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Hamden’s Farmers Market to open

HAPPENING TODAY – THE OPENING OF HAMDEN’S FARMERS MARKET!YOU CAN GET FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES – IN ADDITION TO BAKED GOODS AND PREPARED FOODS FROM MORE THAN 20 VENDORS. THERE WILL ALSO BE LOCAL CRAFTS AVAILABLE, AND LIVE MUSIC TO ENJOY WHILE YOU SHOP. THE FARMERS MARKET WILL BE OPEN EVERY THURSDAY FROM TODAY UNTIL OCTOBER 4TH.IT’S áALWAYSá HELD IN HAMDEN’S TOWN .



NewsNite: CSAs, Farmers Markets — Buy Local, Support Local — March 1, 2013

. >> AS SPRING APPROACHES I START TO THINK ABOUT BUYING LOCALLY FROM FARMERS. THAT’S A SUBJECT WE EXPLORE NEXT ON NEWS NIGHT. THAT’S COMING UP ON NEWS NIGHT. I’M GLAD YOU’RE HERE WITH US. I’M JODIE MILLER. AT THIS TIME OF YEAR I GET ANTSY FOR SPRING. I WANT TO BE IN THE GARDEN AND GROWING THINGS. SO THIS IS A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO EXAMINE PERHAPS A GROWING, PUN INTENDED, PHENOMENON. NOT ONLY REGIONALLY BUT AROUND THE COUNTRY. IT’S A DIRECT CONNECTION BETWEEN LOCAL FARMERS AND CONSUMERS. AND TO THAT END WE WANTED TO WELCOME SOME GUESTS HERE WHO COULD TALK TO YOU ABOUT CONSUMER SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE, CSA’S OR FARMERS MARKETS. SO WE WELCOME BETH NORTH. SHE’S BEEN A FARMER FOR YEARS. SHE WAS AND SHE IS NOW FARMERS MARKET MANAGER FOR COUNTRY SIDE CONSERVANCY. AND CHRIS NORMAN. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CROWN POINT ECOLOGY CENTER WHICH IS THE, CORRECT ME IF I’M WRONG, ONE OF THE OLDEST CONTINUING CSA’S IN NORTHEAST OHIO. >> THAT’S RIGHT. >> WELCOME BOTH OF YOU. I’M LOOKING VERY FORWARD TO THIS PROGRAM.

A LOT OF INFORMATION THAT WE CAN GIVE TO OUR VIEWERS. BUT I WANT TO START WITH MAYBE THE KIND OF CHANGES THAT WE’RE SEEING IN TERMS OF EATING PATTERNS AND BUYING LOCALLY. AND HOW DID THE WHOLE BUYING LOCAL AND SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMERS COME ABOUT? >> WELL, I THINK OVER RECENT YEARS WE’VE SEEN, YOU KNOW, A BIG CHANGE IN OUR DIET AND OUR EATING PATTERNS. WE HAD, YOU KNOW, TRADITIONALLY LIVED SEASONALLY, AND ATE SEASONALLY, AND THINGS CLOSE TO THE SOURCE. BUT OVER THE PAST 50 OR SO YEARS WE GOT AWAY FROM THAT. STARTED PURCHASING MORE PROCESSED FOODS AND THAT KIND OF THING. AND I THINK WE’VE STARTED TO SEE THE HEALTH RAMIFICATIONS OF THAT. AND YOU KNOW BECAUSE WE’RE BUYING MORE PROCESSED FOODS. WE STOPPED THINKING ABOUT WHERE OUR FOOD WAS COMING FROM. HOW THE WEATHER PATTERNS ARE EFFECTING THE PRODUCTION. SO I THINK THIS WHOLE TREND OF PURCHASING LOCALLY IS TRYING TO GET PEOPLE MORE IN TOUCH WITH WHERE THEIR FOOD ACTUALLY DOES COME FROM.

IT COMES FROM FARMERS. IT COMES FROM THE SOIL. AND HELPING TO BUILD THOSE RELATIONSHIPS BACK UP. YOU KNOW IT JUST HELPS CREATE HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES TO KNOW WHO’S GROWING YOUR FOOD. AND HOW IT IS BEING GROWN. SO WE’RE SEEING, LIKE YOU SAID, NATIONAL AND REGIONAL SUPPORT, A GROUND SWELL OF SUPPORT FOR THIS KIND OF MOVEMENT. >> BUYING LOCAL. >> GROWING LOCALLY, LEARNING ABOUT IT. I MEAN I THINK TO BETH’S POINT A LOT OF WHAT WE’RE EXPERIENCING IN LOCAL PURCHASING, SPECIFICALLY ON FOOD IS REFLECTED IN PEOPLE AWARENESS AS FAR AS LAND USE ISSUES. NORTHEAST OHIO HAS REALLY SPRAWLED OUT. LAND USE INCREASED AS FAR AS NONFARM USE. SO WE’RE BUILDING ON PRIME SOILS ETCETERA. SO FARMS AND FARM COMMUNITIES HAVE REALLY BEEN UNDER SIEGE AND I THINK FOR THOSE OF US THAT ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THE FARM, YOU MAYBE GO BACK A GENERATION OR TWO AND THERE’S — THE STORIES ARE STILL THERE.

GOING TO GRANDPA’S FARM. SO BUYING LOCAL IS A WAY FOR PEOPLE TO GET BACK TO THEIR ROOTS AND ALSO SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY OF LAND USE AND THEN THE PERSONAL HEALTH. BECAUSE, WHETHER IT’S SPINACH, OR YOU’VE GOT EGGS, ALL KINDS OF FOODS SCARES THAT HAVE HAPPENED. FARMERS MARKET, CSA’S YOU KNOW WHERE THE FOOD COMES FROM. YOU MEET THE GROWER. THERE’S THAT CONNECTION. SO THERE’S A WHOLE APPROACH TO PERSONAL WELL BEING AND COMMUNITY WELL BEING. AND IT’S PRETTY EXCITING REALLY. >> AND THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS THAT DIRECT CONNECTION. BECAUSE AS I UNDERSTAND IT THERE’S TWO WAYS OF BUYING LOCALLY. THAT WOULD BE THE CSA’S THE COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE. OR THROUGH FARMERS MARKETS. SO LET’S START WITH CSA’S DESCRIBE FOR OUR VIEWERS WHAT’S A CSA? >> SURE, WELL FOR SURE.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT AGRICULTURE. IT’S A DIRECT MARKETING MODEL. IT’S A WAY FOR PEOPLE TO SUPPORT A LOCAL FARM. THEY BUY A SHARE OF THE HARVEST AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON. SO RIGHT NOW SUBSCRIPTIONS ARE GOING OUT. PEOPLE ARE SENDING IN THEIR DOLLARS TO BUY A SHARE OF THE UPCOMING HARVEST. THE MAIN SHARE IS JUNE THROUGH OCTOBER. THE FARMERS GET THE MONEY UP FRONT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON IN THE WINTER. THEY USE THE MONEY TO PURCHASE SEED, FERTILIZER, EQUIPMENT, HIRE STAFF, AND PLANNING.

