Ohio Valley Greenmarket: A Zero Waste Event

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A zero waste event — wouldn’t that be great? The Ohio Valley Greenmarket for 2013 was not perfect, but it was a step in the right direction. For their efforts to help make the 2013 Greenmarket a low-waste event, we have a few organizations to thank.

For the recycling services, we have Hamilton County Solid Waste and Rumpke to thank. At the end of the Greenmarket event in Ault Park, we had many piles of recycling to be sorted through and sent off to the recyclers.

Dayton, Ohio area Future Organics, Inc. took care of our composting services at the Greenmarket. Thanks to our many diners at the Community Dinner, attendees, and participants at the Greenmarket in Ault Park, we had a lot of compost to send to the local farms to eventually use on their fields.

Diners at the Community Dinner also had the opportunity to eat off of biodegradable and compostable products from BioGreenChoice, a Dayton, Ohio company. This was a great step in reducing the typical waste from a dinner based on smaller portion sizes.

We are so grateful for the help from Hamilton County Solid Waste, Rumpke, Future Organics, Inc, and BioGreenChoice for making the 2013 Greenmarket a low-waste event. What is in store for Greenmarket 2014? Solar powered flush toilets? Wind-generated power for our vendors? Anything is possible.

Community Dinner Sponsor: White Oak Pastures

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Another Sponsor of the 2013 Greenmarket Community Dinner was White Oak Pastures, the five-generation family farm in Southern Georgia. Will Harris III began his farm’s transition back to rotationally grazed pastures in 1995 and now provides his pasture-raised meat to purveyors such as Whole Foods Market.

We were fortunate to have some White Oak meat provided for our Community Dinner at Peterloon on August 3, 2013. Thank you White Oak Pastures for sharing some of your bounty with us here in Ohio!

Magnificent Flowers

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Anyone attending the Greenmarket Community Dinner on August 3, 2013 or an astute observer at the Greenmarket at Ault Park on August 4, 2013, noticed the beautiful flowers and arrangements. These arrangements included hearty sunflowers, daisies, zinnias, and other wonderful, local flowers.

We have Nellie Ashmore of That Girl’s Flowers to thank for all of those sensational flowers and arrangements. A huge thank you to Nellie for putting these finishing touches on our Greenmarket 2013 — it brought the Community Dinner to another level of sophistication.

You can find Nellie and That Girl’s Flowers at several Farmers’ Markets in the region and Pipkin’s Market in the Blue Ash area. You can find more information at her website, www.thatgirlsflowers.com.

Greenmarket Giveaway

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In the two or three weeks since the 2013 Greenmarket, we’ve taken some time to get some rest, reflect, and … draw a winner for the Greenmarket gift basket!

The gift basket was donated to the Greenmarket by the DewMore Initiative, the non-profit collaborative of Dewey’s Pizza employees. The basket contains a plethora of Dewey’s swag, including t-shirts, pint glasses, and a bottle of Dewey’s wine.

The winner of the Dewey’s and DewMore Initiative gift basket is … Gloria P. from Oxford, Ohio! Gloria, thank you for making the trek down to the 2013 Greenmarket and we hope you enjoy your goodies from Dewey’s.

For more information about the DewMore Initiative, please click here to visit their website.

Community Dinner Update!

There are only a couple days left to get your tickets to the Greenmarket Community Dinner, which benefits and celebrates the Greater Cincinnati Master Gardener’s Association!

Right now the lineup for the Community Dinner includes:

American Harvest
Bello Bike Pops
Carabello Coffee
Carriage House Farm
Grateful Grahams
Mary Jane’s Brownies
Park + Vine
Spice and Tea Exchange
Valley Vineyards
Big Fish Farms
Eat Well
Fab Ferments
Fireside Pizza
Great Crescent Brewery
Local 127 and Steve Geddes
My Artisano Foods
Nectar
Snowville Creamery
Stephen Shockley
Summit
Tessora Limone
Permagenics
Piper’s Cafe
Whole Foods Cincinnati
Whole Foods Mason

Tickets to the Community Dinner are $60!
We look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Sponsor: Ford Motor Company

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Last year Ford brought down their prototypes from Detroit and at this year’s Greenmarket event we have the real cars. Come to either the Communty Dinner at Peterloon on Saturday August 3, 2013 or to the Greenmarket Sunday August 4, 2013 in Ault Park and test drive one of the new all-electric, hybrids, or hybrid plug-in vehicles from Ford.

If you’re in the market for a new car and want to take the next step in reducing your carbon footprint now you have options – an all-electric, hybrid, or hybrid plug-in may be for you. The Greenmarket team has been driving a Ford hybrid plug-in for the last three weeks and we’ve put 750 miles on the car with a quarter tank of gas left to go – we’re going to try for 1,000 miles on one tank of gas!

The hybrid plug-in models have software designed to help drivers get the most from the system with information such as instantaneous fuel economy and regenerative breaking status are displayed on the dash, helping drivers more closely monitor how their driving behavior affects vehicle efficiency.

Ford’s electrified vehicles offer a great combination of efficiency, performance, technology, and affordability that we believe will help spur adoption of these advanced vehicles,” says Kevin Layden, director, Ford Electrification Programs and Engineering.

Thank you Ford for bringing these vehicles to life and bringing them to the 2013 Ohio Valley Greenmarket!

Sponsor: Chipotle

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Have you had a Chipotle burrito, bowl, or salad? If so, then you know that they serve great tasting food — and it’s probably the most nutritious, conscientious fast food for your money.

It’s is no wonder that their commitment has been been streamlined into the phrase “Food With Integrity.” Chipotle’s commitment to changing traditional “fast food” culture manifests itself by serving customers the very best ingredients raised with respect for animals, environment, and farmers.

We would like to thank Chipotle for being a part of the Greenmarket for the second year in a row and for keeping the 2013 Greenmarket volunteers happy with gift cards for their swag bags and chips and guacamole for lunch on Sunday!