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Contests, A New CSA and Healthy Benefits!

March 30, 2010

The Pavilion Voice (For Now)  March 14, 2010

The Columbia Farmers’ Market Pavilion Newsletter

Presented by Sustainable Farms and Communities, Inc.

 

Today’s Quote: Value Health!
So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health. A. J. Reb Materi

CALL TO ACTION - WE NEED MORE VOLUNTEERS TO REGISTER SOON!!!
Do you have an hour or two to spare on a Saturday morning to help us run the SF&C booth at the Columbia Farmers’ Market? It is a blast!! We need volunteers to talk with people who stop by, help to accept donations for bags and to just have fun! Your time will play a vital role in our mission! Contact Casey at 823-3663 or casey@farmersmarketpavilion.org if you can help!!! Hours needed are between 7:30 – 12:30 every Saturday morning.

HELP NAME THIS BLOG CONTEST! Two More Weeks! What is YOUR bright idea?
So… got any bright ideas on what we should call this Blog? Send me your suggestions and if we use your idea you will receive (drum roll): Our Gratitude (yeah so!) An interview between you and I posted in the Blog (Nice) $25 in Market Tokens! (SCORE!)

Subject: I Think I’m Clever
To: casey@farmersmarketpavilion.org

< 55

 A NEW CSA – Happy Hollow Farm – Boonville
http://www.happyhollowfarm-mo.com
Happy Hollow Farm CSA welcomes families and individuals to become members or “subscribers”.  Each membership receives a box of seasonal produce every week during the 25 week growing season (mid-May thru the end of October).  In exchange, members sign a contract for the season, agree to pay in advance, and help with some of the harvesting and distribution of the share boxes.

Liz and Katie at Happy Hollow Farm

The farmer and the consumer thus provide mutual support and share in the risks and benefits of food production.  Both partners also share in the enjoyment and rewards of small-scale farming. The goal at Happy Hollow Farm CSA is to provide the highest quality produce possible. They strive to offer the most organized, effective and fun way for the members to buy seasonally fresh food directly from a local farm.

Community-supported agriculture farms began in the early 1960s in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan as a response to concerns about food safety and the urbanization of agricultural land. Groups of consumers and farmers in Europe formed cooperative partnerships to fund farming and pay the true costs of ecologically sound and socially equitable agriculture.

A look at the farmer: Liz Graznak

  • Born & raised in Columbia Missouri. 
  • Undergrad – Coe College in Cedar Rapids Iowa, majored in Environmental Studies & German
  • Masters Degree in Plant Breeding (genetics mostly), Cornell University in Ithaca, NY  
  • Worked for The Accokeek Foundation
  • General Manager of Superior Garden Center for 6 years, left late fall 2009
  • Bought farm in November of 2007
  • Started Happy Hollow Farm Spring of 2008

< 55 is a look at local food enterprises, initiatives and the folks that make it happen. If you have an idea for our next article, let us know!

IN THE KNOW - Come inside on a hot Saturday!
Did you know that the pavilion will not only keep rain off of you while you shop, but it will also allow for many new vendors! There will be more than 100 vendors for you to enjoy! Not only that, the indoor education center will give you a place to escape the heat, use a clean bathroom or baby-changing station and you can check out whatever activity is going on indoors that Saturday. Maybe it is a canning demonstration or a cooking class using the what’s-in-season ingredient of the day!! The indoor center will be 5,000 square feet with offices, a commercial kitchen and a great room for activities. Can you see it? Well, all you need to do now is make a tax deductible donation to make it possible. We can work with on multi-year pledges.

This is your one chance to make a substantial investment in the long term health of the market and the community. Without the Pavilion the market is not guaranteed a permanent home!!! We need everyone to make a contribution and to keep giving as you can. This may take three to five years, but if each year you give an amount equal to how you value the market and the health of your community, we will make it happen!!

If you want to help or you want more information, please call Casey at 823-FOOD.

WHAT’S NEW? 

Photo Contest
Thanks to our board and committee member Peter Meng for his great idea…the contest will be called: “The Columbia Photo Eating Contest…How many photos can you eat?”

