Farmers’ Market – Aug. 26 West Chester, Ohio

August 24, 2017 at 9:03 AM | Posted in cooking, Food | Leave a comment
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Farmers’ Market – Aug. 26 West Chester, Ohio

Saturday, August 26 2017 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

9285 Centre Pointe Drive
Enjoy the freshest food in town and the company of the characters who grow, raise and make it. Local growers and makers of fine foods and arts are on hand each week at this one-of-kind market that also features entertainment and activities each week.

Soak up the atmosphere and buy whatever is in season! The West Chester’s Farmers Market runs every Saturday from May 20 through October 28 on The Square @ Union Centre.

Find more information at http://www.westchesterohiofarmersmarket.org/.

Farmers’ Market – Aug. 19 – West Chester, Ohio

August 18, 2017 at 9:26 AM | Posted in Festivals, Food | Leave a comment
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Saturday, August 19 2017 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

9285 Centre Pointe Drive
Enjoy the freshest food in town and the company of the characters who grow, raise and make it. Local growers and makers of fine foods and arts are on hand each week at this one-of-kind market that also features entertainment and activities each week.

Soak up the atmosphere and buy whatever is in season! The West Chester’s Farmers Market runs every Saturday from May 20 through October 28 on The Square @ Union Centre.

Find more information at http://www.westchesterohiofarmersmarket.org/.

Farmers’ Market – Aug. 12 West Chester, Ohio

August 11, 2017 at 9:19 AM | Posted in Food | Leave a comment
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Farmers’ Market – Aug. 12

Saturday, August 12 2017 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

9285 Centre Pointe Drive
Enjoy the freshest food in town and the company of the characters who grow, raise and make it. Local growers and makers of fine foods and arts are on hand each week at this one-of-kind market that also features entertainment and activities each week.

Soak up the atmosphere and buy whatever is in season! The West Chester’s Farmers Market runs every Saturday from May 20 through October 28 on The Square @ Union Centre.

Find more information at http://www.westchesterohiofarmersmarket.org/.

Eat Local Longer: A Winter Farmers Market at Findlay!

December 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM | Posted in Food, fruits, vegetables | 2 Comments
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Findlay Market

 

Eat Local Longer: A Winter Farmers Market at Findlay!

 
We’ve been working for several years to bring a winter farmers market to Findlay Market and this year you’ll finally have an opportunity to “eat local longer!”

Join us for the kick-off of our winter farmers market on Saturday, December 7 from 8am to 2pm. We will host the market every Saturday in the somewhat warm and friendly confines of the former Globe Furniture building on the corner of Elm and Elder across from the OTR Biergarten. Lots of the same vendors from our regular farmers market will be there, along with some new faces. Check back soon for a full listing of the participating famrers and food artisans you’ll find in our winter market.
The mission of our farmers market is to promote local, sustainable agriculture; increase economic opportunities for small family farms and innovative food businesses; provide equitable access to wholesome food; and build a vibrant gathering place for residents and visitors.
Products change at all farmers markets as availability waxes and wanes. What may be there one week may not be available the next. So shop often, snap up the goodies you see and you’ll be eating well all winter long.

 

 

http://www.findlaymarket.org/blog/index.php?newsId=422

13 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy in Fall

September 20, 2013 at 8:30 AM | Posted in fruits, vegetables | Leave a comment
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From Reader’s Digest a guide to fruits and vegetables that are at their peaks in fall. I left the link at the bottom of the post.

 
13 Fruits and Vegetables to Buy in Fall
Just because summer is over, doesn’t mean you can’t buy fresh produce. Here are 13 fruits and vegetables that are at their peaks in fall.
1. Apples
Visit your local farmers’ market or take a trip to the apple farm for the freshest apples. They’re perfect for snacking, baking, and more…
2. Oranges
From Florida to California, autumn is the best time to enjoy this citrus favorite….
3. Grapes
Fall’s harvest brings in a bounty of grapes in all varieties. Either as a snack or made into your favorite jam, now is the perfect time to bag a bunch….
*Click the link below to see the entire list along with recipes.

 
http://www.rd.com/slideshows/13-fruits-and-vegetables-to-buy-in-fall/#slideshow=slide1

Recipes Fresh from the Farmers’ Market

July 12, 2013 at 10:42 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, fruits, vegetables | Leave a comment
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Nothing but healthy recipes and ideas from the Eating Well web site. I left the link to get all the recipes at the end of the post.

