Worthington Farmers Market: August 26

August 25, 2017

Some Stinging Facts about a World Without Bees
 

This week's newsletter comes from a friend and customer of the Worthington Farmers Market, Christy Erickson. 

Summer is the sweetest time of year for most of us. It's easy to see why. Days are long, sunshine and warm weather are abundant, and good times are never far away. Yet summer might sour on you pretty quick if you couldn't enjoy its delicious foods. Imagine a cheeseburger with no onions, pickles or tomatoes – or meat or cheese, for that matter. While you're at it, picture a salad with no cucumbers, a picnic with no watermelon, and a cherry tree with no cherries. Now imagine going to the store and finding the shelves bare. These scenes are an accurate picture of what a world without bees would look like.

 

Bees Do a Lot More Than Make Honey

 

Most people think of the lowly bee as little more than a pest. In reality, this hard working insect makes it possible for farmers to feed the world's population. Don't believe it? Here are just a few of the crops that depend on bee pollination:

 

●     Tomatoes
●     Melons
●     Squash
●     Cantaloupes
●     Strawberries
●     Coconuts
●     And the list goes on and on...

 

These and countless other foods would either go extinct or become almost impossible to grow. This ecological nightmare would afflict not only humans but animals as well. Meat would become a rare and costly treat. Say goodbye to your summer cookout. For that matter, say goodbye to up to 1/3 of the meals you eat.

 

“What About Vegetarians?”

 

The food crisis would affect vegetarians as well as meat eaters. A plant-based diet requires adequate amounts of not only protein but numerous vitamins and minerals as well. Many of these compounds come from sources that depend on bees to flourish. Everyone would find food harder to come by.

 

Most people get grumpy when they miss a single meal. Imagine how they would act if they went hungry for days. It's a scary thought. Here's an even scarier fact: the world's bees are in big trouble.

 

“Where Have All the Bees Gone?”

 

Large numbers of bees started dying from unknown causes as far back as the 1980s. The threat began to skyrocket in the early 2000s. Some beekeepers report losses as high as 50%. Scientists call the problem Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). You've probably heard about it in the news. Its effects have experts across the globe pretty scared.

 

Many Suspects, No Single Cause

 

So what's causing CCD? Most researchers cite a number of factors. The three deadliest culprits are:

 

1.      Parasites that make bees vulnerable to infections.
2.      A special class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.
3.      Environmental changes such as habitat loss and water contamination.

 

Research on CCD is ongoing. In the meantime, there's something you can do to help bees make a comeback. It's neither hard nor costly. In fact, It's something you might already do for fun.

 

Plant Flowers. It's as Simple as That.

 

A bee garden contains flowers and other plants that are rich in nectar, the substance from which bees make the honey they eat. You don't need a huge amount of land to grow a bee-friendly garden. In fact, planting a single flower in a pot can make a difference. Gardening is a great way to reduce stress, plus it’s an activity you can share with your spouse and kids. Here are some other things you can do:

 

●     Use natural alternatives to artificial pesticides.
●     Visit your local farmers market to buy honey and produce from local sources.
●     Take up beekeeping, either in your spare time or as a profession.
●     Spread the word about bees and the good they do for the environment.

 

Together we can help to keep the world's bees healthy. They will return the favor by ensuring the world has plenty of food, both now and in the future. That's a sweet deal for Mother Nature and for us.

 

Photo credit: Antranias
 

Don't forget, it's Yoga at the Market with Native Cold Pressed! Yoga will start at 8:00 AM on the Southeast Village Green.

 

Our vendors for Saturday, August 26th include (in both alphabetical and numerical order):

 

