Hello fellow eaters:

For the first month of the farmers’ market the eater updates have been mostly sweetness and light; filled with giddiness that veggies are coming in and that eating fresh is a real option. But with many new readers (if not new eaters), I want to remind everyone about a few of the reasons why eating food that is local and low on the processing totem pole is so good–if you are already in the choir or you know you do not care, you can skip to the this week’s offerings and get on with your day! Industrial, monoculture agriculture has become part of the problem in terms of economic and environmental sustainability, with its dependence on fossil fuels (obvious problems) for fertilizer (which is the main culprit for dead zones in bodies of water near and far), toxic herbicides and pesticides (including known carcinogens), very poorly remunerated labor (which creates serious social costs for society), and a very small group of companies that are too vertically-integrated and too powerful across the globe. The artific ially-cheap “food” created by Big Ag has put more emphasis on big and less emphasis on food, while externalizing costs, such as for health care, environmental degradation, and pollution. Now I am not suggesting that farmers’ markets are going to fix the rather large problems in our food supply (it took more than one generation to get in this bind, so it will probably take more than a couple of years to get out of it), but they are a very good way of showing that you are concerned with finding solutions, and of course with finding interesting and tasty fruits and vegetables (I am in the tomato-is-a-fruit camp; besides blackberries are in high season). Whether we like it or not we vote with our feet and our mouths. Besides there is very clear evidence that nutrients in food degrade while it is hanging out on a truck, or on a plane, or anywhere other than on their plant of origin; and most of our farmers pick on Friday to sell on Saturday. I know there are other reasons, but I am out of space and it is almost my bedtime; ahem, past my bedtime. Next week I am going to discuss a fruit that I have utterly neglected in three years of eater updates and in my kitchen–eggplant–so wish me luck.

Also start putting together your entourage: sweet corn festival, 28 August. If you would like to volunteer for the market doing publicity, please email.

EcoVillage Produce will bring mixed greens, new potatoes, lettuce, garlic, cucumbers, yellow wax beans, bell and hungarian wax peppers, sweet basil, cilantro, parsley, chives, english thyme, sage, peppermint beets, green/red tomatoes, goat cheese, and much more.

Berry Good Farm is off this week.

Tinkers Valley Farm did not check in, but my fingers are crossed.

Morgan Farm Stay is offering fingerling potatoes, grown from heirloom organic seeds; quantities are limited, so come early. They will also have red skin potatoes, lettuce, eggs and Dan’s popular strawberry rhubarb freezer jam (this week with a touch of concord grape). They will also have worm castings, compost tea, worm bins, and bee boxes. Dan and Annette will be taking orders for Buckeye Chickens, free-range and grass- and organic-grain-fed. The Buckeye Chicken is the only chicken breed developed by a woman, from Warren, Ohio , no less, who created the breed in the late 19th century. They are rare and considered endangered. Need to increase your flock? Talk to them about availability of young chickens for raising .

Old Husher’s Farm will have the last of the summer chioggias (if you do not know what they are, you should ask him!), a variety of peppers, paddy pans, some cukes, a few ornamental pumpkins (!), possibly eggplant, tomatoes, and, of course, Sarah’s Rad Pretzels.

Buzzard’s Nest Farm did not check in, but I hope to see them.

Ruby’s Garden–a new vendor!–will have yellow beans, hot and sweet peppers, dill, parsley, cucumbers, zucchini, some broccoli, green tomatoes as well as cherry tomatoes and maybe a few of the larger tomatoes if the weather holds.

Bethany Presbyterian will have will have plants, mint iced tea and delicious fudge options at their booth.

Cathie Brenkus is off this week, I think.

The Beanery @ Urban Homestead will have past favorites: Kenya, Espresso, and the amazing Mexican Decaf. New to the menu are: award-winning coffees from Kona and Columbia, as well as beans from Guatemala, and Tanzania. Enjoy a hot cup from their new clever coffee drippers, also available for purchase, or grab a quick cafe Sua Da made with our Sumatra. Sorry I left them off last week, but you could smell them from a block radius and be reminded.

Thymekeepers have skin creams and don’t-bug-me cream, goat-milk soaps, Cleveland-grown herb teas (mint, chamomile and our new calming tea blend–chamomile, lemon balm, and lavender), dry herbs and herb blends (french, italian and our new mediterranean blend–rosemary, garlic, thyme, oregano), hand-painted t-shirts, pop-art earrings, hand made jewelry, etc. Stop by for a sample of iced herb tea.

Haleakala House will have peach cobbler, sweet potato pie, plants, and some veggies. Your correspondent has a use for the sweet potato pie tins when the delicious pie is gone. Ask anyone at the market table to explain.

Buena Dea Bakery will bring chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies and cupcakes to the market.

Mobite Products will bring baked goods & veggies.

Creative Moms is off this week. If you ordered eggs, you can pick them up from the market table.

Eco Ice Cream / Cle Zen and Back maybe off this week.

The Gordon Square Farmers’ Market: more food, fewer tourists.

GSFM is located in the parking lot of Bethany Presbyterian Church at W. 65th and West Clinton streets (one block south of Detroit Ave.).

Every Saturday through October, 9am-1pm.

Feed back? Please email or talk to us at the GSFM booth on Saturday.