October 2, 2014Vol 8, Issue 31
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 Market Updates
Fall Market Reminder: starting this Saturday, October 4th, the farmers market's hours will change to 9am - 1pm. Please remember not to show up early; vendors will not be able to sell before the opening bell. Enjoy the extra hour of leisure in your morning : )

The onset of fall brings with it a few changes to the market. This will likely be Boondocker's last week at market, and Thompson Farm has finished for the season. Ancient Heritage is taking this Saturday off, but will be back next week with their delicious sheep and cow cheeses. We are excited to welcome Mt. Hood Organics back to the market this Saturday! They are beginning their season with lots of certified organic, heirloom pears and apples. We'll also be joined by on-call vendors House Spirits and Lonesome Whistle.

Congratulations to Montiel's Cocina for winning our Vendor Salsa Contest for the second year running! Thanks to all the vendors who entered: runners-up Kimberly Farm, as well as Boondockers Farm, Hammer & Tuffy's Granola, Nourishment, and Village Crepery! It was generally agreed that all the salsa entered were delicious. Special thanks to Hot Mama Salsa for donating the chips for sampling.

The Hollywood Grocery Outlet would like to invite you, your family and friends to participate in their Fifth Annual October Pets-tival, an event for and about our furry friends, this Saturday from 10am to 3pm. It will feature a pet costume contest, raffles for great prizes, and beer and wine tastings from 12 to 2.            

See you at the market!

Talking to Your Farmer
by Gabbi Haber
Seth and farmstand Organic, biodynamic, humane, free-range, natural, sustainable-we've all heard these words applied to our food, but how many of us know what they mean? At the farmers market, we are lucky enough to be able to interact with the very people who have intimate knowledge of how our food is grown, but many people aren't sure what questions to ask. Here is a brief primer to help you start those conversations with your favorite farmer, rancher, or producer:

Organic - Vendors who state they are 'certified organic' have gone through a rigorous process to ensure that their practices are in line with the requirements of one of several certifying agencies. Some major agencies include Oregon Tilth, the USDA, and Quality Assurance International. Certification requirements specify what chemicals, if any, can be used on or near food, and at what time in the growing process; methods to avoid cross-contamination; and in value-added products, what percentage of ingredients can be non-organic (e.g. salt, vinegar, etc.). Some producers will tell you that they use organic practices, which generally means that they follow the same or similar practices that certification would require, but have not gone through the certification process.

Biodynamic - Biodynamic agriculture is an holistic approach to organic farming in which the farm or ranch is conceived of as a biodiverse ecosystem. The biodynamic approach typically involves soil husbandry (the use of manure and compost instead of fertilizers or soil additives), livestock integration, and prohibition of GMO plants and foods, in addition to organic principles. Demeter International is the major certifying agency but many producers ascribe to biodynamic principles without the certification.

Humane - Standards for humanely-raised livestock cover the animals' birth through slaughter. Humanely-raised animals will be treated in such a way as to minimize stress; will not be fed antibiotics or growth hormones; will not be crated or caged; and will have space and shelter designed to encourage their natural behaviors. Humanely-raised animals are not necessarily organic, and organic animals may not be raised humanely (though not at HFM!). Certification agencies for humanely-raised livestock include the Animal Welfare Institute and Certified Humane.

Free-range - Free-range refers to the environment in which chickens are raised. According to the USDA, chickens and other poultry must be raised with 'access to the outside' in order to be labeled free-range. In many cases in larger operations, this may mean that the birds have access to the outside but never actually go outside, or that a door is opened for a limited time each day. Smaller producers, such as those you meet at HFM, are more likely to ensure that their chickens spend quality time outside. Pastured chickens require less feed because they are outside eating insects, often potentially harmful ones, and they help fertilize the soil with their manure.

Natural / Certified Naturally Grown - The term 'natural' on signage or food labels does not have a standardized definition. Certified Naturally Grown, however, means that the farmer or producer follows national organic standards but has chosen to certify with Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) instead of a major organic certifier, a process that can be expensive and time-consuming. CNG follows the USDA National Organic Program requirements, which include building soil health via crop rotation and avoiding the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers; additional CNG requirements include testing for heavy metal contamination in old orchards (planted prior to 1965). CNG offers a peer-reviewed certification that may be more appealing to small-scale farmers.

Sustainable - Sustainable agriculture strives to produce food and manage resources such as water and soil nutrients in a way that will maintain the health of the farm or ranch's ecosystem over a long period of time. This may include combating soil erosion through no-till farming, utilizing renewable energy resources such as solar panels, or livestock integration. Until recently, Portland's Food Alliance was a major certifier of sustainable agriculture but as of 2013 have ceased to operate. Protected Harvest is a California-based sustainable agriculture certifier.

Questions to ask your vendor
What practices do you use to protect or improve soil, water, and/or air quality?
Do you use any renewable energy sources on your farm/processing facility?
Are your chickens pastured, or do they have access to an outdoor area from their shelter?
How much of your animals' diet is processed feed? Is the feed organic/vegetarian/non-GMO?
Do you spray your fruit/berries? Are they sprayed before or after the fruit begins to grow?
What conventional ingredients, if any, are in your organic value-added product?
Why did you choose a CNG certification instead of organic?
The Hollywood Farmers Market does not endorse any of these growing and producing practices over and above any other! We believe that each of our vendors makes the fullest effort in good faith to positively contribute to the local food system.

Gabbi Haber has been a volunteer and board member at Hollywood Farmers Market for the past three years. On Saturdays June through March you can find her working Persephone Farm's booth at the market.
At the Market

Remember: starting this Saturday, the market hours change to 9am-1pm.



Rene & Olivia


Community Booths:

350 Oregon

Friends of Seasonal and Service Workers


Upcoming Events:
Kids' Cooking Demo w/ Joanna Sooper
Saturday, October 11th, 10:00 am - 12:00pm

Face Painting with Crista
Saturday, October 18th and 25th, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Hollyween Family and Pet Parade
Saturday, October 25th, 11:00pm
Featured Products
October 4th, 2014
Sweet Potatoes
Big B Farm
This is the first year that Big B Farm has grown yams, a crop that many people think doesn't grow here. Frank is proud to say that they succeeded - all they need is a lot of heat and water, and not too much fertilizer. They'll have yams at their booth until their season ends at the end of October.

Duck Eggs
Sweet Briar Farms
When most of us think of Sweet Briar, we think of pork, but they also have duck eggs - which are quite popular. Duck eggs are bigger than chicken eggs, so they are more filling, but they also can make baked items more fluffy. The eggs are from domestic mallards, which are larger than their wild cousins. They are free range, so they are outside eating bugs, grazing and swimming. The duck eggs usually sell out, so come early!

Ernesto's Espresso
Nossa Familia
This Espresso can be prepared as a drip coffee or in a french press, just like your favorite coffee. Its flavors are subtle and robust. Like all Nossa's other beans, these can be purchased whole or ground.

Epic Eggplant
Happy Harvest Farm
Have you ever tried making baba ghanoush? It's actually pretty simple. You could also grill sliced eggplant, top it with plain yogurt and drizzle some balsamic vinegar. Dare to think outside the eggplant-parmesan box!
Market Photos

Lloyd Farmers Market
Looking for a market to pick up some midweek groceries?
 Tuesdays, 10am - 2pm

www.lloydfarmersmarket.com for more information of to sign up for weekly updates
Every Saturday, May - Thanksgiving
1st & 3rd Saturdays, December - April

May - October, 8am - 1pm
November - April, 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, check us out online at www.hollywoodfarmersmarket.org.

See you Saturday!

Hollywood Farmers Market
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