Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Newsletter 09-18-12

New Fall Produce, Farmer Feature, and Kids Yoga at the Market! 

Changing of the Seasons Brings Us New Bounties!

As the fall season arrives, not only do we have cooler weather and cozy sweaters to look forward to (hopefully!), but we also look forward to new seasonal fruits and veggies on farmers' tables. Atkins Nursery and Fruita del Sol will have delicious organic apples in very soon. They've also got beautiful pomegranates at prices you just can't match at the supermarket! Gaytan Family Farms has a short window of yummy fresh berries in from their growing fields in Santa Maria. This past week our friend Jeronimo from Gaytan completely sold out of blackberries and raspberries so come and get them while they last! 

Get to Know Menos Farms

Recently we headed to the city of Riverside to visit organic farmers, Manuel and Lupe Flores, owners and operators of Menos Farms. Lupe and Manuel grow on a beautiful 4 acre property in a residential area of Riverside with the San Bernardino mountains providing a magnificent backdrop to their rows of organic veggies. 

Menos Farms has been in operation for 4 years and they grow a variety of vegetables including: tomatoes, peppers, several varieties of kale and lettuces, herbs, corn, beets, carrots, strawberries, squash, cucumbers, onions, and so much more. They are certified organic and take great care and pride in choosing only the best organic seeds and starts to grow their delicious fresh food. 

When we asked Manuel and Lupe what influenced them to grow organically, they said health was at the forefront of their minds. They regularly listen to a nutritionist who airs a local program on Spanish radio and took her advice to heart on the benefits of eating a chemical-free, vegetable rich diet. They started juicing their freshly grown fruits and veggies for breakfast each morning and Manuel lost a whopping 20lbs from his new found commitment to healthy eating! They even have all four of their kids drinking some of their favorite juice recipes like: beets, black kale, celery, and pineapple. 

Menos Farms is committed to providing you with fresh and natural produce to help you maintain (or start!) your healthy eating habits just as they do. Trust us, with the planting, picking, and weeding they do by hand each week--there's definitely something to that fresh food to give them so much energy! 

After walking the fields with Lupe and Manuel and picking a few of our own fresh cherry tomatoes to take home with us, we asked them why you--our loyal Newport Beach shoppers, should choose to buy from them. Lupe said, "We grow organic food for health." Enough said! 

Be sure to stop by the market this Sunday to see what yummy fresh produce Menos Farms will have to help support our own healthy eating  habits!

Chef 2 Farmer Relaunches the Market

We've got a brand new partnership cooking and so much fun stuff on the way for you! You may have visited our delicious cooking demos the past few months and now we've got an even bigger chef to farmer connection just for you! We're working with Le Pain Quotidien at Fashion Island to relaunch the market with brand new vendors, cooking demos, fresh farmers' market recipes, and lots of yummy freebies (cooking classes, anyone?) to offer you the best farmers' market experience and products! Stay tuned for more news coming your way soon and be on the look out for our flyers and coupons! We hope you stick with us, as we're always listening to your feedback and doing our very best to bring you top quality services and products to help you live a local and healthy farmers' market lifestyle! 

Storytelling Yoga for Kids This Sunday! 

This Sunday we'll once again welcome our health and wellness experts to have a litte farm to fitness fun with us! This time we've got a special treat for kids and we'll have the Mindful Octopus from Laguna Beach out to offer a free storytelling yoga class. Mindful Octopus is a storytelling yoga program for kids that plants the seeds for health, imagination, and mindfulness through story, yoga and art, while most importantly, having fun!

This complimentary class is offered generously onsite at the farmers' market by Mindful Octopus founder Sam, and will be scheduled for 9:30am-10am. Space is limited so please sign up your child here under Newport Beach Farmers' Market and Sunday on the drop down boxes. Kids ages 3-9 will have the most fun! All supplies included, please arrive by 9:20am to get started! Parents, feel free to shop while kids participate. 

See you at the market this Sunday!
-Newport Beach Certified Farmers' Market Staff

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