July 13, 2018 | Volume 13, Issue 21
Market News
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This week has been a hot one! With high temperatures expected to continue through the weekend we can't think of a better way to cool off than with our vendors ice-cold drinks, fresh summer fruit, and grill ready grub. We open at 8am so come early to avoid the heat and stop by the west end of Hancock St for a refreshing rinse in the water mister and our info booth for ice cold water. 
This Saturday Dancing Light Ranch will be bringing the first fresh lavender of the season! They'll have Royal Velvet, a deep blue English variety, and Provence, a paler variety known for its culinary uses. Stop by their booth in the center of Hancock St for fresh bundles full of fragrance and flavor and scroll further down this newsletter to learn all about their business.
This week, for the first time ever, Naked Acres Farm will be selling their fresh certified grass-fed beef at market! They will also be offering their usual selection of farm fresh eggs, heirloom produce, and hand made goat's milk soaps. 
Just when you thought summer couldn't get any better it went ahead and ripened up more berries! Marion and Boysenberries are in season and expected at market this week so if your fridge, freezer, and jam jars aren't already full, stop by one of our berry farms for your fill of summer fruit. 
For the past two weeks cherry tomatoes have been making exciting but elusive appearances during the market's early hours. This week they come out of hiding and are ready for your salads, pastas, and snack bags! Stop by Deep Roots, Flying Coyote, Happy Harvest, and Winter Green farms to snag a pint and keep your fingers crossed for a possible surprise appearance by their larger counterparts. 
row of cherry tomatoes
Got any extra shopping bags laying around? We are  collecting durable, reusable shopping bags for community use at the market. If you have any extra you can part with, please leave them in the metal bins on either end of Hancock St for any forgetful shoppers to grab.
This Saturday is Senior Day!
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This Saturday, July 14th, is our annual Senior Day! Seniors 65 and older can stop by the information booth and pick up coupons for 20% off purchases at Hollywood Farmers Market that day. They can also enter a raffle to receive a free basket of farmers market goodies!
Street painting is this Sunday!
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Our street painting is this Sunday! We've moved the start time up to 9:00 am, so we can get most of the work done before temperatures get up into the high 80s/low 90s in late afternoon. We will have plenty of cold water, iced tea and kombucha to keep everyone hydrated! See you Sunday!
Power of Produce kids program continues every Saturday!
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Remember, we'll be offering  free, fun and educational kids activities  (for ages 5 to 12)  EVERY SATURDAY  at the farmers market through September 1st. And kids who participate get  $2 in farmers market tokens to spend on fruits and veggies. Stop by the POP Club booth this Saturday and join in!
Meet Our Vendors: Dancing Light Ranch
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Lavender is more versatile than you may know. Tanya Kern of Dancing Light Ranch makes salves and lotions from the essential oils in the flowers, which can do more for us than make us smell nice. She tells me that in addition to being a calming agent, lavender heals burns and is a powerful antiseptic.

It’s mid-afternoon in July and I’m looking down the rows of light purple, transfixed on the bees bobbing and buzzing between the plants. Tanya and Don Kern are harvesting; they cut lavender and tie it in bunches. The French Gros Bleu and Grosso varieties as well as the English Royal Velvet are the top three lavenders you can find at the ranch and at their booth at the Hollywood Farmers Market.

The couple is modest about what they do. “It’s really low maintenance,” Tanya tells me.

After gathering information from them, though, I learn that they have deeply embedded themselves in the processes necessary to make lavender and life flourish naturally. The Kerns work calmly, free of pesticides and in tune with the cycles of nature. Their lavender is not organically certified, but it’s truly natural.
some lavender from dancing light ranch
They don’t use sprays, which means that there is a lot of weeding involved in the care of the plants. Tanya points out that people often forget the importance of not using pesticides with lavender because they aren’t always consuming it. In addition to general concern for the Earth, it’s important not to contaminate lavender with sprays because it’s going under people’s pillows and being made into salves and lotions that they rub all over their bodies.

In addition to being pesticide free, the Kerns also collect rainwater which they use to water the lavender, their garden and for all the animals in their care; including Dancing Light, the horse that bears the ranch’s namesake and the numerous dogs that can be seen running around. Tanya and Don have a small garden, complete with a Cascadia flag. I’m happy they are dedicated to our bioregion.

Early summer is the time for fresh lavender, but you’ll be able to get dried lavender all year round. Don tells me that it keeps its scent for six months after it has been picked and shows me how to release the aroma by pressing one small bud between the thumb and forefinger. It’s pungent.

In the spring, they also sell berry plants, hops and herbs. Check out what they have to offer on Saturday at the Hollywood Farmers Market. You can also buy directly from their website at

by Shelley Stearns, HFM volunteer, 2014
Entertainment and Events
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Music
Rose City Banjoliers

Community Booths

POP Club Activity
Art at the Farmers Market!

Coming Up
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Sunday, July 15th:
Featured Products
July 14th, 2018
Montmorency Pie Cherries
Kiyokawa Family Orchards
Sour cherries - a special treat that only shows up for a few weeks each summer, due to their delicacy. Perfect for cherry pies, cobblers, and tarts!

Potato Donuts
Fleur de Lis Bakery
Golden brown, covered with cinnamon and sugar and hand delivered at 8 am, these tasty treats don't last long in the market. With more of a cake like texture and less sugar than a typical donut, the potato donuts definitely stand out.

Rose Matcha Latte
Moon Coffee
This delicious concoction is just one of many drinks available from Moon Coffee at the farmers market. Made with matcha and a homemade rose syrup, it's perfect over ice on a hot day! 
Looking for a farmers market to pick up some midweek groceries?
Tuesdays 10am-2pm
Year Round!

lloydfarmersmarket.com  for more information or to sign up for weekly updates
HOURS
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APR - SEP:  Every Saturday, 8AM - 1PM
OCT - NOV:  Every Saturday, 9AM - 1PM
DEC - MAR:  1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9AM - 1PM
LOCATION
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NE Hancock Street between 44th and 45th Avenues (one block South of Sandy Blvd). In the Grocery Outlet parking lot.

For more information call (503) 709-7403, or check us out online at  www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org .

See you Saturday at the market!