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  1. SFM Newsletter- April 22, 2016


    Salisbury Farmers' Market
    Eat fresh. Eat local.
    Market date:
    8-Noon, April 23
    4/16: Opening Day
    "Touch-a-Tractor"
    Thanks everyone who came out on opening day! The weather was perfect and we had hundreds and hundreds of folks come out. If your kids planted a seed with Miss Chelsea, you've met one of our performers for this coming market! 
    The Parks & Rec Touch-a-Truck event was pretty dramatic with lots of trucks, construction equipment and even a helicopter! But we had our own fun. A ton of cute kids showed up and drove the tractor from James River Equipment.

    Here's my favorite pic from last week!

     
    4/23: Week 2!
    Musical guests: Chelsea Childers, Mary Gillespie, Sue McHugh
    If you've lived in Salisbury for more than a year, you have probably heard of Chickweed, the indestructable women's music and art festival (it'll be July 23rd this year). Major Chickweed contributors Sue McHugh, Chelsea Childers, and their friend Mary Gillespie will all take a turn busking at the market. We're so glad to have them! (Please chip in if you like what you hear!)
     
    Guest chef cooking demo: Dustin Watson
    Dustin Watson has been a cook at Salty Caper and Romo's and like any good home cook, he likes a chance for improvisation (Fun fact: he now helps build custom motorcycles). We're glad to have him and excited to try what he puts together! 
     
    Products
    Bread Basket
    Emma's Bread Basket is back (they had a wedding to attend last weekend) with a big inventory: Assorted yeast breads, artisanal breads, sweet breads, pies, cakes, cookies, granola, fried pies and donuts. Our tables will be loaded!
     
    Correll Farms
    We are excited about a beautiful Saturday and the beautiful greens that we will have available! This week we will have a huge selection of lettuce, including Romaine, Green Leaf, Red Leaf, a beautiful Lettuce Mix, and a few others. We also will have lots of Kale (red, green and toscano,) Collards, Bok Choi, Koji, and possibly Napa Cabbage. We also will bring some of the most beautiful Spring Onions and asparagus that we have ever grown, fennel and a few Radishes. See you Saturday!
     
    Country Gardens (probable)
    I'm not totally sure if they'll be in but last week they had lots of pretty flowers and garden transplants!
     
    Fading D Farms
    Water Buffalo Cheeses. New: Mozzarella di Bufala. Aged cheeses include: Bel Bufala, Roco, and Sapore. Fresh cheeses: Pograsso (BLUEBERRY, plain, dill, or garlic). No ricotta this week. ALSO: ground water buffalo meat and a few select steaks.
     
    How Sweet It Is
    About the same as last week! Dinner rolls, Cinnamon buns, Pound cake (Lemon, Chocolate, Sour cream cinnamon), Coffee cake. Banana nut bread, Chocolate pecan brownies, Butterscotch brownies, red velvet raspberry cream filled cake. Cookies! (Peanut butter, Chocolate chip, Sugar, "Kitchen sink", Molasses). Muffins: (lemon, blueberry and harvest). Pies: blackberry, apple, cherry, mixed berry.
     
    Hutchens Homestead
    Like last week...it looks like it'll be just eggs... for now!
     
    Lee's Fresh Flowers and Vegetables
    Produce: Spring onion, green garlic, radishes, oriental greens, baby boc choy. Flowers: Irises and maybe peonies.

    McCombs & Co.
    Pimento cheese, original and jalapeno. Chicken salad, slaw, Firecrackers (spicy snack crackers). They'll have their new "mild" "Fire"crackers. "All the flavor without all the heat!"
     
    Miller Farm
    Strawberries, lettuce, kale, spring onions. Plants. Also possibly tomatoes, potatoes and cucumbers from off farm.
     
    ReWorked
    Heirloom tomato plants and herbs. Plus fresh: Oregano. Lemon Thyme. Mint. Rosemary. Sage. Lemon Balm. Plus a variety of beatiful recycled demin and repurposed glass crafts!

