From SCOTT CRATTY
Friends of the Farmers’ Market,
Greetings. It seems timely to remind everyone that, whatever the weather, your loyal local farmers will be out on School Street in Ukiah Saturday morning with farm fresh goodies, and heaps of other good stuff grown, raised, or made right around here.
Perhaps you have been interested in trying lamb but not sure how to prepare it? Be at the market Saturday at about 10:15. Chef Jacquie Lee will be providing this season’s first Ukiah Natural Food’s sponsored cooking demonstration. She can show you how to do great things with lamb and you will get an opportunity to sample some of the excellent Owen Family lamb that is available every week at the Saturday Market.
Robinson Creek Flower Farm is expected back at the market, plus two long-time Willits vendors plan to try out the Ukiah market this weekend: Sweetie Pies (who make pies) and a new craft vendor.
Last week we had 23 agricultural (farms, nurseries, ranches, sea foods) vendors and 14 prepared food and/or craft vendors. That is a total of 37 shopping options in one compact location. To give you a sense how the market has evolved, on the same week of the season in 2007 we had a total of 18 vendors, in 2008 there were 28, 2009 brought 35. This Saturday we might hit 40. That makes for a dynamic and interesting market, but it also requires a lot of consistent community support to maintain.
You can also enjoy free live music by Bob Laughton and Kristine Robin.
Please plan to come enjoy the market, and bring a friend.