Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Reason #2 to Buy Local Food

#2 Local produce is better for you!

A recent study showed that fresh produce loses nutrients quickly. Food that is frozen or canned soon after harvest is actually more nutritious than some "fresh" produce that has been on the truck or supermarket shelf for a week. Locally grown food, purchased soon after harvest, retains its nutrients.

See source on Reason #1 post.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The Top 10 Reasons to Buy Local Food

1. Locally grown food tastes better!

Food grown in your own community was probably picked within the past day or two. It's crisp, sweet and loaded with flavor. Produce flown or trucked in from California, Florida, Chile or Holland is quite understandably, much older. Several studies have shown that the average distance food travels from farm to plate is 1,500 miles. In a weeklong (or more) delay from harvest to dinner table, sugars turn to starches, plants cells shrink and produce loses its vitality.

Adapted from Growing For Market, the national monthly journal for direct market farmers. PO Box 3747 Lawrence, Kansas 66046 785-748-0605

Check back for the reasons countdown!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nowata County Farmer's Market Finds New Home

We are excited to announce that Nowata County Farmer's Market has found a new, permanent home. No more wondering and searching us out. You will now be able to find us conveniently located in the Orscheln Farm and Home parking lot every Saturday morning from 8:00am - 12:00pm. Nowata County Farmer's Market is ready for this great move, and eager to provide a great resource to the community. A special thank you goes out to Stacy Epperson, who worked with us.

Nowata County Farmer's Market kicked off our season May 12, 2012. Our farmer's are planting, weeding, watering, and pruning away to bring the community the most delicious and freshest products for your purchasing pleasure.

No room for a garden? No time to tend it? Honestly have no desire to go through all the time and trouble to obtain your fresh fruits and vegetables? Let our farmers help you and your family out!

While it is still early in the season, we have already seen a multitude of fresh eats. From peas, green beans, lettuce and kale, to beets, onions, radishes, new potatoes, even kohlrabi. Don't forget your farm fresh eggs, and homemade jellies while you're at it. Add in some fresh baked goods, and you have the perfect recipe for great healthy eating! The season has started off wonderfully, and can do nothing but get better and more plentiful with each week. Our products are locally grown, or hand made, and the freshest you will find. The only "truck" they arrive on is the good old farm truck, loaded each Saturday morning with freshly picked fruits and vegetables.

I am pleased to announce, that we will be featuring a post for each farmer who is a member of the Nowata County Farmer's Market, so be watching for our "Featured Farmer" posts that will begin very soon.

Have your own garden? Wondering what you will do with your excess? Why not join us as a vendor? Annual dues are a mere $25.00. What better way to share your extras, jelly making, baking, or crafting skills? Swing on by any Saturday and check us out, sign up and join the fun!

New Location! New Location!

The Nowata County Farmers Market has a new location at the Nowata Orschlen's store parking lot!!

There will be music this Saturday, May 26th. Oklahoma native son, Michael Dray Warner, is a singer-songwriter who enjoys playing easy on the mind folk, sweet harmonies, and finger picked guitar.  Elaine Engelbert Bristol, an accountant by day and an artist by night, has been singing "sweet harmony" with Michael for the past year.  Together they perform "music that makes people feel good."

Popcorn and snow cones. Nowata Historical Museum Memorial Day Flowers. Lots of fresh produce. A Door Prize drawing for a $25.00 Orschlen's gift card; do not have to be present to win.

Come be part of the fun!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The 2012 Season is here with a Bang!

Nowata County Farmers Market!! I am so excited to list the vegetables that will be at our first day of the 2012 season!!!!! Spinach, kale, several spring salad mixes, sugar snap peas, green beans, multiple type of new potatoes, beets, green onions, baby bok choy, radishes, farm fresh EGGS and much more. Trade Days with several vendors; popcorn and snow cones; Nowata Museum Memorial Day Flowers. Delicious Food, biscuits and gravy for breakfast and a delicious lunch cooked by one of the best cooks in town! Please come out and support our local market!!!! All grown and produced within 30 miles of Nowata!

Buy Fresh, Buy Local