Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Updates from July 2010 Newsletter




New Faces – Frisco Farm
New at the market this year are Anne LeFevre and Kyle Skaggs of Frisco Farm, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Bringing food grown from the land and water of the San Francisco River, they will provide a wide array of chemical and pesticide free food choices throughout the season.
Anne grew up in Colorado, but has ten years farming experience in northern New Mexico. Kyle, a Glenwood native, became interested in agriculture while attending Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He spent a season working on a farm near Santa Fe – a farm managed by Anne – before they combined their farming skills and interests on Kyle’s parents land in Pleasanton. Kyle’s educational and field-work experience is in ecology. This combined with Anne’s extensive farming background gives them a keen understanding of our area’s unique interaction between plants, soil, water, climate, and the importance of local food sources.
This is the first season of production for the farm. They moved back to the area last fall and started plowing the fallow fields, planting cover crop, and building deer fence. This spring, once the ground was dry enough to work, they started turning the cover under and planting crops. With Kyle having grown up in the area, they know lots of local folks that are excited about the farm and willing to help in any way the can. Their crops also have the added benefit of having been grown in fields tilled by a hard working and honorable draft mule. A good draft mule always adds that special something!
Frisco Farm is a great benefit to our market community in that they not only bring great produce each week, but they also bring great people to the market who are members of their CSA.
Here is how Frisco Farm’s explains their CSA: “Community Supported Agriculture is a unique relationship between a farm and consumers in a local community. Members of the community sign up in advance for a share of the produce harvested in a given season. Throughout the growing year, CSA members receive a weekly distribution of goods picked up at the farm or local distribution point.”
Silver City Farmer’s Market is proud to have Frisco Farm as part of their family of growers bringing local and sustainable choices for you at your community’s farmer’s market.


Serenity Bakers!
Another great addition to the market this year is the mouth watering, made from scratch baked goods straight from the kitchen of Becky Ferranti of Serenity Acres Inc. Many in Silver City are already familiar with the generous and caring work that Serenity Acres has provided in the area of equine rescue over the years. Now you can support that work by purchasing generously portioned baked goods made by the same caring hands! All proceeds from their market sales go to feed the horses in support of their continued non-profit work. What a great way to support local food, compassionate horse rescue, and your urge for a wide variety of baked goods to take home or eat on the spot.
For those not familiar with the work of Serenity Acres, they are a 501-(c)3 non-profit that helps to place horses formally associated with the PRE MAR RIN (Pregnant mare urine) industry. They work to find homes for horses throughout the USA. For more information go to serentiyacresnm.com.

Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival Saturday, September 25th, 9:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. A day long hoe down, when farmers put down their hoes for a celebration, is planned with valley growers, storytellers, musicians and craftspeople coming together to share their love of the Mimbres at the San Lorenzo Elementary School. Good variety of food options will be available all day long. Bring your entry to The Best Tasting Pie Contest. Events for kids and adults alike will be happening throughout the day. Plenty of free parking with shuttle service provided.
For more information visit their website at mimbresharvestfest.com. or call 505-536-9681


The Silver City Farmer’s Market appreciates the contributions we receive from everyone in the community: Thank you volunteers Marguerite Bellringer and Socorro Arellano, J&J Signs, Silver City Food Coop (great coffee!), The Main Street Project, Janey Katz and Suzi Calhoun, Heckler’s Copies to Go, Town of Silver City, Gila Community Forum, Thunder Creek Quilt Shop/Western Stationers, Griffin”s Propane, Single Socks, Daine’s Bakery.

Notice of Board Meeting
Board meetings for Silver City Farmer’s Market take place the first Tuesday of each month at 2:00 PM in the Silver City Coop’s Community Room. Meetings are open to all please feel free to attend.