THE SHAREHOLDERS WHAT THEY GET IS FROM JUNE TO OCTOBER EVERY WEEK THEY COME TO THE FARM AND THEY GET A SHARE OF WHAT’S IN SEASON. SO IF THE TOMATOES DO WELL YOU GHETTO MAY GET, TOMATOES IN YOUR SHARE. SQUASH, FOR US, LAST YEAR NOT SO GOOD. A LOT OF TIMES FARMS WILL WORK TOGETHER SO THAT YOUR SHARE CAN REPRESENT NOT JUST FROM ONE FARM BUT A COUPLE FARMS. IF THE ZUCCHINI DOESN’T DO WELL IN ONE PLACE YOU GET IT FROM ANOTHER. BUT THE VALUE, THE FARMER GETS THE MONEY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON BEFORE THE DRAUGHT BEFORE THE FLOOD. >> TO BUY THE SEED. >> ETCETERA. BUT FOR THE FAMILY IF THEY BUY THE SAME AMOUNT OF PRODUCE AT THE GROCERY STORE OR AT THE FARMERS MARKET AT TIMES THEY WILL PAY A LITTLE MORE. SO FOR EXAMPLE, FOR US, TIPLY 500-DOLLAR SHARE, LAST YEAR WE TRACK EVERYTHING. IF THEY HAD GONE TO THE FARMERS MARKET THEY WOULD HAVE PAID $700. >> FOR WHAT THEY GOT. >> IN GENERAL. BUT WHETHER IT’S CSA OR FARMERS MARKETS YOU CAN’T GO WRONG. YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR FOOD COMES FROM.

SO WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE. PLEASE CONNECT. WHETHER IT’S CSA OR FARMERS MARKETS OR ANY WAY POSSIBLE. >> THE NICE THING ABOUT CSA IS YOU’RE BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP WITH A FARMER AND YOU’RE INVESTING IN THAT FARM. AND YOUR SHARE COMES IN THE FORM OF FOOD OPPOSED TO INCOME GROWTH BUT IT’S A REALLY GREAT WAY TO FEEL CONNECTED TO A PLACE. TO LEARN YOU KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THAT FARM. WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES THAT FARM IS FACING? YOU KNOW LAST YEAR WE HAD, WELL THE PAST TWO YEARS, WE JUST HAD CRAZY WEATHER PATTERNS. YOU KNOW WE WERE VERY, VERY DRY FOR THE EARLY PORTION OF THE SEASON LAST YEAR. AND THEN WE FINALLY GOT SOME RAIN AND SO THINGS SEEMED TO EQUAL OUT. BUT THE YEAR BEFORE THAT IT WAS JUST SO YET THAT FARMERS COULDN’T GET INTO THEIR FIELD. SO I THINK BUILDING THOSE DIRECT RELATIONSHIPS, WHETHER IT’S THROUGH CSA’S, OR SHOPPING IN A FARMERS MARKET YOU SEE THAT FIRSTHAND AND HOW THAT AFFECTS OUR FOOD PRODUCTION.

AND IF I’M NOT MISTAKEN, AREN’T THERE LIKE TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF CSA’S WHERE YOU CAN HAVE A SUBSCRIPTION OR A SHAREHOLDER? IS THERE A DIFFERENCE THERE? >> WELL, NOT REALLY. THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT CSA MODELS AND THE TRADITIONAL CSA MODEL IS ONE FARMER AND ONE GROUP OF CONSUMERS WHERE THOSE CUSTOMERS, YOU KNOW SUPPORT THAT INDIVIDUAL FARM. THE FARMER KIND OF DETERMINES WHAT GOES INTO THE SHARE. BUT THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT MODELS ON CSA’S IF YOU WILL. WHERE IT’S A COOPERATIVE OF GROWERS THAT ARE ABLE TO REACH A LARGER NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS OR JUST A SMALL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN A COUPLE FARMS LIKE CHRIS WAS MENTIONING.

THERE ARE ALSO NOT REALLY CSA’S BUT SIMILAR LIKE LOCAL FOOD DISTRIBUTION MODELS THAT ARE, YOU’RE STILL PAYING WEEKLY OR PAYING A FLAT FEE UP FRONT, BUT YOU’RE GETTING FROM MULTIPLE PLACES AND NOT JUST FARMERS BUT ALSO LOCAL FOOD PRODUCERS. >> IT’S TERRIFIC BECAUSE THE RECORDKEEPING FOR THE CSA, YOU KNOW, AND ALSO THE PUBLIC RELATIONS IF YOU WILL IS ANOTHER ART. SO SOMEBODY WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN A COOPERATIVE I THINK ABOUT FAMILY FARMS FOR EXAMPLE. THAT’S GREAT BECAUSE THOSE FARMERS CAN DO WHAT THEY DO WELL. THEY CAN SHARE THE ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES. AND YET THE FAMILIES, THE LOCAL FAMILIES ARE SUPPORTING LOCAL FARMERS. THEY’RE GETTING FRESH FOOD. IT CAN BE VEGETABLES IN OUR CASE. IT CAN ALSO HAVE CHEESE, EGGS, YOU CAN HAVE MEAT. CSA’S. THERE’S A WHOLE VARIETY. IT’S JUST LIKE ANYTHING. VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE.

WELL YOU CAN FIND THAT IN CSA’S. >> I DO WANT YOU TO HOLD THAT THOUGHT. WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO IS WE’RE GOING TO TAKE THIS DISCUSSION OVER TO NEWS NIGHT.NET. THAT NEWS NIGHT.NET AND CONTINUE TALKING A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT CSA’S. >> FOR MORE NEWS NIGHT CONTENT INCLUDING EXTENDED DISCUSSIONS FULL INTERVIEWS AND A CHANCE TO SPEAK YOUR MIND ABOUT THE ISSUES JOIN US ONLINE AT NEWS NIGHT.NET. >> WE ARE CONTINUING OUR DISCUSSION ABOUT BUYING LOCAL AND THE DIRECT CONNECTION BETWEEN A FARMER AND THE CONSUMER. AND WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO NOW IS TALK ABOUT FARMERS MARKETS.

SO IT MIGHT BE SELF EVIDENT BUT TELL ME THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CSA AND A FARMERS MARKET. >> A CSA YOU’RE JOINING AND BECOMING A MEMBER OF THAT FARM ESSENTIALLY. SO YOU’RE PAYING YOUR MONEY UP FRONT AND THEN YOU JUST SHOW UP EVERY WEEK AT YOUR DESIGNATED PICK UP SPACE TO PICK UP YOUR PRODUCE. FARMERS MARKETS IT’S MUCH MORE OF A SHOPPING EXPERIENCE. YOU KNOW, YOU GO, WE WORK WITH OVER 60 INDEPENDENT BUSINESS OWNERS, FARMERS, FOOD PRODUCERS, CHEESE MAKERS, POULTRY FOLKS. PEOPLE WHO RAISE POULTRY AND MEATS AND THAT KIND OF THING. SO YOU’RE SHOPPING AT INDIVIDUAL BUSINESSES. WE’LL COME AT A DESIGNATED TIME AND YOU CHOOSE WHAT IT IS YOU WANT TO PURCHASE THERE. >> WHAT ARE THE KIND OF FARMERS MARKETS AVAILABLE NOW TO THE COUNTRY SIDE CONSERVANCY. >> WE MANAGE THREE MARKETS. WE HAVE RIGHT NOW WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF OUR WINTER MARKET SEASON. WE HAVE ABOUT GO MARKETS EVERY MONTH. AND WE ARE LOCATED AT OLD TRAIL SCHOOL. BUT WE DO HAVE FARMERS WHO ARE EXTENDING THEIR SEASON WITH HIGH TUNNELS AND THAT KIND OF THING. SO WE DO HAVE FRESH GREENS.

