Hello fellow eaters:  

It is great pleasure that I welcome you all to the fourth season of the Gordon Square Farmers’ Market–with a bit of last minute breathlessness, in fact, because the market is starting two weeks earlier than past years, so it snuck up on your loyal corespondent like a groundhog in the tomatoes.  I hope that all of you market patrons have made it through the long months of eating without the market, and are looking forward to eating some fresh lettuce with those remaining pickled beets (I know I still owe a recipe for dilly broccoli).   It was a chilly, wet spring, but fortunately our industrious growers braved the elements with faith that the sun would come out, and it did.  Those of you who made it to the plant sale last month know that you can expect good things this week and every Saturday through October.

Two special announcements:  Collective Upcycle, the improved re-use arts and crafts pop-up  store (on Detroit at W. 67th) has donated a few items for a raffle at the market this week, so take a stroll over and check them out.  

Next Saturday, the 25th, is the first annual Garden Walk Cleveland and Detroit-Shoreway is one of the featured neighborhoods.  The GSFM will have the official maps for this self-guided garden tour, which includes private gardens, community gardens, market gardens and urban farms, and Re-imagining Cleveland projects.  You will be able to really see where some of your local produce comes from.  

I am not sure what everyone will have because it is the first week, and we are still working out the kinks (and probably will be all season)!

Detroit-Shoreway’s own EcoVillage Produce will be the market with greens, lettuces, peas and more.  

Old Husher will be there with Garlic Scapes, Mint, Cilantro, Lettuces, Kale.

Ruby’s Garden will have cabbage, bok choy, lettuce, and maybe raspberries (holy cow!).

Tinkers Valley Farm broccoli, kohlrabi, herb plants (sage, parsley, cilantro), bamboo stakes, celosia plants

Devil’s Backbone will have head lettuce, herbs, radishes…. Maybe a few strawberries.

Berry Good Farm will have honey, grains and jams. Plus zuchini and applesauce breads and their famous-on-the-west-side “Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake”.

Mobite Products
(all baked goods are vegan) Carrot Cake, Zuchini Bread,
Sweet Potatoe Pie, German Chocolate brownies.
Rashid of The Phat Vegan will be giving a cooking demonstration at  12 noon. He will be cooking vegan philly cheesesteak.

Earth’s Crust (a new vendor!) will have savory bean pie; brownies; four different granolas:  rocky road (peanuts, peanut butter, chocolate chips and raisins), nutty (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, cranberries), maple walnut, and spicy ginger;  several breads:  100% whole wheat sunflower, 100% whole wheat walnut, deli rye, lemon mint yogurt, semolina with sesame seeds; and rolls:  onion–wild celery and cinnamon.

ReMemories is spending time with the grandkids but will be back in a few weeks with an assortment of fabulously stylish textile items (purses, baby quilts, et al.), cleverly decorated chairs (I have seen a preview and they will brighten up a whole room), and homemade jams and jellies.

Origins Beanery had better be at the market or there might be a riot.  I have been out of coffee for more than a week and I did not want to buy any until I could get it from them. (They will be and they had this to say-Ed.): “…for coffee this week, we’ll be bringing a good bit from Brazil, Guatemala (Providencia Dos), Costa Rica, and Papua New Guinea and a limited amount from Kenya (my favorite at the moment). (BTW – there should be three new coffees on the menu for next week!) We’ll of course also be whipping up ice cold cups of Cafe Sua Da to get your day going. Lastly, we’ve made the transition to reusable containers. It just so happens that the large size fits just about perfectly in a quart size mason jar, and the small size in a pint. Prices have gone up slightly to reflect this change, but this basically just functions as a bottle deposit as we will be giving a $.50 discount on the smalls and a $1.00 discount on the larges when you return with the bottles to get them refilled. look out for the strawberry preserves!”
Aaron and Lisa

Le Jardin Lakewood artist Aubrey Evans makes purses  out of  all  vintage materials. Different styles of earrings . Leather bracelets w/ vintage pins, buttons, bottle caps.  Antique windows with decorative  glass beads on them (like stained glass).

Yoga at the Market.  Are you a Yoga instructor interested in donating your time to a good cause?  The Gordon Square Farmers’ Market is looking for you!  We are attempting to have as many Yoga at the Market classes as possible this season. We are looking for some Yogi’s who would like to teach a donation (to the market) based yoga class on a Saturday of their choice this market season. We would like for the classes to be around an hour long and for all levels. If you are interested in donating your time or have any questions contact Emily Holody at Ncsummer_2000@yahoo.com or 330-256-6641. Currently scheduled classes are Saturdays July 16 , 23, August 13 & 27

Do you have a special talent you would like to share? Are you an excellent baker? Do you make  wonderful jewelry? Or, a you a part  of a group or club that could help people in the neighborhood? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a Saturday at the Gordon Square Farmers Market Neighborhood Table is just what you need!
Here is how it works. The market runs from 10:00am-2:00pm on Saturdays during Market Season and is held at Bethany Presbyterian Church at 6415 West Clinton Cleveland, Ohio. The market will provide a table, chairs and a tent for your use. You can come as early as 9am to set up your space as needed. The best part of all this is it is totally free! The only “cost” to you would be a small percentage of your sales if you use the space to sell something. The only “rule” is that items for sale must fall within Market Guidelines. For a list of these guidelines and to reserve a Saturday, contact Emily Holody at ncsummer_2000@yahoo.com or 330-256-6641.

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, 10am-2pm.
Feed back? Please email or talk to us at the GSFM booth on Saturday.