October 26, 2018 | Volume 14, Issue 36
Market Updates
It's Hollyween this Saturday at the Hollywood Farmers Market. That means at 11am we'll be hosting our annual Family & Pet Parade around the market. We encourage adults, kids, and furry family members (with good behavior at market) to come out in costume and celebrate Halloween. We'll also be hosting a Pie Contest & Slice Sale, see below for more details about that.

It's not too late to get your pumpkins in order, and with all colors shapes and sizes available from Gales Meadow Farm, Sweet Leaf Organic Farm, Sun Gold Farm, Winter Green Farm and Happy Harvest Farm you can pick up one, or a whole wagon full. And it's not just pumpkins you'll find by the bin full this time of year, from Blue Hubbard, to Black Futsu, to Carnival, to Red Kuri, to Georgia Candy Roaster, or to the better known Butternut, Delicata, Acorn, and Spaghetti, there is a whole world of hard shelled squash to discover, and keep you eating local and fresh all winter long.

While we've had an October for the ages, with sunshine, crisp weather, and so many crunchy leaves, it's time to say goodbye to those days and some of our vendors too. Produce will be piled high at Big B Farm one last time this season. Stock up on fresh greens, colorful and hardy roots, and winter squashes to keep you thinking of Frank and his farming family as we head into winter.
If you still have Farm Direct checks make sure you spend them by the end of November! The checks expire November 30th and all vendors at Hollywood Farmers Market that sell fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs will accept them. Check out the Farm Direct Nutrition Program website for more information.

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.
Enter our Pie Contest & Buy A Slice for SNAP Match this Saturday
During this Saturday's market we will be hosting our annual Hollyween festivities in celebration of Halloween. Alongside our beloved Family & Pet parade, we will be holding a pie contest and sale (with all proceeds going to our SNAP Match program). Parade is at 11am and is a great chance to bring your costumed family or four-legged friend and show your stuff. 

For those bakers and eaters of pie, A Slice for SNAP Match is for you! To enter a pie into the Pie Contest, bring your pie(s) to the market Information Booth by 10am on 10/27 and please provide two copies of the ingredients in your pie (we don't want the recipe, just an ingredient list for allergy reasons). For those more interested in eating than baking, starting at 10:15am we'll be selling slices of pie for $4/each. All the proceeds from the pie sale will go directly to our SNAP Match program. 

Check out our Facebook event page to RSVP and share with friends!
Behind Burning Eyes
 by Miriam Garcia
Halloween is what folklorists call a holiday of 'misrule.' These are holidays in which every-day social rules are inverted for a brief spell. On Halloween, for example, normally mild-mannered citizens roam the streets at night. They threaten respectable householders with mean tricks. They gorge on normally forbidden foods. And that's just the kids.

As with most 'Misrule' holidays, (think, Mardi Gras, New Year's Eve, the Super Bowl), Halloween is truly a folk holiday. It is not sanctioned by any religion, state or other institution, unless you count Hallmark. It exists and persists simply because we want it to. Sort of like the Farmers Market, if you think about it.

There are other, even older, connections between Halloween and the Farmers Market, and the farmlands that the market represents. At the very heart of the matter is the fact that Halloween is deeply rooted in the workings of the natural world. For the ancient Celts, October 31st was the most important day of the year. The holiday, which they called Samhain, was a major agricultural 'marker,' the date by which crops were to be harvested. And, as befits a time of dying light and dying vegetation, it was believed to be a night when the veil between our world and the underworld was lifted, so that the souls of the dead could cross over. Abundance and death together powered ancient Samhain, and the same two forces are still mixing it up in the farm fields and forests represented at the Market, and in our own Halloween activities and imagery.

For example, consider your Jack O' Lantern.
First, there's the procurement of the pumpkin. For many people, this involves a pilgrimage from an urban area to a farm or to the Farmers Market. This is a symbolic return to nature in order to gather an emblem of the harvest; ye olde pumpkin.

Next, there's the transformation of the pumpkin from a natural object into a spirit object. Like putting on a costume, turning a pumpkin into something else altogether seems to set the misrule into motion. It's a way to step out of ordinary time.

Finally, there's the big night... as we take on new personas in our costumes, our flickering lanterns assume otherworldly personas, too. The veil between the worlds does indeed seem thin as our symbols of the harvest and abundance, of death and mystery, of rule and misrule, all collide and somehow all make sense.

At Samhain, the Celts lit bonfires, they feasted, they reveled, and they left gifts on their doorsteps to appease wandering spirits and tricksters. We may not live as close to nature as earlier generations, but at Halloween we feel the link to other times. We celebrate the turning of the season. We sense ancient truths burning in our Jack O'Lanterns' eyes.
Miriam Garcia is a folklorist-foodie, freelance writer and guardian of a super-secret chicken soup recipe. You can contact her at Miriam_G@me.com 

(reprinted from 2011)
Entertainment and Events
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Pie Contest Entry by 10am
Pie Sale Starting @ 10:15am
Family & Pet Parade @ 11am


Community Booths
Hollywood Lions
Featured Products
October 27th, 2018
Late Fall Strawberries
Happy Harvest Farm
It's the last market of October, but somehow Jeff has convinced the strawberries and raspberries held within the hoop houses to keep on going for another week. It's truly a treat to eat fresh berries May through October, so treat yourself one last time.

Aged Raw Feta
Fraga Farmstead Creamery
Steve and Lis Monahan have been tending the Fraga Farm goat heard on their farm in Washington County since 2012. On a diet of rotating pasture, the milk from their goats is high quality and produces cheeses that highlight that. The award winning aged raw feta, sold in glass jars in it's own brine, is salty, crumbly, and versatile in uses. Try it sprinkled on salads and pastas, mixed into egg dishes, or by the chunk with some olives and hummus.

Tabouleh Salad
The Hummus Stop
This tangy and delicious mostly parsley, lots of lemon, some olive oil, and a little bit of bulgar and tomato, Middle Eastern salad sells out nearly every week at the market. Enjoyed by the spoonful on it's own, or made into a meal with your choice of hummus blend and pita bread or chips, it will have you asking, what is The Hummus Stop secret?
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
APR - SEP:  Every Saturday, 8AM - 1PM
OCT - NOV:  Every Saturday, 9AM - 1PM
DEC - MAR:  1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9AM - 1PM
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!