Farmers Market

Little Innovations

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 in Farmers Market | 0 comments

Little Innovations

We like to experiment at the Vista Farmers Market! To date we have: held a contest to create a customer designed Farmers Market Soap made by our resident market soapmaker, suggested and voted on by customers; sponsored the Farmers Market Cafe, an endeavor begun by farmers to provide hot food from their own product and other produce sourced from the farmers at the Vista Farmers Market. They create one or two dishes each week and shopper can name their price; recycled bags, pots, containers, egg cartons, green waste, coffee grounds, and corks; eliminated the use of vinyl banners and paper towels and we try to avoid plastic; accepted EBT (food stamps) and WIC, the largest market in the county to do so. We have taught gardening classes, launched wheresgeorge bills, tested numerous annual events, helped local nonprofits, held a farmer/vendor garage sale, given away hundreds of pieces of birthday cake on the market’s birthday,  bulk-bought farmer/vendor necessities, host a book exchange, trained potential farmers and vendors, created a farmers market handbook, created icebreakers for customers and farmers, designed an innovative hand-wash station, rolling table/carts, unique and flexible market signage, the vendor’s guide to Ultimate Happiness, and we keep trying new things like last year’s holiday season Gift Box Service, Box +...

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Gifts at the Vista Farmers Market

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 in Farmers Market | 0 comments

Gifts at the Vista Farmers Market

Think about the Vista Farmers Market When You Want to Give Gifts. It will help the farmers, surprise your friends, and be VERY fresh! Some farmers, makers, and marketers already have gift packs, gift cards, and gift packaging, but each Saturday, you can gather fresh ingredients from the farmers and foodmakers to create locally-grown, sustainable gift boxes. Here are some ideas for gifts you might want to put together: The Spicy Farmer Garlic Garlic Keeper Herbs (plants) Peppers Gourmet Salt Onions Herbs (cut) Kimchi (pickled cabbage) Sauces and Oils Sausage The Gardener Fruit Tree Vegetable Starter Plants Herb Plants Earthworm Castings Hand Lotion Vegetable Seeds The Farmer from Italy Pesto Tomatoes Pizza Dough Cheese Olive Oil Fresh Bread Pickled Vegetables Zucchini Picnic Roasted chicken Salad Dressing Bread and Dips Pickles Dessert Cutting Board The Grilling Farmer Fresh Fish Fresh Steak Woodchips for flavor Rubs and sauces Oils Cedar Plank The Farmer in the Kitchen Ceramic Bowl Knife Sharpening Cutting Board Customized Towels Spices and Salts Herb Plants Farmers Market Dollars Olive or Avocado Oil Coffee The Spoiled Farmer Bathrobe Desserts Fresh Fruit Massage Natural Soaps Bath Salts Customized towels Chocolate Ploughman’s Lunch Bread & Jam Pickles Cheese Juice Fresh Fruit...

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Why We Are Here

Posted on Apr 28, 2012 in Farmers Market | 0 comments

Why We Are Here

Farmers Markets were created to help keep farmers on the land, to allow farms to make enough money to pay their bills, keep their families fed, and provide a way to let farmers determine, (rather than simply be told by a wholesale buyer) their crop’s price. Many markets have forgotten this. We have not. There are over 80,000 farms and ranches in California which sounds like a lot, but half the farms in California bring in less than $10,000 per year. And the average farm is shrinking in California, some statistics say we are losing more than 100 acres of farmland per day in the state. That’s why we are here, to keep farmers farming, and to make it worth their while to grow our food. We cannot provide for them all, but we can do our part. Want to know where your food comes from?  Buy from the farmer Want homeland security?  Support local food producers Concerned about the quality of the food you eat? Eat locally-grown items, crops sold by those that also eat them. We are not here to sell food – there are lots of places you can find that – but we are here so that you can buy directly from the producer.  We are here to give farmers and small food-makers a place to make money by selling you better quality food, direct from the producer. Farmers and foodmakers have to struggle to get acceptance at other marketing outlets, and then they have to give up much of the income from their hard work. That is why we are here, and hope you will join...

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