Along with many years in the restaurant industry, Kevin has been cultivating mushrooms for nearly 20 years, though up until about 4 years ago it was "a glorified hobby". In the last four years he has made this a more professional endeavor, selling in about 10 different venues including the Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir and Redding farmers' markets, Berryvale Grocery, Cafe Maddelena and other restaurants.Read More
Meet your farmer! Each week we'll present one of our market vendors and give them a chance to talk about the how, what and why of what they do. If you frequent the market already, no doubt you've already been charmed by the infectious enthusiasm of Kate O'Brien-Mann. The positivity she brings to her booth each week is only a small piece of the heart and soul she puts into farming.Read More
As can be seen by the lack of recent blog posts, we've been very busy with the 2016 market season. It's been a bountiful season so far, with more variety from our local producers and new vendors bringing their products to market including gourmet mushrooms, freshly milled wheat flour and wheat berries, fabulous wood crafts for the table, colorful aprons, potholders, and other sewn items for the kitchen. Our returning vendors have also diversified their offerings, with new varieties of veggies and fruits as well as value-added products including fruit and veggie-based popsicles (which have been a big hit on the hot days). This year we also developed a new logo for the Mt. Shasta Farmers' Market, which is proudly displayed on our new banners and also on our organic farmers' market t-shirts which we have for sale at the info booth.
The market is thrilled to continue our Market Match program for CalFresh SNAP (EBT) recipients. For every dollar of CalFresh exchanged for market tokens, we offer an additional voucher good for one dollar to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables. We are matching up to $15 per CalFresh customer per market day. That means lots of extra fresh produce! Our EBT-using customers love it, our vendors love it, and we love it, too. Seeing the looks of delight on people's faces when we tell them they can get an extra $15 to spend at the market is one of the best parts of working in the market info booth.
This year, the market continues every Monday until October 17th, which means there are still plenty of opportunities to explore the market and stock up on local produce from Siskiyou County farmers.
Hope to see you on the boulevard next week!
The market team -
Phoenix Lawhon Isler, Kirsten Olson, and Nancy Swift
Spring has arrived and the days are getting longer. Like busy bees, the Mt. Shasta Farmers' Market management team is working behind the scenes to prepare for the upcoming 2016 market season. All the little details add up to a long list of of off-season tasks that we're ticking off of our lists, which we couldn't do without the support of Jefferson Economic Development Institute (JEDI). We're looking forward to our earliest market opening day this year - Monday, May 23rd!
We've also created a new website and posted our market vendor application packet online for both new and returning vendors to download. Click on the Join Us menu tab for more information. Returning and newly applying vendors are invited to attend our MSFM Vendor Orientation Meeting on Wednesday, April 20th, upstairs at Burger Express in Mount Shasta. This meeting will be a chance to go over the application process, rules and regulations governing the market, and of course to get to know your fellow market vendors.
Our farmers are also busy planting their crops, after a wet winter and early spring. Despite the earlier start date, we will have at least four farmers selling veggies at the first market, plenty of plant starts for sale and of course delicious food from our local food producers.
This blog will be the place to get regular updates on what's happening at market, recipes, farm profiles, and more news from the Mt. Shasta Farmers' Market.
We're looking forward to seeing all the returning market farmers and vendors, our regular customers, and new faces who will be joining or shopping the market for the first time this year!
Thanks for your support!
The MSFM Team - Phoenix Lawhon Isler, Kirsten Olson, and Nancy Swift