Nourish Update - August 2018
As the market season progresses into August, our Nourish! program is wrapping up to a strong end! The GFMA staff has had an amazing experience seeing the growth and excitement generated from Nourish! at each participating market. Our final market visit will be on Saturday, August 25th at the Forsyth Farmers Market in Savannah; we’d love to see you there! The Forsyth Farmers Market is Savannah’s “food-only, producer-only market”, where all vendors come from within a 200 mile radius. Around 30-vendors come from nearby to supply customers with a delicious and wide variety of goods.
An integral part of Nourish! are the market day food demonstrations, which were largely made possible through the training and recipes of Chef Lisa Lowe of Cooking for Caregivers. Chef Lisa is an amazing example of a community member, who uses her love for local food to support, engage, and educate her community! As the summer continues to fly by, Chef Lisa reflects on her experience so far:
“Its farmers market season all over the metro area. I cannot begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed the season. Summers (and markets) are exciting due to all of the fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables that are available to anyone from our local farmers. In addition to the farmer’s, it’s a great time to support our local small business owners- purveyors of meats, cheeses, baked goods and much, much more local goodness. As a small business owner myself, I take pride in supporting all of these hard working individuals.
Getting to know the people providing all of the fresh goodness is important to me. Being able to hear their stories and build relationships are what make the local farmers markets so special. I especially love Friday’s at my local market, Lilburn Farmers Market where I have the privilege of not only picking up my own weekly goodies but preparing recipes for our patrons. Most Friday’s you will find me doing a Food Demo using products from the Farmer-Growers that provide the Lilburn area with so much goodness. Last Friday I prepared a Summer Succotash (recipe below!).
From my favorite Farmer’s Market to yours, enjoy the fresh and local goodness for the rest of the summer.”
Thank you again to Chef Lisa and to everyone who continues to support GFMA and your local markets. Farmers markets are made possible by your active engagement, and we can’t wait to see how each market continues to grow!
Following the end of Nourish!, ten market managers and leaders will be joining us on a new venture: The Farmers Market Leaders Fellowship. The fellowship is an eight month long educational program where market leaders will learn skills to build stronger markets, increase shopper loyalty, and bolster market sustainability overall. Stay tuned on our Facebook and Instagram pages to see how the fellowship program progresses starting this fall!