    The Soap Shack
    Goats Milk Soaps, Goats Milk Lotions, Bath Teas, Bath Fizzy Goats Milk Laundry Soap, Bath Salts, Bubble Scoops, Bubble Crumble, Lip Balm, Lip Scrubs, Cookbook, Sugar Scrub, Salt Scrub, Kids Soaps, Tomato Soap, Charcoal Soap, Carrot Soap. Plus gift sets for: Mother's Day, Birthday, Get Well, and Teacher Appreciation
     
    Thomas Family Farm
    Pasture raised pork, sausage and select cuts (picnic hams, boston butt, ham steaks, spare ribs, shoulder roasts, etc.).
     
    Treehouse Soaps
    Treehouse is introducing a new gardener's soap Saturday, called EarthMover. She'll also have her "Yuzu" soap, a Japanese fruit scent; Goat milk with lavender & lemongrass essential oils; unscented ones with Shea butter, almond oil, avocado oil, & mango butter; and Pure Castile.
     
    Two Pigs Farm
    Organic STRAWBERRIS, spinach, kale, green garlic, spring onions, Swiss chard, asparagus. Pasture raised Berkshire pork, non-gmo grain finished beef, lamb, pastured chicken, heritage duck. Free range chicken and duck eggs.
    *Opening day sausage special*
     
    Upside Down Farm
    Shiitake mushrooms are back! Plus homemade sewn and woodworking crafts.

    Absent vendors: Twin Oak Farms, Spring Lake Family Farm, All Grown Up, Garden Greenhouse (a great place to go if you're looking for transplants!), Vanhoose Cake Connection, JB Dog Treats.

    That's all for now. I look forward to seeing y'all again!
    Eric Bowen

    Manager, Salisbury Farmer's Market
    Executive Director, Bread Riot
    Calendar
    April 23 - Cooking demo by Dustin Watson formerly of Romo's

    April 30 - "Cooking Fresh at the Market" monthly cooking demo on fourth Saturdays of the month.
     
    May 1 - Bread Riot Bernhardt Backyard Burger Bash, 4-7PM, $15/plate benefitting DogPAWS

    May 7 - First Saturdays Folk Works Monthly Folk Jam at the Market.

    May 15 - Riot in the Vineyard, 3-7PM,
    The big annual farm-to-fork picnic, featuring dueling whole hog barbecue. Tickets: 
    riot.ticketbud.com/vineyard

    May 25 - Salisbury Farmers' Market, Mid-week Summer Markets start. Wednesdays, 8-noon (Fisher & Jackson St) and Wednesdays 4-7PM, (next to New Sarum Brewery)
          
     
     
  2. RIP Cupcake


    Cupcake
    April 2009 - February 2016


    Below is the story of Cupcake & how she came to be the famous sheep that she is today.  It's amazing how attached you can get to an animal whether it is a cat, dog or a sheep......

    Unfortunately, we loss Cupcake last night due to birthing complications but her baby is with us & we will raise her (Sprinkles) and love her just like we did Cupcake.

    Cupcake will be missed.

    ********************************************


    Originally posted on April 9, 2009

    If you are on Facebook you know all about Cupcake the Lamb but for those of you not on Facebook here is Cupcakes story:

    Lee decided that we needed to add lamb to our Farmer's Market fare so we bought 3 bred ewes (moma sheep) about a month ago- I'm pretty sure I posted about that.

    They have all had their babies now. The first was a little black lamb which Charlie named Blackie. Next came a set of twins which for some reason have not been named and lastly Cupcake & her twin brother Brownie (Rosty named them).

    Cupcake & Brownie were born last Friday/Saturday. For whatever reason Cupcake's mom has rejected her and will not let her nurse. In order for Cupcake to nurse without being butted by her mom we would have to halter the mom and make her stand still. We were doing this at least twice a day. Cupcake was able to drink to her little heart's content and was thriving.

    Let me back up here and say that on Sunday night/Monday morning Rosty came into our bedroom saying he had just thrown up & Lee was also not feeling good. They both had a stomach bug which I got by Tuesday.
    We have had some really nice weather here until Tuesday.
    Since Tuesday was going to be such a cold night we had a moma pig that decided to farrow. She had 9 babies. Animals always know when it's going to really, really cold or when you are going to be out-of-town!
    Lee had made sure that Cupcake had eaten and then went to check on the pig.
    I had been in the bed all day long sick and really did not think about Cupcake and how cold it was going to be on Tuesday night.

