This Week at the Smart Markets Lorton Farmers' Market

Kylie’s Pop Shop will join us this week with cake pops for the child in all of us.

This Week at the Smart Markets Lorton Farmers' Market
Thursday 3:30–7 p.m.
Workhouse Arts Center
9601 Ox Rd.
Lorton, VA 22079

New Vendors This Week

Kylie’s Pop Shop will join us this week with cake pops for the child in all of us. She will also bringing other made-from-scratch treats once she gets situated at the market.

On the Way In and Out

Trickling Springs is here! Steven Stoltzfus will bring products from a Mennonite-owned and operated creamery in Chambersburg, Pa. For more information about the creamery and their products, you may visit their website. But the best way to learn about them is to try them. You will not want to drink any other milk or eat any other ice cream once you have tried theirs. And it will only reinforce your decision to spend a little more on milk when you learn that their suppliers raise only synthetic-hormone--free, grass-fed, free-range, happy cows that feed on herbicide- and pesticide-free acreage. The milk is also pasteurized in a way that retains the proteins, natural enzyme structure, and a fresh wholesome taste.

Fall is in the air and in the market, with Honeycrisp apples making their appearance as well as brown Asian pears at Chester’s stand. Greens including Swiss chard, collards and kale as well as several fall squash varieties are available at Ignacio’s tent, and Steven Stoltzfus is bringing fennel (my favorite aromatic vegetable), carrots in a wild variety of colors, and organic mushrooms -- shitakes and cremini, which are also known as Baby Bellos.

Don’t forget to stop by the Smart Markets tent for new recipes using all of these items.

We will have peaches for only about two more markets. Ask Chester if you want to pick up some for canning or freezing.

This Week at the Market

Celtic Pasties will have Beef and Guinness, Cottage Pie Style, Mango Chicken Curry, Spinach & Feta and Cheese & Onion.

Shenandoah Seasonal Farm will have cherry tomatoes, cooking tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, basil, swiss chard, green beans, beets, radishes, sunflowers, and pastured eggs.

From the Market Master

Dear Shopper,

One of the many newsletters that I read on your behalf as well as mine arrived in the mail yesterday. I realized while reading it that my involvement with farmers’ markets and the changes we have made in our diet because of that has altered my view of what I see on the news and read in these newsletters.

The example at hand is the September issue of the Harvard Women’s Health Watch. Articles are available online only to subscribers, so unfortunately I can’t link to them here.

The front-page story is all about the danger of red meat. There is nothing really new here, but the story is based on a recent report by doctors at the Harvard School of Public Health. The report links the consumption of red meat to earlier death rates but never makes clear what is an acceptable amount to eat, and they admit they don’t know. What they do know is that red meat is high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and a form of iron that is not good for us. The story then suggests substituting chicken, nuts, and fish.

Nowhere in the story is there any mention of grass-fed beef, which is found most often at farmers’ markets but in grocery stores as well. Where have these doctors been? Was no doctor or technician working on this report who had heard about the significant differences between grass-fed, free-range beef and the beef they examined? Regardless, if you are looking for alternative protein sources, you can get chicken and fresh beans at our market.

I also learned that my “apple a day” piece last week was right on! The Harvard newsletter says that “an apple a day -- plus a walk -- might contribute to a longer life.” Boiled down, the recommendation an older women in particular is to add a piece of fruit or a vegetable to her daily diet and to get out for a 30-minute walk most days of the week. Make that fruit a good apple (or Asian pear, now in season) from the farmers’ market, and you are halfway there.

Even if those apples cost a little more at the market, remember that unable huge corporate farms, our farmers cannot absorb the loss of a third of their crop to a hailstorm, as the Tysons suffered this year. And crop subsidies don’t cover their losses; they just go without that expected income when they lose crops to drought, a deluge, or a swarm of stink bugs. Besides, local apples taste so much better, maybe you will want to eat one every day. If you pay a higher price, it is the cost of staying healthy.

The Harvard newsletter also contained an article about what you can eat to minimize the need for vitamin D and calcium supplements. Yogurt is a great source of calcium, and you can buy the best yogurt around at most of our farmers’ markets. Cheddar cheese and kale are other good sources of calcium, and milk and yogurt are also mentioned as good sources of Vitamin D. Several of our markets carry all of those products.

The inveterate market shoppers among you might have picked up on these same things, but can you remember when you wouldn’t have? When the farmers’ market in your neighborhood was not even on your radar or weekly agenda? A weekly commitment to buying local will change your life and your viewpoint. And that’s a good thing!

See you at the market!

Photo by Sarah Sertic/Tribal Spider Arts

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Terry August 30, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I finally went to the Farmer's Market toady and it was totally worth it!
Jean Janssen August 30, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Thanks for coming by!


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