June 27, 2013
Vol 7, Issue 18
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Market Updates
It's Kid's Day at HFM this Saturday, celebrating food, farmers, families and building healthy eaters! Check out the sidebar of our newsletter for more information about activities for the day.  And don't forget to sign up for Sprouting Stories, our new kid's program that runs throughout the summer.  Sprouting Stories is a program where we ask market sprouts to complete an activity journal at the Hollywood Farmers Market.  Okay kids, here's how it works:  First, come to Kid's Day, sign up and receive your activity book.  Second, pick an activity to do each week.  Most take place in the market, but some you can do at home.  Third, finish 12 activities and hand the book in at our market Info Booth.  Then we give you a $5 market token to spend on anything in the market!  Older sprouts and parents are encouraged to help our youngest sprouts write in the book. 

Also in the market this week, you'll find Bogg's Trail Foods, Hot Mama Salsa, Reverend Nat's Hard Cider and The Better Bean Company.  Dragonfly Forge will also be in the market sharpening knives.

Montiel's Cocina
Montiel's Cocina
But before you come down, check out this video vendor profile about Montiel's Cocina, a 
Hollywood vendor from MicroMercantes, and learn all about the tamales you eat at the market!  And afterwards, head to the Grocery Outlet for a wine tasting. What a weekend! 

See you at the market!  
Earth of Memory - Nostalgia and the Farmers Market
by Miriam Garcia
Walking through the farmers market last week, I sensed a rumbling somewhere in my psyche. The temblor felt good. It seemed to release a sweet scent. It also hurt a little. I recognized the sensation as nostalgia, literally meaning 'home-ache,' the sweet pain of longing for home. Nostalgia stirs longings for our younger, more innocent selves and perhaps for a younger, more innocent nation and earth. The market stirs this feeling in me.

Later, I rooted around in the earth of memory, tried to rub  the dirt off my past and stare into it, as far as I could, back to my first farmers market.

Suburban Maryland, forty-plus years ago. Mom drove a long blue station wagon. We four kids piled in without seat belts. I cannot remember much at all, except that it was an indoor space with arched windows, there were many tables of goods, and the farmers and their wives looked very different from the suburban adults that peopled my world. Some were Amish and perhaps their garb had much to do with the delight I felt. It was as if I were transported to another world, one of the ones I wished to inhabit more than my own, the world of Laura Ingalls and the little house in the big woods. More than the foods brought by the farmers, I was drawn to the handicrafts; whittled toys that Pa might have made in long evenings by the hearth, jars of pickles and jams that Ma and Mary and Laura could have cooked up in a steamy kitchen over a big, black, wood-burning stove. What I remember best about the farmers market of forty years ago is that it filled my eight-year-old heart with nostalgia. Apparently, even as children we can be wistful for childhood, even childhoods we didn't have, even childhoods nobody had, exactly.

I have a friend, Pamela Smith Hill, who is an authority on Laura Ingalls Wilder's 'real' life. I was, perhaps unreasonably, surprised to learn from Pamela's biography of Wilder that Wilder's tales of pioneer hardiness and self-reliance turned a rose-tinted lens upon her past. The stories were historical fiction, not history, and the real Ingalls family endured a grittier reality than the archetypal family of the books. So, as it turns out, my farmers market-induced nostalgia was for a fictionalized, idealized world. After some reflection, I've discovered that I'm okay with this. In fact, I really like it.

When I crack open the market-fresh egg of my nostalgia, the initial longing for long-gone Edens is quickly overrun by even an sweeter, more painful longing for future Edens, for tomorrows that begin with the beets and berries before me now. I project the crimson roots into an unforgettably startling soup shared with friends and I picture the season's first berries dropping from my fingers into small, eagerly open mouths. In my imagination, the beets and berries melt into golden moments that someday, maybe, someone, maybe, will remember, maybe, fondly. I like imagining this world. I like making it possible.

Nostalgia blends memory and imagination; fact and myth, hope and desire. Its sweetish scent can be detected in attics, yearbooks, playgrounds and, wonderfully, in the aisles of the farmers market. Where else can you dig around in the earth of memory, touch the taproot of imagination, then eat?

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


At the Market


9-10:30am: Tallulah's Daddy  

11-12:30pm: Steve Cooper & Friends 


Community Booths:

Northeast Community Center  

Portland Montessori School 

Rose City Cooperative Preschool


Upcoming Events:


Face Painting with Crista
9am - 12:30pm, June 29th

Market Tours - Every Saturday at 11am -
Special Kid Theme this week!


Kids' Day - Sprouting Stories begins!
all day June 29th

Senior Day - all day July 20th
Kid's Day Activities!


Planting activity with Portland Montessori School


Color your way to a balanced meal

 Face painting!


Sprouting Stories Sign Ups

Be one of the first 50 kids to sign up and get a free copy of ChopChop, a family cooking magazine


Kid's fun all around the market!

Many of the vendors are celebrating Kid's Day with something special at their booth. Come find the baby ducklings, laying hens, special hot foods and fun with veggies! 


Market Photos

Lloyd Farmers Market
Looking for a market to buy your midweek groceries?   

Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
New vendors and new events all summer!

www.lloydfarmersmarket.com for more information and to sign up for weekly update. 
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!

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