From SCOTT CRATTY
May 7, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California
Friends of the Farmers Market,
Greetings! Should be a splendid Saturday for our opening day do-over. The market will be packed with vendors and lots of good stuff. It should be almost as big a mid season last year. Although, the selection will be slanted much more toward garden starts (i.e., don’t come expecting corn as it is not in season).
It will be interesting to see if the market is large enough to support our two out of the area fruit vendors (Neufeld and Busalacchi) — particularly once the home team Gowans return for the season. One of the two may stop coming after this weekend. So, if you enjoy having them at the market this would be a good week to support them.
On a related note I heard from several people who were concerned about the report in the UDJ that the Neufeld Farm cherries are organic. They are not. Indeed, Neufeld and Busalacchi are both conventional, non organic producers. Not all producers at a farmers’ market are organic. So, read the signs carefully and ask if you are not certain. Following the article I spoke with Jim Neufeld and he promised to investigate and make sure that no misleading claims are being made about his products.
FYI – contrary to what my UDJ article will say tomorrow, don’t come to the market Saturday expecting oysters. I just learned that the ocean was too rough this week in Arcata Bay to allow sufficient time to harvest.
This season the MCFARM organization printed a much smaller run of posters than in previous years. After getting some up around town I have a limit number remaining. They will be available on a first come basis to market customers who have a good public location to display them. If you would like one, stop by the Friends of MCFARM table this Saturday.
See you at the market.