From Scott Cratty
Exciting as it is to have some authentic winter weather back with us (much needed for the crops and for us), don’t let it sidetrack you from Saturday’s farmers’ market. We will be under the pavilion as always with local veggies, the Ford’s famous local grass fed beef, shamrock cheese and much more.
Check Friday’s UDJ for a column about the “hunger moon” season and the farmers’ market. For an encouraging article about winter season markets and how they can build over time (with your help) and inspire innovative growing, check out: Winter Markets: Extending a Season of Warmth. For encouraging information about farmers markets in general despite all of the problems in the economy (or perhaps, in part, because of them), try: Consumers Continue to Invest in Farmers Markets, Local Food Despite Economy.
Another highlight of the market this Saturday will be the return of special guests the Ukiah High School Spanish Club. They will host a table with student-baked goods and raffle tickets for sale. They are raising money to help include as many students as possible in an extra-curricular, non-school funded excursion for students in their 3rd or 4th year of Spanish studies. The trip is planned for the February break and will include lots of culturally and historically significant stops in Spain. Among the goals of the excursion are to inspire students to travel more and perhaps study abroad and also to see first-hand the mother country of the Spanish language, the birthplace of so many place names we take for granted around us. Some of the students cannot foot the bill alone, so the club is working to raise money with help from the community. Please support them as much as you can.
Thanks to all for keeping the market running smoothly last weekend. In case you noticed that I was missing it was because last Saturday was also the annual meeting of the county farmers’ market association (MCFARM). MCFARM is long in the habit of having its member meeting and board meetings on Saturdays during what used to be the off season, which makes managing a year-round market on Saturday a bit more challenging. Thanks to great help from market supporters like John Johns, who oversaw and packed up the marketlast Saturday, and Terri McCartney, we can make it happen.
Please consider helping out by sharing favorite recipes featuring meals prepared with foods from the market and by telling your favorite local musicians to come play for us at the market.
Also – I am pondering trying to shift the summer market time up by half and hour and the winter market time back — so that we run a consistent 9 am to 12:30 pm schedule all year. Does it seem like a good or bad idea to you? Let me know.
See you Saturday.
Image Credit: DS