Monday, April 20, 2015

10 Reasons to Support Farmers Markets


sites/default/files/winter_paredez.jpgFrom savoring produce at the peak of freshness to meeting the people who grow your food, there are countless reasons to support farmers markets. Here are just a few!

1. Taste Real Flavors

The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you—no long-distance shipping, no gassing to simulate the ripening process, no sitting for weeks in storage. This food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

2. Enjoy the Season

The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal. It is fresh and delicious and reflects the truest flavors. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. As you look forward to asparagus in spring, savor sweet corn in summer, or bake pumpkins in autumn, you reconnect with the earth, the weather, and the turning of the year.

3. Support Family Farmers

Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.

4. Protect the Environment

Food in the U.S. travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. All this shipping uses large amounts of natural resources (especially fossil fuels), contributes to pollution, and creates trash with extra packaging. Conventional agriculture also uses many more resources than sustainable agriculture and pollutes water, land, and air with toxic agricultural by-products. Food at the farmers market is transported shorter distances and is generally grown using methods that minimize the impact on the earth.

5. Nourish Yourself

Much food found in grocery stores is highly processed and grown using pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, and genetic modification. Some of it has been irradiated, waxed, or gassed in transit. These practices may have negative effects on human health. In contrast, most food found at the farmers market is minimally processed, and many of our farmers go to great lengths to grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques, picking produce right before the market, and growing heirloom varieties.

6. Discover the Spice of Life: Variety

At the farmers market you find an amazing array of produce that you don’t see in your average supermarket: red carrots, a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes, purple cauliflower, stinging nettles, green garlic, watermelon radishes, quail eggs, maitake mushrooms, and much, much more. It is a wonderful opportunity to savor the biodiversity of our planet.

7. Promote Humane Treatment of Animals

At the farmers market, you can find meats, cheeses, and eggs from animals that have been raised without hormones or antibiotics, who have grazed on green grass and eaten natural diets, and who have been spared the cramped and unnatural living conditions of feedlots and cages that are typical of animal agriculture.

8. Know Where Your Food Comes From

A regular trip to a farmers market is one of the best ways to connect with where your food comes from. Meeting and talking to farmers and food artisans is a great opportunity to learn more about how and where food is produced. CUESA’s seller profiles that hang at the booths give you even more opportunities to learn about the people who work hard to bring you the most delicious and nutritious food around. Profiles, articles about sellers, and a map of farms are also available on this website.

9. Learn Cooking Tips, Recipes, and Meal Ideas

Few grocery store cashiers or produce stockers will give you tips on how to cook the ingredients you buy, but farmers, ranchers, and artisans at the farmers market are often passionate cooks with plenty of free advice about how to cook the foods they are selling. You can also attend free seasonal cooking demonstrations by leading Bay Area chefs and evening classes on food preservation and other kitchen skills.

10. Connect with Your Community

Wouldn’t you rather stroll amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce on a sunny day than roll your cart around a grocery store with artificial lights and piped in music? Coming to the farmers market makes shopping a pleasure rather than a chore. The farmers market is a community hub—a place to meet up with your friends, bring your children, or just get a taste of small-town life in the midst of our wonderful big city.

