Renegade Certified Organic Farmer Lee Rossavick
From SCOTT CRATTY
June 25, 2009 Ukiah, Mendocino County, North California
Friends of the Farmers’ Market,
Greetings. Have a favorite farmers’ market? If so, you may be keen to know that there are suddenly two different on-line contests to vote for your favorite. One is at farmland.org/vote. That one has prizes for markets of different sizes, which is a nice feature. Another is here. It was nice to see that the Ukiah Saturday market has already collected a few vote (not counting mine). You can go straight to the page for Ukiah Saturday here.
Sad news … the Grilli’s Boysenberries and Ollaliberries are about done… and the raspberries are sputtering along. So they will not be at market this week and probably not next. Until the blackberries come rolling in. (You may be able to find a few of their berries at the Westside Renaissance Market). If you are a fan of Busalacchi cherries, this week will be your last change to get them.
John Johns asked me to relay that it is Gopher Purge season. Come by the Johns Family Farm booth at the Ukiah Farmers Market and get your Gopher. Purge before they are gone. Gal. pots $5.00, seeds, 20 count $3.00.
Saturday’s market will have a few special events starting with the return of market favorite Don Willis on accordion. The Ukiah Unified School District will be back with more important information about nutrition and health. Staff from the Ukiah Branch of the Mendocino County Library will provide a reading for the kids. Apropos these water tight times, DripWorks of Willits will be on hand with an information table and product catalogues. Students from the City of 10,000 Buddhas schools will be holding a one-time benefit sale of shirts to support the NGO “Children of Uganda,” which provides food, shelter, school supplies, and an education for girls in Uganda.
Now on to the food politics section. Here is a message from Slow Food USA:
As you know, children who grow up enjoying food that is both delicious and good for them learn healthy eating habits that last throughout their lives. Those habits can start at school – but only if we give schools the resources to serve real food instead of the overly processed fast food that endangers their health.
To make that happen, our leaders in Congress need to hear that when it comes to our children, change can’t wait.
That’s why we’re organizing a National Eat-In for Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2009. On that day, people across America will gather with their neighbors for public potlucks that send our nation’s leaders a clear message: It’s time to provide our children with real food at school.
Want to help? Click here to get started.
See you at the market!