Friday, August 27, 2010

August 28, 2010 Farmers’ Market:

Greetings and Salutations from Full Circle Farm. We plan to have freshly
milled whole wheat, spelt and rye breads and the market. Along with some
wonderful pizza crusts, perfect for those end of summer tomatoes and some
fresh cheese. See you at the market! Ginger and the family

Miranda will be there with fresh baked pumpkin, pineapple ,strawberry, and Reese Cup dessert rolls and yet another new one.... lemon-blueberry

Terra Prima Farm will be there with Eggs, Quiche & Herb Blends!

Little Wasprock will be there with PEARS, pear preserves, spelt and regular zucchini bread, banana pepper mustard, jams, jellies and relishes! We also will have tomatoe pies, as well as fresh peppers. See you all there!

The Molloys will be roasting coffee beans.

The Pie Lady will be there with the 8 different varieties of chicken pies and chocolate pecan and maple pecan pies.

This weeks menu is our usual pickles and jams, our version of chow chow at it's best. Fried apple pies, giant cinnamon buns, if I get to it pumpkin banana bread. We are also offering fresh Salsa! So get out your chips and see you in the morning! Toni and Wayne

John Brock will be popping kettle corn and making change!

We always have a few produce vendors who show up with whatever’s in the garden.

That all sounds pretty intriguing, so if you want to find out all the great stuff that came to the market on Saturday you’ll need to be there bright and early -- under the big, new tent!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Egg Recall Drives Worried Customers to Farmers Markets

Published on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 by MSNBC

Small egg farms across the U.S. report selling out as recall grows
by JoNel Aleccia

Jackie Dearing of Bloomington, Ill., sold all of her 50 dozen eggs at the local farmers market on Saturday, including carton after carton to new customers worried about a large and growing salmonella scare linked to millions of grocery store eggs.

"Almost everybody who came to our booth mentioned it," said Dearing, whose family runs Dearing Country Farms, a small-scale meat and poultry business. "Anytime something like this happens, people think a lot more about where their food comes from."

As a recall of more than 550 million eggs tied to two industrial manufacturers widens , small egg farmers across the United States are echoing Dearing's experience. Sales of eggs at farmers markets, co-operatives and roadside stands reportedly spiked over the weekend as news of the outbreak linked to at least 1,300 illnesses reached shoppers.

"I think this is the consumer's way of saying, ‘Until this blows over, I'll get my eggs from another source,'" said Susan S. Joy, general manager of the Nebraska Poultry Industries, an agency based in Lincoln, Neb., that represents all branches of the turkey and egg industry including both small growers and large farms.

At a farmer's market in Redmond, Wash., Sue Martinell of Sky Valley Family Farm sold out of 80 dozen chicken eggs on Saturday, leaving only duck eggs to buy.

Customers lined up for eggs at stalls at the Inner Sunset Farmers Market in San Francisco from the time the market opened until they sold out, said Elizabeth Howe, regional manager of the Pacific Coast Farmer's Market Association.

"People are realizing that it's not the safest decision to buy eggs shipped from huge factory farms in the Midwest, where traceability and accountability is limited," she said. "At the farmers' market, you can shake the hand of the farmer who collected your egg that morning and I think that is much more reassuring."

Across the country, in Arlington, Minn., customers at Bar-5-Meat and Poultry wiped out a supply of 165 dozen eggs by 11 a.m., said owner John Wemeier.

"Instead of buying one dozen eggs they were buying two dozen to three dozen," he said. "It looked to me like they were kind of stocking up."

It's a trend that could well increase as federal officials struggle to identify the source and scope of the massive recall. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Monday said that it could take weeks or months to complete investigations now centering on two Iowa farms, Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms. The firms share suppliers of chickens and feed as well as ties to an Iowa business with a history of violations.

In the meantime, mom-and-pop producers could step in, said Karen Blakeslee, a food scientist with the Kansas State University Research and Extension Service.

"This is making consumers more leery of what's happening with the big manufacturers," Blakeslee said. "I think the small farmers are really going to pick up business."

At least one official with the egg industry cautioned consumers to put the issue in perspective. Krista Eberle, director of food safety programs for the Egg Safety Center and the United Egg Producers, said that the recall of 550 million eggs affects only a fraction of the 80 billion eggs produced in the U.S. each year.

"It may seem like a lot of eggs, but it's actually less than 1 percent," said Eberle, noting that non-recalled eggs are safe to eat.

That argument might not sit well with shoppers like those who flocked to buy eggs at the Willy Street Co-op in Madison, Wis., said Lyn Olson, director of the store's cooperative services.

