Newsletter V7-N02
Vol7 № 2 June 16, 2014

PREVIOUSLY AT THE MARKET

Opening day was threatened by thunderstorms, but the rain held-off! Lagoners, Sunscape, Paperwhite, and Clover Meadows were pleased with the crowd of several hundred shoppers: small but enthusiastic and eager to buy. Strawberries, kale, spinach, radishes, potted herbs and spices, cut-flower bouquets, goat’s cheese and yogurt delighted the eye, nose, and taste-buds.

GG Bakes sold out!

Student craftspeople enrolled in the Adult Literacy Class at School #15, Averill Avenue, had their biggest day ever!

Reconnect Rochester explained the free bus-pass program for June 19 and talked about scavenger contests, cycling, road skates, and mass-transit issues.

Mike and Friends, formerly Moja, entertained and cajoled with sweet melodies and dancing rhythms.

90 lawn signs popped-up in the surrounding neighborhoods. We have more signs for willing hosts and more Market-Day roles to be filled by volunteers. Remember that volunteers make it happen!

We are off to a great start for this 7th season of fine Finger Lakes food and crafts! Thanks to volunteers, shoppers, farmers, bakers, artists, musicians, and community groups!

FOOD THIS WEEK

Lagoner Farms, Williamson

Strawberries, radishes, boc choi, kale, rhubarb, and apples.

Paperwhite Flowers, Clifton Springs

Fresh cut flowers, honey, eggs, organic soap and cosmetics.

Clover Meadow Creamery, Lyons

Goat's milk, goat's yogurt, goat's cheese, goat's mozzarella, and sheep's feta.

Sunscape Farms, Penfield

Strawberries, flowers, basil, sage, kale, tomato plants, and lettuce.

GG Bakes, Rochester

Cookies, mini pies, spicy ginger snaps, oatmeal and French macaroons.

MUSIC THIS WEEK

Joan Burch

Joan started writing songs in 2007. She sings with a warm mezzo-soprano voice. Her lyrics span from the quirky to the reflective.

COMMUNITY TABLE THIS WEEK

Compeer Rochester

Compeer Rochester is headquartered in the “Old Sears” / Monroe Square building. It is a community-based non-profit mentoring organization with a mental health focus serving adults, youth, and veterans in Monroe County. Community volunteers are matched based on mutual interest with a friend in need of companionship, hence the term Compeer, meaning companion and peer. Each match is supported by volunteer coordinators, programming, activities, and discounts to local attractions. There are currently dozens of people enrolled in the program waiting to be matched and volunteers are needed!

INSIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK

Be a Locavore! by Peggy Rosenthal

No, we’re not suggesting you turn into some strange animal. A locavore is just someone who eats locally grown and produced foods. Why eat locally? Here are a few reasons:

  1. Produce tastes immeasurably better when it has been picked that very day. And it’s higher in nutrients than food that has been traveling a long time.
  2. Local food reduces greenhouse gas emissions that create global warming. (20% of greenhouse gas emissions from food are due to transport, but buying soft fruits from California has an enormous carbon cost, as the fruit has to be flown in, and flying is one of our most greenhouse gas-intensive activities.)
  3. Your grocery money stays in the community!

All the foods sold at Monroe Village Farmers Market come from within 100 miles of Rochester, and most much closer.

EBT, SNAP, FOOD STAMPS

The market has always welcomed shoppers in the various State and Federal supplemental nutrition programs. Farmers at our Market accept tokens and some coupons. See the Market-Day supervisor; bring your EBT card.

Households can use SNAP benefits to buy foods for the household to eat, such as:

  • breads and cereals;
  • fruits and vegetables;
  • meats, fish and poultry; and
  • dairy products; and
  • bakery goods; and
  • Seeds and plants which produce food for the household to eat.

Households may not use SNAP benefits to buy non-food or eat-in restaurant items, such as:

  • beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes or tobacco; or
  • pet foods; or
  • soaps, paper products; or
  • household supplies; or
  • vitamins and medicines; or
  • food that will be eaten in the store; or
  • hot foods.

See USDA SNAP guidelines for more information.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER!

Looking to give back to the community this summer? We would love your help! You can commit up to one hour this summer, or a few weeks, any help is appreciated! Contact the Market Manager, Allen Krisiloff at allen@triptar.com for more details.