Home Grown Heirlooms Ready For Dinner

In short, it will have professional, amateur and non-juried categories and will focus on ALL aspects of local foods- the CFM, restaurants that serve local, gardens, farms, farmers, picnics with local foods, etc. There will be an entry fee for the juried categories and great prizes to the top three winners. We will have more details soon.  Would you like to be on the committee to iron out the details of the contest? Help to find prizes? Contact me! We want to have this ironed out within a few weeks.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?
We need to show potential major contributors that we have thousands of documented donors. Please VISIT our booth each Saturday at the market and make a donation. If you will pay with a check or please fill out a donation form, we can properly thank you AND be able to document your contribution. Please give what you can!

FACEBOOK! I dare you to get local friends to join OUR group in the next 72 hours.
JOIN the Pavilion Facebook page, which can be found by searching for “farmers market pavilion” at www.facebook.com.

FEATURE ARTICLE – Health Benefits of Fresh Foods

University scientists, federal regulators, and our mothers are all in agreement: Eating fresh, organically grown vegetables and fruits, whole grains and legumes — results in a lower risk of many types of cancers and chronic diseases, and promotes healthy aging and higher energy levels.

Click here for the full article
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=faq&dbid=3

Your Support is Always Appreciated!  Click the link below for the easiest ways to become a part of your Pavilion http://www.farmersmarketpavilion.org/donate.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

CONTESTS!!! Volunteer!! Read on my Friends!

March 15, 2010

The Pavilion Voice (For Now)

March 14, 2010

The Columbia Farmers’ Market Pavilion Newsletter

Presented by

Sustainable Farms and Communities, Inc.

 Next Saturday

March 20

THE OPENING DAY

30th Anniversary of Your

Columbia Farmers’ Market

Visit SF&C at the Market March 20

 and another season of great food and your opportunity to help create the Pavilion and Education Center!

Today’s Quote: We are all in this together!

My piece of bread only belongs to me when I know that everyone else has a share, and that no one starves while I eat.  ~Leo Tolstoy

Welcome…

To the ~bi-monthly newsletter from SF&C and your future home of the Farmers’ Market Pavilion and Education Center.  This communication will help to keep you up to date on events, news and activities surrounding the Pavilion Project and the efforts of SF&C.  We hope you will join your community members and make your support of the Pavilion known through a tax-deductible donation or pledge.  The Pavilion can only be built with Your support!  Contact us at: casey@farmersmarketpavilion.org if you want more information about how you can help!

 CALL TO ACTION- CAN YOU VOLUNTEER A LITTLE TIME??

Do you have an hour or two to spare on a Saturday morning to help us run the SF&C booth at the Columbia Farmers’ Market?  It is a blast!!  We need volunteers to talk with people who stop by, help to accept donations for bags and to just have fun!  This also allows me and others to have a moment away from the tent to tour donors who have come to visit.  Your time will play a vital role in our mission!  Contact Casey at 823-3663 or casey@farmersmarketpavilion.org if you can help!!!  Hours needed are between 7:30 – 12:30 every Saturday morning. 

 HELP NAME THIS BLOG CONTEST!

Pavilion Voice is lame…I know!

We are Sustainable Farms & Communities, Inc.  We are about much more than a Pavilion!  We are an organization that seeks to connect Mid-Missourians to local foods and sustainable, healthy practices. 

So… got any bright ideas on what we should call this Blog?

Send me your suggestions and if we use your idea you will receive (drum roll):

  1. Our Gratitude (yeah so!)
  2. An interview between you and I posted in the Blog (Nice)
  3. $25 in Market Tokens!  (SCORE!)

Now do I have your attention?  The Catch:  We need at least 20 separate entries for the contest to be valid.  Otherwise, we will just end up giving it to the ONE person who took the time to come up with an idea.  Victoria, I know it would be you!  So, get your thinking caps on and send me your ideas via email to:

Subject:  I Think I’m Clever

To:  casey@farmersmarketpavilion.org

In The Know- Center Stage!

Did you know that the Pavilion design includes a really cool band shell?  It has been designed to accommodate weddings, concerts, performances and…well anything you can think of!  Imagine shopping for great food while an excerpt from an upcoming Missouri Theater performance is played out for your enjoyment?  Maybe you will put down your Pavilion shopping bag (which you need to get ASAP) for a moment and come out on to the grass and join in a Tai Chi class being conducted from the stage.  Or maybe its kids-got-talent day at the market and your daughter is about to go on stage and sing that indeed the sun will come out tomorrow!  Well you can bet your bottom dollar that the band shell will be fun!  When?  As soon as we all chip in to make it a reality!  We need your support now more than ever. 

