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Fresh picks this month
Apples,fruit & juice
Beans
Beef
Beets
Berries
Brocolli
Buffalo
Cabbage
Carrots
Chicken
Corn
Cucumbers
Eggs
Figs
Fish ~ tilapia & salmon
Flowers
Garlic
Goat Cheese
Goat (Chevon)
Herbs
Jams
Lettuce & Collard greens
Melons
Mushrooms
Onions
Peaches
Pears
Peppers
Plums
Pork, heirloom
Potatoes
Pumpkins
Sweet Potatoes
Rabbit 
Radishes
Sprouts, mild & spicy 
Squash
Tomatoes
Walnuts


Events
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Pumpkin Carving
Saturday Oct 27th  10am-noon

Come join in the FUN, There will be a FREE pumpkin carving at the Ashland Saturday Market on October 27th from 10:00 am until noon.
Come create a scary, funny, silly, frightening, ridiculous, happy, goofy, weird, crazy, wacky face, or you can use your carving skill to make your favorite character. 
Or maybe you can just carve a classic jack-o’-lantern. It’s up to you~ come to market, pick out your FREE pumpkin at our event booth, bring your imagination~ we'll also provide the carving tools. Parents are expected to supervise their children.
See you there. BOO!  


Recipes!
Try something new ~

Recipes! Click here for link to a Tasty Tomato Tarts from RVGCM blogger Susan Powell. Find this & other helpful cooking tips & market insights on our website.


Education

Click here check out OSU Extension Center calendar of events.

Click smallfarms.oregonstate.edu for small farm workshops.

Click here for information on locations, cost & acceptable items,
for the 2012 Plastic Round-up, Oct 19th & 20th



Brought to the valley by Project Rogue Valley & Ashland Food Co-op,


Executive Director for the Institute of Responsible Technology, Jeffery Smith will be presenting on October 11th at 7:30 pm, in an effort to educate residents about GMO crops. At Central High School at 815 S. Oakdale in Medford. 
Tickets at www.jclac.org or $20 at the door (discount for students)

Did you know about the Route 10 Bus line?
Have you checked out the  bus routes? Route 10 is within 1/2 block of most of our markets AND the bus runs on Saturdays too! Click here for a link to bus info.

25th Anniversary Season

October's Harvest abounds at Market

Health promoting, antioxidant rich, immune boosting, heart & cell healthy, vitamin & mineral packed fruits & veggies are abundant this time of year. variety of colorful fruits and vegetables in your diet is one way to celebrate a healthy lifestyle.  Get the most out of your foods by sourcing your foods close to home. You know how you feel after traveling for days?  Same goes for your food.  Don't let your produce have jet lag.   What you don't grow yourself, buy at the freshest possible point, picked right before market. Find fresh produce though November at your local markets! See below for market days, times & locations.

Member Profile 

Ali Kalemkeris
Bowerbird & Company

Q. Describe your business:
A. Eco-Friendly Bath & Body Products
Q. What is your favorite aspect of your job? 
A. That my family and I get to use my own handcrafted bath & body products for free!
Q. What did you do before starting this business?  
A. One thing I did, which I really enjoyed was painting Trompe l'oeil murals in homes and retail businesses. It was rewarding to finish a job and see the space completely transformed with color and ambiance.
Q. What do you like most about coming to market?
A. I really like that fellow growers & crafters are always sharing their goods with one another through trade or barter.  It's great fun to exchange a bar of soap for some fresh produce!
Q. What do you wish other people knew about the market?
A. That it's more than just a place to find fresh veggies and other food related items. The public can pick up unique handmade gifts from local artisans! The market is a great place to shop for a friend's birthday or start stocking up on presents for the upcoming holidays.
Q. The interest in farmers markets is growing, why do you think that is?
A. I think people are starting to understand the higher quality of locally produced food and crafts. We are getting more interested in who's growing our food and where our products are coming from and want to be engaged in the process.

Q. What is a special accomplishment you're proud of? 
A. Bowerbird & Company products will be featured in the coveted gift bags at the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards held in NYC on Oct. 1st. 
Q. What are your favorite hobbies? 
A. Masterpiece on PBS, reading historical fiction, making vegetable soups in the fall & winter, and travelling.
Q. Favorite book or movie you'd like to share:
A. 
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly
Q. What is the most important thing you learned as a child?   
A. That playing with a cardboard box can be just as fun as a brand new toy. 
Q. What would you tell someone who is thinking about becoming a member of market?
A. Visit the markets and while you're doing your shopping, talk to the growers & crafters about their experiences as a market vendor.
Q. What do you think the most positive aspect of our organization is?
A. Markets allow local businesses & farmers an outlet to offer their handcrafted products, services, and fresh produce to the community at large. Vendors also benefit from valuable feedback from their customers directly.
Q. How long have you been a member of the Rogue Valley Growers and Crafters Market?
A. This has been my first year showing Bowerbird & Company bath and body products at the Thursday market in Medford. I hope to show next season at the markets in Ashland.

Market Details: 

Oregon Trail cards are accepted at ALL our markets. Debit cards and.credit cards are accepted with a small fee, at weekday markets. Currently Saturday Ashland's machine accepts Oregon Trail & debit cards only.  It will soon accept credit cards too. Remember this: Blue tokens represent market bucks and can be used like cash. Green tokens represent debit and credit purchases and can be used like cash.  Red tokens represent SNAP benefits and cannot receive change. 


Has this ever happened to you?
"We meant to go to market,
but we just forgot about it"

Sound familiar?
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Saturday Markets
Ashland Saturday Market
Oak St in Heart of Downtown
Through Nov 3rd
9:00am- 1:30pm 


Medford Saturday Market
closed for the season


Weekday Markets

Medford Thursday Market
Medford Armory 1701 S. Pacific Hwy
Through Nov 15th
8:30am- 1:30pm  

Ashland Tuesday Market
National Guard Armory, 1420 E Main
Through Nov 20th
8:30am- 1:30pm


Market Details:
Oregon Trail, ATM & Credit Cards, and
WIC & Senior Farm Direct Nutrition Coupons Accepted!



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