your Farmer Know Your Food tour and demo!
It’s time for the September Know Your Farmer Know Your Food Market Tour and Demo this week. We can’t stress enough what knowledge this will bring you about the market, vendors and local foods. Lead by OSU Extension nutritionist Kelly Streit, it’s packed with fun facts, tips and farmers wisdom! You do have to get to Market by 9.30am however when it starts at the Info Booth. Once around the market takes about 30 mins. Then you’ll watch a seasonal recipe being prepared by Lindsay of Coyote Ridge Farm, taste the food, pick up a recipe sheet and get cookin’! SNAP card holders get an extra $5 to help purchase fresh food too!
We have a packed market with so much late summer/early fall produce. The rain may have taken a slight toll on tomatoes, but there should still be enough to go around. Sun Love Farm has plenty of paste tomatoes for sauce. The gorgeous colorful peppers are stacked on the farmers tables and the very first winter squash is making an entrance, perfect for roasting with Campfire Farms pasture-raised chicken. Christina will have whole birds and pieces…. and livers! Yup some of us love chicken livers believe it or not! Did you make it out to Campfire Farm’s Cookout on Labour day? What a great party that was and you would have tasted their delicious succulent pork too. Fisher Ridge Farm is back from their family wedding with beef cuts, pork, lamb and chicken this Saturday. Back too is Squirrelly Jane’s hazel nuts and nut butters, Beeing Kind (coconut oil and honey infused spreads), Mic’s Mix (GF baking mixes, they had to cancel last week) , 2 Towns Cider and Pet Wants. Out is Grano Bakery, Pasta, Kings Raven Winery.
On Point CU is back to host their super-fun kids activity again! Kids get to ‘pretend-shop’ the market, and enter to win $100 in their own account! On Point has been a long-time sponsor of our market’s kids POP Club, not only with consistant funding but also with employees manning the POP Booth EVERY week during the summer. We are really happy to have them back for one last ON Point kid’s activity this week.
The Winter Market season is taking shape, and you can expect most of your fave vendors to continue from November through April , plus a few new ones. Make sure you pick up a bookmark at the Info Booth with the every-other winter market dates, so you don’t miss one. This year we have markets right before Thanksgiving and Christmas so you can put plenty of local foods on your table this year. Interested in a local turkey? Talk to Sue Fisher at Fisher Ridge Farm, they will go fast, so pre-order yours soon.
The fabulous Jess Rae is entertaining us with ‘roots pop with a blues edge’….she always creates a great time at the Market and with 4 hot food vendors, hot coffee and hard cider, wine, and cocktails in a can, it’s going to be another party!