We are starting to have talks with some potential major donors and what they want to see are thousands of people making some sort of donation.  While we all want the Pavilion, they want to see that we all have given at least some donation to reflect this support.  So please, make it $20 or $1,000, but let’s show these folks that we are all in this together!

If you want to help or you want more information, please call Casey at 823-FOOD.

What’s New

PHOTO CONTEST!! 

We are in the planning stages of creating the first Columbia Farmers’ Market & Local Foods Photo Contest to be hosted by Sustainable Farms & Communities.  This will be a chance for all of you to submit your best photographs of the market, the people, the food and the fun and to be eligible for some great prizes and recognition.  We believe it will be a three-tiered jury system with perhaps the finalists chosen at the Taste of the Market.  There will be a small entry fee and all photographs will have to be made available to SF&C for promotion and fundraising.  Here is a great way for all of you shutterbugs, shooters and artists to have some fun and to help the Pavilion Project!  Your work will be seen by thousands of people for years to come! 

As soon as we have the details worked out, we will get them out to all of you.  If you want to help with the planning OR you want to donate some items for the prize purse PLEASE contact Casey ASAP!

 HERE… TASTE THIS!

The 2010 Taste of the Market will be held on Saturday August 7 starting at 6 pm.  Mark your calendars now.   If you want to volunteer for the evening contact our volunteer coordinator Amanda Garrison-Reed at amanda@chews-your-health.com.  

We appreciate all of your support and suggestions.  We are working on several national and local mailing campaigns for donations, and we encourage you all to bring more of your friends and family into the cause of building your Pavilion and Education Center!  Last July, there were 6,700 shoppers at the market over a four hour period!  Imagine if all 6,700 made a donation tomorrow!

What Can You Do?  WE NEED TO SHOW THEM ALL!!!

We need to show these potential major contributors that we have thousands of documented donors.  Please VISIT our booth each Saturday at the market and make a donation.  If you will pay with a check or please fill out a donation form, we can properly thank you AND be able to document your contribution.  Please give what you can!  This project is likely to take 3-5 years, and we need to keep all of you involved.  I know we all want to see it built tomorrow, but great things come to those who wait…and donate! 

FACEBOOK! 

Finally, there may be some very creative and fun…and rewarding things happening with our Facebook group in the near future!  Let’s make another push to get the group to new heights.  Please get everyone you know to join our group.  We only send out notice of a blog update or calls to action as necessary.  I really do try to limit the emails, but we are a group of action! Can we get the group to 2,000 members?  I know we can!!  Your help is so much appreciated!

JOIN the Pavilion Facebook page, which can be found by searching for “farmers market pavilion” at http://www.facebook.com.  

Feature Article

In 1866, 1,186 varieties of fruits and vegetables were produced in California. Today, California’s farms produce only 350 commercial crops…

Click here for the full article

 Your Support is Always Appreciated! 

Click the link below for the easiest ways to become a part of your Pavilion!

http://www.farmersmarketpavilion.org/donate.html

Pizza Party Anyone???

February 22, 2010

The Pavilion Voice
February 22, 2009

Columbia Farmers' Market is starting in March! photo by http://www.caseyrcorbin.com

The Columbia Farmers’ Market Pavilion Newsletter
Presented by
Sustainable Farms and Communities, Inc.

Today’s Quote:  Today’s Word ZAAAAAA

“There’s a pizza place near where I live that sells only slices. In the back you can see a guy tossing a triangle in the air” Steven Wright

Welcome…

To the bi-monthly newsletter from SF&C and your Farmers’ Market Pavilion and Education Center. This communication will help keep you up to date on events, news and activities surrounding the Pavilion Project and the efforts of SF&C. We hope you will join your community members and make your support of the pavilion known through a tax-deductible donation or pledge. The Pavilion must be built with your support! Contact us at: casey@farmersmarketpavilion.org if you want more information about how you can help!

In The Know- Fresh Pizza Anyone???