>> EXPLAIN HIGH TUNNELS. >> THEY ARE BASICALLY JUST A STRUCTURE THAT IS, YOU KNOW, METAL WITH A SHEET OF PLASTIC OVER TOP THAT CREATE A LITTLE PROTECTED ENVIRONMENT FOR CROPS TO GROW IN. SO FOLKS CAN GROW THINGS LIKE LETTUCE, AND SPINACH, AND RADISHES, AND OTHER KINDS OF GREENS EXTEND THEIR SEASON. WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF WINTER FARMERS MARKET NOW IN DOORS UNTIL THE END OF APRIL. IN MAY WE MOVE OUTDOORS WE HAVE TWO SUMMERTIME FARMERS MARKETS. ONE AT HOW MEADOW. AND THAT’S OUR LARGER MARKET. WE HAVE, WE AVERAGE ABOUT 50 VENDORS A WEEK AT THAT MARKET. AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE A MARKET IN AKRON IN HIGHLAND SQUARE. AND WE HAVE ABOUT 20 TO 25 VENDORS THERE. AND IT’S A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD. IT’S SUCH A WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOOD. AND IT’S A LOT OF FUN TO BE DOWN THERE. >> IS THE WINTER MARKET SATURDAY. >> IT IS SATURDAY.

>> AND SO IS HOW MEADOW. >> AND THE HIGHLAND SQUARE MARKET IS ON THURSDAY EVENINGS FROM 4:00 TO 7:00. >> AND THE VENDORS THAT YOU GET FOR THE COUNTRY SIDE CONSERVANCY FARMERS MARKETS ARE NOT JUST FARMERS IN THE KOYOGA VALLEY. >> WE HAVE FARMS IN THE NATIONAL PARK BUT AS MUCH AS WE LOVE THOSE FARMERS THAT WOULDN’T BE MUCH OF A MARKET WITH ELEVEN VENDORS SO WE GO THROUGHOUT NORTHEAST OHIO AND SEEK WHAT ARE OUR CUSTOMERS LOOKING FOR AND YOU KNOW I LOVE TO EAT THIS WAY SO I THINK WHAT CAN’T I GET THAT I I WANT TO HAVE IN MY PANTRY OR I WANT TO HAVE IN MY FRIDGE THAT I WANT TO COOK WITH.

SO THERE’S A LOT OF PRODUCE. AND THAT’S, YOU KNOW, THE REAL BACKER RIGHT THERE. IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE. BUT THEN WE ALSO HAVE, LIKE I SAID POULTRY, WE HAVE PORK, WE HAVE BEEF, WE HAVE BISON, CHEESE, SEVERAL DIFFERENT CHEESES. WE HAVE FRESH PASTA. IT’S PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING YOU WOULD WANT TO EAT. WE HAVE A LOCAL GROWER. SOLIDIFIED ORGANIC GROWER THAT’S DOING OATS ROLLED OATS AND BARLEY AND FLOUR, CORNMEAL, SO YOU CAN GET PRETTY MUCH ANYTHING YOU NEED. WE EVEN HAVE LOCAL GROWERS GROWING GINGER. >> ISN’T THAT GREAT. BUT NOT TO JUMP AHEAD BUT I KNOW THAT BETH HAS DONE A FANTASTIC JOB HELPING FARMERS COME TO MARKET. GET READY FOR MARKET. PREPARE THEIR STANDS. CONTINUE TO IMPROVE. AND ALSO THE ACCESS. SO IT’S NOT JUST HELPING NEW FARMERS COME INTO THE MARKETPLACE AND IMPROVE THEIR SERVICE BUT THEN HELPING OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, OTHER FOLKS, I THINK ABOUT THE EBT ACCESS. A PIONEER RIGHT HERE IN THE AKRON AREA ON HELPING PEOPLE WHO OTHERWISE WOULDN’T HAVE ACCESS TO USE THEIR SNAP CARDS, THE OLD FOOD STAMP. HELP FARMERS ENGAGE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE.

A REAL PIONEER RIGHT HERE. WE’RE PROUD OF IT. >> HOW MANY PEOPLE MIGHT YOU GET ON ANY GIVEN SATURDAY AT HOW MEADOW. >> 1100 PEOPLE A WEEK AT HOW MEADOW. >> SO IT’S PROFITABLE TO BE A FARMER AND SET UP AT FARMERS MARKETS. >> WHEN WE FIRST STARTED IN 2004 WE DIDN’T START TILL JUNE AND NOW WE ARE GOING AROUND. WE HAVE FARMERS EXTENDING THEIR SEASON LONG ENOUGH THAT WE HAVE SOME FRESH PRODUCE ALL YEAR ROUND WHICH IS PRETTY FABULOUS.

YOU HAVE TO MODERATE EXPECTATIONS. THIS IS NORTHEAST OHIO. LAST WINTER WE DIDN’T HAVE A WINTER. SO WE HAD PEOPLE PULLING THINGS IN FROM THE FIELDS LIKE CABBAGES ALMOST ALL WINTER LONG. THIS YEAR NOT THE CASE. WE’VE HAD VERY DEEP COLD SNAP SO THE PRODUCE IS DEFINITELY BEING AFFECTED MORE THIS YEAR. BUT WE STILL HAVE IT. >> AND FARMERS MARKETS ARE A GROWING PHENOMENON THROUGHOUT THE STATE ARE THEY NOT. >> THEY ARE. >> WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST PRACTICES FOR A FARMERS MARKET. >> SOME OF THE BEST PRACTICES ARE TO BE PRODUCERS ONLY. THAT’S WHAT WE ARE AT COUNTRY SIDE. WHAT PRODUCERS ONLY MEANS IS THAT OUR FARMERS AND OUR FOOD PRODUCERS ARE MAKING THE FOOD THEMSELVES. THEY ARE NOT BUYING FOOD FROM INDIANA OR MICHIGAN OR WHEREVER AND RE SELLING AT THE MARKET. THEY ARE GROWERS. AND OUR PASTA MAKERS, THEY’RE THE PEOPLE MAKING THE PASTA AND WE ENCOURAGE THEM TO PURCHASE FLOUR FROM LOCAL FARMERS AND THAT KIND OF THING. SO IT’S A STRONG EMPHASIS ON PRODUCERS ONLY.

EDUCATING CUSTOMER BASE. SHOWING THEM HOW TO COOK WITH SOME OF THE MORE UNUSUAL ITEMS YOU’LL FIND. WE DO COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS ALL THE TIME. TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO PRESERVE THINGS AND MAKING SURE WE’RE ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY. SO WE INSTITUTED OUR FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM BACK IN 2008 I BELIEVE WHERE WE BEGAN TO BE ABLE TO ACCEPT THE SNAP CARD AT THE MARKETS AND SO YOU KNOW EVERYONE IN OUR COMMUNITY CAN PARTICIPATE. IT’S NOT, YOU KNOW, I KNOW FARMERS MARKETS SOMETIMES HAVE THIS STIGMA OF BEING ELITIST BUT THAT’S NOT REALLY THE CASE. I MEAN IT’S REALLY ACCESSIBLE TO ALL. >> WHAT ABOUT, AND I WANTED TO ASK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NATURAL AND ORGANIC. >> OKAY. >> HOW DOES THAT FIGURE INTO A CSA OR A FARMERS MARKET. >> REGARDLESS OF THE FARM, WHETHER IT’S A FARMERS MARKET OR YOUR WHOLESALING OR YOU’RE WITH A CSA, ORGANIC HAS A CERTIFICATION.

