Farmers’ market newsletter


Please enjoy this issue of the newsletter, published by Linda Hagye. Formatted version and photos attached. Don’t forget to bring your coupon with you to one of the markets! See you there!

Michelle Grondin

Market manager


Amador Farmers Market

AUG 26 2010


“Fresh From Our Farms To Your Home.”

Certified Farmers Markets are “the Real Thing:” places where genuine farmers offer only agricultural
products they grow themselves for direct sale to the public.

Amador Farmers Market.

Weekend Recap

The farmers’ market had another mouth-watering weekend, with
the August bakeoff in Sutter Creek on Saturday, and the Salsa Contest
in Jackson on Sunday. The bakeoff in Sutter Creek was judged by Steve
Muni, of Hometown Kitchen on Hometown Radio, and Fran Perry, of
Tea Eras on Main Street in Sutter Creek. The judges enjoyed entries
made with peaches, the theme fruit of the month. Lottie Tone of Sutter
Creek came in second with a delicious, finely textured Spicy Peach
Cake; and Carol Sethre, also of Sutter Creek, was the first-place winner
with her PeachaBerry Crisp that was bursting with fruit flavors. Both
contestants won “Amador Bucks” to spend at the market.

The annual Salsa Contest in Jackson is always a big hit with
customers, as it is a “people’s choice” contest, with everyone getting to
be a judge and vote for their favorite. Many tasters had a difficult time
choosing a favorite, as all of the entries were very different from each
other; these tasters enjoyed repeated trips to the salsa table as they
weighed their decisions and munched on the house-made tortilla chips
donated by Tambien Mexican Kitchen in Jackson, who also donated gift
certificates as prizes for the event. Customers and vendors quickly
snapped up the bags of these chips that were for sale at the market,
confirming the commonly-heard rumors that the chips are instantly
addictive. Vendor Mary Pulskamp successfully defended her title as the
salsa champ, repeating last year’s win with a tomatillo salsa. In second
place, with a “salsa fresca” made with a variety of homegrown tomatoes,
making it as pretty as it was delicious, was vendor Jayne Childress. In
third place was customer Kay Placido, whose spicy tomato salsa
converted even avowed “spice wimps.”

Upcoming Events

Due to the relatively cool summer, we’ve all been waiting a long
time for garden-fresh tomatoes. On Saturday in Sutter Creek, there will
be an abundance of them, not only for buying, but also for tasting, as the
Master Gardeners return with their annual Tomato Tasting event. Match
your taste buds against the judges’, and see if your favorite tomato wins!

Submitted by Diane Kriletich:

Jackson Farmers’ Market—Sundays 10-1, located behind Mel &
Faye’s Diner

Sunday, August 29, at 10:30 Sean Kriletich is our featured chef. He will
be preparing Quick & Delicious Roasted Peppers. Then at 11:15 is the
Scrumptious Scone Contest. Test your baking talent! All entries must
registered by 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: 1)
scones made with fresh or dried and 2) scones made without fruit.

Sunday, Sept 5, at 10:30 Marta Johnson is our featured chef. She will
be preparing Summer Vegetable Soup.

If you are interested in demonstrating a recipe you like, please contact
Diane at 772-1604, or dianek

Shopping Hints

1. Bring a cooler to protect your purchases from the heat.
2. Wear comfortable clothes and hat.
3. Try new things. Open yourself up to new taste experiences.
4. Check out the homemade pastries, jellies, jewelry and skin care products.
5. See you there!

Local Eggs

With the shocking egg recall happening nationwide, customers
are flocking to the farmers’ markets to buy what they perceive as “safe”
eggs. But are local eggs really safer? CBS news had the following article
on their website, with an interview of Michael Pollan, author of The
Omnivore’s Dilemma.

“’I buy farmer’s market eggs,’ Pollan told CBS News by email.

