Thursday, April 29, 2010

May Day at the Market

Welcome May and the ever-improving spring weather this weekend at Local Roots! More fresh produce is coming in every week, the freezers are full of good local meat, and you can find more than enough to make a good meal at the market. Stop in and find out what's new this week -- Friday from noon to 7 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM.

What's Cooking?

From 9 to 11 AM on Saturday, Jennifer McMullen (The Grain Maker) will make breakfast pita pizzas with good local eggs, a variety of cheeses from Lucky Penny Creamery and Blue Jacket Dairy, and fresh greens from selected producers, as well as her homemade whole wheat pita breads. If you're looking for ideas to liven up your mornings, stop by to taste something new.

Fun With Felting

Tara Herberger is back this week with her Fun Felting Sessions on Friday from 5 to 7 PM and Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM. This week, learn how to make a Garden Bug Mug Rug! Cost is only $5 as always.

Board Meeting May 5

The May meeting of the Wooster Local Foods Cooperative, Inc., board of directors will take place Wednesday, May 5 at 7 PM in the market. The meeting is open to all Local Roots members.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Grand Opening May 15

One year after its initial public meeting, the Wooster Local Foods Cooperative, Inc., is pleased to announce the Grand Opening celebration at Local Roots Market on Saturday, May 15 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

From an empty county-owned building and a big dream for a year-round local foods market, the cooperative has moved swiftly over the past year to open, staff, and stock Local Roots with a wide variety of local agricultural products from nearly 100 producer members. "We'd like to thank everyone in the community who helped make this possible," notes market manager Jessica Eikleberry, citing a broad base of community support from the Wayne County Commissioners, who approved the use of the building, to local businesses such as Buehler's and Friendtique (who provided display units) and the many volunteers who helped to renovate the store space and continue to operate the store on market days.

"This is a celebration not just of spring and of the market, but of what this community can do together," enthuses Eikleberry, stressing the market's missions of supporting local agriculture and the local economy. The Grand Opening will include music, tastings of new and favorite items from Local Roots producers, a demonstration on how to create an herb pot for home, cooking demonstrations featuring items found in the market, arts and crafts items from cooperative members, and much more. Producer members have been invited to be on hand to share their goods or to talk about their farms and businesses.

The market is currently open on Fridays from noon to 7 PM and Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM, but Eikleberry expects to see expanded hours shortly after the Grand Opening. Products are arranged by broad categories such as produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, and other items, and within those areas by producer so that shoppers can maintain the connection to the people who grew, raised, or made the food. Everyone is welcome to shop in the market, though the online order system is available to Local Roots members only.

Local Roots will continue its missions of education and community involvement throughout the year, working with other people and organizations in the community. For information on upcoming events or membership, visit the web site at or sign up for the monthly newsletter.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Greens for Earth Day

Today is Earth Day, and what better way is there to show your love for our world than by supporting local, sustainable agriculture? Not only do you save on the energy used to transport and sometimes even produce the food, but you keep money circulating in the local economy -- and you enjoy really good food.

And if you really want to "go green" for Earth Day, may we recommend stocking up on fresh leafy greens and green herbs at Local Roots? Our producers are bringing in lettuce, spinach, kale, mixed leafy greens -- even wild greens such as dandelion and stinging nettle -- to give you that fresh taste of spring.

What's Cooking?

On Saturday, we'll have two tasty treats in the demonstration kitchen:

9-11 AM: Mary Crabtree and Sofie Dittmann will make delicious breakfast panini, using whole wheat bread from The Bake Haus and selected fresh produce and local cheeses.

1-3 PM: Jennifer McMullen will cook up a few tasty dishes that will make you want to eat your "weedies"! Spring is the perfect time to taste wild edible plants such as dandelion, stinging nettle, chickweed, lambsquarters, and violets. Try them -- you just might like them!

More Fun With Felt

For this week's felting session, Tara Herberger will show you how to create designs based on what you're growing in the garden. Sessions are 5-7 PM on Friday and 11-1 on Saturday; cost is $5.

Grand Opening May 15th

Don't forget to mark your calendars for our Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, May 15!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

What's Happening This Week (April 16-17)

Warmer days and plenty of sunshine have brought more trees and flowers into bloom around town, and we're excited about all the beautiful possibilities that springtime brings! And a lot of those possibilities are happening at Local Roots...

Local Agriculture and Society
This Thursday, April 15, Local Roots will host a discussion on local agriculture and society from 6:00-7:15 PM with Darwin Kelsey (Cuyahoga Countryside Conservancy) and Brian Gwin (Wayne Economic Development Council), moderated by Brad Masi. At 7:30, we will break into smaller groups to brianstorm ideas for the Mellinger Farm development. We would love to get wider community involvement in these discussions, as the Mellinger Farm can emerge in the years ahead as a great resource for local farming and education. Feel free to invite anyone in your network to the event -- there is no charge!

