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Do you have more vegetables in your garden than you can use? If you’ve got extra, we can help. Monday, July 29, 7:30 am-noon, you can drop off extra produce at the Market. We’ll sort it and distribute it to local food pantries. Upcoming additional dates: Monday, August 5 and Monday,August 19. For more information, contact Elizabeth.
LOOK FOR THIS IN THE MAIL. New member cards and the summer newsletter went in to the mail to all members on Friday. Your member card is valid now through July 2014. Put it in the wallet of your household’s most frequent shopper so s/he can use it twice/month for discounts. Newsletter includes a report from the Board, suggestions for summer cooking–including vegan cookbooks–and more! If you’re not a member, did you know that we have two levels of memberships? You can become a member for a one-time fee of $50 (blue level) or $200 (gold level). Use it for discounts every 3rd Friday of the month and one other day of your choice. You can cancel your membership at any time and your original buy-in price will be refunded. Interested? Ask any cashier for a membership form. And thanks, everyone, for shopping here.
The Market knows that sometimes home gardeners and farmers have more produce than they can use. And we all know that there are people in the community who could use a hand in getting quality food on the table for their families.
In the summer months, we run a program called Got Extra? to match the bounty with the need. It starts on Monday, July 1.If you’d like to help, here’s what you can do:
- Mark the collection dates on your calendar: 1st, 3rd and 5th Mondays in July; 1st and 3rd in August.
- Bring extra fresh produce to the Market between 7:30 a.m. (when we open) and noon. Ask for Elizabeth.
- Know that we appreciate any amount–it’s all good!
We’ll then sort the produce and volunteers will deliver it to local food pantries.
If you have any questions, let us know. Thank you!
Today is Member Appreciation Day — MAD for short. How can you tell? It’s always on the 3rd Friday of the month. Members get a discount and everyone gets to sample tasty food. Come on down! If you’re not a member and are interested, ask a cashier for the membership brochure.
Stop by our display at BALE Fest, 4:00-5:30 this Thursday on the village green, to talk with experienced rain barrel builder Sarah Sincerbeaux and to admire the barrels constructed by Market board members Simon Leavitt and Peter Anderson.
See you there!
A reminder that this Friday–and every 3rd Friday of every month–the Market celebrates Member Appreciation Day. We have two levels of membership, both involving a one-time, life-long investment in our local business. Blue level members pay $50; gold level pay $200. In return they get a 5% or 15% discount (respectively) twice a month–once on MAD and once on the day of your choice. You can become a member at any time. Ask your cashier for an application form.
Be part of the on-line community to share your experience and learn from others. As an incentive, bloggers will be entered in a drawing for a gift certificate to King Arthur Flour. Be well and do good!
Want to make a positive change for yourself, the Earth, and quite possibly your wallet, too? Then consider giving yourself an eco-challenge. The challenge starts today (or whenever you read this) and runs through Earth Day, April 22. More information is posted below and under the Education tab on this website. One person asked, “Does turning off the water when you brush your teeth count as an Eco-Challenge? I’ve trying to start doing that.” The answer is yes! Any habit that you’d like to change to be more earth-friendly is valid. Choose something that interests you and go for it. Use the structure of the eco-challenge (a set time, a place to register and blog, knowing that others are doing it, too) to support you in meeting a goal. Register on-line at CatamountEcoChallenge.wordpress.com or in-person at the Market (poster in Aisle 2). Here’s to Spring and to change.
At 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 20 (this week!), Community Gardener Liz Spellman and others will host a planning meeting for this year’s growing season. All are welcome. Light snacks provided. Meeting space is the Cafeteria at the South Royalton Public School–accessible and offering plenty of parking.
The South Royalton Community Garden is located on South Windsor Street within walking distance of the village green. Plot size big enough to grow summer vegetables for a couple of people–and small enough to remain manageable if you tend it regularly. If you are ambitious or have a big family, you can rent two plots next to each other.
To be discussed: garden layout out, organization, possible group work sessions, equipment, and fees. If you have questions, come take part in the discussion! Gardeners agree to follow some basic rules. The garden is supported by several community groups, including the Royalton Recreation Committee, the Royalton Select Board, the South Royalton Market, and others. If you have questions in advance of the meeting, contact Liz Spellman: email@example.com.