Happy Summer all! Just think of all the wonderful produce we’ll have in a few months time. Watermelon, corn on the cob…. Can’t wait! Almost makes up for the heat and humidity- I mean almost….. 🙂

Yoga Heights DC will return this week and are at the market around 10:30 am. It’s a perfect way to start the day!
If you would like to contact our group of instructors please email yoga.hollywoodmarket@gmail.com or visit their website http://yogaheightsdc.com/

Exciting News!
We will have an ice cream truck at the market! A great tasty treat for kids and adults! Can’t wait!
A message from Shanice of Elated Harmony Massage:
“We would love to return to Hollywood with our new addition: THE MOBILE MASSAGE STUDIO BUS!!

But as of now we are still in the midst of converting it and it is taking most of our weekends to complete. I’m hopefully looking at a tentative date of Saturday, July 21st, 2018 or July 28th, 2018.

But since this is our first Bus conversion, I will keep you updated if our schedule is pushed back a little.”

Other News:
Bakery Charley will be off for a few weeks but will return after a few family events.
Inge’s Crochet will not be back to the market for a while. Inge had a loss in her family and had to return to Germany. Please keep Inge in your thoughts and prayers.
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden will be back in a month. We will miss them until then.
Stone Hearth Bakery is looking for someone to sell their product at our market. Hopefully they’ll find someone by this weekend.
Calvert Farm is looking for someone in the local area to help sell their produce. Farmer Pam has someone to drive the truck from Rising Sun but needs an additional hand to meet the staff member around 8am to help set up, sell and then take down at the end of the day. If you or someone you know who is trustworthy and a hard worker would like to fill that spot please contact farmer@calvertfarm.com.

Returning (tentatively) vendors for this week include:
A Little Pottery: Handmade pottery
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice\
Blessed Creations: Soaps and oils
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits will hopefully return at some point in the fall.
College Park Hypnosis Center: Making positive changes easier
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Heavenly Created Desserts: Hot dogs and desserts will return June 23rd
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
Victory Chapel Family Farms: Local Honey
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses

These vendors will be returning at a later date:
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Elated Harmony: Massage
Moonstruck Oyster Company: Shelled Oysters, Shucked Oysters, Cookbooks, etc.
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candles in multiple scents
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
The Wood Dr.: Handmade wooden items
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
VizingaWoodworks: Handcrafted jewelry and accessories

If you have a moment…..
Across much of the United States, farmers markets have reported a decrease in consumer participation over the last couple of years, resulting in a decrease in farm sales and income. In an attempt to understand and reverse this slump, a multi-state study is being undertaken by Farmers Market Federation of NY and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, in partnership with Community Involved in Agriculture (CISA), NOFA-VT, Maryland Cooperative Extension and the Farmers Market Association of Maryland. The study will consist of a consumer survey to ascertain the reasoning behind consumer choices of venues to shop for local food. The survey will focus on all consumers with an interest in local food.
Your help in reaching consumers is valuable to the outcome of this study. We have identified categories of consumers that we hope to reach with our survey. Each category is important in identifying customer shopping behavior in purchasing local food, even those with no interest. Our hope is to reach all categories of consumers.
· those who regularly shop at farmers markets and are firmly behind the local food movement
· those who view farmers markets as a social event, but have a keen interest in local food
· those who are interested in local food, but rarely shop at a farmers market
· those who have little to no interest in local food and never shop at farmers markets
Below is a link to the consumer survey. It is an online survey and does not require a face-to-face interaction. The survey is meant to take between 10 – 15 minutes.
The study partners will use a summer-long social media campaign to reach consumers and direct them to the survey. You can find social media graphics at (http://www.nyfarmersmarket.com/2018-consumer-survey/ ) to use in reaching your consumer base.
The online survey will remain open from June 18, 2018 through October 1, 2018. At that time the survey will close to allow a team from the Charles H Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management at Cornell University to analyze the surveys to determine trends, preferences and needs of “today’s” local food shoppers.
As a thank you for your assistance in helping to reach consumers with the survey, we will share the white paper prepared by the team at the Charles H Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management at Cornell University. The paper should be ready sometime in March 2019.
Please direct any questions or comments to Diane Eggert at deggert@nyfarmersmarket.com (mailto:deggert@nyfarmersmarket.com) or Laura Biasillo at lw257@cornell.edu (mailto:lw257@cornell.edu) .
Diane Eggert
Farmers Market Federation of NY
Laura Biasillo
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County

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