Granger’s Making 50 Toys or More 1. Ted Mudd, Studley #1174 2. Helen Mudd, Studley #1174
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 GRANGE NEWS
State Convention The 2017 Michigan State Grange Convention is coming up quickly, will you be represented? All Granges have some members who are entitled to advance in their degrees and should attend. There are all the contests available to challenge your talents and creativity, and you certainly should be represented by delegates to chart legislative policy and Grange direction for the coming years. The simple answer to all of this is read your program books, read the Grange News and listen at Grange when communications are read. So many problems could avoided if we would all just communicate a little better in all forms. There, I’m down off my pedestal for now. Please do a final push for entries in the Family Activities Department. Your interest and participation is what determines what will be in the next program book. And a special push is needed for entries in the quilt contest to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Grange. Remember, with the shortened session, it is imperative to have your entries registered in time for judging. Please check the schedule for accurate times and locations.
A Farmer’s Market is likely coming to a field or parking lot near you—if there isn’t already one operating nearby. The USDA says that between the years 2008 and 2013 the number of farmers markets doubled nationwide.
Buyers who are not familiar with farmers markets can look at these seven reason to give them a try:
Food at farm markets tend to be limited to in season offerings. Some nutritionists suggest eating seasonally available foods is better for your body, because humans ate seasonal produce for thousands of years before shipping and refrigeration changed how people got their food. Also, many people feel that fresh, seasonal foods taste better than the alternatives.
Discover new foods. There is always something new at a farmers market and this can entice shoppers to expand their taste buds. Explore interesting, locally grown items. Even kids may fall in love with colorful fruits and veggies and their refreshing tastes.
Embrace organic and non GMO offerings. Many farm markets offer foods that are organically grown and produced without GMO’s. Farm Market retailers also tend to give first hand accounts of where their foods come from and how they are grown or raised.
Indulge in nutritious foods. The vivid colors and smells emanating from farmers markets indicate just how fresh and nutritious the offerings tend to be. Farmers who peddle their wares at markets adhere to careful farming methods to ensure their foods are as nutritious as possible.
Learn secrets and recipes. In addition to fresh produce, farmers markets may offer baked and other prepared goods. Shopkeepers often mingle with their customers, offering trade secrets and recipe ideas, and, local farm families supported by farmers markets generally offer supreme customer service to keep shoppers coming back week after week.
Turn the trip into a social excursion. A farmers market can be an exciting and flavorful social gathering place for families and groups of friends, as well as a great place to meet other members of the community. Sometimes farmers also mingle with local artisan, so the market can be a one stop shopping locale for locally produced food and art.
Save Money. Farmers markets may well sell organic produce at a cost comparable or even lower than other retailers. That’s because local farmers do not have to transport their items as far as other retailers whose foods were shipped in from far away places and picked prematurely. Any time of year is perfect for grabbing a tote bag and browsing the wares at a nearby farmers market, where shoppers are bound to find something fresh, unique and delicious!