    When Lee got to the farm on Wednesday morning Cupcake was not well. I guess her mom would not let her sleep near her and be warm but there was plenty of straw in the barn for all the animals. Lee called me and said she wasn't doing well. I said to bring her to me at work and I would nurse her back to health.

    Cupcake did not look good when she got to me. Lee brought her in a laundry basket along with a bag of electrolytes and a makeshift bottle (water bottle). A co-worker did not think she would make it through the morning. There were 2 other people in the office and they helped me fill bags with warm water. I took some rags and lined her laundry basket and then wrapped her in my coat, we then took the warm bags of water and put them around her. The big concern was that her mouth was cold and she was not eating/drinking because of this. I took another smaller bag and filled with warm water and placed under her mouth/chin.

    I continued to check on her and check the water bags. She was very lethargic and would not move, at one point I thought I had lost her. After about an hour I checked her mouth and it was warmer. Then a short time later my co-worker (a female who is a mother also) came back to check on her and when she lifted the coat from over her head Cupcake raised her head and tried to stand. We were so excited! We tried to feed her the bottle but she wasn't interested.

    She eventually took some of her bottle & actually relieved herself on me when I had her out of the basket. I was so excited! She continued to get warmed up and show some signs of life. Later in the afternoon we had her on the floor so she could stretch her legs. This is when Lee came in with the milk replacement. He made her a bottle & she chugged it down!

    She came home with us last night and slept in the bathroom and I am happy to say is bright eyed and bushy-tailed this morning.

    I was concerned that she would keep us up all night along but I fed her before bed and she slept all night long. I checked on her once during the night and she was snoozing. This morning when I went in the bathroom she was trying to nuzzle me so I made her a bottle that she chugged once again.

    She is at the farm today in a pen by herself . I will go over at lunch and feed her. We will let her stay with us a few more nights and bottle feed her. Then we'll just see how it goes from there.

    I have decided that she is a permanent resident at the farm now and her mother will soon be mutton!

    Lee told me that he never thought she would have made it through the day. I told him a mother's love......


    A Mother's Love
    Helen Steiner Rice
    A Mother's love is something that no on can explain,
    It is made of deep devotion and of sacrifice and pain,
    It is endless and unselfish and enduring come what may
    For nothing can destroy it or take that love away . . .
    It is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking,
    And it never fails or falters even though the heart is breaking . . .
    It believes beyond believing when the world around condemns,
    And it glows with all the beauty of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
    It is far beyond defining,it defies all explanation,
    And it still remains a secret like the mysteries of creation . . .
    A many splendoured miracle man cannot understand
    And another wondrous evidence of God's tender guiding hand.
  3. SFM- December 12th


    Salisbury Rowan Farmers' Market
    9am-Noon
    December 12, 2015
     
    It looks like a pretty weekend. We've got veggies, meats, breads baked goods and gift ideas if you're looking for inspiration. Come check us out!

    Alpacas & Santa
    To get us started, from 9-10 tomorrow Santa will be visiting us. And Alpacas will be hanging out for the whole market. We'll also have coffee and/or hot chocolate for FREE courtesy of Mean Mug Coffee House.

    After 10 Santa will still be downtown over at an event with antique fire trucks. Santa will be back for our final market of the year, Dec. 19th from 9:30-11:30. Here's some fun pictures from his recent event:
    Santa & the Grinch at the Bell Tower
     
     
    Here's what we've got lined up for tomorrow!
    Bread Basket
    New crusty breads, sourdough and multigrain breads, apple- and pecan- pie, zucchini and cinammon breads, biscotti, granola, and donuts. 
     
    Connie Clark
    Beautiful infinity scarves, gift baskets, pot holders, crocheted dishcloth, hand crafted cards, whoopie pies, (mint, peppermint and pumpkin) , classic gingerbread cookie mix, oatmeal chocolate cookie mix, chocolate candy cane cookie mix, peppermint hot chocolate mix, dark hot chocolate mix, white chocolate gingerbread mocha mix.
     
    How Sweet It Is
    Products this weekend include: pound cake, pies, cookies (all kinds), muffins, and fudge. Also brownies and coffee cakes. Inquire with the vendor about special ordering anything for Christmas.
     
