Thursday, June 24, 2010

This Week at Local Roots

Summer is off to a delicious start! We have lots of juicy and sweet black and red raspberries as well as blueberries this week, along with a tasty new vegetable: fava beans. In the freezer, you'll find more new products, such as sweet all-beef Italian sausage from Green Vista and fresh-frozen chickens from Rivenoak. Isn't it time you tried something new?

On Saturday, June 26 from 9 AM to noon
, Marlene Boyer will demonstrate recipes using fava beans and garlic scapes, two unusual produce items that may well become your favorites!

Also on Saturday, Susan English will entertain shoppers with her musical offerings from 11 AM to 1 PM.

If you're up for an adventure on Saturday, visit one of our producers for a tour! On Saturday, June 26 from 11 AM to 3 PM, Valley Grass Farm (2386 CR 200, Dundee, OH 44624) and the Yoder family welcome you to their homestead. Come experience a working grass-based dairy farm! The farm tour starts at 12:15 PM, and don't forget to bring a dish for a potluck lunch.

Later on Saturday, join us at Local Roots for a very special event. From 7 PM to 9 PM, local theatrical troupe "Murder with Reservations" will hold a table read for their new comedy murder mystery script, Killing the Cable Guy.

A table read is a group of actors doing a theatrical reading of the first draft of a script. This allows the writer to hear the dialog and decide what changes need to be made based on input from the actors and audience. This part of the creative process is usually held in a private or educational setting, so be sure to attend for a unique experience! Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the reading and discussion should wrap up around 9 PM. Refreshments will be available for purchase before the show and during the two breaks.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Welcome the Taste of Summer

Every week there's something new happening or appearing at Local Roots -- have you stopped by lately?

--This Saturday from 9 AM to noon Martha's Farm will offer samples of their new smoked chicken as well as demonstrate cheese pressers and other handmade tools from their farm.

--Congratulations to Marion and Joseph Yoder on the birth of their son, Cedric! Marion is now back to baking bagels but they are only available online for the time being. This is a good time to start using the online order system if you haven't already!

--Stutzman Farms is offering a special deal on their products: a 5% discount this summer on everything except rice flour. That includes their organic wheat, spelt, and oats (whole or flour); puffed grains; granola; snack bars; and more. Try something new!

--On Monday, June 21 from noon to 6 PM, we'll have a special delivery of raspberries and blueberries. These berries are so fresh, sweet, and delicious, they won't last! Reserve yours by contacting Jessica Eikleberry, Market Manager, at 330-263-5336.

--Local Roots will begin to hold "Artisan Days" at the market on the 4th Saturday of the month. Local artisans and crafters may set up a table (no fee for members) or offer their products through the online order system. All items must be original and hand-made, and space must be reserved in advance. If you are interested in participating, contact Jessica.

See you at the market!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Berry Delicious!

Now that June is here, it's strawberry season, and our Local Roots producers have been bringing in sweet and juicy berries for you to enjoy!

But guess what? This weekend we will even have fresh red raspberries in the market, due to an early crop. If you can't wait for the heart of raspberry season, stop by and pick up a pint!

Come to Local Roots on Saturday to enjoy breakfast from 9 AM to noon with Dawn McLaughlin of In the Garden, who will be cooking up some of her savory sausage along with other Local Roots products. And stick around for the music provided by Susan English -- it will bring a smile to your face!

If you're a fan of the Downtown Wooster Farmers' Market, be sure to stop by Local Roots after your visit to the outdoor market -- we'll keep the coffee pot full for you!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June Newsletter is Out

The June newsletter, The Roots Cellar, is now available online (PDF format). As always, we have lots of interesting articles, news about what's coming this month, and a tasty recipe to help you use seasonal produce in a new way.

The OARDC Farmers' Market opens today (3-6 PM), and the Downtown Farmers' Market in Wooster opens this coming Saturday (8 AM to noon). Many of our Local Roots producers will also be selling at these markets, so be sure to stop and say hello.

Don't forget to visit Local Roots as well! We're now open on Thursdays from noon to 7 PM as well as Fridays (noon to 7 PM) and Saturdays (9 AM to 3 PM), so stop in and pick up some great local food!

Summer is almost here!