Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bexley Farmers' Market: September 21


Spend a Little, Save a Lot!


Produce Perks (formerly known as Veggie SNAPS) is available to all Ohio SNAP recipients. In 2016, 1.56 million Ohioans received food assistance with $2.5 billion in SNAP distributed. SNAP recipients can utilize Produce Perks at distinct healthy food access points throughout Ohio, including the Bexley Farmers' Market. In addition to approximately 100 farmers markets, recipients can shop at farm stands, retail grocery stores, and Community Supported Agriculture programs. Click here to learn more about Produce Perks.

How does Produce Perks work? Watch and learn! We'll match up to $10 during each visit to the Bexley Farmers' Market.

Our vendors for Thursday, September 21:

Hirsch Fruit Farm
The Crazy Cucumber
Sadie Baby Sweets
Two Roasting Joes
SaraBee Honey
Dan the Baker
Oink Moo Cluck
The Lemon King
Ohio City Pasta
Bluegreen Gardens
Kennedy Farm
Sweet Thing Gourmet
Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
J-POPS
Gerry's Garden
Made Without Grain
9N Farm
Kingdom Fish

Our Musical Entertainment:  Mike Hale

Join us every Thursday through October from 4:00-7:00pm, rain or shine!

Bexley Farmers’ Market
Intersection of Dawson and Main
Bexley, Ohio 43209

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at info@bexleyfarmersmarket.ORG. (Please note the change to our email address.)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bexley Farmers' Market: August 31

Some Stinging Facts about a 
World Without Bees
The week's newsletter comes  from a friend and customer of the Bexley Farmers' Market, Christy Erickson. 

Summer is the sweetest time of year for most of us. It's easy to see why. Days are long, sunshine and warm weather are abundant, and good times are never far away. Yet summer might sour on you pretty quick if you couldn't enjoy its delicious foods. Imagine a cheeseburger with no onions, pickles or tomatoes – or meat or cheese, for that matter. While you're at it, picture a salad with no cucumbers, a picnic with no watermelon, and a cherry tree with no cherries. Now imagine going to the store and finding the shelves bare. These scenes are an accurate picture of what a world without bees would look like.

Bees Do a Lot More Than Make Honey

Most people think of the lowly bee as little more than a pest. In reality, this hard working insect makes it possible for farmers to feed the world's population. Don't believe it? Here are just a few of the crops that depend on bee pollination:

     Tomatoes.
     Melons.
     Squash.
     Cantaloupes.
     Strawberries.
     Coconuts.
     And the list goes on and on...

These and countless other foods would either go extinct or become almost impossible to grow. This ecological nightmare would afflict not only humans but animals as well.  Meat would become a rare and costly treat. Say goodbye to your summer cookout. For that matter, say goodbye to up to 1/3 of the meals you eat.

“What About Vegetarians?”

The food crisis would affect vegetarians as well as meat eaters. A plant-based diet requires adequate amounts of not only protein but numerous vitamins and minerals as well. Many of these compounds come from sources that depend on bees to flourish. Everyone would find food harder to come by.

Most people get grumpy when they miss a single meal. Imagine how they would act if they went hungry for days. It's a scary thought. Here's an even scarier fact: the world's bees are in big trouble.

Where Have All the Bees Gone?”

Large numbers of bees started dying from unknown causes as far back as the 1980s. The threat began to skyrocket in the early 2000s. Some beekeepers report losses as high as 50%. Scientists call the problem Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). You've probably heard about it in the news. Its effects have experts across the globe pretty scared.

Many Suspects, No Single Cause

So what's causing CCD? Most researchers cite a number of factors. The three deadliest culprits are:

1.      Parasites that make bees vulnerable to infections.
2.      A special class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.
3.      Environmental changes such as habitat loss and water contamination.

Research on CCD is ongoing. In the meantime, there's something you can do to help bees make a comeback. It's neither hard nor costly. In fact, It's something you might already do for fun.

Plant Flowers. It's as Simple as That.

bee garden contains flowers and other plants that are rich in nectar, the substance from which bees make the honey they eat. You don't need a huge amount of land to grow a bee-friendly garden. In fact, planting a single flower in a pot can make a difference. Gardening is a great way to reduce stress, plus it’s an activity you can share with your spouse and kids. Here are some other things you can do:

     Use natural alternatives to artificial pesticides.
     Visit your local farmers market to buy honey and produce from local sources.
     Take up beekeeping, either in your spare time or as a profession.
     Spread the word about bees and the good they do for the environment.