    OBX Seafood
    Last week's list: Swordfish, Red Drum, Flounder, Scottish Salmon, Grouper, Halibut, Yellowfin Tuna, Cod, Black Sea Bass, Lg Sea Scallops, Jumbo & Large Shrimp, (21/25), Jumbo Peeled & Deveined Shrimp (16/20) , Littleneck Clams, OYSTERS (shucked and in shell)
     
    Pruett Farm
    Mustard greens, tenderleaf greens, kale, turnip greens, sweet potatoes and NC Grown Apples!

    The Soap Shack
    Pat has soaps back in stock as well as bath salts, sugar scrubs and candles; all available with numberous scents. Plus handmade wreaths and more. Check out her facebook page for more info.
     
    Treehouse Soaps
    Jean has some fun unique soaps. Here's some examples from the past: creamy buttermilk, a beer/Shea butter combo, and plenty of the ever popular eucalyptus- peppermint, plus many more! Check out her facebook page for more info:
     
    Two Pigs Farm
    Their alpaca fiber hats, scarves, socks and other products make excellent gifts!
    Plus their usual assortment of free range EGGS, beef, pork, and chicken. Recent other products included: BACON. Annd... Tatsoi (which is very similar to boc choi).
     
    UpsideDown Farm
    Bringing in microwavable potato bags and reusable Christmas bags. I haven't heard about their mushroom offerings this week!

    Happy December.
    -Eric
    Executive Director, breadriot.org
     
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  4. SFM- December 5th


    Hey Market Friends,
    I hope you all had a delightful Thanksgiving.

    It looks like another pretty weekend! We've got some good gift ideas if you're looking for inspiration. Come check us out!


    Santa
    Also, on 12/12 9-10 and 12/19 9:30-11:30 we'll have Santa! (Gary Brierton who is also doing some events with Downtown Salisbury). Check out some pictures from his recent event by local photographer (and frequent market customer) Sean Meyers!
    Santa & the Grinch at the Bell Tower


     

    Consider the Farmers' Market this giving season...

    Some of our work at the farmers' market involves cooking demos and community outreach. We've visited Catawba College, the Master Gardeners association and Southeast Middle School among other places to talk about the benefits of local food. If you'd like to support this work, you can make a donation through our partner, Bread Riot. Donate halfway down the page and add a "Comment" including the words "Farmers Market".
    http://breadriot.org/donate


    (Here's a couple photos from a visit to SE Middle)

     

    Here's what we've got lined up for tomorrow!

    Bread Basket

    Dinner rolls, rustic style cranberry bread, rustic style rosemary bread, sour dough and multigrain breads, Persimmon pudding,  apple- and pecan- pie, toffee, whoopie pies, cookies, granola, and donuts. 

     

    Connie Clark

    Beautiful infinity scarves, gift baskets, pot holders, crocheted dishcloth, hand crafted cards, whoopie pies, (mint, peppermint and pumpkin) , classic gingerbread cookie mix, oatmeal chocolate cookie mix, chocolate candy cane cookie mix, peppermint hot chocolate mix, dark hot chocolate mix,white chocolate gingerbread mocha mix.

     

    How Sweet It Is

    Products this weekend include: pound cake, pies, cookies (all kinds), pumpkin bread, muffins, and fudge. Also brownies and coffee cakes.

     

    OBX Seafood

    Last week's list: Swordfish, Red Drum,Flounder, Scottish Salmon, Grouper, Halibut, Yellowfin Tuna, Cod, Black Sea Bass, Lg Sea Scallops, Jumbo & Large Shrimp, (21/25), Jumbo Peeled & Deveined Shrimp (16/20) , Littleneck Clams, OYSTERS (shucked and in shell)

     

    Pruett Farm

    Probable: Mustard Greens, tenderleaf greens, kale, turnip greens, collards, sweet potatoes and NC Grown Apples!


    The Soap Shack

    Newly returned to the market, Pat now has soaps back in stock as well as bath salts, sugar scrubs and candles. Last market, I walked into her tent and it smelled like a delicious margarita, we'll see what it smells like this time! 