Article courtesy of Mother Earth Living


Monday, April 13, 2015

3 Reasons you should shop at the Farmers Market...

Three Reasons You Should Be Shopping at Farmer's Markets

Americans have come to know farmer's markets as outdoor markets which are held so that farmers can sell their fresh produce to consumers. Right off the bat, a couple of the reasons that people shop at farmer's markets, and why you, too, should shop there, have to do with the real freshness of the produce along with the added benefit of helping to support local farmers. All of the produce you buy at any given farmer's market is grown locally. A really traditional way that farmers sell home-manufactured as well as agricultural products, farmer's markets are seeing growth both in the United States and also in parts of Europe. Farmer's markets are also known as having flexible standards, with some imposing strict rules for prices, while others allow a more lenient condition for their vendors.
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1. Helping Local Farmers
The first reason you should be shopping at farmer's markets has nothing to do with the fresh quality of the produce. It is making sure that these local farmers can continue operations. Since the produce is grown locally, you are supporting the network of local farmers by buying your produce at farmer's markets. This is important for the most immediate reason of doing your part to help ensure that these farmers can continue their local growing operations. Typically, the prices that are wholesale that farmers get for their produce is quite low; consequently, these farmers then take their produce and sell it directly to you, bypassing a middle man like a store altogether. This also results in better deals for consumers.
2. Quality of the Food
Because of how farmer's markets often feature produce and food that is grown both naturally and organically, the taste quality is superior than at other outlets. Farmers who sell their produce at farmer's markets are able to retain the nutritional content oftheir products, pick their produce at the very peak of its flavor, and also offer you hard-to-get foods, such as raw milk. As an additional bonus, the food they sell does not need to travel very far to get to your table (basically, just their farms to the market to your table), which helps to ensure that the food does not get damaged or bruised as it sometimes does when being transported to grocery stores.
3. Environmental Reasons
The final reason that you should be shopping at farmer's markets deals with the environment. The amount of fossil fuels is drastically cut since the time of travel is reduced in the delivery of the produce from farms to your dinner table. Studies have also indicated that the network of managed and sustainable farms that comprise the backbone of farmer's markets help to both conserve water resources as well as the purity of the soil. This factor helps wildlife by helping to preserve its habitat.
Article courtesy of fit day.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Preparations have begun!

Along with this lovely sunny weather and the tiny bits of green poking out from the cold Winter ground comes preparations for the Market.  We are bursting with excited anticipation for this coming season.  Not only has our location changed, (which, brings with it a touch of sadness, as we will miss working so closely with the Crouchs') but we are adding vendors and looking forward to working with the Mountain View Barn.

Mark your calendars, visit us this season and show your support for Jerome's local businesses!  




Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Sponsor: High Desert Veterinary Service


We'd like to welcome our newest sponsor!

HIGH DESERT VETERINARY SERVICE

High Desert Veterinary Service is a locally owned and operated business in Jerome, Idaho.  They specialize in dairy and beef herd health, embryo transfer and In Vitro fertilization in cattle.  Dean is a wonderful veterinarian who his highly skilled and a pleasure to work with.  For more information about this company you may contact them using the information below:

High Desert Veterinary Service
G. Dean Lusk
140 East 500 North
Jerome, ID 
83338

(208) 312-4584




Saturday, March 14, 2015

Our Market is Moving!

Our Farmers Market is moving! 

We have LOVED the Crouches and Crossroads Point Business Center. They have been so wonderful to us. The location has been amazing and we have met so many good friends and customers. The decision to move hasn't been an easy one. Crossroads Point Business Center has helped us get established. They have been the best hosts and supporters of the market. They have offered sound advice and have always been willing to lend a hand. Their integrity is the finest and they are and will always be dear friends. The development is beginning out there and we hope they sell the lots in leaps and bounds!

We are moving 2 miles North on Highway 93 to The Mountain View Barn.  The Mountain View Barn property has:

1. 5.8 acres of historic property with a large barn on the West side. Not only will this barn serve as a beautiful backdrop to our market but it will also serve as a windbreak to our vendors.  The 40 mile an hour winds that we get during the Summer can destroy our tents and this will temper that sweet Idaho wind and protect the vendors a bit more. 

2. The property is shaded by towering cottonwood trees. It can get fairly warm in the Summer and we will be on several acres of grass with close parking nearby. We will have access to potable water and restroom facilities.  

3. With this move our customers can come to the Mountain View Barn on a Saturday and peruse the Market and even get a bite to eat at the Barn's Coffee Shop.  The Mountain View Barn is a charming and historical part of Jerome County and as much as we will miss the The Crossroads Point Business Center, we are excited to begin this new journey.  We hope that you come out and visit us this Summer!




Thursday, January 8, 2015

The fields are resting


Winter is here and the fields are resting after working hard all Spring, Summer and Fall to produce a beautiful and delicious harvest.


picture courtesy of: http://wallpaperswa.com

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Harvest Festival Vendors

We are excited to share with you our many wonderful and talented vendors.

From delicious homemade breads, jams, cupcakes, cookies, freshly popped kettle corn, homespun spices and spreads, smoked meats...

...to tupperware, handmade baby blankets, clothes, baby accessories, uniquely designed t-shirts, books, western wear and more.

We are so proud of all the local talent we are able to showcase here at the 
Farmers Market at the Crossroads Point Business Center!
  
Harvest Festival Vendors



For more pictures of our vendors just click on the link below!