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Happenings at Gordon Square Farmers' Market

Hello fellow eaters:

I am happy to report that in spite of the seriously foul weather last weekend--including the weather that I find the absolute worst (raining and below 48 degrees) at the market last week-- some folks in the neighborhood managed to acquire and scavenge some apples (and pears) and make cider.  As I have mentioned in past years, the neighborhood is dirty with cider presses--there are t least three-- and it is a very good problem to have.  The press involved this weekend was one of the mechanical ones; that means folks have to grind and press the apples and pears by cranking levers attached to gears.  Although I disdain this practice, some folks get competitive and try to see how fast they can turn the  gears; not coincidentally, this sometimes causes fruit to jump out of the hopper as it gets tossed in, which can be startling.  Last year (or maybe two years ago) my dog stuck her snout in the bucket and had a drink during one of these contests; she may be crazy, but she is not stupid.  Most of the cider that was pressed last weekend will be turned into hard cider in the course of the next six months, but we sampled the fresh goods as well and both apple and pear were delicious.  I know that there is a local hard cider maker based in a far-flung  western suburb, but its distribution is rather limited, gentle eater, and I want cider much more frequently than I can eat out  or wait for a seat at a certain bar and grill in Lakewood that carries it.  I feel that there should be lots of local ciders, apple and pear, drier and sweeter, single fruit and blended, barrel aged and bottled conditioned, smoky or not (ok, I made that one up, but you get the point).  Perhaps one of our intrepid cider maker will turn professional, please, please.  In the interim, I hope that the weather for the market this week does not require a bourbon and a toweling off upon return home.

EcoVillage Produce will have lots of greens: collard, gourmet lettuces, red head lettuce, kale, arugula, spinach, swiss chard, mustard, and green cabbage. They will also have veggies and fruit including yukon gold potatoes, kennabach potatoes, radishes, eggplant, red and green tomatoes, jalapeno peppers, hungarian wax peppers, sweet bell peppers (red, yellow, and green), and green beans. They will also have herbs and other things: parsley, basil, thyme, sage, chives, rosemary, peppermint, lemon balm, and goat cheese .

Old Husher will have beets, mizuna, garlic, onions, kale, italian eggplant, basil, sweet annie air freshener

Golden Gate Gardens:  hmmm …they will probably be there.

Berry Good Farm will probably have honey, grains, jams, and perhaps sunflower and pumpkin seeds.  They will also have zucchini and applesauce breads and their famous-on-the-west-side “Lazy Daisy Oatmeal Cake."  They have had eggs recently, so check your 'fridges.

Mobite Products did not check in, so I do not know whether they will be at the market.

Origins Beanery  will have temperature appropriate coffee as well as jams.

Cathy Brenkus has ended her regular season, but will be back for the holidaze and december markets.

ReMemories will be a the market this week with her really gorgeous quilts and purses and her whimsical chairs.

Bethany Presbyterian will have plants as well as really tasty tamales and empanadas (I hope).

Neighborhood table had a last-minute cancellation.

While there is no yoga at the market this week, we will have two more sessions this season: October 22nd and 29th from 11-12.

Every Saturday during market season, the Gordon Square Farmer’s Market provides our neighborhood with healthy, affordable food while recreating local food systems, building community pride, and supporting local entrepreneurs. Your support and enthusiasm for the market has helped make GSFM a successful independent farmers' market. As GSFM continues to grow, there are many opportunities to contribute to the market’s success.  Throughout the remainder of this season and next the GSFM is expanding opportunities for volunteers. GSFM volunteer coordination meetings are held each Wednesday during market season at 6:30pm at alternating locations in Detroit Shoreway. I hope you can join us to learn more about opportunities to volunteer with market. Please email or call me 330-256-6641 if you have any questions.

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