Newsletter V8-N02

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Vol.8 No. 02 June 22, 2015

PREVIOUSLY AT THE MARKET

The Market was hoppin' last week! Beautiful weather always helps, and the word is getting out. It's not the biggest Market around, but it is one of the best: the fruits and vegetables are top notch, the farmers, bakers, and candlestick makers are happy, and the shoppers are delighted. And let's not forget the music and the community table, too.

Many children visited the market last week:

Children just hangin' and helpin'.

A crowd of kids on an outing and mesmerized by GG Bakes!

Pickled Pink!

And a lot of adults were out and about, too.

People were talking, listening, and shopping.

Neno's Gourmet Mexican Street food was popular with shoppers and vendors. It was Neno's first day at the Market this season.

Two Market regulars take advantage of the delicious burritos.

Fidelio, on the left, and his brother "D" take another order..

The farmers were busy, too!

Tessa of Clover Meadow Creamery answers questions about goat's milk products.

George represented Sunscape Farms this week.

From flavor extracts to organically raised meat, there is a lot to find at the Market.

Flour City Flavors make more than a dozen different extracts.

Perrine Family Farm provides meat in convenient, frozen packages.

This week's baby goat, named Gizmo, was only six days old.

A baby goat is irresistably cute, and it loves attention!.

Reconnect Rochester sat in the Community Tent. It is dedicated to popularizing alternative forms of transportation in Rochester and Monroe County. Free passes for RTS buses were available at the table.

John, on the left, and John, on the right, are passionate advocates for public transportation..

Music is an important part of every Market Day. We had Red Hot and Blues deliver two great sets of rock and blues!

The 5 piece band spread-out beyond the tent.

Standing room only!

FOOD and CRAFTS THIS WEEK

Lagoner Farms, Williamson

Strawberries, turnips, radishes, kale, and apples..

Paperwhite Flowers, Clifton Springs

Fresh cut flowers, organic soap, organic cosmetics, leather bracelets, dupattas (scarves), honey, eggs.

Clover Meadow Creamery, Lyons

Goat milk, goat yogurt, goat cheese, and natural scents.

Sunscape Farms, Penfield

Strawberries, peas, and zucchini.

Perrine Family Farm, Lyons

Non-GMO, non-medicated, grass-fed, and chemical-free chicken (whole and halves), beef (ground, sirloin, Delmonico, porterhouse, T-bone), lamb (ground, chops, steaks, shanks), pork (chops, sausage, spare ribs, ham steaks, pork butt, bacon, and hocks), and chicken eggs.

Timber Buck Maple, Bloomfield

Maple syrup, maple jelly, maple candies, clover honey, and mustard.

GG Bakes, Rochester

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

Flour City Flavors, Williamson

Extracts of almond, anise, banana, coconut, hazelnut, lemon, maple, orange, pecan, peppermint, pineapple, raspberry, rum, strawberry, and vanilla. No artificial sweeteners.

The Happy Pickle

Seven varieties of pickles including jalapeno and pure garlic.

Neno's Gourmet Mexican Street Food

All sorts of tacos, burritos, chilaquiles, and salads..

MUSIC THIS WEEK

Matthew Corey

Inspirationsal, bluesy, soul-rock singer and musician based in Rochester.

COMMUNITY TENT THIS WEEK

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Nutrition Group

Come join Jessica at the Cornell Cooperative Extension table for free nutrition guidance. Learn how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your everyday diet. This lesson will be hands on and great for the kids! Free food samples will be available along with handouts on various nutrition topics. All ages welcome.

INSIGHTS FOR THIS WEEK

GMO Labels in New York State
by Dorothy Atkin-Mapes

Customers can be confident that they are buying organically grown food at the Monroe Village Farmer’s Market. However, this is not true when shopping at the grocery store. Most people do not know how their food is produced or where it comes from. To solve this problem, New York State has been working on a bill that will require genetically modified foods to be labeled as traceable to genetically modified organisms (GMO). If this bill passes, the shoppers of New York State will have clear information about which foods are produced with genetic engineering.

It is important to know if your food is genetically modified because there is controversy about health and environmental harms that may result from genetic engineering. With these labels, customers will be able to easily choose to avoid genetically modified foods. Many European countries already require food companies to label their genetically modified foods, and many other states in the USA are considering mandatory GMO labeling.

Members of the New York State Legislature will be voting on bills in the upcoming year. Let your State representatives know how you feel about GMO food labeling.

State Assembly (Bill Number A00617 text)

State Senate (Bill Number S00485 text)

There is an online Petition in favor of GMO Labeling: Jump to petition.

RECIPE FOR THIS WEEK

Selected by Maxine Manjos

Radish and Feta Salad
by dicentra at food.com

Ingredients - serves 2 to 4

  • 4 cups radishes, thinly sliced [Lagoner]
  • 1⁄2 lb crumbled feta cheese
  • ½ cup sliced black olives
  • chopped scallions or of fresh mint
  • ¼ cup lemon vinaigrette (olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and sugar to taste)

Directions

  1. Combine radishes, feta, olives and chopped scallions or fresh mint.
  2. Dress with lemon vinaigrette.
  3. Marinate for at least 30 minutes.

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.

See USDA SNAP guidelines for more information.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER!

Looking to give back to the community this summer? We can really use 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.

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