From Scott Cratty
2/19/09 Ukiah, California
Friends of the Market,
Greetings. Looks like another rainy Saturday … remember, when it is a bit chilly and damp for us, it is perfect for our vegetables. Just think of the farmers’ market on a rainy Saturday morning as a more realistic version of what they try to simulate in grocery produce cases when the misting nozzles come on and the fake rain/thunder sounds.
Our local farmers need support rain or shine. Please note that Ford Ranch Natural Beef will be absent for two weeks, and back in March. Fish may be low as well due to the rough seas … then again, last week was one of the few times we did not sell out of at least a few of the available varieties before the market closed. Because farming and fishing are not entirely predictable, neither is the market. Consider it part of the fun to come see what is there. Perhaps before too many months pass we may have a local shopping resource on-line that allows us to post what is available at the market in near real time so that you can check before heading out … but there is much work to do before that will be a reality. Let me know if you have time/resources to contribute.
Speaking of the connection between food and weather, tomorrow morning at 9 am on the KZYX&Z radio program Wildoak Living, “Chef Laura Stec and climate researcher Eugene Cordero will explore the connection between what we eat and our climate. They encourage us to rediscover our relationship to the land, to the people who provide our food and to the art of cooking.” I am not familiar with these speakers but the topic sounds as if it might be of interest to farmers’ market enthusiasts.
At the market this Saturday make sure your pause to enjoy Jerry Krantman’s eclectic acoustic music. Those of you who cannot get enough of local food issues may want to consider attending the March 1-3, 22nd Annual California Small Farm Conference. It is the state’s premier gathering of small farmers and those who support them. The three day educational conference includes on-farm tours, focused workshops, general educational sessions and opportunities for peer networking. See California Small Farm Conference for specifics. I will not be attending so would appreciate getting a report from anyone who does.
See you at the market.