Did you know that the final design for you Columbia Farmers’ Market Pavilion and Education Center includes a large brick oven? The locally designed/built oven will have many uses including: pizza days with fresh market toppings, community bread baking and demonstrations. If you have never had a crispy, bubbly brick oven pizza cooked in 3 minutes before…you are missing out! We will be having a bring-your-own-toppings brick oven pizza party in the near future to be held at the home of the oven designer. It will be a fundraiser and social for the Pavilion. If you are interested in attending, email me at casey@farmersmarketpavilion.org and I will put you on an invite list and let you know when a date is set! Cause it’s a brick….oven….

What’s New
The 2010 Taste of the Market will be held on Saturday August 7 starting at 6 pm. Mark your calendars now. If you want to volunteer for the evening contact our volunteer coordinator Amanda Garrison-Reed at ptamoo4@hotmail.com. We need team leaders to help with planning activities like selecting local bands and entertainers and getting them booked, sound system, and more. If you want to help with these specific items contact casey 823-FOOD.

TOMORROW
FREE WEBINAR- Feb 23 for information on how to get fresh local foods into underserved communities. Check out the link to register.

http://nplanonline.org/news/register-nplans-next-webinar-fresh-local-foods-underserved-communities

We appreciate all of your support and suggestions. We are working on several national and local mailing campaigns for donations, and we encourage you all to bring more of your friends and family into the cause of building your Pavilion and Education Center!

What Can You Do?

Naturally, your Pavilion and Education Center requires every market supporter to step forward with a contribution toward making it a reality. This may be a tough time for many folks; however, the long-term benefits of establishing this center will help to minimize the effects of such fluctuations brought on by an unnatural reliance on systems that cannot be sustained. The answers can be found in building and strengthening local systems that have more in mind than a bottom line. The Pavilion is your community center and will be an engine and resource for sustainable economic development and healthy living.

Also, please remember to get all of your friends to join the Pavilion Facebook page, which can be found by searching for “farmers market pavilion” at http://www.facebook.com.

Feature Article

So what do we mean when we say “Sustainable Farms?”

Click here for the full article
http://www.sarep.ucdavis.edu/Concept.htm

Your Support is Appreciated!
Click the link below for the easiest ways to become a part of your Pavilion! 

The Market Season is about to begin.  We need yoru help today.  THANKS

http://www.farmersmarketpavilion.org/donate.html

Healthy Foods For All

February 10, 2010

Looking forward to another market season!

Your Pavilion Voice

February 8, 2009

The Columbia Farmers’ Market Pavilion Newsletter

Presented by

Sustainable Farms and Communities, Inc.

Today’s Quote: Give thanks!

“Before eating, always take time to thank the food.”
Arapaho Proverb

Welcome…

To the bi-monthly newsletter from SF&C and your Farmers’ Market Pavilion and Education Center.  This communication will help keep you up to date on events, news and activities surrounding the Pavilion Project and the efforts of SF&C.  We hope you will join your community members and make your support of the pavilion known through a tax-deductible donation or pledge.  The Pavilion must be built with your support!  Contact us at: casey@farmersmarketpavilion.org if you want more information about how you can help!

In The Know- Sustainable Farms and Communities, Inc.

Did you know that SF&C is much more than simply a capital campaign to build the Columbia Farmers’ Market Pavilion and Education Center?  We work closely with the Columbia Farmers’ Market to help promote events, increase awareness of the market and even help with grant writing so that the market can expand its efforts.

We are also working to make healthy, local and safe foods more accessible to those who are least able to afford them.  We are establishing a fund which will double the value of food stamp dollars at the Columbia Farmers’ Market.  This will allow families to have access to healthier foods while they strive to create a more stable environment for themselves.  We believe that healthy, local and safe foods should be for everyone!  If you want to help with this fund or you want more information, please call Casey Corbin at 823-3663.

What’s New

The 2010 Taste of the Market will be held on Saturday August 7 starting at 6 pm.  Mark your calendars now.   If you want to volunteer for the evening contact our volunteer coordinator Amanda Garrison-Reed at ptamoo4@hotmail.com.  There will be great food, great music and many family activities.  Last year, more than 3,000 people attended this evening of food and fun.  This year we will have even more food and more entertainment!  See you there!

