Hello fellow eaters:

I have been working on one of the movies in town (not the one that has snarled up traffic and changed street names, rather, the one the has hired almost 70% local crew and not shut a single street), which has caused me to neglect my garden and not have as much time to think about what is for dinner as I would like. The reason that I mention this movie thing is that people from Los Angeles–and especially in the movie business–tend to think that they are on cutting edge of everything, so I like to torture them by showing off how progressive Cleveland is in rebuilding urban food systems and general neighborliness. When they say that they went to the farmers’ market this weekend, and I ask which one, and they say “oh, there is more than one?” and I tell them that there are easily a dozen in Cleveland proper–trying, gentle reader, to sound proud but not prideful. I try to explain the concept of the community garden to those who have never seen one other than in the terribly discouraging movie about the destruction of a community garden in LA. They tend to get terribly excited about chickens and then confused that I live in the city and not the country (this part surprises me; that must be a gazillion chickens in LA even if they are not legal). Sometimes they are surprised that some things grow here (no, all strawberries do not come from California). In general it is a mild-mannered sport for me to convince them that there are thoughtful and industrious folks doing amazing and progressive work here on urban foodways, and that, in the long run, it is probably more important to the world than whatever movie we are making (ahem, go browns!). It is also imperative to point out that this is not merely a theoretical development: that farmers’ markets, CSAs, and community gardens are a convenient way to get produce from farmers to consumers quickly while it is still fresh and ripe. I would venture a guess that even produce grown in the heavily-irrigated agricultural regions of California doesn’t take much less time to get the LA market that it does to the midwest. And much of the organic produce available anywhere in the US is grown in central and south america, not California. So, while I am caricaturing some of my co-workers ever so slightly, please help me show us off for the tourists and do the right thing for ourselves and our local economy at the same time: patronize your local farmers’ market, talk to the growers, buy what is fresh and good, and turn it into delicious food for you and yours!

– Julie

Saturday @ GSFM

Cooking Demo

Join Chef Eric Wells of Skye LaRaes Culinary Services at the market this Saturday at noon. Chef Wells will make a dish using fresh ingredients available at the market. Stop by to see what he has whipped up!

Vendor Highlights

EcoVillage Produce will have greens (collards, tuscan kale, red russian kale, curly kale, mixed cooking greens, spinach); green onions, leeks, radishes, kohlrabi, pea pods, strawberries, tart cherries, basil, dill, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, and plants. What can you prepare with these? EcoVillage Produce recommends kohlrabi and ham bake, tabouli, tuscan kale salad, beets and kale with feta cheese, creamed spinach or collards, or a stir fry of your choice. Recipes will be available.

Wooden Knight will have lettuce mixes, cilantro and some golden beets. They will also have “Just Desserts” homemade cookies and their brand new hand mixed dry spice rubs.

Honest Desires will be back soon. A wild rabbit has been helping himself to their crops, but soon they will have more to harvest.

Dawghouse Bakery will have their normal varieties of doggy meat treats and biscuits. Highlight for this week is their signature Charlie Biscuit which is banana, oat, and wheat flour.

Sister Fires will be at the market this week with beautiful and functional fair trade products including the amazing market baskets from Ghana (perfect for market shopping–I have been using one for ten years with little sign of wear).

Simple Spunky Jewelry will be back with their jams and jellies, homemade beauty products, and jewelry.

Phyllis of Re-Memories returns to the market for the first time this season with her purses, totes, quilts, cutting starters, and fresh flowers. This week she will have blue bachelor buttons and yellow and orange calendulas.

Also don’t miss Rebound, Shelby’s Soy Candles and other vendors this week at GSFM

The Community Table will have George from Publish Ohio who returns with a variety of plant starts, classic Cleveland photos, and the guide on Ohio agriculture he has written.

Neighborhood Family Practice will also join us with information about NFP and giveaways.

Lastly, the Food Truck of the week will be Tony’s Truckstop who returns this week with italian sausage sandwiches with balsamic roasted sweet onions and peppers. They will also have meatball sandwiches and giant hot dogs, so come for lunch!