From SCOTT CRATTY
Friends of the Farmers’ Market,
Greetings. Yet again, we should have a strong, peak season market, produce does not get better or fresher. A bit about this Saturday’s market below …. but first:
Mark your calendars for this Friday evening’s Ukiah chili cook-off. The event, a benefit for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Ukiah, is from 6-10pm in Alex Thomas Plaza. If you have not been before this is the year to check it out … otherwise you will miss your chance to try the Ukiah Saturday Farmers’ Market entry. It is being prepared by market favorites the Owen Family Farm and features their all-natural, Hopland pastured lamb. This should be a great lamb and black bean chili that also features an array of local farm inputs such as Cinnamon Bear Farm peppers, Covelo Organics tomatoes, Creekside Farm garlic, Olivino olive oil, and Redtail Farms onions. Take your friends with you and help promote the market by voting for the best chili. When you try the chili you can get a coupon good for 10% off at the Owen Family Farm booth on Saturday September 11.
Back to the Saturday market. Although Aqua-Rodeo oysters will have the week off, we will still have an amazingly robust meat section. In addition to the Owen Family, I expect Heahl Creek Ranches lamb, Bar-Bell Cattle beef, Magruder Ranch pork and beef, Fish Peddler fish, John Ford Ranch beef, Inland Organics pork and Mendocino Organics chicken. The first 20 people to spend $40 or more with the vendors in this section get a free Mendocino promotional tote bag.
In addition to the abundant peak season deals from out regular farms, I expect one new farm. Roots to Fruits from Laytonville will be bringing annual starts, perennial herbals, and some fruit. Please give them a warm welcome
Also, this Saturday is the day to bring all your dull knives and you most challenging sharpening problems. Diamond Sharp sharpening services will have their professional sharpening equipment fired-up and waiting on Clay street.
If that was not enough, you can also welcome back the Julian Trio, which will provide great live music as always.
See you at the market.
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