‘Dog Days of Summer’ at the Farmers Market

“Summer Dog Days.” According to the Farmer’s Almanac…. my appointment to understand the planetary relationships with the seasons and our many expressions relating to them…these reflect what the “hottest and most unbearable days of the season” are generally like. For starters, our hottest and most unbearable time so far has been this exceptionally hot and dry period that made up much of what was June, including late June, near the summer solstice. But it turns out that “dog days” are a very specific set of days – from July 3 to August 11 each year.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, “The phrase refers to Sirius, the Dog Star. During Dog Days, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth. Sirius is part of the constellation Canis Major, Canis Major. In summer, Sirius rises and sets with the Sun. July 23, specifically, is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it gave off heat and added to the heat of the Sun, which explained the long sultry weather. They called this period diēs caniculārēs, or “dog day”. Thus, the term Dog Days of Summer has come to mean the 20 days before and 20 days after this alignment of Sirius with the Sun, from July 3 to August 11 each year.

Complicated, but understandable. And interesting, sure. There are many resources for recognizing stars and planets, including your local library. Library staff will be happy to help you find resources to navigate and understand our shared environment.

And although the weather is a little cooler than what we have endured so far, take care of your pets and pay attention to their needs for fresh water and cooling temperatures. Perhaps more suited for those hot summer days, learn a little more about the caterpillar by joining Mrs. Debra and other Fayette County Farmers Market volunteers in hosting a special children’s activity about this creature. And to end the day, Henry Barnes and Ali will entertain with their music.

The Farmers Market is open Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon and is located in the municipal parking lot at the corner of South Main and East East streets in Washington. CH SNAP EBT food benefit cards and credit/debit cards are accepted. Those who use the SNAP EBT card for food purchases receive matching “Produce Perks” tokens ($1 for $1) valid only for fruits, vegetables, and food-producing plants. So, “buy one, get one” for up to $25 EVERY market day. Five dollar coupons will again be available to FAYETTE COUNTY Farm Bureau members at each Saturday market; these can be spent at the Wednesday and Saturday markets.

The following list contains the names and products of vendors who plan to set up shop this Saturday. Other suppliers may also participate.

Ohio Artisan Beef & 1 Body Life Skincare (WJ & Lanita Fannin): individual cuts, packets of ground beef and beef patties, grill boxes and other variety boxes and reservations of 1/4, 1/2 and whole beef. Clean, natural, all-herbal, fresh, small-batch skin care products.

Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods, The Jam Man (David Persinger): New this week is APPLE BUTTER. Others include Boysenberry Jam, Black Raspberry, Strawberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Grape, Pineapple, Brazilian Pineapple, Habanero Pineapple, Peach, Blueberry, cherry, blackberry, seedless blackberry, red raspberry, red raspberry jalapeno and strawberry jalapeno. Jellies: hot pepper jelly. JAM WITH NO ADDED SUGAR: seedless strawberry and blackberry.

Rural Beans Roastery LLC (Kameron Rinehart): Assortment of freshly roasted coffee — beans and ground.

Brimstone Lick Treasures (Christina Skaggs): Christmas sale in July! Also the usual earrings, signs and trinkets.

Wooden designs by DW (Debbie Welch): One of the handcrafted wooden objects – birdhouses, signs, tables, dwarfs. Crochet items including kitchen towels, pot scrubs, potholders, baby booties and afghans. Will accept custom and special orders.

Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer): Artisan breads, muffins, brownies and sewing crafts.

Garden overlooking the bridge (Hunter & Lorelle Rohrer): Peaches. Seasonal products including green beans, cherry tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, courgettes. Flowering potted perennials and sunflowers. Homemade bread, butter buns.

Cheryl’s Craft Country (Cheryl Braun & David Stewart): wood crafts and homemade wreaths.

Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): Wax Melts, beaded pens, crocheted dish towels, pot scrubbers and shower poufs. Baby essentials including crochet blankets and hats, flannel blankets, bibs, crinkle toys and bunny ear teethers, silicone tableware, teethers and clips -pacifiers.

DSC Produce Farm (Darren coxswain): Salsas, dressings. Tasting of peach salsa and blueberry vinaigrette. Pickled cucumbers.

Engeti (Alana Walters): Baked goods including bread, cinnamon rolls, rolls, cakes, pies, cookies.

Greens and Greenery (Katrina Bush): Strawberry jam (low in sugar or honey), local honey, sourdough crackers and sourdough bread. Native flowering plants, including lemon balm (monarda). fresh garlic,

Jim’s Premium Ground Beef (Jim Hobbs): Premium quality ground beef in various packages (patties, bulk tubes).

Julie G’s cookies (Julie Greenslade): Chocolate Chip, Sugar, Ginger, Funfetti, Snickerdoodle, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Fudge, Peanut Butter Jumbos, Oatmeal Raisins, Salted Caramel Butter Bars, Lemon Bars, Peanut Butter Bars chocolate peanut and pineapple cookies.

Small farm flowers (Eicher family): Fresh seasonal cut flowers by the stem or bunch.

Black Lorre Umbrellas (Black Lorre): Umbrellas to match your personality, that of your friends and family too. With every umbrella you buy, you help your community by helping LBU build our very own Umbrella Alley at WCHO.

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