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Dear Veggie Lovers,

Do many of us ever stop and think back to the origins of agriculture itself as we bite into an apple? Shockingly, the practice of sowing, cultivating and harvesting crops has only been around a short time in comparison to the Earth – scientists tell us Earth was formed 4.5 billion years ago – and to man (homo sapiens sapiens to be specific) who’s been around for about 200,000 years – crop cultivation started a mere 10,000 years ago.

Yep, just 10,000 years. 

What were our humanoid ancestors doing before this time for food? Probably hunting, fishing, and writing bad checks at the supermarket. :p

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Homo sapiens sapiens – he’s got the hang of the dirt, all right!

You’ll notice that the number 10,000 coincides nicely with the emergence of what scientists refer to as the first civilized city: Jericho, which is about 8,000 years old. At Jericho they grew wheat and barley and probably – I’m saying it’s certainly possibly, maybe even likely, but not for positive – the world’s first farmers market began there.

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Jericho looking a bit worse for wear.

No, it wasn’t in Wenatchee. I know we all think life originated here, but no such luck!

I do remember though as a little girl that the Wenatchee Farmer’s Market used to be held on the loading dock of the Wenatchee Museum and Cultural Center. Yes, I’m that old – and before you ask, no, I don’t remember the moonshiners, but I’ve heard tale of them…

Anyway, put down that coffee cup for just a second and send your brain back 10,000 years – just for fun, but don’t let it stay too long – then snap it right back to present. Right back here, with the fruit growers, the backyard gardeners, aunt Judy with her tomato pots, and uncle Fred with his apple tree in the backyard. Too many numerous small local growers to count. How did they all get here and what took them so dang long? Well, it took a lot of time and perseverance just to grow that head of lettuce in your fridge, and a lot of very smart people.

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Lettuce be thankful for our lettuce!

Kind of gives you a different perspective on what farming is all about when you think about it, doesn’t it?

See you at the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market on Saturday, May 19th.

Eat your veggies!

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Hi all,

We have just 10 more days until the start of the 2012 Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market! Can you believe it?

Just an update – Flicker Farm is now listed on the NCW EAT site under the “Food Search” tab located here.

If you haven’t already checked out EAT you are sure to find it an excellent source for locally gown food. They even have some recipes ready for your summer eating needs.

I’ve been drooling a bit over these wine and fruit ice pops from SHAPE Magazine. Don’t they look yummy for a hot summer day? Maybe after a hike? Or just out on the back porch after dinner?

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I wonder if you could put kale in that….

See you at the Market on May 19th!

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