From SCOTT CRATTY
July 23, 2009 Ukiah Valley, Mendocino County, North California
Friends of the Farmers’ Market,
We should have another market not to be missed this Saturday. Don Willis will be playing.
At about 10 you will want to meet Jini and Charlie will start a shopping expedition through the market to gather ingredients for their salad dressing cooking demonstration at about 10:30. It is the perfect way to kick-off National Salad Week.
Other happenings this Saturday include a 10:30 reading for children by Ukiah Children’s Librarian Ina Gordon, a nutrition information booth by the Ukiah Unified School District, a table benefiting our local quilt guild, a table
with information about water conservation and a table at which you can get advice from our local UC Davis Master Gardeners.
I also expect at least one new vendor.
In other news, please consider attending the Fifth Annual Pure Mendocino Organic Celebration. It is the Premier Organic Food & Wine Adventure in the Known World, and it happens right here. There are two events to enjoy:
Organic Dinner at Dark Horse Vineyard
Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 5 to 9 pm
Paul Dolan’s Dark Horse Vineyard, Ukiah
$135 per person
Organic Food & Wine Tasting, Silent Auction & Farm Tour
Sunday, August 30, 2009 from 3 to 7pm
Farm Tour begins at 4 pm
The Apple Farm, Philo
$40 per person
Have you noticed that suddenly nearly everything at the conventional large grocery outlets is being labeled “local” or “farmers’ market.” When I investigated one Ukiah’s stores claims I discovered that their definition of local was apparently determined by their advertising agency and included at least produce from anywhere in California, but also some for which the store could not easily identify the origin. Here is a story by someone else with the same experience.