Together we can help to keep the world's bees healthy. They will return the favor by ensuring the world has plenty of food, both now and in the future. That's a sweet deal for Mother Nature and for us.

Photo credit: Antranias


Our vendors for Thursday, August 31st include:

Hirsch Fruit Farm
The Crazy Cucumber
Sadie Baby Sweets
Two Roasting Joes
SaraBee Honey
Dan the Baker
Rhoads Farm
Oink Moo Cluck
The Lemon King
Ohio City Pasta
Kennedy Farm
Sweet Thing Gourmet
Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
Gerry's Garden
9N Farm
Kingdom Fish
Sweet Cheese
Ohio Bison Farm

Market Musician: Dan DeSantis

Community Table: Mid-Ohio Workers Association

Join us every Thursday through October from 4:00-7:00pm, rain or shine!

Bexley Farmers’ Market
Intersection of Dawson and Main
Bexley, Ohio 43209

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at info@bexleyfarmersmarket.ORG. (Please note the change to our email address.)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Bexley Farmers' Market: August 24

KEMBA Kid's Night


Celebrate the peak of summer with the Bexley Farmers' Market and KEMBA Financial Credit Union! 

This Thursday, August 24, KEMBA Financial Credit Union will sponsor KEMBA Kid's Night from 4-7 PM at the Bexley Farmers' Market. Celebrate summer with folk music and family friendly activities including seed planting and "Tasting the Rainbow." It's fun for everyone, young and old. 

In addition to our family friendly activities, KEMBA will provide $5 gift certificates to be spent at the Bexley Farmers' Market to the first 20 customers. 

Arrive early, enjoy the fun!

Our vendors for Thursday, August 24 include:

Hirsch Fruit Farm
The Crazy Cucumber
Sadie Baby Sweets
Two Roasting Joes
SaraBee Honey
Dan the Baker
Rhoads Farm
Oink Moo Cluck
The Lemon King
Ohio City Pasta
Bluegreen Gardens
Kennedy Farm
Sweet Thing Gourmet
Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
Gerry's Garden
Somerset Herbs
9N Farm
Kingdom Fish
Ohio Bison Farm

Join us every Thursday through October from 4:00-7:00pm, rain or shine!

Bexley Farmers’ Market
Intersection of Dawson and Main
Bexley, Ohio 43209

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at info@bexleyfarmersmarket.ORG. (Please note the change to our email address.)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bexley Farmers' Market: August 10

Bexley Farmers' Market Celebrates "Bexley Day"
Join the Bexley Community Foundation for the Celebration of 1908 Society for Bexley Day! 

The Foundation will host an event from 4-7 PM this Thursday, August 10 at the corner of East Main and Dawson Avenue during the Bexley Farmers' Market. Foundation representatives
will serve free birthday cake in celebration of “Bexley Day.”

Our vendors for Thursday, August 10 include:

Hirsch Fruit Farm
The Crazy Cucumber
Sadie Baby Sweets
Two Roasting Joes
SaraBee Honey
Dan the Baker
Rhoads Farm
Rhoads Farm
Oink Moo Cluck
The Lemon King
Ohio City Pasta
Bluegreen Gardens
Kennedy Farm
Sweet Thing Gourmet
Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
Too Good Eats
Growlers
Gerry's Garden
Made Without Grain
9N Farm
Kingdom Fish
Ohio Bison Farm

Our Musical Entertainment:  Jordan Lynch

Join us every Thursday through October from 4:00-7:00pm, rain or shine!

Bexley Farmers’ Market
Intersection of Dawson and Main
Bexley, Ohio 43209

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at info@bexleyfarmersmarket.ORG. (Please note the change to our email address.)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Bexley Farmers' Market: July 27

KEMBA Kid's Night


Celebrate the peak of summer with the Bexley Farmers' Market and KEMBA Financial Credit Union! 

This Thursday, July 27, KEMBA Financial Credit Union will sponsor KEMBA Kid's Night from 4-7 PM at the Bexley Farmers' Market. Celebrate summer with folk music by Mr. Eric's Music and family friendly activities including seed planting with Knife & Fork Farms, and "Tasting the Rainbow." It's fun for everyone, young and old. 

In addition to our family friendly activities, KEMBA will provide $5 gift certificates to be spent at the Bexley Farmers' Market to the first 20 customers. 

Arrive early, enjoy the fun!