 

 

Eating Well

 

Recipes Fresh from the Farmers’ Market

 

Use the season’s bounty in these healthy recipes.
Summer is the season to take advantage of your local farmers’ market. Are you inspired by the piles of colorful, juicy tomatoes, fresh ears of sweet corn and shiny peppers in every color of the rainbow? Trade in your plain corn on the cob and tossed salad for these recipes that showcase your healthy haul in all its fragrant, colorful glory.

 
Bean & Tomato Salad with Honey Vinaigrette
This beautiful salad combines fresh tomatoes, green beans, red onions and dried heirloom beans. Recently harvested beans (and thus freshly dried) cook more quickly than the kind you buy year-round at the market. In the latter part of the summer, farmers’ markets begin to sell a fresh crop of heirloom varieties that would be perfect for this salad….

 
Grilled Chicken Ratatouille
We gave this classic Provençal dish a taste of summer by grilling the vegetables traditionally used in ratatouille (bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, tomato). Topped with grilled chicken, it makes an easy main course for summer entertaining. We like fresh marjoram and basil to complement the flavors, but any fresh herb will work. Serve with polenta and a glass of Pinot Noir.

 

 

Get these and more healthy recipes by clicking the link below.

 

 

http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes_menus/recipe_slideshows/recipes_fresh_from_the_farmers_market?sssdmh=dm17.678947&utm_source=EWTWNL&esrc=nwewtw070913_B

2012 Spring Valley Potato Festival – Spring Valley, Ohio

October 2, 2012 at 11:31 AM | Posted in cooking, Festivals, Food, grilling | Leave a comment
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October 6-7, 2012 Spring Valley Potato Festival – Spring Valley, Ohio

Spring Valley Potato Festival
Main Street Spring Valley, Ohio

The first full weekend in October of each year brings thousands of people together to enjoy the free continuous live entertainment. The aroma of an endless variety of foods is there to enjoy while strolling the streets lined with booth after booth of quality crafts and home grown produce in the Farmer’s Market. Raffles, contests, a baked goods auction and a pet parade are just part of the many things to take in.

No better time in life to be alive than in the fall.. And in the fall is no better time to enjoy a wholesome and exciting craft festival celebrated on main street in Spring Valley, Ohio. The first full weekend in October of each year brings thousands of people together to enjoy the free continuous live entertainment. The aroma of an endless variety of foods there to enjoy while strolling the streets lined with booth after booth of quality crafts and home grown produce in the Farmer’s Market. Raffles, contests, a baked goods auction and a pet parade are just part of the many things to take in.

You are cordially invited to attend our fall festival and enjoy with us, the best time of the year to be alive.
35th annual Potato Festival in Spring Valley, Ohio

COST Free
LOCATION
Off of Rt. 42 between Xenia & Waynesville
Spring Valley, OH
ADDITIONAL INFO
Sponsor Sprin Valley Chamber of Commerence
Phone 937-862-4110
Website http://www.springvalleyoh.com
We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

http://www.springvalleyoh.com/potatofestival.htm

 

 

Farmer’s markets grow in popularity

June 6, 2012 at 9:48 AM | Posted in Food, fruits, vegetables | Leave a comment
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Came across this article in this morning’s Journal – News. A really great article about our local Farmer’s Markets here in and around Butler County. You can read the entire article by clicking the link at the bottom of the post.

Farmer’s markets grow in popularity
More people seek affordable goods that support communities.

With an estimated 1,000 farmer’s markets, farm stands and pick-your-own fields and orchards in Ohio, local-grown produce and foods are easily available.