THERE’S A NATIONAL CERTIFICATION. THERE’S A THIRD PARTY THAT INSPECTS THE ORGANIC FARM EVERY YEAR. THERE’S AN AUDIT THAT HAPPENS. ALL THE INPUTS THE RECORDKEEPING ETCETERA. ALL NATURAL, THERE’S NO SUCH THING. NOW, IF YOU’RE A SMALL PRODUCER, YOU CAN BE ORGANIC WITHOUT — AND IT’S A VERY SMALL PRODUCER. YOU CAN BE ORGANIC WITHOUT THAT INSPECTION. BUT THAT — THE REASON FOR THE INSPECTION, AND THERE’S A NATIONAL STANDARD IS TO HELP THE GROWERS THAT ARE FOLLOWING THAT PROCESS. THERE’S BEEN HISTORIC VALUE ADDED.

YOU KNOW SO I CAN GET TYPICALLY MORE FOR ORGANIC FRUIT AND VEGETABLES THAN THEY CAN FOR NONORGANIC BUT I WOULD SAY CROWN POINT IS CERTIFIED ORGANIC AND PROUD OF IT. I WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO BUY LOCAL REGARDLESS OF ORGANIC OR NOT. PLEASE WEIGH IN. >> YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHOOSE. YOU CAN GET LOCAL AND ORGANIC. SO I THINK THAT’S KIND OF A FALSE DICHOTOMY THERE. WE CAN BUY LOCAL AND ORGANIC AND LIKE CHRIS SAID, THERE IS NO STANDARD FOR NATURAL.

ANYBODY CAN SLAP THAT LABEL ON THEIR PRODUCT. >> I WANT TO CONTINUE THIS DISCUSSION ABOUT NATURAL AND ORGANIC AND FERTILIZERS AND PESTICIDES AND THAT KIND OF STUFF. AND THAT WILL BE ON NEWS NIGHT.NET. >> ON NEWS NIGHT.NET WE COVER A BROADER RANGE OF TOPICS THAN WE CAN ON THE AIR IN 27 MINUTES. JOIN US ONLINE AT NEWS NIGHT.NET. >> WE ARE BACK FOR OUR FINAL SEGMENT OF NEWS NIGHT. AND REGARDLESS OF WHETHER YOU GET YOUR FOOD AND YOUR FRESH LOCALLY GROWN PRODUCE FROM A CSA OR A FARMERS MARKET THERE ARE A COUPLE ASPECTS OF THIS WHOLE PROCESS THAT BOTH ARE INVOLVED WITH. AND WHAT I’D LIKE TO ASK YOU BOTH ABOUT IS MAYBE SOME OF THE INTANGIBLES.

ABOUT BUYING FROM A CSA OR BUYING FROM A FARMERS MARKET. BUT, YOU KNOW, OBVIOUSLY YOU GET GOOD PRODUCE AND GOOD FOOD AND IT’S FRESH. BUT WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER INTANGIBLES. BECAUSE IT’S A WONDERFUL FEELING. AND I WANT PEOPLE TO GET EXCITED ABOUT IT. >> DEFINITELY. I WOULD SAY FOR THOSE THAT ARE COMING TO THE FARM TO PICK UP FROM THE CSA FOR EXAMPLE. THERE’S THAT INTANGIBLE OF GOING AND SEEING WHERE YOUR FOOD IS GROWN. OF HAVING THAT STORY AS YOU TALKED ABOUT BEFORE.

THE STORY WITH THE PRODUCE THAT WAS GROWN. SEEING HOW THINGS ARE GOING IN THE CROP. THERE’S TYPICALLY A NEWS LETTER ASSOCIATED WITH THE CSA. WE SEND OURS OUT EVERY WEEK WITH RECIPES. YOU HAVE THE BACKGROUND OF WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE FOOD. BUT THE BEST PART IS THE EATING. BEING ABLE TO SHARE. YOU KNOW. AND FRESH IS BETTER FOR YOU. SO YOU KNOW, THAT CONNECTION, THAT’S SOME INTANGIBLES I WOULD SAY OF THE STORY, ETCETERA THAT PEOPLE HAVE. >> AND I THINK REALLY WHEN YOU SHOP AT THE FARMERS MARKET IT’S NOT LIKE CHECKING OUT AT THE GROCERY STORE. IT’S A TOTAL EXPERIENCE. YOU KNOW YOU’RE GETTING TO KNOW THOSE FARMERS. YOU’RE SWAPPING RECIPES WITH THE FARMERS. AND WHO KNOWS BETTER HOW TO FIX IT RIGHT, YOU KNOW? THAN THE FARMERS. AND SO SHARING THOSE STORIES. BEING OUT AND BUMPING INTO YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOU KNOW SITTING THERE IN OUR BEAUTIFUL KIAHOGA VALLEY.

HAVING A FRESH CROISSANT AND LOCALLY GROWN COFFEE. IT’S FANTASTIC. SO IT’S A LOT OF FUN. SHOPPING CAN BE FUN I GUESS. >> RELATIONSHIPS AND STUFF. SO ONE OF THINGS I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS I READ ABOUT SHARED RISK. HOW DOES THAT IMPACT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS. SHARED RISK BEING IN THE BROCCOLI’S GOOD THIS YEAR WE SHARE IN THAT. >> THERE’S AN ABUNDANCE. FOR US WE’VE SEEN IN THE LAST THREE YEARS WE’VE SEEN TWO DRAUGHTS. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR 2011 IT WAS A RECORD RAINFALL AND FLOODING THAT HAPPENED. WELL THERE’S THE SHARED RISK. YOU KNOW SOME YEARS, CERTAIN CROPS AREN’T GOING TO COME IN. WHETHER IT’S BECAUSE OF AN EARLY FROST OR A DRAUGHT OR FLOOD. YOU KNOW THERE’S GOING TO BE A SHARED RISK THERE. FOR THE CSA’S, AS I SAY, THE FARMERS ARE GETTING PAID IN THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON. WE TAKE IT VERY SERIOUSLY. SO WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT THERE’S GOING TO BE A SHARED BENEFIT FOR PEOPLE.

BUT I THINK WHEN YOU SAY SHARED RISK THAT’S TYPICALLY WHAT WE’RE REFERRING TO. >> WHAT ABOUT THE USE OF VOLUNTEERS FOR BOTH OF YOUR ORGANIZATIONS. DO FARMERS MARKETS RELY ON VOLUNTEERS I KNOW CROWN POINT RELIES ON VOLUNTEERS. >> WE HAVE SOME SPECTACULAR VOLUNTEERS AT THE FARMERS MARKET. I MEAN PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP, YOU KNOW, WHEN IT’S STILL DARK AT 6:30 IN THE MORNING TO HELP US PUT UP TENTS AND WE HAVE REALLY FANTASTIC PEOPLE WHO COME OUT. AND IT’S A LOT OF FUN. YOU KNOW. AND WE ARE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS THAT HELP US DO THAT. WE COULDN’T DO IT WITHOUT THEM. >> THEY MAKE IT WORK. SAME WITH CROWN POINT OBVIOUSLY. >> I DON’T REFER TO SHAREHOLDERS AS VOLUNTEERS. THERE’S A WORK REQUIREMENT STANDARD SHARE. YOU HAVE ONE THREE HOUR SHIFT THAT YOU PUT IN. BUT IT’S PROBABLY THE BEST THREE HOURS YOU CAN PUT IN. BECAUSE YOU’RE OUT THERE HARVESTING FOOD. VISIT WITH THE OTHER SHAREHOLDERS. IN THE BARNES, WASHING PRODUCE. THE MUSIC’S PLAYING. AND AGAIN, IT’S VERY REAL. I MEANS THIS WHERE LIFE BEGINS. IT REALLY CONTINUES.

