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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!

Two Vendors Looking for Part-time Help This Season!

Here’s Your Chance to Be Involved in Media Farmers Market…from the Vendors’ Side!

Returning vendors Mediterra and Vera Pasta are looking for part-time help this season….

Mediterra
A reliable, honest and mature individual is being sought to give out samples to customers and promote and sell Mediterra’s line of Tunisian olive oils, flavored oils, lime capers, roasted garlic and anchovies in olive oil at Media Farmers Market at State and Gayley streets in Media. The individual should be able to communicate the quality and taste of Mediterra  products, be knowledgeable about their ingredients and be persuasive in selling to customers.

The job will start in May and continue throughout the summer and fall every Thursday for 30 weeks until November 23, although there is flexibility with dates. The job would begin at 3 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. each Thursday. The job involves setting up a pop-up tent, tables and displays and accurate accounting skills in keeping track of sales. The individual must be able to lift 40 pounds. The individual must be a self-starter and self-motivated and enjoy meeting customers.

The job pays $20 an hour. For more information, contact Ali at Mediterra:
t. (215) 360-3374
e. Info@mediterraolives.com
www.mediterraolives.com

Vera Pasta
Chef Joe D’Andrea is looking for someone to work the Vera Pasta stand at Media Farmers Market from May through November. Vera Pasta specializes in homemade pastas and sauces, and has a weekly presence at the Market. Joe’s mission is to showcase the simple, true flavors of Italy with his pastas and sauces from his asparagus-and-fresh-ricotta ravioli and lemon penne to his fresh marinara sauce! For all the details, please contact Joe at JDandrea@verapasta.com. For more information about Vera Pasta, go to www.verapasta.com.

See you at Media Farmers Market’s Opening Day, May 8!

Lots of Local Events to Lead Us From Winter to Spring!

March 9-13…Media Restaurant Week!

Check out the first Media Restaurant Week! Taking place Sunday, March 9, through Thursday, March 13, enjoy three- to five-course dinners at participating restaurants for just $30! Whether you’re in the mood for classic American fare, Mexican, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Indian, Middle Eastern, farm-to-table, and so much more, Media restaurants have got you covered. Go to visitmediapa.com for a complete list of participating restaurants. Parking is free after 5.

March 11…Spring Food Swap!
Oakmont Farmers Market is holding their Spring Food Swap on Tuesday, March 11 from 7-9 p.m. at the Haverford Township Free Library Community Room, 1601 Darby Road, Havertown. A food swap is part silent auction/part village marketplace where your homegrown, homemade or foraged creations become your own personal currency for use in swapping with other participants. Click here to register.

March 18…Getting Garden-Ready!

Join Master Gardener Candidate Linda Coulston (and a founding member of Media Farmers Market!), Tuesday, March 18, when she presents Getting Your Garden Ready for Planting. Just the thing to get you spring-thinking! She will have books, handouts, references, soil test kits and an interactive project. It all takes place at the Ludington Library, 5 S. Bryn Mawr Avenue, Bryn Mawr. The program is sponsored by GMO Free PA, and will run about one hour.

April 4-5…Media Film Festival!

Media Arts Council is getting its line-up ready for the 7th Annual Media Film Festival. This year, they’re aiming to feature the event at the Media Theatre. Click on this link to find out how you can help make that happen!

 

Volunteer Opportunities!
If you’re interested in being part of the workings of Media Farmers Market, we’d love to have you! Specific needs:
Education Committee: exploring ways to expand educational opportunities at the Market for both children and adults.
5th Anniversary Celebration Committee: overseeing special events, entertainment, and demos for the coming year.
Other: We welcome all volunteers!
(P.S., We recently filled the Treasurer position posted in the last newsletter.)

If you’re interested, please contact Addie Ciannella by email or phone (acianc@verizon.net or 484.620.1218), or send us a message via our Facebook page! We look forward to hearing from you!

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