“Within the past year or two, there have been markets popping up all over,” said Lori Panda of the Ohio Proud program, part of the Ohio Department of Agriculture. “People are interested in supporting their local economy and Ohio farmers. It’s bringing the community together.”

“Buying local” is exploding in popularity as people seek more affordable, chemical-free foods and goods that support their communities. Many markets are expanding to offer cooking demonstrations and educational programs that teach people how to prepare unfamiliar vegetables or grow their own.

“The challenge for the farm markets is it’s starting to get difficult to get vendors, especially on Saturdays, because there’s so many markets and they’re so popular,” Panda said.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual survey showed 278 farmer’s markets in Ohio in 2011.

‘That community feeling’

One of the state’s oldest markets is Dayton’s PNC
2nd Street Market, a
MetroParks facility, whose roughly 45 vendors saw more than 3,800 patrons on the last Saturday in May.

“We started (in the 1980s) as the Wegerzyn Market, open Saturdays on a seasonal basis,” said market manager Jimmy Harless. “Ten years ago, we converted an old freight depot, and we’ve been here ever since. Half our vendors have been here all 10 years.”

The Market is open Thursdays through Sundays, and just opened its seasonal outdoor market featuring local growers.

Harless said a new generation has grown up with recycling and organic foods and is helping to boost local farming and public markets, both as producers and purchasers.

“It’s become sort of like Main Street Dayton,” he said. “It’s that community feeling. And it’s not contrived. It’s the real thing with the real people who made the food.”

A few blocks away, the community spirit is strong at the all-volunteer Garden Station park, which features community gardens, paintings and sculptures by local artists and performance spaces. The site offers the county’s only Sunday farmer’s market, with about five vendors and an average 60 customers per week.

“We’ve added sustainable living workshops and demonstration market gardens to teach and promote more urban agriculture,” said organizer Lisa Helm-Hancock. “It’s about teaching people to take care of themselves. There’s not enough local, organic produce to support local restaurants — they can’t keep up with the demand.”

Farmer’s markets near you

The following farmer’s markets and farm markets are listed on www.ohioproud.org, part of the Ohio Proud agriculture marketing program of the state’s Department of Agriculture…

Read the entire article with lists of Markets by clicking link below:

http://www.journal-news.com/lifestyle/food-and-recipes/farmers-markets-grow-in-popularity-1386773.html

Marble Hill captures local flavor – Cincinnati Enquirer

January 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM | Posted in baking, Food, spices and herbs, vegetables | Leave a comment
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I wanted to pass this news article along, a really good story. I left the article link and Marble Hill Facebook link at the bottom of the post.

Marble Hill captures local flavor
Frequent farm visitor makes jams and jellies with fresh ingredients

By Polly Campbell

Bill Sands grew up in New York City, in the Marble Hill area of the Bronx.

He named his first company, Marble Hill Chocolatier, and his new one, Marble Hill Provisions, after his old neighborhood.

But for a guy who grew up in the city, Sands has been spending a lot of time in the country.

Ever since he began developing recipes for the jams, jellies, preserves and pickles that he sells as Marble Hill Provisions, he’s been hanging out at farmers markets, spending weekends driving around rural Ohio, talking to farmers, even pitching in on farm work.

“That’s the fun part,” he said. “Almost as fun as making the products. I get a lot out of it, personally, seeing how the products are grown and harvested, talking to the farmers about what goes into producing them.”

Sands, who makes his home in Union, Ky., has visited Wayward Seed Farm in Marysville, Ohio, where he buys sweet potatoes for his sweet potato butter. He’s visited the orchards at Eshelman Fruit Farm in Clyde, near Sandusky, where he gets apples and pears.

He got started with produce from Can-Du farm in Bethel, whose owners he met while selling jams and jellies at the Madeira Farmers market in summer 2008. He spent a day in the field with the root vegetable team at Chef’s Garden, the well-known specialty grower in Huron, Ohio.

“Almost all our products have a connection with a specific farm or producer,” he said. “That relationship gives such a sense of integrity. The one-on-one relationship is so important to what I’m doing.”

