Thursday, June 16, 2016

Most Asked Questions at The Farmers Market!

A Farmers Market is a great place in the community to meet many different types of people every week,many of which ask all types of questions about the market! From the hours of operation,to specific questions about the farms and produce! No question is too small or big to be asked! Here are a few common questions we get asked frequently!

(VICTORIA'S FARMERS MARKET)

Q: Is the Farmers Market open every friday?
A: Yes! every friday,all year round,rain or shine (unless severe rain and wind as well as the day after Thanksgiving)

Q: What are the hours?
A: 10AM-2PM

Q:Do you accept EBT?
A: Yes! We gladly accept EBT! only in the farm section. ex: Veggies,fruit,eggs,honey,succulents,live herbs and beef!

Q: Are all the farmers organic?
A: Many farmers if not all small farms,use organic farming practices but to become 'Certified Organic' costs thousands of dollars! Which many small local farms can not afford. We always encourage talking with each farmer about their practices or about anything relating to their produce and getting to know them,you'll find that many of them really do enjoy discussing their product because they take pride in their Farm because it is their lively hood!

Q:Are all the farms local?
A: Yes! Many of the farmers at Victoria's Farmers Market grow their produce within 50 miles of the market! But by definition of locally grown it's within a 150 mile radius.

Q: Why is it that some farmers market prices are more expensive than the grocery store?
A: We have to remember with big chain grocery stores they contract large farms,many hundreds of miles if not thousands of miles away from the actual place they are sold,so most large farms have to meet a quantity quota not necessarily a quality quota! With a small and local farm,they focus on quality of their product seeing as that is the only way their customers will continue buying their product every week!

Q: Is this (produce) fresh?
A: Yep! Once you start shopping from your local farmers market you'll see and taste the difference in your food! Another indication of fresh and organic produce is,it tends to spoil quickly,even though we get used to buying carrots that can sit in a crisper for weeks unphased,it is a strange thought to consume produce that doesn't rot. Makes me wonder how 'organic' produce in a grocery store keeps their produce fresh when its traveled a long way for several days! So real organic produce will rot quickly which only encourages us to eat our fruit and veggies often,which is great for our health and our wallets!

Q:Buying locally grown produce,is it really better for me?
A: Absolutely,better for our health and for our environment! Our carbon footprint will be drastically lower and it keeps revenue circulating in our own community! For instance,honey is a natural remedy to help elivate allergy symptoms,when honey is grown locally its been made from bees that have pollinated with local pollens,meaning it's going to help with the allergies that are caused by the flowers etc that are around you!


Q: How can I become a vendor at Victoria's Farmers Market?
A: Depending on what you would like to sell,you can fill out the online application,non-farm vendor or farm vendor,both applications are here on the website! www.heritagefarmersmarket.org

We appreciate everyones continued support and interest in Victoria's Farmers Market at Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga as well as our seasonal Farmers Market (every wednesday 5-9pm until august) at the Ontario Town Center in the City of Ontario!
We'll see ya at the Farmers Market!!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Why Shop at a Farmers Market?

Sometimes we get distracted by the convience of grocery stores that we forget about our local farmers and business owners! Here a few great reasons to bring the whole family out for a day/evening of shopping at your local Farmers Market!

-Buying locally grown food ensures great tasting and healthier produce! Most food found in a large chain grocery store sells food thats been grown in other states or countries! Imagine the kind of mileage! That can't be the freshest tasting produce considering its grown for shelf life not the taste!

-Getting to know your farmer is probably one of the most simplest and effective way of getting to know your body and health. Sourcing the meals and snacks we eat and feed to our families makes a world of difference when it comes to our health! 

-Purchasing from our local farmers and business owners means cutting out the middle man,meaning no resell prices! Also it is financially beneficial to our community! Keeping the cash flow within our local merchants helps us thrive,sustain and build a strong community.

-Kids love Farmers Markets! Shopping with the kiddos is an inexpensive way to take them on a learning adventure! Counting money,identifying different fruits and veggies as well as social skills with other kids or adults! A real hands on way of having fun while learning! 

-Mindless exercise! Walking the Farmers Market is a great way to get moving! This is exercise without a membership! 

Minor steps towards a healthier way of living is what its all about! Check for your local Farmers Market for the day/date/time and get to know your local farmer! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Join Us Every Wednesday!

Join us every Wednesday at the Ontario Town Square from 5-9pm for an evening of live music,tasty foods and organic locally grown produce!! Also Friday evenings as well for a Family movie night on the lawn! A perfect way to to kick off the summer for the whole family that doesn't break the bank! Supporting our local Farmers and business owners is a simple way to strengthen our community! 

