Food Is Our Medicine | Farmers Market
SENECA NATION FARMERS MARKET
Come and enjoy the Farmer’s Market each Tuesday! From fresh produce , hormone and steroid free meat, herbs, flowers and multiple craters everyone has a little something to browse through. Enjoy your breakfast or lunch at the elders tent, and children can always enjoy the kids tent with scavenger hunt, readings and coloring…
Seneca One Stop
Irving, NY 14081
Come and join us Tuesdays 10am-5pm in August!
September thru October 18th, 10am-3pm
See you all on Tuesday!
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OUR MISSION: “To provide a venue where regional farmers, food producers, crafters and artisans come together to provide a variety of high-quality, locally-grown healthy food options, organic produce, grass fed animal products and handcrafted goods directly to Seneca Nation members and surrounding communities”.
From the Farmers Market Federation of New York:
You’ll soon start to see a new look to the SNAP EBT cards in New York State. Beginning in August, new and replacement cards will feature an updated design as shown below, but the new cards will continue to work exactly the same as before. Retailers and farmers markets will continue to accept old and new SNAP cards simultaneously until all of the old cards are eventually replaced with new ones. This transition will happen over a period of time as some people will continue using the old cards until they need replacing at which point they will be issued a new card with the new design. Be on the lookout for these new EBT cards at your market and spread the word to your farmers and other nearby market managers about the new card design. You may also need to change your signage when you order new signage if you used any images of EBT cards on your signs.
From USDA FNS:
This is to advise all certified Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) merchants in New York State that, starting on August 1, 2016, the appearance of the EBT card used to issue SNAP and cash payments in New York State will change.
On and after August 1, 2016, individuals seeking a new or replacement EBT card at one of the two over the counter card issuance sites in New York City will be issued a card with the new design (pictured above). The new card design will begin to be used for new and replacement EBT cards issued by mail to cardholders statewide in early to mid-September 2016.
As New York State will not be issuing mass card replacements, merchants should expect to see SNAP and cash benefits transacted using both the current card design and the new card design for the foreseeable future. As photos are optional for SNAP, SNAP merchants must accept either card design regardless of the presence of a photo. The new card design does not require current cardholders to order a replacement unless the card is damaged, lost or stolen, as the current card will continue to work.
While the appearance of the card is changing, the way in which the card functions is not changing. SNAP merchants should accept either card design and process card transactions in the same manner as before. The cardholder is still required to swipe the card and enter their Personal Identification Number (PIN) to complete the transaction. For additional information on the new card design please follow this link; www.otda.ny.gov/workingfamilies/ebt.asp
As a reminder, if a card is damaged and is unable to be swiped, manual (key-entered) transactions are discouraged. Merchants are asked to direct the cardholder to contact their local social services district for a card replacement in such situations.
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is informing cardholders and local social services districts of the change in the EBT card design. We ask that you inform your front end register staff, managers and supervisors of this change.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
*Currently as the SNI FIOM Farmers Market we are in process of applying for SNAP.
Announcement From Shish Kabob Heaven:
On August 16th at the Seneca Nation’s Farmer’s Market, Shish Kabob Heaven will be roasting one of our pigs. So we are looking at quite a busy summer here at the farm.
We still have pigs available for customers to buy a half or whole and roasters are available as well, although our larger ones are already spoken for until some of the piglets grow out. So come check us out or stop buy on August 16th and grab a bite to eat!
It’s that time of year! School is out and the Farmer’s Markets are in full swing. You can come find us at the Seneca Nation’s Farmer’s Market in Irving, NY on Tuesdays and the Downtown Jamestown Farmer’s Market on Thursdays.
We have all kinds of pork products, ground beef, chicken, and eggs. Coming soon we will be offering pasture raised rabbits as well. We also have a few non-food items like our homemade lard soap. Right now all we have is Lavender/Sage as a scent, but we should have some more variety in the coming weeks.
Homemade Lavender and Sage Soap, made with lard from our pasture raised pigs.
The Seneca Nation Farmers Market at the Cattaraugus Territory has been in existence since February of 2013. Open on Tuesdays, the Summer Market operates from the third week in June to the last week in October, while the Winter Market operates from the first week in November to the second week in May. Market vendors sell fresh produce when in season, organically raised hormone-free nontraditional meats, dairy products, traditional herbs and spices, and other food items and draw customers from the Cattaraugus Territory and the surrounding communities. The Seneca Nation Farmers Market is unique among New York State markets in that its focus is on healthy choices in foods, with emphasis on organic meats and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Access to reasonably priced food fresh food is of particular significance to Native populations in general, and to the Seneca Nation in particular. For millennia, Native peoples’ genetic makeup has been largely determined by the foods and medicines of their ancestors. It was their intimate connection with the land that sustained Native peoples and gave them vigor. Over the past few centuries, this relationship with the land and its bounty has been fractured. Native peoples no longer rely upon the foods of their ancestors to provide them with strength: their diet is now filled with the high concentration of sugar, salt, and fat that characterizes modern eating habits. As a result, the good health and vigor of Native people have suffered and have led to unprecedented rates of nutrition-related diseases. According to the American Diabetes Association, “At nearly 16.1 percent, American Indians and Alaska Natives have the highest age-adjusted prevalence of diabetes among all U.S. racial and ethnic groups.”