FREE WEBINAR- Feb 23 – For information on how to get fresh, local foods into underserved communities.  Check out the link to register.

http://nplanonline.org/news/register-nplans-next-webinar-fresh-local-foods-underserved-communities

We appreciate all of your support and suggestions.  We are working on several national and local mailing campaigns for donations, and we encourage you all to bring more of your friends and family into the cause of building your Pavilion and Education Center!  Last July, there were 6,700 shoppers at the market over a four hour period!  Imagine if all 6,700 made a donation tomorrow!

What Can You Do?

Naturally, your Pavilion and Education Center requires every market supporter to step forward with a contribution toward making it a reality.  This may be a tough time for many folks; however, the long-term benefits of establishing this center will help to minimize the effects of such fluctuations brought on by an unnatural reliance on systems that cannot be sustained.  The answers can be found in building and strengthening local systems that have more in mind than a bottom line.  The Pavilion is your community center and will be an engine and resource for sustainable economic development and healthy living.

Also, please remember to get all of your friends to join the Pavilion Facebook page, which can be found by searching for “farmers market pavilion” at http://www.facebook.com.  

Feature Article

When you hear about climate change you hear all sorts of terms and phrases used and often you may not be sure what they are talking about.   This article will give you a good foundation in Climate Change jargon!

http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/research/marketing_files/glossary.pdf

Your Support is Appreciated!

Click the link below for the easiest ways to become a part of your Pavilion!

http://www.farmersmarketpavilion.org/donate.html

Pavilion Voice

January 18, 2010

Your Pavilion Voice
Jan 18, 2009

The Columbia Farmers’ Market Pavilion Newsletter
Presented by
Sustainable Farms and Communities, Inc.

Today’s Quote: Real Health Care

It’s bizarre that the produce manager is more important to my children’s health than the pediatrician. ~Meryl Streep

Welcome…

To the bi-monthly newsletter from SF&C and your Farmers’ Market Pavilion and Education Center. This communication will help keep you up to date on events, news and activities surrounding the Pavilion Project and the efforts of SF&C. We hope you will join your community members and make your support of the pavilion known through a tax-deductible donation or pledge. The Pavilion must be built with your support! Contact us at: casey@farmersmarketpavilion.org if you want more information about how you can help!

In The Know- Your Pavilion

Did you know that the Columbia Farmers’ Market Pavilion and Education Center will provide the opportunity for a year-round market? The 5,000 sq ft, indoor Education Center will boast a 2,000+ sq ft “great room” where market vendors will be able to sell the meat, cheese and produce that you all love year-round!! And is that fresh bread you smell? Yes it is! Just outside the back doors of the Education Center is our Pavilion Brick Oven- all fired up for a community bread bake! Yum! Maybe you will want to try the hot fresh pizzas with all market toppings being served up in minutes out of the brick oven? Your Pavilion only needs one extra thing- your donation! It’s tax deductible and it goes toward making that bread smell extra good!

What’s New
We are planning for the 2010 Taste of The Market, which has been redesigned to prevent some of the issues that arose this past summer. For example, we will be selling individual sample tickets so that we cannot over sell the amount of food. The number of tickets sold will equal the number of dishes available from all chef participants. This means if you have a ticket, there will be some food available for you. We will also be inviting many more chefs this year. Taste of the Market 2009 raised well over $30,000 and was attended by more than 3,000 people! The official date will be posted in the next edition!!!

We appreciate all of your support and suggestions. We are working on several national and local mailing campaigns for donations, and we encourage you all to bring more of your friends and family into the cause of building your Pavilion and Education Center! Last July, there were 6,700 shoppers at the market over a four hour period! Imagine if all 6,700 made a donation tomorrow!

What Can You Do?

Naturally, your Pavilion and Education Center requires every market supporter to step forward with a contribution toward making it a reality. This may be a tough time for many folks; however, the long-term benefits of establishing this center will help to minimize the effects of such fluctuations brought on by an unnatural reliance on systems that cannot be sustained. The answers can be found in building and strengthening local systems that have more in mind than a bottom line. The Pavilion is your community center and will be an engine and resource for sustainable economic development and healthy living.

Also, please remember to get all of your friends to join the Pavilion Facebook page, which can be found by searching for “farmers market pavilion” at http://www.facebook.com.