Be sure to stop by the Farmers Market info booth for a complete list of tribute bands and movies!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Pretty and Tasty Potato Salad with Green Beans!


We had to repost this Potato salad with green beans from FoodandWine.com,it was too pretty to not share! 


Ingredients: 
1/4 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of minced chives
1/4 cup of finely chopped parsley 
2 tablespoons of chopped mint
1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons of lemon juice 
1 large garlic clove,minced
salt
1 1/4 pounds of yukon gold potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes 
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 1/2 pounds of green beans trimmed
chive blossoms (optional for garnish)

Instructions:
In a medium bowl,combine the olive oil with chives,parsley,mint,lemon zest,lemon juice,and garlic season with salt. Let the salsa verde stand at room temperature for 15mins to an hour.
In large a saucepan,cover the potatoes with cold water,add a large pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
Cook potatoes over moderately high heat until tender for 8 mins,drain and return them to sauce pan.
Add one tablespoon of butter and toss to coat.Season with salt.
Bring large pot of salted water to boil,add the beans and cook till tender,4mins and drain.
Return the beans to the pot and stir in remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.season with salt.
Add half of the salsa verde to the potatoes and half to the beans,stirring to coat.Transfer the beans to a serving bowl. Top with potatoes,garnish with chive blossoms and serve immediately.




Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Summer Heat Treat!

With the weather heating up many of us and the kiddos grab for a nice cold frosty treat,ice cream! Truth is we all know how much sugar is in just one scoop of it,not to mention the issues for some lactose intolerant folks! Here is a great and healthy recipe for your ice cream sweet tooth!

NICE CREAM!!

Frozen and ripe bananas will be your main ingredient in any of these variations of 'nice cream.'
In this variations you'll need:
6 frozen bananas
2 tablespoons of nut butter,tahini or peanut butter,your choice.
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
1 cup of water or coconut water

Place frozen bananas into a food processor with water and then add the tahini,or nut butter for a rich ice cream texture. Blend until it has the soft serve texture and eat immediately to keep the consistency! its that easy and delicious! Dress it up with fresh fruit,mint,walnuts,pecans,dark chocolate bites etc!!

Your kids won't notice the difference and you can enjoy your nice cream guilt free!! :)


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Healthy Picnic Ideas!

With spring in full bloom we tend want to be outside enjoying the weather with friends and family more! Putting together a meal to be enjoyed in nature is a great way to unplug from the electronics and social media! Here are some great ideas to make your next picnic healthy and delicious!!

-Hummus and Pita chips! Mix things up with a healthy alternative to the usual potato chips,hummus and pita chips can be made at home or store bought! Many pita chips sold in store are made with olive oil instead of vegetable oil which is a healthier and more filling choice for the family.

-Fruit Skewers! This extremely easy to make and easy to eat snack is ideal for any dessert,not to mention the kiddos love anything sweet and can be finger food! Ex: Cantaloupe,melon,grapes,watermelon,strawberries,apples etc! 

-Chopped Veggies and Dip! Again back to the finger foods,so easy and inexpensive to put together! Check online for a homemade healthy dip,many dips sold in stores contain ingredients that aren't very healthy in order to preserve shelf life and of course all your favorite organic veggies can be found at your local farmers market! 

-Homemade Snack Mix-Nuts,pretzels and raisins can be put together by the kiddos,not only is it healthy but also a great way to get the kids excited to help with putting together the picnic!

-A Seasonal Salad. Again,all seasonal and organic veggies can be found at your local farmers market! Light salads with cucumber,avocado and caprese is a guilt free picnic meal and but cool enough for the warm weather!

-Flavored Water! The night before prepare and flavor water with mint leaves or berries,cucumbers and lemon for a refreshing alternative to those high sugar beverages!

Put em' all together in a picnic basket and don't forget the blanket! There you have it,an inexpensive family outing that is not only healthy but a free way to reconnect with each other and nature! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Rainy Day Lentil Soup!

Rainy day season is here! Our day cooped up indoors and cozy nights,with that we sometimes reach for comfort food or anything to warm and tasty! Check out this super easy lentil recipe,perfect for your comfort food craving and packed with flavor but also packed with nutrients!!

Ingredients:
1 chopped yellow onion
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 carrots diced
2 stalks of celery chopped
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1 can of crushed tomatoes
2 cups of dry lentils
8 cups of water
1/2 cup of spinach thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of vinegar
salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste

Directions:
In a large soup pot,heal oil over medium heat.Add onions carrots and celery,cook and stir until onion is tender. Stir in garlic,bay leaf,oregano and basil. Cook for about 2 minutes.
Stir in lentils and add water and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about an 1 hour.When ready to serve stir in spinach and cook until it wilts. Stir in vinegar and add salt and pepper to taste!