The occurrence of diabetes among Native peoples is, unfortunately, mirrored by data from the Seneca Nation of Indians. According to the 2013 Seneca Nation Diabetes Report, for 2010, the rate of diabetes for the Seneca Nation was 19.7%; for 2011, the rate was 19.5%; and for 2012, the rate jumped to 20.4%. When compared with the New York State rate of 8.4% and a rate of 6.4% for the United States as a whole, the alarming nature of this trend becomes clear.
The extraordinarily high incidence of diabetes within the Seneca Community speaks not only to the potential for a diminished quality of life for those with diabetes – including eye, foot, and skin complications; neuropathy (nerve damage); kidney disease; and lower limb amputation – but also to an increased likelihood of premature death from heart disease or stroke.
For youngsters at the Seneca Nation, the news is no better. Recent data from the Seneca Nation Health System indicate that 5.7% of children ages 5 to 12 at the Cattaraugus Territory are diabetic, a rate many times the national average. Clearly, the youngest members of the Seneca Community are at risk for a lifetime of ill health if steps are not taken to reverse this trend.
The availability of fresh foods can do much to end the reliance on processed foods that are filled with fat and empty calories. In the brief time since its start, the Seneca Nation Farmers Market has done much to meet these challenges by providing access to high quality, healthy food items for residents of the Cattaraugus Territory and the surrounding communities.
Jodi Oakes, one of the original Market vendors, has recently been named Market Manager for Cattaraugus. She has already begun to work with the Food Is Our Medicine Project Manager on strategies to attract new vendors, increase the variety of goods offered for sale, and ensure a successful selling season.
Recently, the Seneca Nation was host to the Mobile Farmers Market, an initiative of the Intertribal Agricultural Council, which has worked since 1987 to improve agriculture in Indian Country. On July 15th at the Cattaraugus Territory, and July 16th at the Allegany Territory, the Mobile Farmers Market brought Native foods including wild rice, maple syrup, white and blue corn, and jams and jellies, as well as craft and jewelry items, to the Seneca Community. Through its Mobile Farmers Market, the Intertribal Agricultural Council has worked to bring back the sense of connectedness and the sharing of traditional foods that for so long had taken place among the Indigenous Peoples of North America.
As the management of the Seneca Nation Farmers Market, we’re proud of how far the Market has come in such a brief period of time, but we aren’t content to look only to the past, no matter how successful it’s been. Our sights are set on the future, with ambitious goals to help make the Market ever more responsive to the needs of the Seneca Community. The Market has four main goals: to increase the number of customers and vendors, to establish a partnership in the Allegany Territory with the Salamanca Farmers Market, to increase Seneca Nation Farmers Market awareness among Seneca youth and Elders, and to introduce indigenous foods for sale at the Market. With diligence on our part, and with the support of the Seneca Community, we’re confident we will achieve our goals.
In the Proclamation for the 2013 National Farmers Market Week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack said: “…farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support the sustainability of family farms, revitalize communities, and provide opportunities for farmers and consumers to interact…” We are working hard to make his words a reality for the Seneca Nation Farmers Market.
By Patricia Galeza
SNI Farmers Market Vendors:
- Oakes Traveling Mercantile
- County Line Produce
- Henry Mast – flowers and Amish-made items
- Baked Goods by Shirley
- Prepared lunch available from Phil and Karen Beck
- 4-Loops Old Fashioned Kettle Corn
- Kwilos Brothers Farms
- Nature’s Pathways Herbals
- Robert Fred Farms
I was born on July 5, 1954 and I grew up in Jayuya Puerto Rico on a small farm with my family. My father and brother took a trip to Dunkirk, New York and they loved it and decided to bring my 10 siblings as well as myself to live in Dunkirk. It was June 11, 1969 and I was 15 years old when I moved with my family to Dunkirk. As I attended Dunkirk High School, I found some work on a small local farm owned by Russell Joy Sr the former mayor of Fredonia, New York. After working for Russell Joy over 26 years, Russell asked me if I wanted to buy his farm after he retired, I looked at him and told him “I only had $3 dollars in my pocket what can I buy with $3 dollars?.” I ended up buying 100 acres with $3 dollars and a handshake on May 29, 1990; I was excited because I was working for myself which was a huge accomplishment for my wife and I.
