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Hello Everyone!

FOOD: We just completed the third week of the Growing Kid’s Club’s new featured-food-curriculum. This past Saturday, the Club’s featured food was “herbs.”

CRAFT: Club-attendees at the Market this week had the opportunity to choose herb seeds (Basil, Oregano, or Parsley) and plant them in individualized (and sustainable!) paper egg cartons.

RECIPES: Click HERE for this week’s Lil’ Chef family fun recipes – Homemade Honey Lemonade with Fresh Mint, Rosemary & Parmesan Crusted Asparagus, and Grilled Pesto Veggie Quesadilla. Happy cooking!

*Look for the Growing Kid’s Club booth this Saturday from 8-Noon at the Davidson Farmer’s Market for the next featured food: corn!

For those who are curious – here is the mission of the Market’s Growing Kid’s Club:

MISSION: The Growing Kid’s Club at the Davidson Farmer’s Market aims to highlight and introduce the foods offered by our vendors to young children at the Market. The Club incorporates hands on learning with a weekly craft to educate and introduce children to healthy food options. Club leaders firmly believe children learn best by touching, tasting, manipulating, “playing with” food, and that this gives children real experience (as opposed to looking at pictures of food). At the same time, Club leaders understand that global food shortage is a concept more appropriately taught when older. “Waste” on the other hand, is appropriately taught by example at any level. Additionally, the Club sponsors Market’s vendors each week to build support for local farming and offers a novel way for parents, guardians, and friends to work with and teach their children about healthy food options.

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How much food does 20$ buy at the Market?

How much food does 20$ buy at the Market?

Hello, everyone. My name is Emily Sirota and I am the Davidson Farmer’s Market Summer Intern for 2017. This past Saturday, I was determined to answer the question above and so I set out to the Market vendors for answers. While my experience sifting through the market for the least-costly (unprepared food) items proved to be somewhat of a challenge at first, it was ultimately rewarding. Before I explain, you might be wondering why I set out to accomplish this feat in the first place. 

Reasoning:

This upcoming Wednesday, the Davidson Farmer’s Market will host its first Chef Demo at the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. The Pantry’s mission is to provide “nutritionally balanced groceries to individuals and families in Charlotte-Mecklenburg who are in a short-term crisis” (loavesandfishes.org). Shoppers that qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are given an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) that may be used at a food pantry or the Davidson Farmer’s Market. The goal of the Farmer’s Market Chef Demos is to introduce market goods to Pantry shoppers and inform shoppers of an alternative for their food options.

Fact: The Davidson Farmer’s Market will match up to $20 on any SNAP funded purchases. My mission to discover how much 20$ will buy at the market was not only out of curiosity, but also for its valuable information which I could present to shoppers at the Market’s upcoming Chef Demo.

Results:

Here is what I purchased:

  • 2 tomatoes (one large and one small) ($2.25 approx.)
  • 1 large white onion ($2.50)
  • 1 kale bundle ($2.50)
  • 1 small zucchini ($1.25 approx.)
  • 1 small yellow squash ($1.25 approx.)
  • 1 Ciabatta bread loaf ($5.00)
  • 1 lb. pork sausage ($5.00)
  • 1 pepper ($0.25)
  • 1 free peach!

After about 45 minutes of scanning vendor prices, talking to my farmers, and purchasing fresh market goods, I left with a full basket of ingredients sufficient for at least one meal. 

Even more than the ingredients themselves, my 20$ market challenge was important because….

  • The experience encouraged much-needed and important dialogue between me and Market farmers. My attention to specific pricing facilitated conversation between me and my local farmers. I would ask questions like “how much would these two vegetables cost?”, “about what sized tomato(s) would cost $1?”, and “what can I buy with a quarter?”.
  • This entire process changed my perspective. As a college student living on a budget in an apartment off campus myself, I am always conscious of how much money I spend, especially when it comes to food. I have come to understand that food is expensive. When it comes to buying food on a budget, it is important to talk to farmers and plan shopping accordingly.
  • This experience also sparked new personal relationships. As I began to talk to my farmers about my food, I established a baseline of trust. I also began to understand how my food was grown and produced and learned it is important to spend money on food that is quality and comes from ethical food practices. I was then more conscious of my decision to support local farmers who farm for the right reasons.

Tips and thoughts for shopping the market on a budget:

  • In order to purchase foods for a balanced meal, I had to be conscious of my money allocation to different food categories. It was extremely helpful to go into the Market with a plan and guide for when I shopped. I suggest writing out different food categories with price estimates beforehand.

    Listing food categories with specific price estimates is one trick for buying Market foods on a budget.

  • Market foods are quality foods.  Later for dinner that night, when I tasted my goods, I cooked the pork and discovered what real pork is supposed to taste like! I also cooked up some zucchini for a side, (which I made into noodles or “zoodles”) and, from that moment, I decided I would continue to buy my meat and produce from the market every week.
  • Here is the dish I made with some of my fresh Market ingredients.

  • Proper food storage is key. If well stored and preserved, some of the Market’s more “costly” items are certainly a “bang-for-your-buck.” See pictures below for produce storage tips (courtesy of Davidson Farmer’s Market).

