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Ukiah Farmers’ Market Saturday 3/14/09

In Dave Smith on March 11, 2009 at 8:33 pm

From Scott Cratty
Ph: 707-462-7377

3/12/09 Ukiah, North California

Greetings. Before I advertise this more widely, one more chance for list members to respond… anyone have a family member who might be interested in becoming the Ukiah Saturday Farmers’ Market’s very own sign dancer?  Well, actually a sandwich board walker… but, it is a very spiffy sign.  And we can at least spring for one of those big foam hands to waive around.  Drop me a line if you know someone who might be interested in employment strolling around town for a couple of hours on Saturday mornings.

FYI – our raffle basket for 4/4  – full of great vendor donations – still only has a few tickets sold.  It is a great opportunity to be a winner.  Stop by the Friends of MCFARM table soon to get your ticket.

This week at the market we will feature acoustic music by Josh Madsen.

See this very nice profile of new local farmer Paula Manalo of Mendocino Organics. Paula and Adam have been selling a bit more of their excellent organic/biodynamic produce at the market the last two weeks. Look for them in the South-West corner of the pavilion.

As you may have noticed, I strive to avoid political content in these messages. However, the following quote explaining a benefit of local food is too practical and spot on to let pass despite its White House source.  It is from a March 10 article in the New York Times.

“It’s like: How do we keep the calories down but keep the flavors up?” said Mrs. Obama, who also praised a healthy broccoli soup prepared by White House chefs.

“That’s one of the things that we’re talking a lot about,” she said. “When you grow something yourself and it’s close and it’s local, oftentimes it tastes really good.

“And when you’re dealing with kids, for example, you want to get them to try that carrot. Well, if it tastes like a real carrot and it’s really sweet, they’re going to think that it’s a piece of candy. So my kids are more inclined to try different vegetables if they’re fresh and local and delicious.”
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