Our vendors for Thursday, July 27th include:

Hirsch Fruit Farm
The Crazy Cucumber
Sadie Baby Sweets 
Two Roasting Joes
SaraBee Honey
Dan the Baker
Rhoads Farm 
Oink Moo Cluck 
The Lemon King 
Ohio City Pasta 
Bluegreen Gardens 
Kennedy Farm 
Sweet Thing Gourmet 
Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas 
Charqui Jerky Co. 
Too Good Eats
Made Without Grain
9N Farm
Gerry's Garden 
Ohio Bison Farm 

Our Musical Entertainment: Mr. Eric's Music

Join us every Thursday through October from 4:00-7:00pm, rain or shine!

Bexley Farmers’ Market
Intersection of Dawson and Main
Bexley, Ohio 43209

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at info@bexleyfarmersmarket.ORG. (Please note the change to our email address.)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bexley Farmers' Market: July 13

Support Your Community at the Farmers' Market


"The Farmer’s Market really is an important place. It is more than just about saving an extra dollar or even being hip and saying you went, it is about the personal interaction with the farmers who grow your food and supporting them in their craft. You should know where your food comes from whether you grow it yourself or pay for it from the farmer himself who tended to it. It is important to invest in good farmers just like it is important to support those who do artisan work. Farmers are artisans too. Tending to crops is an art and we so often forget that. Buying local is more than just helping the economy, it is about supporting the community you live in to do what is does well."

Check out more from the Fresh Exchange on the importance of
supporting local farmers at the Farmers' Markets.

Our vendors for Thursday, July 13th include:

Hirsch Fruit Farm
The Crazy Cucumber
Sadie Baby Sweets 
Two Roasting Joes
SaraBee Honey
Dan the Baker
Rhoads Farm 
Oink Moo Cluck
The Lemon King
Ohio City Pasta
Bluegreen Gardens
Kennedy Farm
Sweet Thing Gourmet 
Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
Charqui Jerky Co.
Growlers
Gerry's Garden
Kingdom Fish 
Ohio Bison Farm 

Our Musical Entertainment: Scott Brooks

Join us every Thursday through October from 4:00-7:00pm, rain or shine!

Bexley Farmers’ Market
Intersection of Dawson and Main
Bexley, Ohio 43209

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at info@bexleyfarmersmarket.ORG. (Please note the change to our email address.)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Bexley Farmer's Market: July 6

Start Summer Off Right with a Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble

"I grew up on the flavors of strawberry and rhubarb together. When I think of summer I think of these flavors together with vanilla ice cream. They are the staples of early summer days and late evenings on the porch watching the sun set just before heading to bed. The way the scent fills the kitchen on a warm evening is one of the most nostalgic scents to me. There is nothing like strawberries and rhubarb. A summer evening eating strawberries and rhubarb together is part of being a Midwesterner, there is no doubt."

Here is what you will need.

Fruit Layer:
  • 4 cups fresh strawberries sliced
  • 4 stalks of rhubarb
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
  • a pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil (lining the pan if necessary)
Crumble:
  • 1/2 cup Virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned Oats – Use Bob’s Red Mill GF ones if you want the good stuff.
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds (you can use the ones left over from making Almond Milk)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Flour
To make the crisp it is very simple.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and then coat your pan in coconut oil. I used a Staub baking dish for this,

Next, slice all strawberries and rhubarb and place in dish. Sprinkle them with the cinnamon and salt. Top with the maple syrup and give them a good toss. Set the dish aside.

In a medium or small mixing bowl, place all crumble ingredients other than the chopped walnuts. Use your hands to combine and create a crumbled texture with the ingredients. Spread the crumble over the top of the strawberries and rhubarb evenly so the first layer is covered. Finish topping the dish with the walnuts and the additional sugar if you have chosen to do so. Place crumble in the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling. Pull from the oven and serve warm.

For more information on how to make this delicious summer dessert check out The Fresh Exchange.


Our vendors for Thursday, July 6th include:

Hirsch Fruit Farm
The Crazy Cucumber
Sadie Baby Sweets
Two Roasting Joes
SaraBee Honey
Dan the Baker
Rhoads Farm
Oink Moo Cluck
The Lemon King
Ohio City Pasta
Bluegreen Gardens
Sweet Thing Gourmet
Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
Too Good Eats
Charqui Jerky Co.
Growlers
Kingdom Fish
Ohio Bison Farm

Our Musical Entertainment: Dan DeSantis

Our Food Truck: Fired Up Pizza

Join us every Thursday through October from 4:00-7:00pm, rain or shine!

Bexley Farmers’ Market
Intersection of Dawson and Main
Bexley, Ohio 43209

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at info@bexleyfarmersmarket.ORG. (Please note the change to our email address.)