|LocalHarvest Newsletter, June 23, 2009
photo by Belmont Farmers’ Market
Happy summer, everyone!Are you a fan of farmers markets? Like a good giveaway? If so, you are going to love this: LocalHarvest has partnered with Care2 to create a summer-long contest called, “Love Your Farmers Market.” Here’s how it works: everyone is invited to cast one vote for their favorite farmers market. Receiving a vote registers your farmers market for our weekly $250 prize drawings, and receiving a lot of votes will win one lucky market the top prize of $5,000. To encourage a “get out the vote” effort, there are also prizes for the top recruiters – people who ask their friends to vote. Fun, huh? We are delighted to be spending the summer doing a special promotion of farmers markets with Care2. For those who don’t know the site, Care2 is the largest online community for people interested in a healthy lifestyle and social activism.
When you vote – as thousands of people have since the contest launched last Friday – you may write a short review of your farmers market, which you can choose to have posted on LocalHarvest. There must be a thousand ways to love your farmers market. Here’s a sample of what people have told us so far:
Sound familiar? We love farmers markets for all these reasons, and because we think they are important. In a world of anonymous food, it does a body good to stand across a table loaded down with vegetables, and look at the face of the person’s whose labor brought this food into being. This person, those hands, that strong back all worked the soil on a particular farm near here, under sun and rain to grow this food. This food that we will take home, prepare, and feed to our families for their nourishment. For me it’s nothing less than this: shopping at the farmers market can bring your heart back to your food.
I hope you’ll spend a lot of time at your farmers market this summer. It’s good for you, and good for your community. And I hope you’ll vote in our contest. Do more – tell your friends and the people at your farmers market about it. We even have spiffy flyers you can post or hand out. If you need a bunch of flyers, let me know and I’ll have them sent to you.
Enjoy this first month of summer. It’s a bountiful world. If you need convincing, spend an hour at your local farmers market, and see what your heart finds.
As always, take good care and eat well,
From the LocalHarvest Store:
Lavender lovers, get ready! The lavender harvest is nearly upon us, and we have more lavender farmers than ever selling their beautiful bunches through our catalog. Browse through our lavender department for lavender buds (a popular wedding toss), dried bunches, essential oil and more. Ahhh…
There are some fruits whose fans can’t get enough, and passion fruit is one. The purple type is gone for the year, but we’re now carrying the rare golden passion fruit, grown by our friends at Fresh Gardens, in Homestead, FL.
Going to a wedding this summer? A LocalHarvest gift certificate makes the perfect gift!
Nancy’s Nutrition Corner
Nancy is taking a break for the summer, but before she left, she gave us an important message to pass on to all her readers:
She says these four things will make almost everything better!
Food from the Farm: Pasta with Zucchini and Arugula Pesto
The first time I had pesto, I was 21 years old. I was working as a field hand at Tweefontein Herb Farm in New Paltz, NY, and being charmed by all things herbal. Anne Salomon, the owner, was an eccentric, fierce and beloved South African who insisted that all her workers sit down together in the field for mid-morning rooibos tea, served with sugar and cream on a silver tea set.
The June meeting was held on June 15th 2009 at the Iroquois Library. All of these meetings are open to the public.
Meeting called to order by President Corey Koellner at 7:00P.M.
Board Members Present: Gary Guss, Jeff Miller, Linda Taylor, Rick Pickerill, Vi Thompson, Bob Starck, Bruce Cantrell, Laura Speedie and Corey Koellner.
Board Members Absent: Dottie Krause, Elizabeth Meisburg, Debbie Thompson
Guests Present: Lt. Greg Mitchell, Ed Wall, Linda Guss, Donna Pickerill, Michael Hollett, Dan Johnson
Crime Report: Lt. Greg Mitchell reported on crime in the Beechmont area. Reports of crime overall are down for Beat 436, which includes Southside Drive and Americana in addition to Beechmont, more so than other areas of the district.
Lt. Greg Mitchell thanked Dan Johnson for funds he had provided for extra officers to patrol around Ashland Tavern due to various complaints.
May Minutes approved.
No Treasurers report for June meeting..
Beautification Committee: Linda Taylor reported no new information on gazebo benches, and off ramp entrance sign for South Louisville neighborhoods is still being designed, along the lines of the old Douglass Park sign.
Farmers Market: Corey Koellner made a motion to approve up to $300 to pay for annual market insurance, and Jeff Miller seconded.
Cell Tower: No new information
Public Affairs: Ed Wall, Beechmont representative to Police Advisory Board, reported that Ryann Taylor, Teen Board Advisory member, is coordinating face painting booth to represent Beechmont at National Police Night Out, Aug 4th 6:30 – 8:00. Free food, other booths, police demonstrations, – come on out and support our community police program, tell your family and friends.
New Business: Ray Manley has contacted BNA to ask for suggested locations for new “Beechmont” garbage cans to replace old ones. E-mail Corey Koellner with suggestions. Motion to reimburse Jeff Miller $40.00 for doughnuts & coffee made by Corey Koellner, seconded by Laura Speedie. Dan Johnson reported he has received $100,000 discretionary funds, which he will budget for sidewalk on Southland Boulevard.
Linda Taylor acknowledged the great volunteers we had for the Festival of Flowers and suggested we work on tracking volunteers, and putting a general sign-up sheet at the BNA booth at the farmers market.
The Meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.
Get all the details on the Olmsted Parks website!