IN THAT SHARED EXPERIENCE. >> WHAT ABOUT EXTRA FOOD? I MEAN OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A REALLY GOOD HARVEST WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE EXTRA FOOD? >> YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF PROGRAMS. AS FAR AS CANNING AND DRYING AND FREEZING TOO, RIGHT? >> WE DO TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO CAN AND FREEZE AND DRY. SO WE’RE ENCOURAGING CUSTOMERS TO BUY IN BULLING FROM THE FARMERS SO HOPEFULLY THEY’RE NOT GOING HOME WITH A TRUCK LOAD OF STUFF.

SO WE HAVE WORKED WITH LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES AND FARMERS HAVE DONATED TO THOSE IN THE PAST AND WE HELPED COORDINATE THAT A LITTLE IT BE BUT CROWN POINT HAS THE BEST PROGRAM AROUND. >> FROM THE BEGINNING AS FAR AS — IT’S THAT EXTRA FOOD. WE GROW IT TO GIVE AWAY. >> SPECIFICALLY TO BE DONATED TO. >> A COUPLE AREA AGENCIES. ONE IS THAT FOOD PANTRY THE AKRON REGIONAL FOOD BANK. THE SISTERS BEGAN THE CROWN POINT WITH THE INTENT OF SHARING THIS SPACE.

AND SO WHEN THEY STARTED GROWING PRODUCE IN MASS IN 1997 WE DONATED 4,000 POUNDS OF ORGANIC PRODUCE TO THE AKRON CANTON REGIONAL FOOD BANK. WE CONTINUED THEN WITH THE CSA IN 98 BUT TYPICALLY EVERY YEAR WE’RE DONATED 15,000-POUNDS OR SO TO HELP FEED THOSE IN NEED. WE COUPLE THAT WITH EDUCATION PROGRAMS. NOW WE’RE LOOKING AT WAYS TO EMPOWER PEOPLE TO LEARN TO COOK THAT FOOD. ESTABLISH GARDENS ON SITE. SO IT’S NOT JUST GIVING FOOD AWAY. WE’RE LOOKING TO BRIDGE THAT SO THAT WE CAN BUILD COMMUNITY AND SELF RELIANCE. BUT THAT’S, I THINK WE’RE THE ONLY FARM, ORGANIC FARM GROWING FOOD TO GIVE AWAY. AND WE’RE PROUD OF IT. >> YES, AND WHEN YOU SAID SISTERS YOU MEANT THE SISTERS — >> DOMINICAN SISTERS OF PEACE. WE ARE A MINISTRY OF.

WE’RE A SEPARATE 501 C 3 AND THE SISTERS EXPECT NORTHEAST OHIO TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE FARM IN DOING WHAT IT’S DOING. BUT THE SISTERS DID WHAT NOBODY ELSE COULD DO. THEY STARTED IT. >> EXACTLY. IS THIS WHOLE CONCEPT OF, BECAUSE I’VE SEEN YOUR MOTTOS. AND SOME OF YOUR SLOGANS. DON’T BUY FOOD FROM STRANGERS. YOU KNOW. IS THIS REALLY CATCHING ON? >> I THINK SO. YES. I MEAN WE SEE OUR CUSTOMER BASE GROWING EVERY YEAR.

WHEN WE STARTED IN 2004 WE AVERAGED 300 CUSTOMERS A WEEK. AND NOW WITH OUR TWO MARKETS A WEEK YOU KNOW OUR SATURDAY MARKET IS RIGHT AROUND 1100 OUR WEEKNIGHT MARKET IS AROUND 600 PEOPLE A WEEK. SO WE’RE GETTING CLOSE TO 2,000 PEOPLE EVERY WEEK. AND YOU KNOW, YES, IT’S DEFINITELY GROWING AND I LOVE ACTUALLY WHEN I SEE THE LITTLE KIDS WEARING THE T-SHIRTS THAT SAY DON’T BUY FOOD FROM STRANGERS. THAT’S SUCH A HOOT. >> WE HAVE ABOUT TWO MINUTES LEFT. SO BETH I WANT TO GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAYBE TELL OUR VIEWERS SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE COMING UP IN MARCH AND APRIL AND MAY FOR COUNTRY SIDE CONSERVANCY. >> WE HAVE A LOT OF EXCITING THINGS GOING ON THIS YEAR.

YOU KNOW WE ALWAYS DO EDUCATIONAL CLASSES FOR FARMERS. WE HAVE A MONTHLY WEBINARS. WE CONDUCT A CLASS CALLED EXPLORING THE SMALL FARM DREAM. SO FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE REALLY CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT IT WOULD MEAN TO BECOME A FARMER CAN TAKE THAT CLASS AND FIGURE OUT IS THAT REALLY FOR ME? INTO ME SO WE ARE DOING THOSE AGAIN THIS YEAR. SO WE HAVE A LOCAL FOOD AKRON NETWORKING GROUP AND THAT JUST MET MONDAY NIGHT. THAT’S EVERY MONDAY. THE FIRST MONDAY OF THE MONTH. RIGHT HERE AT AKRON AND WE’RE ALSO DOING FOOD SWAPS AND A HANDFUL OF COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY STARTED DOING THIS. AND IF YOU LIKE TO BAKE OR YOU LIKE TO CAN OR YOU LIKE TO MAKE HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOWS OR WHATEVER YOU BRING YOUR PRODUCTS TO THIS SWAP AND YOU TRADE OTHER PEOPLE FOR THINGS THEY’VE MADE.

AND LAST TIME I BROUGHT A BUNCH OF PICKLED ONIONS AND I WENT HOME WITH MUSTARD AND SCONES AND SOMEBODY BROUGHT GUANCHALA. >> UNFORTUNATELY YOU’VE GOT 30 SECONDS. GIVE US AN INFOMERCIAL ON CROWN POINT. >> A FARMING EDUCATION CENTER. WE HAVE AN ECOLOGY DISCOVERY PROGRAM LAUNCHED THIS SPRING. WINTER AND SPRING. ONE THING WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT IN ADDITION TO SUMMER FARM SCIENCE CAMP AND YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR THAT ONLINE THAT’S JUNE THROUGH JULY FOR YOUTH DAY CAMP. BUT OUR EARTH’S FIRST MUSICIANS AND THAT’S GOING TO BE APRIL 7th.

WE’RE HOPING FOLKS WILL COME OUT AND LEARN ABOUT SONGS IN NATURE FROM BIRDS AND INSECTS AND HOW THAT APPLIES TO OUR WELL BEING. >> THANKS FOR JOINING US ON OUR WEBSITE WE WILL HAVE LINKS TO BOTH CROWN POINT AND COUNTRY SIDE CONSERVANCY. GOOD NIGHT. .



Is a Ranch Farmers Market Possible?

