From SCOTT CRATTY
June 10, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California
Friends of the Ukiah Farmers’ Market,
Greetings! It will be an action packed farmers’ market this Saturday, following an action packed week. This message is coming a day early because Holly & I are holding the grand opening of our new store, the Westside Renaissance Market (1003 W Clay St) today (Wednesday 6/10) with a ribbon cutting at noon and tastings/celebration from 7-9 pm. We will be in preparation mode all day. More on that below.
As for the farmers’ market this Saturday, in addition to a great array of fresh local foods and a good time, you can look forward to music by Two Notes Samba, a jazz duo featuring Craig Schlatter on piano and Will Siegel on Guitar/Vocals, an oyster cooking demonstration by Jini Reynolds, children’s activities from First 5 and the Ukiah Library staff, the return of knife sharpening services at the market and a raffle drawing for a new bike to support the Mendocino Environmental Center.
For those of you who will be picking up plant starts for your own gardening endeavors, we will also have a table of UC Davis Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions and give advice. The Master Gardeners are also offering a class, “Harvesting Your Garden,” which is the last in a series of three classes on vegetable gardening. It will cover harvesting and food safety, methods of preserving, some recipes, seed saving, more on pest and diseases and water conservation. The class is Saturday, June 20th, 2009, from 8:30 AM – 12:00 noon at Nokomis School, 495 Washington Ave, in Ukiah. There is a $5 fee for this class to cover operating expenses. You must preregister to attend, which can be done on-line by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, ph# and email address.
If that is not enough, you might want to dip into the Chronicle’s gardening series starting here.
As for the opening, if you live in or near the Westside of Ukiah, it will be a great opportunity to check out your new community market. Stroll on down. From 7-9 pm we will have tastings of the great to-go items that Ukiah Brewing is doing for our deli case, wines by McFadden and Simaine, sampling of Ukiah’s own world-class Joan’s English Toffee and Lovers Lane Honey. Plus a few treats from the store. We will also have a great array of fresh berries in stock, freshly baked pies (which have been getting raves) from Kemmy’s in Willits and an all new offering of gourmet raviolis from Mosscamp Catering.
Hoping to see you at the market.