July… in terms of farm and garden produce, it brings the season of exorbitant abundance. Yes, yes – of course we recognize the zucchini, which for a few weeks is very popular, but after which many efforts are made to “offer” and “share” and finally find a farmer with pigs or cattle who would like to take the abundance of our hands.
Green beans and cucumbers are almost as prolific, and they’re eaten fresh and kept in cans or freezers for months when they’re not plentiful. Sweet corn doesn’t arrive in boxes but by truck, as popular as the first strawberries, with customers lining up for several dozen early on market day.
We don’t forget the nightshades! For at least nine months, we’ve been yearning for the taste of a real vine-ripened tomato, and now here they are, along with their cousins the potatoes and peppers. While many recognize the effect of the nightshade family on arthritis, many of us would find it difficult to give up these foods. They are separately favorites as well as main ingredients in many nutritional benefits.
Black berries now weigh heavily on the vines and beg to be turned into cobblers and jams. Vendors who make jams and pies for their business have to harvest the berries and fruits as they ripen all spring and summer and dig them up for later production.
Abundant. Ample. Abundant. Generous. Extravagant. What we have in abundance must surely be recognized as the gift that it is. And the gift is brought to us by those who cultivate and garden. Thank you.
Today’s Fayette County Farmers Market is going to be the place to be! In addition to our many vendors, the Ohio Farmers Market Network (our statewide market advocacy and resource group) will return to conduct a “Rapid Market Assessment” – a follow-up to their 2019 visit. with another the impact of the market, how to support our suppliers and assess the effectiveness of subsidy activities.
Fonda Fichthorn and Pamela Anderson of South Plymouth Porch Pickers will perform delicious dulcimer music from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Donations are once again being accepted for the Modern Woodmen Food and Supply Drive to benefit the Rose Avenue Community Center. Please drop off items at the Farmer’s Market information booth on Saturdays at any time during the market. The items needed for community meals are:
—Dry Goods (spaghetti, macaroni, pasta sauce, Velveeta, rice, instant potatoes, taco shells)
—Preserved (pork and beans, corn, green beans, sauce, chili, peanut butter, jelly and taco seasoning)
—Supplies (paper plates, 9 oz plastic cups, paper bowls, plastic forks, plastic spoons, toilet paper, paper towels, 30 gallon garbage bags, aluminum foil and Clorox wipes).
The 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 at Washington Court House. SNAP EBT Food Benefit Cards and Credit / Debit Cards are accepted. Those who use the SNAP EBT card for food purchases receive “Produce Perks” in dollars ($ 1 for $ 1) valid only for fruits, vegetables and food producing plants. So “buy one, get one” for up to $ 25 each 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 the vendors who plan to set up shop this Saturday. Other suppliers can also participate.
King Farms (Jeff and Sandi King): Sweet corn, green beans, beets, red potatoes, Yukon Gold potatoes, zucchini.
Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods (David Persinger and Julie Mosny): The Jam Man will have pear ginger, flamingo peach, pineapple habanero, seedless blackberry and blackberry jams, red raspberry jam, black raspberry, strawberry, strawberry-rhubarb and red raspberry jalapeno, hot pepper jelly, rhubarb, cherry, peach, blueberry , jams of triple berries and plums without added sugar and strawberries. Also matched with Texas sheet cakes.
Tom’s Tool Shed (Tom McMurray): Tom will sharpen hand tools, mower blades, axes and garden tools for a small fee.
Waffle Barn (Kay Nicole Terry): Unique homemade cork dough (rather than batter) waffles from Belgium.
Wood by DW (Debbie Welch): Wood Crafts and Sewn Kitchen Crafts.
Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don and Sara Creamer, 740-572-0134): Bread and other baked goods.
AG Cutie Farms (AJ and Grace Armintrout): Farm fresh eggs from here in Fayette County.
Bridge View Garden (Hunter and Lorelle Rohrer, 740-505-5125): Blackberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, onions.
Cloud9D (Nicole Dougherty): with personalized keepsakes and customizable gifts.
Comfortable Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): Hand cast wax casting, handmade earrings, crochet tea towels and pot scrubbers. Handmade baby essentials including crochet baby blankets and hats, flannel cloths, crumpled toys, baby bows and teething rings.
Engeti (Alana Walters): Bakery products including rolls, cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies, cookies.
Gerhardt’s (Kevin Gerhardt — look for the old yellow truck): Super sweet white corn, cucumbers, peppers, jalapeños and cherry tomatoes.
Greens and Greenery (Katrina Bush): Sustainably grown products: green onions, beets, green beans, cucumbers, garlic, walla walla (sweet) onions, kale, carrots. Zinnias. Buckeyes. Sourdough crackers and sourdough pretzels. Local honey. Natural insect repellent.
Jim’s Premium Ground Beef (Jim Hobbs): Premium quality ground beef that includes the steak, loins, chuck and brisket, all in our ground beef, vacuum-packed in 1 #, 5 # and 3 / # patties.
Cookies from Julie G (Julie Greenslade): Homemade cookies: chocolate chips, snickerdoodle, Cracker Jack, peanut butter, sugar, peanut butter jumbos, ginger, oatmeal, raisins, lemon bars, salted caramel bars, double chocolate brownies, peanut butter without baking and funfetti cookies. Fresh produce from the garden.
Small farm flowers (Eicher family): Freshly cut sunflowers, zinnias, gladioli, cosmos and more.
Cloud9D (Nicole Dougherty) sells personalized keepsakes and customizable gifts.