Feature Article

In the past year, rising fuel and food prices coupled with increased concerns about environmental impacts and safety of our food supply have prompted a number of actions by U.S. consumers regarding their food purchases. Against this backdrop of rising prices, demand for locally grown food products continues to increase…

Click Here for the full article – Real Cost of Food

Your Support is Appreciated!
Click the link below for the easiest ways to become a part of your Pavilion!

http://www.farmersmarketpavilion.org/donate.html

YOUR PAVILION VOICE

January 5, 2010

Your Pavilion Voice
Jan 5, 2009

The Columbia Farmers’ Market Pavilion Newsletter
Presented by
Sustainable Farms and Communities, Inc.

 

Today’s Quote: Leading by Example
A woman once came to Mahatma Gandhi with her little boy. She asked, “Mahatma-ji, tell my little boy to stop eating sugar.”
“Come back in three days,” said Gandhi.
In three days the woman and the little boy returned and Mahatma Gandhi said to the little boy, “Stop eating sugar.”
The woman asked, “Why was it necessary for us to return only after three days for you to tell my little boy that?”
The Mahatma replied: “Three days ago I had not stopped eating sugar.”

Welcome…
To the bi-monthly newsletter from SF&C and your Farmers’ Market Pavilion and Education Center. This communication will help keep you up to date on events, news and activities surrounding the Pavilion Project and the efforts of SF&C. We hope you will join your community members and make your support of the pavilion known through a tax-deductible donation or pledge. The Pavilion must be built with your support! Contact us at: casey@farmersmarketpavilion.org if you want more information about how you can help!

In The Know- Your Pavilion
Did you know that the Columbia Farmers’ Market Pavilion and Education Center will include a 5,000 square foot, indoor Education Center? This space will include a commercial kitchen with a glass wall so that you may watch what is going on inside. This space will include many streaming video cameras so that you can join a cooking class from the comforts of your home. Imagine a canning class being conducted by Boone County Extension streaming to schools and homes across Mid-Missouri! The market vendors will also use this kitchen to create new and wonderful products from local produce.
More about the Education Center in the next issue.

What’s New
Well it is winter and fairly cold indeed, but our thoughts are on a Market opening in March and this summer’s big event! We are planning for the 2010 Taste of The Market, which has been redesigned to prevent some of the issues that arose this past summer. For example, we will be selling individual sample tickets so that we cannot over sell the amount of food. The number of tickets sold will equal the number of dishes available from all chef participants. This means if you have a ticket, there will be some food available for you. We will also be inviting many more chefs this year. Taste of the Market 2009 raised well over $30,000 and was attended by more than 3,000 people! We are looking to set a date for the event (a Saturday evening) around the end of July and the beginning of August. If you know of conflicting, major events in Columbia on these weekends, be sure to pass that information on to us. Watch for more details in upcoming issues.

We appreciate all of your support and suggestions. We are working on several national and local mailing campaigns for donations, and we encourage you all to bring more of your friends and family into the cause of building your Pavilion and Education Center! Last July, there were 6,700 shoppers at the market over a four hour period! Imagine if all 6,700 made a donation tomorrow!

What Can You Do?
Naturally, your Pavilion and Education Center requires every market supporter to step forward with a contribution toward making it a reality. This may be a tough time for many folks; however, the long-term benefits of establishing this center will help to minimize the effects of such fluctuations brought on by an unnatural reliance on systems that cannot be sustained. The answers can be found in building and strengthening local systems that have more in mind than a bottom line. The Pavilion is your community center and will be an engine and resource for sustainable economic development and healthy living.

Also, please remember to get all of your friends to join the Pavilion Facebook page, which can be found by searching for “farmers market pavilion” at http://www.facebook.com.

Feature Article
This article, from the Portland Farmers’ Market, gives insight into why food at the market can cost more than it does at your local mega-store.

Excerpt:
“At the most basic level, one could say that the lower price of eggs at the grocery store is often at the expense of the hens themselves. To increase production, conventional factory farms often keep their hens in battery cages and may engage in practices such as beak cutting and forced molting through starvation.”
Click here to read more.
Cost_of_Eggs

Your Support is Appreciated!
Click the link below for the easiest ways to become a part of your Pavilion!

www.farmersmarketpavilion.org/donate.html

Information Cafe Newsletter – July 25, 27, 29 and August 1st

July 24, 2009

Good morning, everyone! 

