Thursday, July 29, 2010

Cultivate Community This Weekend

Thanks to all for making this week's pots & pans drive a success! We collected a table overflowing with pots, pans, cutting boards, and assorted utensils that will go to those in need. Keep your eyes open for future events like this. Local Roots feels that access to good food, and the means to prepare it, is for everyone. That is why we also now accept the SNAP Food Assistance Cards. To find out more, contact Jessica Eikleberry, Market Manager.

This Saturday:

The Community Commons Block Party
Local Roots joins the United Way, Wayne Center for the Arts, The Red Cross, and the Wayne County Public Library in a summer celebration! Free food, kids activities, and family fun this Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Community Commons (adjacent to Local Roots Market). Come meet the neighbors!

Back at the market:
Sofie Dittmann serves up sandwiches with her delicious, pre-sliced, Bake Haus bread! And Mary Crabtree shows you how to make a Greek salad with summer favorite CUCUMBERS!

Local Roots Summer Potluck this Saturday, July 31, at 4 PM! Celebrate community and great food! Open to all. Bring a dish to share, an extra chair (if you want), and friends. Call or email with questions. Local Roots not only sells great food, but the members are terrific cooks, so come and show off your favorite summer recipe! (Bring copies of the recipe, too -- we'd love to have them for the Local Roots cookbook!)

The August newsletter will be delayed due to the tight schedule for gathering August statistics. We'll have it out as soon as we can, we promise. And it will be worth the wait!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Artisan Days Are Here!

Come to Local Roots for our monthly Artisan Days!

Enjoy local crafters and artisans with hand-crafted treasures including jewelery, fiber arts, pottery, artwork, and unique gifts.

Fourth Saturday of the month, 9 AM to 3 PM
  • July 24th
  • August 28th
  • September 25th
  • October 23rd
  • November 27th
Cultivate Community -- Shop Local First!

Also at the market this Saturday, July 24:

The Wayne Center for the Arts will help us celebrate Artisan Day by inviting kids of all ages to make "Summer Butterflies" using recycled cardboard tubes and colorful paper. This is a free activity!

Sofie Dittmann of the Bake Haus demonstrates some delicious, seasonal sandwich ideas made with her sliced bread, and Mary Crabtree of Penny Lane Products samples a yummy cucumber risotto! Stop by for a snack and to pick up some recipes and ideas you can try at home!

From 12:30 to 2:00 PM we will be "Talking Garlic" with Mary Gnizak (Adonai Acres) and Carmella Massaro (Twin Parks Organic Farm), who will give their tips on growing, cleaning, and preserving garlic. Cost is $5 for Local Roots members and $7 for non-members. Call or email to register!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

At the Market July 15-17

Stop by Local Roots this weekend to see what summer has to offer!

Our coolers and displays are overflowing with lots of veggies, berries, and peaches picked fresh from local farms. Colorful and delicious, you'll enjoy indulging your taste buds with all this fresh food!

This Saturday, July 17th, from 9 AM to noon, Marlene Boyer cooks up whole wheat pancakes in our demo kitchen. Free samples to try with various local syrups!

Next Saturday, July 24th, from 9 AM to 3 PM, is the first of our monthly Artisan Days! Our talented crafters & artisans will be on hand with their beautiful hand crafted items. Shop for a unique gift or treat yourself!

Sign up now for our session on GARLIC -- Saturday, July 24 from 12:30 to 2:00 PM. Producer members Mary Gnizak (Adonai Acres) and Carmella Massaro (Twin Parks Organic Farm) will give their tips for growing great garlic. Carmella will discuss growing, cleaning, and grading garlic, and Mary will show how to braid softneck garlic, a traditional way to dry the garlic harvest (and a delicious way to decorate!). Cost is $5 for Local Roots members and $7 for non-members. Register by calling 330-263-5336 or talk to Jessica (manager) at the market.

Come and enjoy the taste of a local summer!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Celebrate Food Independence

This weekend, we celebrate the birthday of our nation with the usual parades and picnics and fireworks. At Local Roots, we're also celebrating our first year as an official cooperative! Our latest column in the Wooster Weekly News offers some thoughts on the subject.

We can't help you with local fireworks at Local Roots, but we sure can outfit your picnic basket! Stop by for some of the best summertime eating around!

Saturday, stop by the market between 9 AM and noon to see Terri Miller make and bake focaccia and whip up a variety of fresh herb pestos (one great way to preserve your summer herbs!). In addition, John Sterling of Johann's Bakery will offer samples of a variety of his freshly baked breads.

Take a look in the freezer for more picnic or family gathering ideas: Fox Hollow Farm has lamb breakfast patties and links as well as lamb chorizo.

Master Gardener Susan Sivey of Noah's Landing (7575 Brown Rd., Shreve) invites you to tour her gardens this Sunday, July 4, from 2 to 6 PM. Susan has daylilies for sale- most for $5 or less.

Don't forget, Wednesday, July 7th at 7 PM, the Local Roots Board will have their monthly meeting. Members are invited to attend in order to learn more about board business. We will elect new board members in September, so don't miss your chance to learn more about the operations at Local Roots.

Our first Artisan Day is coming up on Saturday, July 24th. Contact Jessica Eikleberry, market manager, to reserve your space today!