Hi I’m Mike We all have our honey do lists, sometimes its take out the trash sometimes its wash the car. And sometimes its the big one. Today Erin pulls out a marker, and hopefully we gain some points as she wants to have a farmers market, right here in the shop on the ranch, today. The last farmers market got called off in town, this is her redemption, on the project list on our wyoming life. Welcome back to our Wyoming life. Some weeks the project list takes a weird turn, sometimes its due to something breaking that needs fixed right away and sometimes its my own doing. Most of the time, I know what I have coming up and am able to plan for it and get it done. Today however is a bit different, this is a short notice project list and one that is pretty time dependent. If you are new here let me explain just a for a few seconds. The project list is the list on the board behind me here.

It’s a list of things that need done around here on the ranch and each Tuesday we pick something off the board and go for it. We walk through it and give you the how and the why we are doing it. Today we are straying from the norm, and I blame Erin. Not really, the whole ranch is a family affair and we said long ago that if we are going to do this we are going to have to work as a team. Today is a team effort. Last Saturday was supposed to be farmers market in town. Bad weather and other trade shows and the like it town caused Erin to cancel it. She decided that she didn’t want to be the only person there, and I don’t blame here. But like with most things, Erin cant just let it lie there. She feels a responsibility to her customers and she did already have a bunch of stuff picked and ready to go.

It has to go somewhere so in a spur of the moment decision, she decided to have a farmers market out here. Just us on the ranch, in the shop. Surprise surprise surprise. The shop is a disaster, we need to get it cleaned up and ready to go by 4 this afternoon. Erin is inside starting to make her baked goods for market and she will be out picking more vegetables later. Its now about 9 am, the animals have been fed, and now the clock is ticking. Heres how I hope today will go. I need to get the shop cleaned all out. Clean the floors a bit and get everything all nice and pretty to receive guests. We are going to have move the peacock back into the barn for a bit. Then hopefully Erin will be done baking and picking veggies, and be able to come down and help set up.

Someone will have to run into town about 3 and get girls from school, then come back and help finish up to be ready by 4. After getting all the big stuff that we can get out of the way, we can start with the small. All of the burnable trash, mostly cardboard will go to the incinerator where it will be burned. Everything else that needs to get put away is moved. Put away is a pretty strong term, lets just say restashed until later. Then its time to go and check in with Erin in the house and see where she sits. With a hope to be out picking veggies by noon we head back out to the shop.

Somethings are stashed in the sales barn, some stuff goes off to the kitchen in the shop. The big goal here is to get it out of the way and give the illusion of order. I’m good at that. Soon the shop is vacated of everything that doesn’t need to be in here, except for the peacock, he is taken back out to the barn for now and his new roost is moved out to the sales barn.

Out of site, out of mind. Floors are next up and its incredible to me how much dirt a shop floor can accumulate. I tend to sweep, then end up running a shop vac over hard to reach spaces and even Lincoln comes on out to lend a hand with the vacuum. Hearing protection included. Erin gives me a pass on scrubbing the floor, shes probably right, they wouldn’t be dry in time anyway and as noon comes and goes, she is still not out in the garden getting anything picked.

The clock keeps ticking and clean up continues and soon Erin is out and picking in the gardens. Harvesting lettuce during 40 degree weather. Kale, and salanova lettuce are both harvested. After harvesting, everything is put back to bed. Back to the shop, for washing and cleaning. Kale is bundled for sale and lettuce is packaged. By 3 its off to get kids and when I return Erin has tables set up and kids get to helping, sorting carrots into bins. Erin gets to pricing and by just a little after 4 we are ready to go. Signs are on the road to guide people in and if you build it, they will come.

And some do. This whole market at the ranch is a bit of experiment, will people drive the 20 minutes to come out, will they find it worthwhile. Customers can be fickle and I get it, time is money. But if we don’t try then we wont know. We decided to stay open for 4 hours, and there is a good amount of down time, its not the steady crowd that we deal with at summer market. But overall the day seems to be worth it. We often talk about exploring the ranch life and escaping the ordinary. More often than not, we escape our ordinary. Just like today, this was something that we have never done in quite this way. We had a summer market out here a few years ago, but this is first in November.

Was it worth it? I would like to think so. It was a good experiment, we didn’t get a lot of traffic, but those that did come, they spent money. They bought a lot of meat, so that’s a good thing. I ended up with a clean shop, although I still think I am going to have to clean the floors some more and Erin is happy. That’s all that matters, her customers that missed her last weekend were able to come out and get their shopping lists filled. We sold hams and roasts for thanksgiving and Christmas tables and that really makes it worth it. To be able to pass on our work to others to enjoy and actually be able to have the interaction with customers, for them, knowing exactly who they are buying their food from and for us, that personal connection. There’s nothing like it. Thanks for coming along today, it was a little hectic, a lot stressful but we got it done, and honestly I wasn’t sure we could pull it off.

This Thursday we are taking the day to spend with family so there will not be a full Thursday video from us, but we will be back on Sunday with our normal ranch video so we hope to see you then. Please hit that thumbs up and until I see you again, have a happy and safe thankgiving and thanks for joining us in our Wyoming life. .



Farmer’s Markets: Product and Pricing

The way we choose our products in the beginning were just the typical things I was growing for the family. Tomatoes, beans, zucchini and I would watch what was walking around the market and I would think well that would be a good thing to add. We start everything from seed. Generally I would choose 4 or 5 different varieties in the beginning. If something wasn’t selling very much then I would eliminate that. I wanted to provide fresh produce and salad greens to the local community. When I started the first things I planted were spinach, lettuce and different types of greens.

I wanted to be in that market of providing basically salad greens. We do a lot of beets. We also grow over 40 different crops in a given year. We have taken persimmons, garlic, mushrooms, in fact it was 2 weeks ago a couple came and bought persimmons and they weren’t that familiar with them and this last week they brought us back a couple pieces of persimmon pie. I grew chilies myself at my little house garden in town. Chilies and tomatoes, anything you have like in a normal house garden. But I really liked chilies a lot so that was what I wanted to have more of than anything else. And then I started to get seeds from various places. Friends would travel and bring me seeds back and I started to get more and more unusual varieties. And then they started swapping seeds with growers in other countries Number one I did not want to be spending my days picking hundred feet long rows of green beans. It just didn’t inspire me. Flowers inspired me aesthetically but they also can make the most per square foot on a farm if they’re well grown and then well marketed.

So for having a small farm I wanted it to be profitable enough. But it also most of all appealed to me aesthetically. We price our products probably by several means. One we’ll go and look at what the products are selling for in local grocery stores and also the local food coops. We also take walks through the market to see what other farmers are selling at. We try to get the best price for the product we offer. I actually some mornings get up and go ask a vendor. “What are you selling this for today?” Our expenses are higher per item being a small farm. Many of the customers at market, at the farmers market understand this. Our food is also higher in nutrients because we fed our soil. They’re getting more nutrients per dollar, even if they’re getting less weight per dollar.

In the beginning of the season when there’s not very much, say zucchini, in the market the price is a little higher. Time has a lot to do with it too. Like okra takes forever to pick, but you can generally charge a little bit more for it. My prices, I would say are more intuitive than scientific like this is how much it cost me to produce it and the labor to produce it so this is how much I have to charge. I ‘m not that scientific.

It’s intuitive, but I think it pretty close. It’s also very expensive to run this farm. Our flower bouquets are generally the most expensive at any market. I believe they’re worth it. I think my customers believe that too. I pay my people well. And it’s working. If it wasn’t working I’d be forced to price lower and absorb it. But it is working. We rarely come from a market with anything left. .