Does anyone else feel full to overflowing?  The garden is bursting forth with produce, weeds and invaders at a rate that is, sometimes, daunting for this part-time gardener.   Juicy summer events are happening everywhere one looks, friends moving, friends passing through, celebrations of every sort.  Summer and sun and ripe blueberries and sunburn and cold lemonade and the smell of bar b q and vacation time…and and and…summer is the time of lots of “ands” but this morning, I smelled it:  Autumn.  Harvest.  The point where the fecundity of the summer meets the turning of the Wheel.  The time to celebrate all of our bounty.

Columbia Farmers’ Market, Sustainable Farms and Communities, the Pavilion Project AND many local restaurants and entertainers will be celebrating the best that this time has to offer at

THE TASTE OF THE MARKET

Check it out: http://www.farmersmarketpavilion.org/tasteofthemarket.html

Mark your calendar!

August 1, 2009 6 pm!!!

 

- The best local foods transformed into culinary masterpieces by the best local chefs!

 

- Music by Ironweed and Northwoods

http://www.ironweedbluegrassband.com/

http://thenorthwoodsmusic.com/fr_index.cfm

 

- Wine and beer sampling

- Children’s Activities

- And an outdoor movie on a big screen!

 

All for only $5!! Kids 12 and under FREE!

 

We look forward to seeing you there.  (If you are interested in volunteering, please reply to this email!)

 

News from the market:

 

Peaches are still available on Monday and Wednesday, as well as Saturday.

Sweet Corn is available on Wednesday and Saturday.

The featured product at this Saturday’s market is BLACKBERRIES!  Other produce on hand this week will include cantaloupe, green pepper, okra, green beans, potatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, sweet onions, tomatoes and so much more.  GYRO MEAT, lamb, pork, ORGANIC beef, buffalo, goat cheese, fresh TROUT, honey, eggs, various types of mushrooms, chocolate, granola bars,  FRESH PASTA,  pecans and baked goods will all also be available for your dining pleasure. LIME PICKLES are back!

Also find herbs, cut flowers, bedding plants, hanging baskets and patio pots, for eye and nose nourishment.

Entertainment this week is Columbia Housing Authority Youth Choir, a real treat! AND the always enjoyable MERE MORTALS.

 

For more information on what is happening at the market, check out http://www.columbiafarmersmarket.org/

 

News of our World, large and small…

WHAT?  Columbia Farmer Market only has 139 votes?

 I can’t believe only 139 love you the Columbia Farmers’ Market!  Please visit http://www.care2.com/farmersmarket/search/?state=MO to vote for the Columbia Farmers’ Market.  Help us win $5000 toward the good of the market!

 

Urban Hen Website – links available to survey and petition!  http://columbiaurbanhens.wordpress.com/

 

Food, Inc., the new documentary exposé on the perils of America’s industrialized food industry, opens at Ragtag Cinema (10 Hitt St. Columbia, MO 65203) on Friday, July 24.  For showtimes (posted each Monday) and ticket information, please visit Ragtag Cinema’s website at http://www.ragtagfilm.com

 

Former volunteer of the Information Café honored as the Very Best in Youth – http://verybestinyouth.nestleusa.com/Winners/Bio-Detail.aspx?Winner=2765f299-01fa-444a-ba2a-e432a6c4f57b

 

And interesting reading and listening…

Hog Farm Lawsuit settled for $1.1 million, near Kansas City http://www.kansascity.com/115/story/1334390.html

And more on the subject…Loathe Thy Neighbor?  http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2009/07/factory-farm.html

Does Gardening Make for Better Sex? http://www.chelseagreen.com/content/does-gardening-make-for-better-sex/

And more on the topic…The Good Sex Diet – interview with Ellen Barnard http://staff.hummingbirddistribution.com/kathleenshow/interviews/Ellen_Barnard2.mp3

 

And for those who love the recipes, please check out this very lovely New York Times link about salads, salads, salads!!  (We tried the blueberry/carrot/sunflower seed…and it was absolutely lovely.)  Thanks, Jim, for the link and the delicious dinner!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/dining/22mlist.html?_r=2&em

 

Eat Well.  Live Well.  Be Well.

Victoria

Info Cafe Outreach Coordinator

http://www.farmersmarketpavilion.org/

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