One October we sold our first grapes to our local factory and when my wife and I received our first check of $108,000 we were shocked we have never seen that much money. From that day forward we both told each other that we wanted to do our best for our family and continue to expand every day that we could. In over 25 my wife and I have decided to expand our farm and added a vegetable stand as well in 2009. Since 2009 we started off with a little house that we had built and slowly worked our way to where we are today. In 2009 we started off with the stand just at the house the following year we joined the Fredonia`s Farmers Market and the Dunkirk`s Farmers Market. Today we have many acres of grapes as well as fruits and vegetables to keep our dream going.
We’re excited to be getting to know our vendors!
- On The River Farms
Hi, my name is Douglas and I am with On the River Farms and Bad Raven Botanicals. I grew up in Illinois, in the farmlands. From a very young age, I would help my father in our organic garden in the backyard. I have continued to garden all my life. A while back I decided to settle in the Allegany mountains of Western New York. I tend to focus on specialty crops that are of extreme taste so I have joined up with another farmer to round out a larger variety of produce to suit the publics tastes and needs. I can’t wait to see the smiles on your faces when we bring our fresh products to you. Bon appetit!
- Linda Dewey
Operator of Silver Falls Farm in Perrysburg, NY will be selling fruits and vegetables grown using organic farming practices, fresh brown eggs, local honey, and handcrafted items.
- Artist: Hayden Haynes
My name is Hayden Haynes and I am a Seneca carver of the Deer Clan. I am from the Cattaraugus Reservation and have been carving for 10 years. I primarily work with antlers but i also do stone carving and mirror etching as well. I am a self taught artist that translates Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history, culture and lore onto the pieces I create. Like many native artists I view my creations as a type of cultural preservation. If a large carving I make sparks the interest of someone, then the meaning behind it can be explained which will teach them something or reinforce something they already know.
Most of the antler jewelry I make (rings and necklaces), often times depicts the clan of the wearer. People like to identify themselves by their clan which is great because Native identity in general is something that at one time was dying, but today is gaining traction.
Other types of antler creations I make are, canes, bolo ties, belt buckles, beads, buttons, keychains etc.
I also do carving classes for children and that to me, is most important. Since children are the future, its paramount that art be shared with them so that their creativity and talents can be utilized, recognized and nurtured. I also do a lot of antler carving demonstrations all over as well. My work has been sold to the Fenimore Art Museum and the Seneca Iroquois National Museum. The time spent on creating antler art is time that I enjoy because it allows time for personal reflection. One of my favorite quotes is “Art enables us to lose ourselves and find ourselves at the same time”.
House on the Hill Bath Therapies
How We Got Started Three Years Ago
My mom always nagged me to take care of my skin. She was a sun-worshiper and as she got older and saw some of the damage, I think that is why she was so adamant that I go in another direction. To make it short, starting a bath/body business was on my mind for quite some time, with bath teas, bath salts in pretty jars with bows….when I spoke to my husband (Dan) about it, he was intrigued and so we did our homework and started out slowly, with just a few items and some herb products, and a few glycerin soaps.
Things went better than expected, and people started making requests for other items….novelty soaps, lip balms, moisturizers and then, Dan found his true love – hot and cold process soap making. He now creates some of our most sought-after soaps – Dandelion & Raw Honey, Lilac & Honey, Poison Ivy, to name a few.
We have added many things to our inventory – lego soaps for kids, chicken wing kit soaps, lotion tubes, odd-flavored lip balms (including dill pickle and pizza!) and opened an Etsy shop as we continue our expansion. https://www.etsy.com/shop/HouseontheHillBath.
We attend numerous vendor events and have been asked to be at some that we never applied for, as word grows locally that our products are as natural as we can make them. We have developed followers, much to our amazement and pleasure; when they see us at an event, they compliment us on what they have bought in the past, and then buy more of it, or something new.
This is our busiest year ever – we have expanded now into the Seneca One Farmer’s Market, attend a few of the Fredonia Farmer’s Markets, and for the first time, felt brave enough to apply and got accepted to vend at The Eden Corn Festival 2016 and Fredonia’s Farm Festival – both in August 2016. We are excited and terrified, but in a good way. Westfield First Fridays has become another “home” for us and we have met so many interesting and fun people in our travels.
We continue to strive to produce the most natural products as possible and do extensive and exhausting investigation before making and putting anything on our table. Please stop and see us at any time, check out our shop – we do custom orders if you have something special in mind!
Remember, you always win when you take care of your skin!
On July 12th, 2016, SNI FIOM Farmers Market had a great pleasure to have “The Sauce Boss” serving a fresh Bowl of Gumbo and amazing music . We also had the Sun Dance Kids Farm Petting Zoo .
For information on vendor registration, contact the FIOM Market Manager at: MarketManager@foodisourmedicine.org
Frequently Asked Farmers Market Questions
Q: How much does it cost to be a vendor at the Seneca Nation Farmers Market?
A: $200 covers all 24 weeks of the Seneca Nation Farmers Market. The daily set up fee is $10, payable upon arrival each week.
Q: Where do I send my paperwork?
A: Please return completed application, with all applicable documents such as crop plan, permits, and fees to:
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