And don't forget, April 19 through 25 is Sustainable Agriculture Week. It's a great time to start a garden at home, visit a local farm, or -- dare we say it? -- buy plenty of good local food at Local Roots.

Felt Class
This week the felt session with Tara Herberger of the Fiber Arts Guild will celebrate Earth Day (April 22) by creating a cool "Table Top Mug Rug" and sharing ideas for your personal appreciation towards the 4 Elements of Earth - wind/water/fire/light. Friday 5-7 pm, Saturday 11-1. Class is $5.

A Toast to the Demo Kitchen!
From 9 AM to 11 AM on Saturday, Betsy Anderson (of Summer Hill Farm) will demonstrate making French toast, using a selection of breads from Local Roots producers. It's so easy to do, you'll want to buy a loaf (or two!) and make French toast a regular feature of your week!

On Saturday the 17th from 9 AM to 1 PM, Rosanna Ralston, licensed massage therapist from Spa Collections, will offer chair massages at the market to raise money for Down To Earth Community Gardens (DECG). DECG is nonprofit organization that not only offers land to gardeners but is also starting the first Green Food Pantry in Orrville through the Salvation Army. DECG is currently working on expanding their gardens to more locations in Orrville and the surrounding area. Come help support another grassroots effort -- and feel totally relaxed afterward!

Local Roots Are Spreading
Now that the season of festivals has begun, Local Roots will start getting out into the community to share our vision for local foods and sustainable agriculture. Find us this Saturday, April 17, in Orrville at the YMCA Healthy Kids Day from 10 AM to 1 PM and Tuesday, April 20, at the 3rd Annual Scarlet, Gray, and Green Fair at the OSU Wooster Campus from 11 AM to 7 PM.

Know about other events where you think Local Roots should participate? Contact Jessica Eikleberry, Market Manager, at jessica [AT] localrootswooster [DOT] com with details.

Grand Opening May 15th!
That's right, we've finally set the date for our Grand Opening: Saturday, May 15. We'll have plenty of exciting activities that day, and we would like to invite our arts and crafts members back to the market to share their products! Please contact Jessica by May 1st for details or to reserve your spot. Keep your eye on this blog for details about Grand Opening events as they evolve. And be sure to bring a friend or two that day to help us spread the word about Local Roots!

Got News?
Just a reminder: the deadline for news, articles, or ideas for the May Local Roots newsletter is upon us. Got something you'd like to share? Drop a line to news [AT] localrootswooster [DOT] com and we'll help you get your news to a larger audience.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Global Meets Local

We know you love the taste of local food, but don't let eating locally make you forget about all the wonderful flavors of other cuisines! Yes, you can have the world on a local plate this Saturday at Local Roots!

From 9 to 11 AM, Martha Gaffney of Martha's Farm will share the delicious flavors of Ecuadorian cuisine, featuring local foods. If you've never ventured into this ethnic cuisine, you're in for a treat! (And it will wake up your taste buds and get you ready for next week's Ethnic Fair at the county fairgrounds.)

From 11 AM to 1 PM, Susan English will share her accordion music with market-goers. With a hint of Old World harmonies or the lively toe-tapping tunes of the British Isles, Susan will lift your spirits and make you want to dance!

Tara Herberger, recently returned from Germany, has brought back plenty of colorful felt and fun ideas to share, so come for her Fun Felting class this week. Sessions will be held Friday from 5 to 7 PM and Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM. This week, needle felt your own artistic spring flowers -- make 3 for only $5!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring Surprises!

This week, we have so much going on at Local Roots, you won't want to miss out!

In the Kitchen

--From 9 AM to 11 AM, Marion Yoder (The Shepherd's Market) will make and share homegrown popcorn. Popcorn for breakfast? Why not? Save some for your Easter basket, too!
--From 11 AM to 1 PM, Marion will serve up some freshly baked whole wheat bread, too.
--From 1:30 to 3 PM, Dawn McLaughlin (In the Garden) will make sausage burgers -- a treat worth saving room for!

In addition, Deanna Ferry (Garden.Vineyard.Grove) will be on hand to offer samples of her delectable gourmet jellies and mustards, a perfect accompaniment to the various cooking demonstrations. And if you missed the fun of local ice cream last week, the Schlonegers will be back -- along with the warm weather! -- to provide more of their sweet and creamy ice cream delights.

For the Young... and the Young at Heart

Children of all ages (yes, even you "senior" children are welcome, too!) are invited to join Karen Geiser as she demonstrates making paper. Why make your own paper? It's a great way to recycle scraps and to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Come join us and find out more.

And if you're up for more craft fun, join Tara Herberger for the first of her spring sessions in Fun Felting. Learn how to felt your very own colorful Easter eggs from a broad assortment of brilliantly colored fibers. Sessions will occur Friday from 5 to 7 PM and Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM; cost is $5 per person for 3 eggs. Young children are very welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Happy Holidays!

To all our members and friends at Local Roots, we wish you the very best during this Passover and Easter season!