‘They cost more, but are a better product in every way, including taste
and – because they come from small flocks that get to spend time
outdoors – are safer as well. You’ll spend 50 cents an egg instead of 13,
but this is definitely a case of you get what you pay for.’

Research seems to back up Pollan, who has become the go-to guy on
the perils of factory farming.

In Europe, where the hen-confinement practices commonly used in the
U.S. are being phased out, the risk of salmonella is lower, according to
the Humane Society of the United States. In one study, 30,000 samples
from more than 5,000 egg operations across two dozen countries were
taken to compare the salmonella risk between caged and cage-free
farms. Without exception, there was a significantly lower risk of
salmonella infection in cage-free eggs.

And a 2002 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology
found that people who ate eggs from caged hens had about twice the
odds of coming down with salmonella food poisoning compared to those
who did not eat eggs from caged hens, according to an article on the
society’s website.”


Wednesday, September 1 in Pine Grove: Crystal Image

Thursday, September 2 in Plymouth: Harry Jordan

Saturday, September 4 in Sutter Creek: James May

Sunday, September 5 in Jackson: Pat Keene

Farmers Market

Pine Grove

Wed 3 to 6 pm


Thurs 4 to 7 pm

Sutter Creek

Sat 8 to 11am


Sun 10am to 1 pm

Cucumber Salad
2 to 3 cucumbers, slice thin
1/3 cup mayonnaise or sour cream
1 T vinegar (or to taste)
1 ½ T fresh chopped dill
Salt and pepper
A little sugar.
Slice cucumbers in bowl. Combine other ingredients with cucumbers and
serve. Cucumbers will soften if serve later. Slice tomato will add color and
flavor. Recipe serves 4 to 6 approx.

Good for one dollar off purchase at the Amador
Farmers Market on Saturday Aug 26 thru Sept 1,
2010 at Pine Grove, Sutter Creek and Jackson only.

$1.00 off

Bring this coupon to the Amador Farmers Market


Monthly Vision Board Group

Gather you old magazines, scissors, glue, glitter and any other crafty tools and join together as we create vision boards!

Third Friday of each month. 7:30 – 10pm

Vision Board aka Treasure Mapping is a powerful manifesting tool that utilizes both hemispheres of your brain to make your road to personal achievement faster, more accurate and heart centered.

Done correctly, a vision board will help make your dreams come true.

You can create a vision board to help you achieve success in as many ways as you define the word..

  • health
  • relationships
  • wealth
  • careers goals
  • all aspects of your life.

This monthly group is free.

Please bring a potluck dish to share.

Getting creative can give ya the munchies!


Brandy Astwood


Upcoming Workshops

Hello everyone,

We’re gearing up to begin our new year of Workshops! Here are the next 3 upcoming Workshops being offered in Amador County. Please see the information below, as well as the attached flyers. Please feel free to forward, post, and distribute this information however you like. For all below workshops, please RSVP to The Resource Connection at 223-1624. Thank you!

Seasonal Arts & Crafts, Part 1: Fall and Winter
Thursday, September 16
6:00 – 8:30 pm
Health & Human Services Building
Sutter Creek
Join us for this fun hands-on, “make and take” workshop! Looking for some fresh, new, arts and crafts ideas to use with the children in your care? Put on your ‘play clothes’ and get ready to learn and create new seasonal projects for Fall and Winter. We will be covering ideas for Autumn/Harvest, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Winter, Christmas, New Year’s, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, and more! Expect to go home with some new ideas to include in your child care curriculum, along with the projects that you create that evening. Be on the lookout for ‘Part 2 – Spring and Summer,’ coming in early 2011!