1    J-POPS
2    Oink Moo Cluck Farms LLC
3    Ohio Farm Direct
4    Wishwell Farms Produce, LLC
5    Wishwell Farms Produce, LLC
6    Dana Lee's Bakery & Catery
7    Sweet thing gourmet
8    Crum Strawberry Farm
9    Franklinton Gardens
10    Curly Tail Organic Farm
11    Oakleaf  Farm
12    Oakleaf  Farm
12.5    Kombu Tea
13    Farmhouse Herbs and Flowers
14    Purple Sage Bakery
15    zemnicki farms and greenhouse
16    zemnicki farms and greenhouse
17    From My Garden
18    Toad Hill Farm
19    Pies by The PieMan
20    Raven Rocks
21    Kingdom Fish
22    Krazy Kraut
23    Brown Bros. Farms, LLC
24    cottage garden
25    cottage garden
26    Miss Cristy's Bakery
28    Gillogly Orchard
29    Gillogly Orchard
30    Doran's Farm Market
31    Ramble Coffee
32    Speckled Hen Farm
33    Speckled Hen Farm
34    Up the Lane Farm
35    Weed Knob Acres
36    Rock Dove Farm
37    Jorgensen Farms
38    Dan the Baker LLC
40    Allergy-free Bake Shop dba Soodles Bake Shop
42    Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
43    Pleiades Maple Products
44    JNA BREAD BAKERY
45    Native cold pressed
46    Sadie Baby Sweets
47    Fox Hollow Garden
48    KALEZEES Kale Chips
49    Stevens Family Bakery & Orchard
50    The crazy cucumber
51    VanScoy Farms
52    VanScoy Farms
53    bak
54    Blue Jacket Dairy
55    Lucky Cat Bakery
56    North Country Charcuterie
56    darista cafe
57    Dos Hermanos Taco Truck
58    Anderson Orchard
59    Honeyrun Farm
60    Dangling Carrot Farm
61    Dangling Carrot Farm
63    Secret Garden Bakery
64    Michael's Artisan Chocolates LLC
65    A Few Of My Favorite Things...
66    Batter and Bowl
67    Ohio Bison Farm
68    Wayward Seed Farm
69    Wengers Produce
70    Wengers Produce
71    Baileys Drive Inn Donuts
72    Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese
73    SaraBee Pure Honey
74    Tiger Mushroom Farms
75    Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce
76    Ohio City Pasta
77    Charqui Jerky Co.
78    Organic GreenFix
79    Stonefield Naturals
80    Somerset Herbs LLC
81    Silver Bridge Coffee Company
82    Rhoads Farm Inc
83    Rhoads Farm Inc
84    Spotted Salamander Soap Company, LLC
M    Branstool Orchards
M    Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops
 

 

65    A Few Of My Favorite Things...
40    Allergy-free Bake Shop dba Soodles Bake Shop
58    Anderson Orchard
71    Baileys Drive Inn Donuts
53    bak
66    Batter and Bowl
54    Blue Jacket Dairy
M    Branstool Orchards
23    Brown Bros. Farms, LLC
77    Charqui Jerky Co.
42    Chuck Evans' MONTEZUMA Brand Sauces & Salsas
75    Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce
24    cottage garden
25    cottage garden
8    Crum Strawberry Farm
10    Curly Tail Organic Farm
38    Dan the Baker LLC
6    Dana Lee's Bakery & Catery
60    Dangling Carrot Farm
61    Dangling Carrot Farm
56    darista cafe
30    Doran's Farm Market
57    Dos Hermanos Taco Truck
13    Farmhouse Herbs and Flowers
47    Fox Hollow Garden
9    Franklinton Gardens
17    From My Garden
28    Gillogly Orchard
29    Gillogly Orchard
59    Honeyrun Farm
44    JNA BREAD BAKERY
37    Jorgensen Farms
1    J-POPS
48    KALEZEES Kale Chips
21    Kingdom Fish
12.5    Kombu Tea
22    Krazy Kraut
55    Lucky Cat Bakery
64    Michael's Artisan Chocolates LLC
26    Miss Cristy's Bakery
45    Native cold pressed
56    North Country Charcuterie
11    Oakleaf  Farm
12    Oakleaf  Farm
67    Ohio Bison Farm
76    Ohio City Pasta
3    Ohio Farm Direct
2    Oink Moo Cluck Farms LLC
78    Organic GreenFix
19    Pies by The PieMan
43    Pleiades Maple Products
14    Purple Sage Bakery
31    Ramble Coffee
20    Raven Rocks
82    Rhoads Farm Inc
83    Rhoads Farm Inc
M    Rime Time Curiously Crafted Pops
36    Rock Dove Farm
46    Sadie Baby Sweets
73    SaraBee Pure Honey
63    Secret Garden Bakery
81    Silver Bridge Coffee Company
72    Sippel Family Farm/Kokoborrego Cheese
80    Somerset Herbs LLC
32    Speckled Hen Farm
33    Speckled Hen Farm
84    Spotted Salamander Soap Company, LLC
49    Stevens Family Bakery & Orchard
79    Stonefield Naturals
7    Sweet thing gourmet
50    The crazy cucumber
74    Tiger Mushroom Farms
18    Toad Hill Farm
34    Up the Lane Farm
51    VanScoy Farms
52    VanScoy Farms
68    Wayward Seed Farm
35    Weed Knob Acres
69    Wengers Produce
70    Wengers Produce
4    Wishwell Farms Produce, LLC
5    Wishwell Farms Produce, LLC
15    zemnicki farms and greenhouse
16    zemnicki farms and greenhouse
 

Click here to view our interactive market map.

 

Community Table: Pet People

 

Join us this, and every Saturday from 8:00am-12:00pm in Old Worthington! Check out our market calendar by clicking here.

 

For more information, or questions related to any of our services, please contact us via email at worthingtonfarmersmarket@gmail.com. See you at the market!

 

The Worthington Farmers Market is an event of the Old Worthington Partnership.

 

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