"Over and over I heard, ‘Thank God I already buy organic.'"

© 2010 MSNBC

Friday, August 20, 2010

August 21, 2010 Botetourt Farmers' Market

John Brock will be at the Botetourt Farmers’ Market tomorrow popping kettle corn on site.

Miranda will be at the market 8/21 with freshly baked dessert rolls. Pumpkin, pineapple, strawberry and peach-carmel pecan.

Little Wasprock will be at the Market with Tomato Pies, spelt zucchini bread, banana pepper mustard, peppers, pickles, relishes, jams. jellies and maybe, just maybe, fried apple pies! See you all there!

Terra Prima Farm will be there with Eggs, Personal size Crustless Quiche and Herbs!

Patrick will be representing Full Circle Farm with freshly milled whole
wheat, spelt and rye breads and pizza crusts and granola. See you at the

The Molloys will be roasting coffee beans.

Hillbilly Heaven will be there with surprises.

Bill Shaver has been shrimp fishing. "Jumbo, (swimming in the Pamlico Sound Thursday night) Head on Shrimp in a limited amount.
And whatever grew while I was away"

The pie lady will be at market with lots of chicken and dessert pies.

We always have a few meat and produce vendors who show up with whatever’s available.

That all sounds pretty intriguing, so if you want to find out all the great stuff that came to the market on Saturday you’ll need to be there bright and early -- under the big, new tent!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

August 14th Farmers' Market

The Botetourt Farmers' Market has a new tent, courtesy of Ikenberry's, so vendors and shoppers will have some cover from rain and sun.

Some of our members attended the Food Expo yesterday, so may be a little fatigued. No advance notifications of who was bringing what came over the wire, so it will just have to be "potluck."

We will likely have a "Big Tent Event" next weekend. Stay tuned and happy shopping!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Food Expo

Botetourt Family Farms will be participating in the Taste of the Roanoke Valley Food Expo from 4 - 8 p.m. on Friday, August 13th at the Daleville Town Center.

We are providing a gift basket assortment of our members' produce, baked goods, canned goods, soap, and coupons for vendor items.

Tickets are $3.00 each (children 12 and under can attend for free with a paying adult) and are available by calling the Botetourt Extension Office at 473-8260.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

How Did that Get on My Plate 3?

Botetourt Farm and Equine Facilities Tour

Friday, August 20, 2010, 8:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

A charter bus will provide transportation for participants from one location to the next. Space is limited, first come, first serve! Please RSVP by August 11, 2010, 540/473-8260.

An educational opportunity for non-producers. Join us for a tour of some of the local
farms in Botetourt County. This will be an informative learning experience to understand and see how farms operate and why they are so very important in the community.

Facilities to be toured:
8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration at Lord Botetourt High School, Daleville
9:15 am – 10:30 am Amethyst Acres Equine Center
10:50 am – 11:50 am
12 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Solitude Farm

No Cost!! Come and enjoy a day on the farm. RSVP is a must!

Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Lord Botetourt High School. The charter bus will leave and return to this location. Park your vehicle here. Lunch will be provided.

To RSVP or questions, please call Cassie Driskill, ANR Extension Agent, VCE –
Botetourt Office, 540/473-8260.

If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services or other accommodations for this tour, please discuss your accommodation needs with Cassie Driskill at 473-8260 five (5) days prior to the meeting.

Sponsored by: Botetourt County Farm Bureau, The Bank of Fincastle,
Farm Credit and Tractor Supply

Friday, August 6, 2010

What's at the Market?

August 7, 2010 Farmers’ Market:

The Pie Lady will be there with the usual chicken pies and Maple and Chocolate Pecans.

The Molloys will be roasting coffee beans.

The pickle lady is coming with pickles, pepper jelly, tomatoes, pecan pies and apple cakes. See you in the morning.

Greetings from Full Circle Farm! Patrick will represent the bread lady
tomorrow with our freshly milled whole wheat and spelt breads, pizza
crusts, 4-grain pancake mix and spelt brownie mix. Don't forget your Milk
and Honey Bread to make the ultimate in fresh tomato sandwiches. We hope to have grass-finished lamb in a few weeks!

Little Wasprock is out of town this week - but hello to everyone and a great market day tomorrow!

Greetings! Terra Prima Farm will have Eggs, Herbs & Personal Size Quiche available this week.

Windy Hill will be there with Chocolate cherries, NO not candy but Chocolate cherry tomatoes, better than the candy

We will also have Sugar baby watermelons grown in Billy's Magic Dirt!

and whatever is out there in the garden in the mornin

There will be plenty more surprises, as usual, so come on out and join us!