Friday, July 10, 2009

Clayton Farm and Community Market Newsletter for July 11,2009

Written by Amber Southerland Polk and edited by the CFCM Board

Email with any questions, comments, article contributions or to get your own weekly copy delivered to your inbox. The Clayton Market is located at the Clayton Town Square at the corner of Main and O’Neil Street in Downtown Clayton. We are open every Saturday, April-October 8am-1pm.

Produce Spotlight: Seasonal Selections will have tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers, squash (yellow and Zucchini), watermelons and cantaloupes. Our weekend feature is going to be shucked corn bagged and on ice ready to cook. We will also have Roma Tomatoes on sale at a fantastic price.

Clayton Fire Department offers Free Fire Safety at the Clayton Farm and Community Market Saturday July 11th from 8am-noon: The Clayton Fire Department will bring The Smokehouse Safety Trailer July 11th to the Clayton Farm and Community Market. This trailer is designed to teach kids what to do in a fire emergency. Paul Zais starts kids out in the upstairs bedroom of this mini mobile home, and right after he explains what to do in an emergency situation, the bedroom starts to fill up with “bubblegum flavored” smoke! Paul then leads the kids down the steps, checking the doorknob first, and they actually practice escaping from a smoke filled home. You can preach to your children the importance of fire safety, but nothing sticks in their mind like actually escaping from a smoke filled room. How do I know? I can vividly remember successfully escaping from the same Smoke House Trailer at Clayton Primary School in 1988!
The Clayton Fire Department will also bring fire engine #5, the newest engine on the line with its full crew to answer any questions. A recruiting officer will be on hand to talk to anyone interested in joining these fine men and women. There will also be information on the Code Red program. Code Red is an alert system that individuals of Clayton city limits can sign up for to be notified of any national or Clayton emergency.
So parents, bring your children by this free program at the Clayton Farm and Community Market on the corner of Main and O’Neil Street for an education they won’t forget in an emergency…even 21 years later!

Volunteer opportunities: Set up and take down volunteers needed for this Saturday. If you are available for either, please email and let us know. The market can’t run without volunteers.

We are also looking for a volunteer to post Top Tomato Contest Flyers in a few locations around town. This is a perfect job for someone needing a few volunteer hours.

Love your Farmers Market Contest: Vote for the Clayton Market online at Top prize is $5000 for the market and they even have prizes for the top recruiters. Right now the Durham Market is winning. So go out there and show your love for Clayton!

We never get tired of hearing about how much you love us, so send an email telling us why you love the Clayton Market and we will include it in an upcoming edition of the newsletter.

Calling All Home Tomato Gardeners for the 1st Annual Top Tomato Contest July 25th. Please register between 8:00am-9:30am. Judging will begin at 10am sharp. Prizes will be awarded, however irresistible tomatoes eaten by our guest judges can not be returned. If you or your local business is interested in sponsoring this event please contact

Top Tomato Categories for 2009:
I. Appearance (the swimsuit portion of the contest):
Biggest tomato
Ugliest tomato
A tomato that resembles something other than a tomato

II. Taste (talent competition)
Best grape tomato
Best cherry tomato
Best tomato sandwich tomato
Best tomato grown by the youngest grower

You may enter in more than one category. No entry fee required. Tomato fame awaits!

Upcoming Events: Contact if you have an event or activity you would like to bring to the Market.
• July 18: John Spencer, musician.
• July 25: Top Tomato Contest

Vendors on 7-11-09DD&J’s Old Fashioned Kettle Corn
Riverman’s Mushrooms
Seasonal Selections
Smith’s Nursery
Shamrock’s Buzzy Bees
Flying Fork Bakehouse
Cleveland Cake and Coffee Co.
Toad Song Farm

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