September 20, 2012
Vol 6, Issue 29
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Market Update

It's Gleaner Giving Day at the market this Saturday! What's a gleaner and why are we giving to them?, you ask.  The  Hollywood Gleaners collect food after each Hollywood Farmers Market and distribute it to low income seniors in our community (see the article below for more information).  They are raising funds to buy a commercial refrigerator to store all the food they collect (and since our vendors are so generous the amount is growing each week!).  This project is completely volunteer run and they find a way to use every donation!  They have been very successful this year and we want to help them grow!  So, the Hollywood Farmers Market will match donations made in the market up to $1000!  You can find the Hollywood Gleaners set up near the music booth.  Donate this weekend and your dollar goes twice as far!   

Also in the market this week, you can find Masala Pop, The Better Bean Company and Wild WinesNourishment is on vacation this week, returning next week.  (You'll find the Gleaners in the regular Nourishment space.)  Mount Hood Organics is starting in two weeks on October 6th.  In the meantime you can find apples and pears from Kiyokawa Family Orchards and ProFarm Produce

 Thanks to everyone who participated in the Customer Dot  Survey last week!  We use customer feedback to shape the market.  Next week is the 3rd Annual Crazy Eggplant Day with three cooking demonstrations and more eggplant craziness!

See you at the market!

Hollywood Gleaners
Fill the Fridge fundraiser this Saturday!
Strolling through the market, you may have noticed a group of people wandering around in black aprons chatting with vendors. You may also have seen them enjoying some of the delightful cooked fare at the tables. What you probably haven't seen is that group in action.
The group is called the Hollywood Gleaners, and they are a group of volunteers who collect unsold food and produce from the market. All food that is collected is distributed to low income seniors in the neighborhood through a partnership between the Hollywood Senior Center, the Fook-Lok location of Loaves and Fishes, and of course, the Hollywood Farmers Market.
Hollywood Gleaners began in 2011, to address the increasing need for seniors to gain access to high quality food that would otherwise be unaffordable. Through careful brainstorming between all of the involved groups, it was decided that the program would need to address hunger for both cooking and non-cooking seniors, to be able to handle large amounts of food with as little waste as possible, and to be designed for ultimate sustainability. Those goals still define the project.

Since May of 2011, Gleaners have collected over 20,000 pounds of food for seniors. In addition to 
distributing food directly to people in need, volunteers freeze or preserve food that otherwise wouldn't make it from Saturday until Monday without spoiling. Last November found volunteers using vegetable scraps for broth and frozen vegetables and sausages for soup that was served to the seniors for their Thanksgiving meal. A recent group of college volunteers created a mixed fruit jam from last year's frozen fruit. Waste not, want not!
Due to the enormous amounts of the food Gleaners work with week-to-week, it has become evident that the program is in dire need of additional refrigeration. This season the group has relied on one residential-sized refrigerator at the Senior Center and the generosity of Grocery Outlet, who has consistently stored produce until Monday morning when Senior Center staff can collect it. Classic Foods also kindly stored hundreds of pounds of produce on a particularly productive day. 
To continue on as a sustainable program, Hollywood Gleaners needs a commercial refrigerator. 
This Saturday, the Hollywood Farmers Market will host a fundraiser titled "Fill the Fridge", to help buy our refrigerator. In addition to providing space, HFM will match donations up to $1,000. Please come visit and make your donation to this meaningful and necessary program.
No donation is too small and can be made by cash, check, or card. All donations will be tax deductible. For more information about Gleaners check them out at their website or contact Heather and Jen at [email protected]
At the Market

Music & Entertainment:

Chata Addy


Community Booths:

Friends of the Multnomah County Library 

Verde NW


Upcoming Events:

Gleaner Giving Day-

Saturday, September 22nd, all day 

Crazy Eggplant Day - Saturday, September 29th, chef demos all day

Featured Product

September 22, 2012

Ground Cherries 

Sun Gold Farm

Ground Cherries have arrived!  Similiar to tomatillos, ground cherries need to be peeled or husked before eating.  They have a tangy, tropical flavor - often likened to a tomato/pineapple blend.  They are great fresh, as a garnish or in salsa.  They can also be dried or made into jam.  Unwrap and enjoy!


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!


Blue Cheese

Willapa Hills Farmstead Cheese

Blue Cheese anyone?  Check out these offerings from Willapa Hills - Two Face Blue or the Little Boy Blue.  Both are gluten-free, which means that the penicillin used is not grown on bread (penicillin is injected into the cheese to create the lovely "blue").  The Two Face Blue is a sheep's milk cheese - the earthiness of the sheep's milk helps to create a complex and balanced cheese.  For those of you looking for more punch, try the Little Boy Blue - this cow's milk cheese is a bit more salty and has more of that pungent "blue" taste.


Cherry Tomatoes 

Thompson Farms

This week check out cherry tomatoes!  Look for both the orange and red sungold cherry tomatoes. These are so sweet and good, be sure to get an extra pint to eat as you walk around the market!  Thompson Farms uses no insecticides and no fungicides, so eat them straight out of the box. Also stop by if you donated to the Gleaner's fundraiser and show your "I donated" sticker to get a 10% discount!


Seasonal Crepes

Village Crepery

Crepes - yum!  Swing by for a Peach crepe, which features peaches from Maryhill, served with fresh whipped cream.  If you are looking for savory, check out the Autumn, which features pears from Sun Gold Farms and is served with brie.  In addition to the above items, Village Crepery also uses eggs from Think Unique Gardens and tomatoes from Sweet Leaf Farm, as well as other items from the market when needed.  They also have gluten-free batter!

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