Annual Farmers’ Market “Holiday Edition” showcases local-made goods

The Gallatin County Fairgrounds held their third annual holiday edition of the Gallatin Valley farmers market more than 100 vendors participated displaying booths ranging from art exhibits to demonstrations of weaving and cooking everything is homemade or home growing locally Montana or even Bozeman we have everything from purses to woodwork crafts we have just everything for everybody we needed to have a holiday market here at the fairgrounds so our crafters can show off their wares after summer expect around two thousand customers to do their shopping at the holiday farmers market and say the market will be back next year



Downtown Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market | Modern Gardener

Alison Einerson: Hi I’m Alison Einerson. I’m with Urban Food Connections of Utah. We’re here at the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Right now we have about 50 or 60 produce vendors, and that will continue to increase as the rest of the harvest comes on. We have a lot of lettuce and micro-greens, and peas. The first of the sweet cherries. We have returning vendors that were original, liked Tagges. We have new farms, one of which is Top Crops SLC. We have Hand Sewn Homegrown. We have a lot of really great food fairway vendors. We have baked goods, we have naturally raised and ranched meat, some amazing cheeses from a few different cheese makers here in the state. We have a lot of different vendors who sell plants. So you can get tomato starts, you can get herbs, you can get flowers for your garden, all kinds of water-wise plants. Pretty much everything you want.

We run 20 weeks throughout the summer, June through October, every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., right here in historic Pioneer Park downtown. It’s a beautiful place to be, it’s a great experience. Come and have lunch, buy some peas, get a coffee, and enjoy the day. .



Package 1- AU Farmers Market

When you come to the farmers market at American University, be sure to stop by the Raven Hook bakery stand where you’ll be greeted with a smile warmer than the freshly baked bread itself. (Shaw) We have 11 different markets a week. So we primarily on the weekends, but he’s got a few in between mostly in DC a couple in Virginia. And we don’t have a storefront, we have a bakery in Ivy City in like a warehouse, that we share with some other vendors and then we just basically do farmers markets. Shaw works at three of the 11 locations where au is one of her favorites because of the beautiful campus and the wonderful students. I find the students here are really great They’re friendly. They’re polite. They work hard. We’ve had a lot of our student workers actually work for us after they graduate, you know until they find another job or move away. So yeah and keep in touch with us The bakers are Ivy City are up at 3 o’clock in the morning every day to prepare their 17 different types of breads by hand to sell later on that day. They also offer desserts like pound cake and cookies and they sell local made honey and coffee.

Be sure to check out the RavenHook bakery stand, Wednesday’s. 11 to 4 at American University. For comm 432. I’m Malcolm Johnson. .



Farmer’s Market Tips & $20 Haul! Come With Me! Mind Over Munch

Hey guys we are at the downtown Santa Monica farmers market and my grocery haul video a lot of you guys expressed interest in seeing a farmer’s market haul so I thought why not take it a step further, bring you to the market with me and I can give you some efficient shopping tips along the way. So my first tip of the day is to bring cash to the farmer’s market.

Not all of the vendors will accept cards but of course all of them will accept cash. It’s also gonna help you budget. So if you know you don’t want to spend more than $20 only bring $20. Bring it in cash. Make sure that you bring some smaller bills so that you don’t run into any issues with breaking down the big ones. Alright so the next tip relates to the time of day that you go. There are benefits to going early and going late. If you go earlier in the day you’re gonna have access to the freshest most beautiful produce. But if you go later in the day some of the vendors will offer discounts um because they don’t want to have to leave the market with the produce that they brought.

That being said, a lot of the vendors don’t really like to bargain so don’t go head-to-head with them and try and force them into a discount. Approach them politely see if they offer a discount and then take advantage of it. Another tip for saving money at the farmers market is to look for the produce that is slightly damaged or bruised. So the quality isn’t gonna be compromised but sometimes the vendors will offer discounts if there are bruises if it isn’t perfectly round or perfectly colored. It’s still gonna taste delicious. It just won’t look as pretty. So make a loop around the market before you buy anything. Kinda scope it out, see what’s catching your eye. A lot of times whatever you find at one stall, you’ll find a few stalls down a little bit cheaper So bring reusable bags with you to the farmers market. I have made this mistake before where I don’t bring any bags and I’m trying to cram it all into my purse and it is bad news.

A lot of these vendors will just give you a small bag that holds only the produce that you’re buying. Also you may want to bring a cooler too because there are also uh more perishable goods like fish and cheese and yogurt that you don’t want to leave out in the sun for too long. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. So if you don’t know what something is, if you don’t know how to cook it if you don’t know if it’s ripe, ask the vendors because they will know. Same goes if you want to know how something was grown.

Which brings me to my next tip: buying local can be organic or naturally grown without being certified. Some of the markets like this one do have to be certified but some of the smaller markets where you live may not and a lot of those vendors just can’t afford the expensive certifications but it doesn’t mean that they don’t follow the organic are naturally grown procedures. So definitely ask them. Talk to them about their practices. Ask them if they spray. Ask what they spray. Um ask what they feed their cows. Ask if they grow the food that they sell. Buy seasonally, it’s gonna be way more affordable and way more delicious. Make sure you do your research before you go so that you know what’s in season right now. Taste test. So this is going to vary by market. When we lived in New York City they were a little more stingy about taste testing the food. But here in LA they seem to encourage it. So if they have a taste test out, taste it. If they don’t you can always ask. But I know when I taste the food it really encourages me to purchase it because I know I’m not gonna be disappointed in my purchase if I like the taste.

Try something new. Every single time I go to the farmer’s market I try to get one new thing that I haven’t tried before. Sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s mediocre but it does make the healthy lifestyle a little bit more fun and gives me something to look forward to. And so kinda a “Bonus Tip” today is to remember to use your health brain. Uh it’s really easy when we come to the farmer’s market to just assume that everything is healthy and of course the fresh fruits and vegetables are but you’ll also see vendors for you know cookies and donuts and all of this other great stuff that still has refined sugar.

Even if it’s vegan cookies or organic cookies or donuts or whatever it is. Uh those still have to be consumed on occasion. So just keep that in mind. So I have my $20 and I want to take you with me to see what I can get today. So here is the final haul. We spent uh the entire $20. We manged to get some peaches, pimento peppers, which these are uh the food that I got that I’ve never tried before. Um I asked the vendor, he says that they are the best raw. Um you just cut them up, put them in salad, they’re really sweet and delicious. So I’m really stoked to try those. He showed me how to pick out the ones that were the most ripe. Um it’s by color not feel so that was interesting. I’ve got some green zebra tomatoes These I tasted um at the vendor stand and they’re so tangy and delicious. Um these were some tomatoes that I got in the damaged section. So it was called the second choice um or something like that and they look pretty perfect. I mean the bruising, it’s like really minimal um so that was a really good deal.

Some sugar snap peas. Uh this was really cheap. It was only $1.50 for half a pound so if you ever buy them at the grocery store you know they’re much more than that. I bought some sprouts. Usually I buy Alfalfa sprouts at the store um but they had broccoli sprouts and they said they’re much tastier, more nutritious, lots of cancer-fighting properties. So I figured I’d try them out. Um I’ve got some grapes. These are so firm and delicious. I hate when a grape is too squishy. These are sooo good. Um I tasted almost everything that I got.