Eco-Healthy Child Care
Wednesday, September 22
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Motherlode Holistic Connection
8 Court Street, Jackson
New information included this year!
“Go Green” and become an Eco-Healthy home or child care! Research increasingly shows that the first years of a child’s life are critical to shaping their future health and development. As a parent or child care provider, small changes you make can have a big impact on the children in your care. Now there’s help for anyone who wants to make environmentally healthy choices. By reducing toxins, such as chemicals in certain cleaning products and weed killers, you help prevent illnesses like asthma, certain learning disabilities, and even some forms of cancer. For these reasons, providing an environmentally-healthy, low toxic, setting is particularly important in the places children spend the majority of their time. Raffle prizes and hand-outs provided! This FREE workshop is open to the public, everyone welcome!

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Wednesday, September 29
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Health & Human Services Building
Sutter Creek
This workshop will present and discuss information, resource sites, and programs to assist grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
Presented by Brenda Bullington, this workshop is based on training from ‘Strategies,’ which is a nationally recognized alliance of professional trainers and organizers for strategic approaches.

Thank you,

Erika Simmons
Provider Coordinator

T (209) 223-1624 x109

The Resource Connection
Engaging Families.
Empowering Communities.
Enriching Lives.

Fun Fitness with Fido

HelloCamp Shape Up joins with Our Furry Friends Training to bring you these 3 classes/activities that include fun and exercise for you and your furry friend!Check out Fun Fitness with Fido, Doggie Play Group and Fitness Express for People Over 40.Cherie River Maitland Camp Shape Up . . . For Health and Happiness
Training with Respect and Understanding

Our Furry Friends
Camp Shape Up

Photo Credit: Teri Mizuhara
Fitness Classes in Pioneer/Pine Grove/West Point/Volcano Area

Fun Fitness with Fido: Fri 5:15 – 6:15pm, Sept 17 – Oct 8 Cost $88
Exercise for You and Your Dog Including Canine Freestyle and Agility For Fun
Go For a Group Walk in the Neighborhood
Obedience Training Including Walking Well on Leash

Dog Play Groups: Wed 4 – 5pm, Ongoing Cost $10 Per Week
Play Time for Your Dog with Other Friendly Medium-Size Dogs
Well-Supervised and Safety Emphasized

Express Workout for People Over 40: Mon 10:15 – 10:50am and/or Wed 9:15 – 9:50am Cost $5.50/Class if Prepaid for a month or $7 Drop-in
Slow Warm-Up to Fun Music
Low-Impact Aerobics to Lively Music Including the Oldies!
Hand Weights Exercises Followed By Cool Down and Gentle Stretching

Classes are taught in a shaded fenced-in sandy yard off of Hwys 88 and 26. Call for directions.

Dog Trainer and Behavior Specialist since 1999, Cherie Maitland offers helpful and informative small group dog training classes for extra attention. Build positive teamwork and enjoy sharing fun activities with your dog! Since 1992, Cherie has also been helping people make healthy habit changes and is currently studying to be a Personal Fitness Trainer.

CALL Cherie Maitland at 209-296-4DOG or 304-5139

Interpersonal, Nutritional and Sexual Health for Couples

Enhancing Your Relationships through

Discovering Innate Similarities and Differences


Barry C. Deer, Ph.D.

Achieving Optimal Health

Through Nutrition

(our organic lunch will illustrate the nutritional principles)


Suzel A. Deer, RN,  BSN – CMT





Saturday October 2nd 2010

10:30 – 4 PM   (lunch at 1 PM)

$100 per couple – includes lunch

$ 60 for individual – includes lunch

Motherlode Holistic Center

8 Court Street, Jackson,

CA 95642

Reservation required:   please call Suzel @ 209-754-3010

Announcement from Sophia’s Well of Wisdom

Sent by Brandy Astwood at

Sophia’s Well of Wisdom
Sophia’s Well of Wisdom Announces
A Course in Miracles Study Group to Begin August 31

Helen BonnerLocal author Helen Bonner will facilitate a weekly study of A Course In Miracles, beginning on Tuesday, August 31st at 7:00 pm. Rev. Patsy Walker Fine, minister at the interfaith spiritual center says, “We are fortunate to have an experienced teacher like Helen Bonner with us. ACIM has proven to be one of the most effective programs for fostering spiritual growth, which then impacts the quality of one’s life.”

