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Nine Weeks and Counting Til Opening Day!

azalea 3.11.15

Welcome, Spring!

March may have come in like a lion, but it inevitably ends with spring. In fact, spring officially arrives on March 20 at 6:45 p.m. EDT. The Media Farmers Market committee has been meeting every other week, deep in preparation for the upcoming season. With the delightful addition of several new members, we’re busy mapping out this year’s market season, connecting with vendors, and updating our website!

March Is National Nutrition Month!
Stop by the Media-Upper Providence Free Library to explore nutrition with this display provided by the Delaware County Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), and check out some of their kids books on nutrition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy First Day of Spring!

Media Farmers Market’s Sixth Season Opens May 14, 2015!

Thanks for the Feedback!

Thanks to everyone who responded to the Media Farmers Market survey in November! You weighed in on convenience, vendor and product selection, favorite ways to receive farmers market updates, where you saw room for improvement, and what you liked just as is. We appreciate the enthusiasm and generous feedback to help shape this year’s Market!

Sixth-Season Planning Has Begun!

The Media Farmers Market committee met earlier this month over the last of the holiday cookies and candy for its first meeting of the season. Excited to be going into our sixth season, brainstorming began around returning vendors, potential new vendors, and input from survey results. We’ll be sending out monthly newsletters to keep you updated until May, at which time the newsletter will go out weekly to keep you in touch with the weekly markets. You can also find us on the Media Farmers Market website, on Facebook, and Twitter!

Be a Media Farmers Market Volunteer!
If you’d like more direct involvement with the Market, consider becoming a volunteer. Media Farmers Market is an all-volunteer organization and is always happy to have new members. Following are specific current opportunities.

Treasurer: The treasurer coordinates with the Market Manager. Tasks include attending monthly meetings, balancing bank statements, invoicing vendors, and developing the budget. Our current treasurer is available through the spring to help transition the next lover of numbers and budgets!

Produce Passport Program Coordinator: The Produce Passport Program coordinator keeps the passport booklets stocked, names each week’s produce item of the week, and oversees the purchase and distribution of prizes. Ideas for additional children’s interest projects welcome!

Market Manager’s Table Volunteer: At every Thursday’s Market, volunteers man the Market Manager’s Table in one-and-a-half- to two-hour shifts between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Volunteers answer shoppers’ questions, process credit cards and SNAP cards for Market tokens, and help kids with their produce passports.

Social Media Volunteer: To post and help expand Media Farmers Market’s presence on Facebook and Twitter. And open to other social media as well. Instagram? Pinterest?

Other: All are welcome, and no amount of time is too small to donate!

The next planning is Monday, February 9. Join us! If you’re interested, or need more information, email customerservice@mediafarmersmarket.com.

February 2 Marks Mid-Winter
If you’re a lover of winter, then mid-winter means a whole six weeks of winter left; if you’re looking to spring, mid-winter means only six more weeks to go! Weather divination, trying to know ahead which it’s to be, and likely where the American Groundhog Day has its roots, can be traced to the Gaelic tradition of Imbolc. Here’s a little Imbolc info from Wikipedia as we go into the second half of winter:

“Imbolc was believed to be when the Cailleach—the divine hag of Gaelic tradition—gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she wishes to make the winter last a good while longer, she will make sure the weather on Imbolc is bright and sunny, so she can gather plenty of firewood. Therefore, people would be relieved if Imbolc is a day of foul weather, as it means the Cailleach is asleep and winter is almost over.”

Happy Groundhog Day!

 

Cooking Demo at Media Farmers Market Tomorrow!

Cooking with Farm-Fresh Ingredients!

Desert Rose chef and co-owner Jason McHugh will be at Media Farmers Market tomorrow, offering a cooking demo using ingredients found right at the Farmers Market!

With wife Natali Shiri, Jason opened Desert Rose in 2012 on State Street, featuring an authentic and eclectic mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern street food, from house-baked pita to red and green falafel, and shawarma to an array of daily spun hummus. Desert Rose was named best Middle Eastern Restaurant Philadelphia 2013 by Philadelphia Magazine.