A watermelon. That was only like $2.50. Um it’s fresh and my splurge of the day was these honey dates. Now the first time I came to the Santa Monica farmer’s market and got these I was like dying. They’re so sweet and delicious and $5 um it’s my most expensive purchase of the day but if you went and bought these at the store they would be wayyyyy more. So this is really a bangin’ deal. So this entire haul ended up costing $20.25. We did go a quarter over in the budget but we managed to find a quarter in our pockets. So thank you guys so much for watching.

I hope that you gys found these tips useful and I hope that your feeling inspired to go to your own local farmer’s market. If you did enjoy this video, don’t forget that give it up thumbs up and comment below and let me know what is your favorite thing to shop for at the farmer’s market. I wanna know. I’ll see you next time and until then tell them remember it’s all a matter of Mind Over Munch. .



Zero Waste: Farmers Market Haul

I have my canvas bag with all my little goodies in there, so I’m gonna see if I can vlog today by myself, without looking like a crazy person. All right. I have made it to the farmers market. It’s about noon, which is not an ideal time to go to the farmers market but I have a thirty dollar budget and I know exactly where I’m going. These are the pasta people. There’s some more veggies here. zucchini for 50 cents! I’m looking for the eggs people who have double yolked eggs It’s like an older couple. I’m back from the farmers market so I’m gonna share a little bit of my farmers market haul with you. I have my egg carton which is reusable. These particular eggs are double yolked eggs. There’s a specific seller who always sells them.

The first time I ever had them I thought they were so delicious. A little bit creepy when you think about how they guarantee that you get double yolked eggs but oh well. I really like eggs, so double yolk eggs are here. They’re jumbo and this container came from Home Goods so I just try to use it whenever I go to the farmers market. There’s a seller there who sells three produce items for $5, so I’ve got $10 worth of fruit and vegetables from them. Part of that was bananas and best thing about that is that there’s no packaging involved. I got these sweet plums that they have. About four of them here. Loose white mushrooms. Love cherry tomatoes– have a bunch of them here. Bigger canvas bag. Really oddly shaped sweet potatoes. About four of them. I had enough money left to buy some kale. The three for five stall was in one spot. Pretty much the same spot that they have every Saturday, so I knew where to find them.

But they have different farm stalls. I went to three out of four. I was kind of trying to catch my bus. I was able to do the shopping pretty quickly, but maybe I was there for about 25-30 minutes. I was trying to get as much done as I needed to. I went in with $35 and I came in way under so with all the stuff that I got, I bought $15 worth of groceries. I have $20 left to spare. Every month I put out my budget and I do it on something called “Every Dollar”— it’s Dave Ramsey’s app. If you have not used it in your budgeting, it is a perfect app to use. I like it because if I go under or over in any of my categories and I can just kind of shift amounts over in my budget. Now that I’m $20 under in my grocery bill, those twenty dollars can go somewhere else.

I now have some spare money for something else. Thanks for coming along with me to the farmers market. I hope you are able to check out any farmers markets in your neighborhood. I love the people aspect of farmers markets. I really encourage it. It’s a great way to shop locally. Thanks for watching. Bye everybody .



Unheard of Chinese Street Food You MUST Try | Farmers Market in China 2.5

So check this out it’s Trevor James I’m once again at a super busy morning market here in chung view bright and early we’re going deep we’re gonna try out a lot of cool stuff today go for a walk around the local market you okay check it out Jigga she’s young Gemma uh-huh okay this looks like some sort of Neha sugar susharma very beautiful well Paige I’m talking ah Gemma okay Jigga shajir oh oh oh – oh oh oh – raw pig ah just yeah okay deep fried pork Oh when Bonnie AO until ten yes ancient Dan aha Nate I homie and Jonica to Roche Emma now okay my son quite a handsome Dan hi oh you see I get to Roma huh yeah just yeah oh hang on ah Jelani well that’s a janitor they ah yeah Oh Jake assure you an trimmer look at all the people buying vegetables over here this is such a busy market it’s a super local super local look at him look at him dipping the pork in make a challenge like a true Rotich anxious i’ma poach often most of it ah so these deep-fried pork ships are in a sweet potato batter and bong and bunk now okay okay ohayo G done Oh an egg yeah Wow look at that oh yeah oh okay hey hey okay it’s covered in spicy chilies now we’re gonna go for the first test and tongue oh I’m down Wow but it’s awesome because the yolk is still a little runny it’s like pops in your mouth and it’s it actually tastes just like a normal egg can put on the cheetah and traveled all the way down I’m not sure just yeah give me your hand on me and Baumer jewish amaway de tienda your Hong Kong DOMA nihongo de near Hong Gautama no mayo on go now watch our luggage okay my goomah how’s this yeah nada oh oh oh haha yeah ah oh it’s still warm I should I should know I’m holder – ah tie Holly it’s it’s warm look at this look at this okay we’re going in we’re going in thinking okay okay awesome wow that is super oily though I need something else for breakfast honestly but that is awesome it’s crispy the texture is just like a really really soft pumpkin awesome let’s go check it out let’s go see what else there is this is an awesome market part two here and I’ve already got all these snacks most of them deep-fried I’m looking for something else something a little healthier first haps this is a bustling Wow sugar me hump chicken chef Mauro Zucca chef Mauro new Roma crema Shem away de Lucas you shot my way down so with all washout Widow Kahala now will creature right requital buff okay okay we’re gonna try it out Jigga shoot somewhat older summertime stewed beef Wow wow that’s a huge chunk that’s a huge chunk ashes are quite Halford okay all right Jessica I should stick play what’s your teacher okay yeah peachy she said he’s gonna cut it up for me oh I know actually it’s kind of weird I don’t know if I like that texture kind of mushy that actually tastes just like ham Oakley funk funk funk and now treat Emma yeah dip it look at all that latch ah he just gave me oh yeah so they’ve got it all here really fresh produce fresh veg fresh noodles oh no no Benjamin citron the live one sits on the PC end over PCM – sure teeny and virgin – Nana oh yeah Jigga Jigga Jigga sheesh I’m much happier to show you seditious Emma look at that right in the jar Dobin Jiang that’s a spicy broad bean paste super salty and spicy awesome sure quash Emma its fermented and that’s where the beauty comes from awesome put that in the walk when you’re cooking living the dream awesome Jenny okay I got something else on my mind now actually young Ben’s side which is just over there it’s like a cold bitch one salad cut my leg on time I make a jewel Argan jargon hey yo sugar sure – Gemma – oh yeah look at those rice noodles Oh jiggle more they uh don’t appear double p 3j hey yo needs may I – sure nah nigga educational Oh ginger updated bamboo awesome hi hi back hey hi Thank You guy call them okay go look you know you know Tony’s a shawarma how oh it’s gonna be good though when she gives it to me nigga shut up Giulio italiana Oh mio Benicia Sherma hi how Lola what’s way either this is from the young bands hi Tyler what’s that Julie crema I’ve got a fat suit one salad here look at that plump bag of goodies oh yeah it’s cold it’s wet it’s got a lot of tofu skin in there awesome and they have no chopsticks cuz this is not meant to be eaten on the street so I’m going in with the hands okay we’re gonna have a slice of that we’re gonna have a slice of that doleful pea with a little jargon which is a stitch one fish root okay almost just like fish like a mix between fish and cilantro and it’s covered in us this one spicy oil Bangla gonna shoot song in nowhere Johanna how should women go Henry now and Yoho don’t go around Han na hey you get enough dough show ya some of the nicest people I’m telling you well please leave me a comment down below now share this video with your friends because this is a true sich one market that you could visit if you came to sich one check out my other two videos on this market as well thanks again and leave me a comment




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