Each product is a season and a place captured in a jar to be enjoyed even in January or February. Production is seasonal; the products change with the availability of raw ingredients. So when they make Fortune Plum butter, it’s gone until next season for fortune plums.

For all the local, homegrown ingredients, the flavors and ingredients of some of the products have a big-city sophistication. There’s a strawberry-espresso and an apricot-bourbon jam. Sands seeks out unusual fruits and varieties such as quince, or the fortune plums, made into a fruit butter scented with cardamom. One popular style of his pickles is bottled with rye whiskey.

One popular flavor, which doesn’t use local ingredients, is the Meyer lemon-kumquat marmalade.

Sands and his one employee, Brooke Brandon, were making that variety one morning recently in the kitchen of Cumin, the Hyde Park restaurant. After chopping the citrus fruit and squeezing the juice, it was all combined in one shallow copper pot with flared sides.

“Copper works best because it heats quickly and evenly,” said Sands. “Jellies and marmalades need the high heat.” It’s also beautiful, with the shiny copper reflecting the fruit mixture, getting thicker and glossier as it reduces. It’s an intuitive cooking process; it’s done not so much at a specific temperature as when it reaches the particular consistency. The hot mixture is ladled into 8-ounce jars and then pasteurized.

That’s all there is to making marmalade. They don’t use added pectin. Most products have just a few ingredients.

“The Meyer lemon naturally has a spicy note, so we don’t add anything else. We want every product to taste mostly like its main ingredient,” said Sands.

This is production on a small scale. This batch will make one case of the marmalade, to be delivered to Fresh Market in Kenwood or Oakley, Marble Hill’s biggest customer. (Some kinds are also available at Park and Vine and Coffee Emporium.) Anthony La Marca, manger of the Kenwood store, said that the products were selling well, with their own display near the produce section, even at a premium price, about $10. “People just see them and are attracted to them,” he said. “And the guy’s here all the time, sampling and demonstrating his products.”

Sands is not actually there all the time, because he has a full-time job in IT sales, and runs Marble Hill on evenings and weekends. He’s about to take his next big step in developing his business. His products will be carried by Fresh Markets in Columbus, Cleveland, and soon in Indiana and Kentucky.

They will soon grow out of the Cumin kitchen, and are looking for a new production spot.

Meanwhile, Sands is working on expanding his network of farmers who will grow with him. They’ve used California strawberries in the past, but hope by this summer, they’ll have a local supplier.

As he moves to Fresh Markets in other parts of the country, he sees an opportunity to create connections with farmers in those areas.

“Ten years ago, I don’t think this would have worked,” he said. “But I’m finding smaller, family farms who are really open to this. When they see I’m serious, they want to support the company and grow together. I’m finding a real spirit of partnership out there.”

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20120125/LIFE01/301250022/Marble-Hill-captures-local-flavor?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marble-Hill-Provisions/141236912597593

Food Day is October 24, 2011

October 21, 2011 at 1:43 PM | Posted in baking, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb | Leave a comment
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Food Day will be October 24—in 2011 and in years to come. Food Day seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of
life—parents, teachers, and students; health professionals, community organizers, and local officials; chefs, school lunch providers, and eaters of all stripes—to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way. We will work with people around the country to create thousands of events in homes, schools, churches, farmers markets, city halls, and state capitals.

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) are the Honorary Co-Chairs for Food Day 2011, and the day is sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the nonprofit watchdog group that has led successful fights for food labeling, better nutrition, and safer food since 1971. Like CSPI, Food Day will be people-powered and does not accept funding from government or corporations—though restaurants, supermarkets, and others are certainly encouraged to observe Food Day in their own ways.

Food Day is backed by an impressive advisory board that includes anti-hunger advocates, physicians, authors, politicians, and leaders of groups focused on everything from farmers markets to animal welfare to public health. But the most important ingredient in Food Day is you—and we invite you to organize an event and help make Food Day a success.

*Food Day’s goal is nothing less than to transform the American diet*

 

http://foodday.org/

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