Saturday, October 24, 2009

10-24-09 Clayton Farm and Community Market Newsletter

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 31 8am-1pm.

Shamrock’s is Officially Dog Approved: Shamrock’s Buzzy Bees will be at the market this Saturday for the last time this year! To help you stock up for the winter they are even bringing honey in 5lb containers. While you are at it, you might want to stock up on the homemade dog biscuits with honey, apples, oatmeal, and whole wheat as well. They will be bringing candles, regular sized honey, honey soap and molded beeswax. The beeswax is used for fixing tight drawers in dressers and other things that need to be slicked up. If you are not sure what to do with 5lbs of honey, see the recipe at the bottom Al sent us this week.

Nancy’s Fall Candles: Nancy has developed several new scents just for Fall. Stop by and smell her pumpkin soufflé, sweet cranberries, fraser fir, mulberry and holly berry candles. Nancy will be running a special promotion on all her scents, large $12 candles will only be $10 for Clayton Market customers.

Mushroom Man at the Market: David the Mushroom Man will bring his shiitake mushrooms to the market this week. David uses no chemical on his mushrooms and loves telling people about the health benefits of fresh shiitake mushrooms. Stop by and pick up a package and browse his hand made crafts as well.

2010 Johnston Local Fresh Food Fair: Mark your calendars now, friends! The CFCM Board will host the first ever Johnston Local Fresh Food Fair at the Clayton Center on February 27, 2010. We'll be showing FRESH, the Movie (, but the main feature of the evening will be our local farmers and ranchers. Many will be present for you to talk to and get to know. Come find out who your local farmers are, where they are, what they grow and how they grow it. If you'd love to be involved in the planning or promotion of this event, we'd love to have you on board. Send me an email and let me know you are interested in helping out with this market fundraiser. About the movie:
FRESH, the Movie celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
Among several main characters, FRESH features urban sustainable farmer, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; rural sustainable rancher, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and independent supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

Where Do You Get Your Local Food Info?: Since next week is the last day of the 2009 Clayton Farm and Community Market season (don’t worry, we will be back next year) I will probably not send you an email every week for a while. However, I would like to compile a list of local food resources to hold you over the winter. Please send me information on some cool places or websites you know about and I’ll put them in next week’s newsletter. Here are a few I know off the top of my head to get your brain turning…

Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS)- CEFS develops and promotes food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond. They are also the job that pays me and allows us to use their email system to get this newsletter out every week. Check out the Sustainable lecture on November 9th featuring Will Allen from the movie FRESH.

Green Planet Catering - “The staff and management team at Green Planet Catering are focused on delivering high quality catering services that feature foods that are locally grown, pesticide and hormone free, and meet our high standards of quality.” They are also wonderful to work with.

Cook For Good – Linda Watson has a philosophy that lets you feed your family homecooked meals that fit your budget and time constraints. She posts seasonal menus and recipes featuring local foods. I cooked a pot of black eyed peas last week for the first time in my life thanks to her convincing arugment that it is ½ the cost of the canned ones and twice the nutritions and flavor…and she was right.

So who do you know that promotes or uses local foods? I want to recgonize their contribution to the local food economy so we can stay energized over the winter and return next spring ready to buy local.

Al from Shamrock’s Buzzy Bee’s favorite honey recipe (he says it is really simple):
Honey and Peanut Butter Rice Krispies
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 to 3 cups puffed rice cereal (or Kellog's Rice Krispies)
- Small rectangular cake pan lined with wax paper or sprayed with non-stick spray

Heat peanut butter until it is not stiff (just to relaxed form).
Heat honey just a little (DO NOT BOIL)
Mix honey and peanut butter into a serving bowl.
Start adding rice cereal until it is desired thickness.
Put into a lined cake pan and smooth out the mixture and put into the refrigerator to set up.
Once cooled, cut squares out and eat.
*** This is a healthy alternative to marshmallows for Kellog's Rice Krispies Treats. The honey is more fluid than marshmallows, so if they get too warm, they could start falling apart.

Upcoming Events
October 31- Costume contest for 2 legged children and 4 legged children. Pumpkin carving and Pumpkin decorating contest for children of all ages!

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