     

    Treehouse Soaps

    Jean is back with new Shea Butter soap. Also bringing plenty of other select soaps: creamy buttermilk, a beer/Shea butter combo, and plenty of the ever popular eucalyptus- peppermint, plus many more!

     

    Two Pigs Farm(Accepts WIC/Senior FMNP Vouchers):

    They've also got their usual assortment of free range eggs, beef, pork, and chicken. Recent other products included: BACON. Veggies including tatsoi, Swiss chard, turnips and arugula. 

     

     

    UpsideDown Farm

    Bringing in microwavable potato bags and reusable Christmas bags. And I haven't heard about their mushroom offerings this week!


    Happy December.
    -Eric


    Executive Director, breadriot.org
  5. SFM Newsletter- November 6, 2015


    Hey Market Friends,
    We've got a couple vendors gone for this week. But don't despair! They'll be back.
     
    Here's what we've got lined up for tomorrow!
    Bread Basket
    New ! Persimmon pudding, apple dumpings, also wheat and sour dough breads.  Zucchini and cinnamon breads. Apple and pecan pies.  Cookies, granola, and donuts.
     
    How Sweet It Is
    New this week: spooky cut out cookies. Added to the usual list: morning muffins (lemon and harvest), pound cake, coffee cake, chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies, brownies (Butterscotch & triple chocolate), cookies: sugar, choc. chip, molasses, peanut butter. Special cinnamon buns & "black bottoms". Cakes: pound cake, chocolate, lemon, vanilla.
    OBX Seafood
    Last week's list: Oysters, Halibut, Spanish Mackerel, Swordfish, Red Drum, Flounder (filets/whole), Grouper, Striped Bass, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna, Scottish Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Cod, Whole Snapper, Lump Crab meat, Lg Sea Scallops, Jumbo & Large Shrimp, (21/25), Jumbo Peeled & Deveined Shrimp (16/20) , Littleneck Clams, Oysters (shucked & in shell available)
     
    Pruett Farm
    Mustard Greens, tenderleaf greens!, kale, turnip greens, collards, sweet potatoes and NC Grown Apples!

    The Soap Shack
    Newly returned to the market, Pat Killian is mostly making wreaths right now for the holidays. She also has poison ivy soap.
     
    Treehouse Soaps - see the folks at UpsideDown Farms
    This week, Jean is at the Cox Mill Elementary Fall Festival. And UpsideDown Farms is helping vend her wares. There are so many different soaps it's hard to keep up. NEW ginger/white tea, beer soap, peppermint-eucalyptus, several lemony varieties, lavenders, manly ones, cedar spice, shaving, charcoal/ pumice, and others plus the classic unscented ones. Plus rich solid lotion sticks for dry skin.
     
    Two Pigs Farm (Accepts WIC/Senior FMNP Vouchers)
    Veggies including tatsoi, Swiss chard and ARUGULA. They've also got their usual assortment of free range eggs, beef, pork, chicken, duck AND turkey. If you're looking for a specific cut you may want to email them in advance: twopigsfarm@gmail.com
    It's been getting cooler and their socks, hats and other alpaca wool products are very popular gift items!

    UpsideDown Farm
    Fresh shiitake mushrooms available. Plus dried. Plus microwavable potato bags and reusable Christmas bags. And custom painted "corn hole bag toss" boards available.

    Absent or likely Absent:
    Bame Farms - Out this week
     
    The Funky Pepper - Probably not (their labels can't handle the rain)
     
     
    Lee's Fresh Flowers and Vegetables - Out this week
     
    McCombs & Company - Out this week

    Mean Mug Coffee - Not 100% sure they'll be there.

     
    Other updates:
    Rowan County Fair!
    After all that rain, the Rowan County Fair is this weekend! Check it out! http://rowancountyfair.net/
     
    Winter Harvest
    Bread Riot's "Winter Harvest" boxes source from a number of Salisbury Farmers' Market vendors during the Winter months after the market closes. Get fresh local food products (Including bread from Emma's Bread Basket and eggs (mostly from Two Pigs farm) every other week. More details at breadriot.org/winter-harvest (Delivery and downtown pick up at St. John's Lutheran Church are available)
     
    Best,
    -Eric
    Executive Director, breadriot.org
     
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