Ecoleeko at The Hamilton Saturday Farmers Market

Ecoleeko will be at the Saturday Farmers Market located on the Village Green in Hamilton New York for the first time. Come by and see all the local fabulous crafters and artisans, local organic farmers, cheese makers, honey, grass fed meats, beautiful flowers and herbs and much more!
It is a great market, open every Saturday 8 am to 1 pm, from Opening day on May 2nd and runs all the way till November.
I will be located in the center of the market, just look for the Ecoleeko sign! I have created all new displays and banners for the summer, so it should be fun! I will be selling all my eco-friendly goods. I'll post pictures next week of my tent and the market! Come by and say HI!!!!


Spring has Sprung! Or has Summer?

Ladies in waiting..

The First Ladies in Yellow..

Thanks to this crazy 80-90 degree weather we've been having..All the daffodils shot up within a week and even the tulips are gearing up to bloom. I've taken some pictures of the new daffodil bulbs my dad got me last fall. They are so beautiful and frilly! I've never seen some of the types before and they are all so different. The tulips are in waiting and are ready to go.

We moved our ducks and chicks outside to enjoy the fresh air, also because the ducks like to make messes, if you didn't know. They love to get in the water and spill it on everything, so grass is great..no need to clean up! Also, they are all getting so big so fast, it's pretty amazing to watch. Even the chicks are turning different colors, the yellow get white and the rust get darker.

Next on the bloom list are the lilacs and apple trees...ooh!


Vegan sample bags now on Sale!

The Etsy Vegan Sample bag have just gone on sale today.
10% of sales will be given to http://fortheanimalssanctuary.org/
They featured samples from a ton of cool Etsy shops including Ecoleeko!! Including..


Please check out the Vegan Samples Etsy shop and support fortheanimalssanctuary.org!


Duckies and Chicks!

My Chickies and Duckies have arrived just in time for Easter! I can sit in my studio and hear them cheep cheepin! We have 10 chickens and a rooster now and they will be joined by our new bundle of babies when they get older..Ah..if they could only stay this cute and fuzzy forever!

The Duckies like to stay together, they are a Duckie gang..but are known to try and nibble on a chickie or two. They are all so delicate and gentle, and like to sit in the palm of your hand. You can't look at those faces or web feet without oohing and aahing...Just makes you smile(:


HR 875 - No more Farmers Markets?

(Photo of Rochester farmers Market)
I been notified of a new Bill that was introduced, HR 875. If it passes it could cause the death of farmers markets, most CSAs, farmstands and even small family farms . HR 875 or the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 seems to fail in promoting food safety. It seems to create greater problems for already struggling small farms and farmers markets. It says that anyone who produces food of any kind - meat, milk, fruit, vegetables and transports that food for sale would be subject to warrant less government inspections of their farms and food production records.

"These random inspections can be conducted at the whim of federal agents without regard to farmers rights or property rights. Further, the law would allow federal agents to confiscate records, product as they see fit as part of the inspection process."
They could also state restrictions on regarding how farm animals can be fed, how fields are managed and the end result could mean the end of organic, biodynamic and sustainable agriculture practices as these practices are deemed "unsafe."

Farmers refusing to comply would be subject to penalties.
"The penalty for not denying federal agents unlimited, random access to a farm's fields, properties, products and records is $1,000,000. The penalty for not registering is $1,000,000." "This law would affect every farmer or food producer who must transport his goods to sell them - in effect, every single farmer. That means that an orchard that sells fresh fruit at a roadside stand would be affected; a farmer who delivers CSA boxes would be affected, even a home gardener who brings excess harvest to a farmers market's community booth would have to register or be subject to $1,000,000 fines and that garden plot would be subject to inspection by federal agents. Ridiculous, isn't it? But it's true."

-Exerpts in quotes directly taken from http://vinlands-volva.blogspot.com

To read more visit HERE
To read the law visit LAW
More info at Slow food blog
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