December 11 2019 Market Bulletin
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Volume 6, Issue 99 December 11 , 2019 Market
Every Wednesday in historic Tattnall Square Park from 3:30-6:00
1155 College Street, Macon GA 31201
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“Orange is the happiest color.”

-Frank Sinatra

Dear Community Partners,

The citrus order arrived at 7 am on Monday and boy is there a lot of it! In addition to the pre-sale orders available for pick up, we will have the following quantities of fruit available:

  • Grapefruit: 5 lbs. for $5
  • Clementines: 3 lbs. for $5 or 6 lbs. for $10
  • Navel oranges: 5 lbs. for $5

Mr. Mathis and Ms. Spence, our wonderful folks from the Census, will not be with us this week. They will return next week to continue to spread the word about the importance of the 2020 Census as well as distribute information about 2020 Census jobs. If you are interested in learning more between now and next week, here is a link to the application, FAQs, pay, and job details. It can be part or full time and the hours are very flexible and the best part is you’ll be helping to make sure your community is fully counted and receives all the benefits that come from a complete count, such as redistricting, funding for counties, and economic development.

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans ends this coming Sunday! If you have not yet enrolled and need assistance, Insure Georgia can help! Licensed agents can provide enrollment help M-F, 9-5 and after hours by appointment. To schedule a phone appointment, you can call 866-988-8246 or visit the website and make an appointment through the online tool.

The Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza is back for the third year. Each year it grows and in 2019 it runs three blocks of Poplar as well as up 3rd Street. This free attraction is 7 days a week from 6-11 pm and a perfect excuse to come down and do some shopping and grab dinner. We’re so proud of how it’s grown and how it has brought together so many community partners!

Li’Monz Sips and Dips will be back with us this week, offering her amazing hot dips. Between her and Hank’s Food Truck, there is an easy dinner to be had from the market, so you don’t have to race home after shopping!


Please remember the market will be closed two days in December:

  • Wednesday, December 25, 2019
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2020 (2020!!!)

We have lots of regular raw honey and creamed honey from Deer Creek Apiaries in stock. They are great Secret Santa, Hanukkah, or stocking stuffer gifts. Both the raw ($8) and the creamed honey ($10) are fundraisers for the market’s Georgia Fresh 4 Less program to help us to continue to double SNAP benefits!

Remember, farmer’s markets make us happier, healthier, and our community wealthier.

Shop local. Eat local. Live healthy.

See you at the market!

Lacey Resch
Mulberry Market
Community Health Works
[email protected]
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Produce

Arugula
Brussels sprouts
Butterhead lettuce
Eggs
Green onions
Mixed greens
Purple-topped turnips
Spinach
Sprouts
Sweet peppers
Sweet potatoes
Turmeric
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The Mulberry Market is a focused initiative of Community Health Works, a bold non-profit seeking innovative health solutions and providing compassionate advocacy for people financially compromised by their medical needs. We work to reduce the burdens on healthcare providers and create healthier communities throughout the state of Georgia, with our core focus being the seven counties of Central Georgia – Bibb, Houston, Monroe, Crawford, Jones, Peach and Twiggs counties.
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Composting-Secondhand Soil

One of our newest partners is Secondhand Soil. Candace Neller-Harper is the mastermind behind this composting service. The mission of Secondhand Soil is to educate the community about the impact one person’s “trash” can have, provide a service that makes it easy to get involved, and with the help of customers, donate some of the “secondhand soil” to local schools and farms. Once a member has filled up their bin with food scraps, and cardboard, they simply leave it on the front step, and it is swapped out for a clean bin. Once they have picked up a few times, the member earns nutrient-rich soil to use at home or donate to others to help support the growing of local food. If you’ve always wanted to compost but don’t have space, this is a perfect solution! And if you have only a few tomato plants in containers on your deck or porch, the compost you get in return will make for very happy and delicious tomatoes.

So, as you are cooking over the holidays, breaking down cardboard boxes, and raking leaves, consider composting. Every little bit helps!
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Kung Pao Brussels sprouts
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Every time someone tells me they don’t like Brussels sprouts, I assume it’s because they’ve never had them the way I make them. Well, now I have another recipe for my pro-Brussels sprouts campaign! If you consider how often cabbage is used in Chinese food, and Brussels sprouts are little cabbages, then it really makes perfect sense. With the exception of the hoisin sauce, all the ingredients here will probably already be in your pantry and fridge. I highly suggest keeping some hoisin on hand as well, it adds a lot of umami flavor without the saltiness of soy. And if there are any leftovers, they will reheat beautifully for lunch the next day! Seeds and peanuts are optional here, and if you have a nut allergy, make sure your hoisin is nut-free, as recipes differ.

Brussels sprouts- Vesterfield Farm
Green onion- Rag & Frass

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Beet, pistachio, and orange salad
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Y’all, I made this for the salad course at Thanksgiving and all three of my family members said it was the best salad they had ever had. I’m totally telling you the truth and I am also inclined to agree with them. I did play around with the vinaigrette a little, adding more honey and some orange juice in with the lime juice until it was how I wanted it. Then I served it over mixed greens, although arugula would be lovely too.

I tossed the greens in a little of the dressing, composed the rest of the ingredients, and drizzled the remaining dressing over it all. I used grapefruit, blood oranges, navel oranges, and Meyer lemons, but any combination of citrus will be amazing. The quick pickle of the red onions was very quick and mild as well. I did those (and the dressing) first to let them sit while I prepped everything else.


Citrus- Mulberry Market tent
Arugula- Rag & Frass
Salad mix- Rag & Frass, Vesterfield Farm

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