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Downing Fruit Farm not only has some delicious fruit, veggies, and award winning cider, but they've also got the beautiful and sweet, Maddie! Here she is holding one of their many gigantic watermelons! For those of you who are new to Downing Fruit Farm, they have been around for generations. Just to give you an idea on how long, let me say that Scott Downing's great-great-great-great grandfather John Downing started the farm in 1838!
For weeks now we have been fortunate to have Chef Patrick Nipper from Kona Bistro and Chef Steve "Soupy" Townsend, whom you can find at MOON Co-Op, cooking up something special for the market. We have been calling the presentation, Market Fresh Chef Cooking Demo but we are now transitioning the presentation into, ASK THE MARKET FRESH CHEF!
For those of you who know Betsy Torge, you absolutely love her enthusiastic, love-of-life, light-hearted spirit. She brings a smile to your face no matter what. So you can only imagine what she brings to the OCAC Gardeneering Program. The Gardeneering Program gives our children in Oxford a chance to have hands on experience in the garden. Betsy teaches the children the concept of "farm-to-table" and provides an easy understanding of the benefits of growing your own food.
With school starting in 10 days, Oxford will once again, be thriving with a new group of enthusiastic young adults. These days, young folks are eager to be involved with the community, educating themselves and others on the positive effects of farmers markets and local co-ops. With each new Miami student that attends our Oxford Farmers Market, they will tell at least 1 friend. The experience they have at the market will surely be very influential in, bringing a sense of togetherness, enlightenment, and cultivate community. Just take Miami student, Leland Joyce, for example.
Fauzia is one of our most loyal shoppers. Here's what she had to say about the Oxford Farmers Market, "I don't come here because of the food but because I feel that everybody loves me! If I didn't feel welcome I could shop somewhere else. The value of the market is that everything is at its highest possible quality! The truth is that there's all sorts of laws dealing with the distribution of food but you can not legislate morality. Everyone here has their morals right!"
We love you Fauzia! We deeply thank you for your support, love, and the positivity you bring to the market.
Denny Meyer rode 31 miles on his bike from Eaton! He frequents Bike Wise and noticed the market a few times. And this week he decided to stop in! He started his trek around 6:30am and arrived about 9am, just in time to sample some of Downing Fruit Farms delicious strawberries before they sold out! Check out our Facebook page for an additional photo of Denny.
On June 7, 2014, we had our first Market Fresh Chef of the season! Head Chef Patrick Nipper of Kona Bistro demoed his Garden Fresh Omelette! Chef Patrick used Morning Sun Farm's Organic Eggs, Tucson Trish's Authentic Mexican Salsa, 5 Oaks Organic Shallots & Garlic Sprouts, and Jericho Run Farm's Turnip Tops. Check out our Recipes page to make your own omelette at home! And be sure to pick up your fresh, local, and organic ingredients at the Oxford Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 8-Noon!