Dr. Bonner began studying A Course In Miracles in l982, shortly after the Text and Workbook were published, and since that time has facilitated study groups in Los Angeles, Minnesota, Bishop and Jackson. Subtitled: A Foundation for Inner Peace, ACIM is not a handbook for performing instant miracles, she says, but a step by step study of how we can bring peace and tranquility into our minds, and thus into our lives.

ACIM has it’s roots in the Biblical sayings of Jesus, going further to show how our own thinking creates problems for ourselves, and how to change that thinking. “Over time, ACIM changes lives. I can testify to that with my own life, and the lives of many of my student/teachers,” Bonner says.

Before going to college, Helen Bonner was a wife and mother, a secretary and news reporter in the Placerville area. In the ’70’s, she taught in Community Colleges in California and Texas, then got a PhD at Ohio University in 1980 and became a full professor at Minnesota State University, where she taught, among other things, World Literature. “Thats where I began to see that all great religions teach the same thing — God is Love, Love your neighbor as Yourself, Help those Less Fortunate. Trust. Be grateful. Forgive as you are forgiven. — But we all find it difficult to practice those simple precepts. The support of a caring spiritual group built around ACIM helps.”

Bonner’s last two books, First Love Last, a memoir, and Cry Dance, Literary Fiction, are based on ACIM’s principles. “Too much of our culture focuses on fighting with others, revenge, conquest, or the opposite — romantic fantasies of a perfect life with no effort on our part,” she says. “We need all the help we can get to counteract those unhealthy influences and lead happier lives. Those are the miracles ACIM offers.”

WHAT: A Course in Miracles Study Group

WHEN: Tuesday evenings from 7 -9 p.m.

WHERE: SWOW office located at the Motherlode Holistic Connection, 8 Court Street in Jackson.

PARKING: At the Old Court House parking lot or on Main Street, both just a short walk away.

COST: A donation of $5-10 per evening is suggested to help cover expenses, but it is not a requirement for attendance.

CONTACT: For more information or to RSVP contact Rev. Patsy Walker Fine at 209-418-9003, or by email.

About Sophia’s Well of Wisdom

Sophia’s Well of Wisdom is an interfaith spiritual center serving the spiritual needs of the foothill communities of Amador County. Our mission is to create a sacred space for holistic spiritual care, so that anyone who comes in search of wholeness may discover Inner Light, connect with Soul, embody Spirit, and encounter The Sacred in everyday life. Read more…

About Motherlode Holistic Connection

Located in historic downtown Jackson, California, Motherlode Holistic Connection welcomes clients and visitors to discover their personal path to wellness. MHC offers a wide variety of complementary and alternative therapies, classes and products to serve Mind, Body and Soul. Read more…

Sophia’s Well of Wisdom
Rev. Patsy Walker Fine, MA, MEd,

Minister/Director/Holistic Massage & Contemplative Bodywork Practitioner

Holistic Healing & Spiritual Care Services by Appointment.


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Yoga and Farm Fresh veggies !

James and Mary’s Organic Homegrown

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Will be available at all of Marys yoga and tai chi class times! Please see the MHC calendar for days and time

Veggies available this week (8/18-25th)

CORN (Supersweet Ambrosia comb. white/ yellow ~~( 2/$1.50.)

WAX BEANS ( ‘Purple-Dragon’) ~~ ( $2 clamshell)

Summer SQUASH:

(Sweet/ buttery Heirloom Yellow Crookneck) ($1.50/lb)

Zucchini SQUASH: Tender/ summery ($1.50/lb)

TOMATOES (Tasty Sweet Large Heirlooms) ($3/lb)

CUCUMBERS (Assorted long and round/ lemon) ($1.50/lb)