 

 

 

  • Talk to your farmers. Ask them questions, and trust me when I say this – they love it. Hey, as a result, you might even get a farm-fresh and free peach (just like I did) in the process.

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Growing Kid’s Club: Weekly Update

Hello Everyone!

FOOD: The Growing Kid’s Club’s second appearance at the Davidson Farmer’s Market was successful again with its new featured-food-curriculum. This past Saturday, the Club’s featured food was “berries.” Our vendor Twin Oak provided strawberries (the last strawberry pickings of the season) and Peaches & Cream provided blackberries for deliciously sweet taste testers.

CRAFT: Club-attendees at the Market this week had the opportunity to paint rocks (to look like their favorite berries, of course)!

RECIPES: Click HERE for this week’s Lil’ Chef family fun recipes – Strawberry Chia Fruit Leather, Frozen Yogurt Raspberries, and Blueberry Froyo Bites. Happy cooking!

*Look for the Growing Kid’s Club booth this Saturday from 8-Noon at the Davidson Farmer’s Market for the next featured food: herbs!

Photos courtesy of Emily 

For those who are curious – here is the mission of the Market’s Growing Kid’s Club:

MISSION: The Growing Kid’s Club at the Davidson Farmer’s Market aims to highlight and introduce the foods offered by our vendors to young children at the Market. The Club incorporates hands on learning with a weekly craft to educate and introduce children to healthy food options. Club leaders firmly believe children learn best by touching, tasting, manipulating, “playing with” food, and that this gives children real experience (as opposed to looking at pictures of food). At the same time, Club leaders understand that global food shortage is a concept more appropriately taught when older. “Waste” on the other hand, is appropriately taught by example at any level. Additionally, the Club sponsors Market’s vendors each week to build support for local farming and offers a novel way for parents, guardians, and friends to work with and teach their children about healthy food options.

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Farmers Market Science Corner: Weekly Update

A Sweet Site you Don’t Want to Miss!

June’s Full Moon, the lowest of the year, is known at the “Strawberry Moon.” Named by Native American tribes, the Moon was used to signify the harvest for strawberries. Other common names include the “Rose Moon” The Moon is also known in Europe as the “Rose Moon” and “Honey Moon” after its “amber” appearance.

Also exciting news — this month’s full moon will hover next to the planet Saturn. This Friday morning, use the full moon as a guide to point your eyes (or telescope) towards the rings of the planet Saturn!

Catch this cosmic treat in the sky Friday, June 9, at 9:10 AM EDT when the moon is at its fullest phase.

You can use this Moon calculator to search for the Moonrise and Moonset near you: https://www.timeanddate.com/moon/

Here are a couple fun ways to celebrate this exciting natural phenomenon:

  1. Last Saturday, the Farmer’s Market Chef Demo was hosted by Heirloom Restaurant’s Chef Clark Barlowe. This Friday from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT, in celebration of the Farmer’s Almanac Strawberry Moon, Heirloom Restaurant will host seasonal canapes and a 5 course tasting menu from Chef Barlowe. Tickets per individual cost 50$. You can purchase tickets and take a look at the 5-course menu HERE!

2. Buy some delicious, fresh strawberries from the Davidson Farmer’s Market vendors this Saturday, June 10th from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Sources:

https://farmersalmanac.com/full-moon-names/

http://www.space.com/36992-june-full-moon.html

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Growing Kid’s Club: Weekly Update

Exciting news!

This past Saturday, the Davidson Farmer’s Market featured its first Growing Kid’s Club Food Series. The first food featured at the Market was peas. Over 50 families found a fun pea-related arts-and-craft. Adventurous kids had the opportunity to taste sugar snap pea samplers as well.

Click HERE for this week’s kid-friendly featured food information sheet and lil’ chef recipes featuring peas!

*Look for the Growing Kid’s Club booth this Saturday from 8-Noon at the Davidson Farmer’s Market for the next featured food: berries!

For those who are curious – here is the mission of the Market’s Growing Kid’s Club:

The Growing Kid’s Club at the Davidson Farmer’s Market aims to highlight and introduce the foods offered by our vendors to young children at the Market. The Club incorporates hands on learning with a weekly craft to educate and introduce children to healthy foods. Club leaders firmly believe children learn best by touching, tasting, manipulating, and “playing with” food, and that this gives children real experience (as opposed to looking at pictures of food). At the same time, Club leaders understand that global food shortage is a concept more appropriately taught when older. “Waste” on the other hand, is appropriately taught by example at any level. Additionally, the Club sponsors Market’s vendors each week to build support for local farming and offers a novel way for parents, guardians, and friends to work with and teach their children about healthy food options.

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Welcome to our Blog!

Hello there!

Welcome to the Davidson Farmer’s Market Blog.

Keep up with our blog to find weekly updates on all things about the market – from our own vendor reviews, Q and A, Growing Kid’s Club Updates, Humans of the Market, weekly science feature, and more.

Sincerely,

The Davidson Farmer’s Market Staff

 

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