Come check out what Jason’s cooking up tomorrow!

Compost Happens!
Kitchen Harvest’s Chris Pieretti is passionate about compost, and began “Compost Happens,” an initiative that creates local composting communities in the western Philadelphia suburbs. Kitchen and yard waste is collected from homes and businesses, taken to a nearby farm, and turned into premium compost. Active participants receive discounts on the finished compost and other products and services from like-minded local businesses. 80 tons of waste was turned into soil in 2013!

For full program details, click here, or, better yet, talk to Chris in person at the Market tomorrow!

If You Like Things Spicy…
…then stop and visit Mistress of Spice, an artisanal spice blends producer from West Chester, PA, featuring all-natural, aromatic herbs and exotic spices that are gluten- and mono-sodium-glutamate (MSG)-free. No fillers, preservatives, additives, or anti-caking agents. And who can resist names like Cowboy Keeper, Latina Sabrosa and Southern Comfort Zing! Check out this new vendor at tomorrow’s Market!

Playing at the Market Tomorrow…
Tom Curtis, Jr.!

Singer/songwriter Tom Curtis, Jr., is back! To find out more about Tom, check out his info at reverberation!

 

For a complete list of Media Farmers Market vendors, click here!

 

See you tomorrow at the Market!

Fun for Our Young Farmers Market Shoppers!

Digging for Treasure!
Bring the kids to the Media-Upper Providence Free Library‘s table at tomorrow’s Market between 3:30 and 5 for a sand bin treasure hunt (digging for small plastic fruits and veggies)…and prizes! You can also pick up the library’s program schedule for kids of all ages.

And Then On to Add This Week’s Fruit or Vegetable to Their Produce Passport!
Each week, kids can draw the featured fruit or vegetable of the week into their Produce Passport, and win prizes along the way! There’ll be a prize after they fill in four fruits or vegetables, another prize after filling in seven, and then a grand prize after ten…a $5 token that is good at any of the vendors at the Farmers Market! So stop by the Market Manager’s Table to fill in the next “produce destination” in your passport!

Remember…
The Media Food Bank will have a drop-off container at the Farmers Market every Thursday, which will be delivered to the Food Bank right after each Market’s close. Media Food Bank appreciates healthy non-perishables, and accepts toiletries, too. For more info, check out their Facebook page.

 

See you tomorrow at the Market!

Media Farmers Market Opening Day Is Tomorrow!

Join the Fun at Opening Day of Media Farmers Market!

Mayor Bob McMahon kicks off the season with an honorary planting…

There’ll be tattoos for the kids, and expert balloon sculptor Jim Burkardt of Balloons by Jim fashions balloons into amazing hats, animals and creatures for the kids from 3:30-6 p.m.! Jim’s been featured on the Today show. Check out a video clip and some balloon sculpture samples at balloonsbyjim.com.  

There’ll be a keg of root beer, and food will be provided by 320 Market Café and Desert Rose!

Enjoy live music by Christine Kinslow from 3-5 p.m., and Josh Mason from 5-7 p.m.

And click here for the line-up of vendors to find your old favorites and soon-to-be new favorites!

Produce Passport Returns This Year for Our Young Shoppers!
Kids can come to the Market Manager’s Table anytime during the season to fill out their Produce Passport. It’s a great way for kids to get to know the fruits and vegetables they love, and new ones to try! Kids will have fun drawing the fruit or vegetable of the week and earn a prize after four weeks, again at seven weeks, and a grand prize at ten weeks!

Media Food Bank Drop-Off at the Market Tomorrow!
The Media Food Bank will have a drop-off container at tomorrow’s Farmers Market, which will be delivered to the Food Bank right after the Market’s close. Media Food Bank appreciates healthy non-perishables, and accepts toiletries, too. For more info, check out their Facebook page.

See you at tomorrow at the Market!

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