Ukiah Farmers Market Saturday

From Scott Cratty

Family is in town, gifts have been given, the post holiday sales were all shopped yesterday, leftovers are dwindling … what to do in Ukiah with friends and family on a post holiday Saturday morning?

How about showing off our pretty historic downtown and stopping in at the Saturday Farmers’ Market? The market will be small and mellow (we will not have live music to save those talented fingers from the cold, we will be spinning local music on the boombox). A few vendors will be out with their own families but we should still have lots of great local foods and some quality local crafts you can get with the dollars you got trading in that electric ear warmers from Uncle Floyd.

Stop in and enjoy a baked good to support the Ford Street Project, have a cup of fair trade, organic Thanksgiving coffee and share a smile. Getting some fresh local food also is a great way to keep your strength up for all next week’s parties, like the one at the Saturday Afternoon Club…

New Year’s Party PAY IT FORWARD, RING IT IN, JUST DANCE! Celebrate with Great Music and Good Friends. Appetizers and Drinks 8:00 pm to 1:00 am. Over 21 Crowd. No Host Bar. $20 Per Person 107 S. Oak St., Downtown Ukiah . More Info? Call 707.467.8229

There is a slide show version of WELL co-founder Dr. Jason Bradford’s video on this blog at Scenario 2020: The Future of Food in Mendocino County… a “history” of how Mendocino County survived the economic and social upheaval of 2009 and learned how to feed itself. The slide show version is here

Check Friday’s edition of the UDJ for Part I of my first (and likely only) New Year’s rant.

See you at the market.

Greetings, Farmers’ Marketers

From Scott Cratty

Yahoo weather informs me that tomorrow will be the balmy day of the week … it may even be dry!

How fortunate because tomorrow is your last chance to stock up at the farmers’ market for the special triple whammy week of winter solstice, Hanukkah and Christmas.

Come support our new craft vendors and find those last minute gifts … how about a beautiful potted bulb arrangement from Salt Hollow Farms in Redwood Valley?

As a special pre-holiday treat we will have Sweetie Pies from Willits bringing apple/cranberry and sweet potato pies-available as whole pies or by the slice with whipped cream.

We will also have the Julian Trio back for one last fiddle powered romp this year!

In case you did not look have the chance to check it out before, please consider signing on the Food Declaration.

Remember to start using the GreenXchange to share information about all of your gardening and farming plans.

Enough for now … see you at the market.

Ukiah tree ordinance news…

From Linda Sanders
Friends of Gibson Creek

Tree Friends,
We are going back to City Hall this Wednesday.  Fortunately the Tree Ordinance has moved up the agenda ladder to Unfinished Business Item 10a  (See City Council Agenda).  Since 12/3, Friends of Gibson Creek have been very busy meeting with the City Manager, communicating with council members and conversing and e-mailing members from ReLeaf, Main Street Program and City of Ukiah’s Paths Open Space & Creeks Commission.   Ideally, we would like the Council to appoint a tree commission to work on tree protection using the City of Davis’ Tree Program as a model for Ukiah.

Look for Bruni Kobbe’s article in the Ukiah Daily Journal that should run before Wednesdays City Council meeting.  Thanks so much to all of you who came to the last Council meeting on 12/3.  It was a test of patience.  I anticipate a better reception this time but one never really knows.    Your support is crucial, please add your voice on the 17th.

A day at Ukiah’s Farmers Market

From Janie Sheppard

Today’s Ukiah farmers market at Alex Thomas Plaza was beautiful. Because this is one of those “a picture is worth a thousand words” topics, I will dispense with words and just show you what I mean…

These happy people have a basket of winter vegetables from the Mendocino Organics Winter CSA.

Continue reading A day at Ukiah’s Farmers Market

Greetings, Friends of the Market

From Scott Cratty

Roots of Change is urging people to sign onto the petition at Food Democracy Now, which urges President-Elect Obama to nominate a Secretary of Agriculture who will be a strong advocate for family farms and sustainable practices. Check it out and join in if you agree. You might also be interested in signing the Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture. Roots of Change is starting a campaign to have this petition at every farmers’ market in the state … we will probably have it available at the Ukiah market soon in case you would rather sign on paper.

Keep reading Greetings, Friends of the Market


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