As A.A. Milnes’ beloved character, Winnie the Pooh, said, “The only reason for being a bee that I know of is making honey…and the only reason for making honey is so I can eat it.”
Pooh was a simple soul and a bear who loved to eat honey. He spoke of the honey bee, a favorite bee because of its unique gift of honey. But the honey bee doesn’t just give us a delicious sweet to spread on our cornbread or spoon into tea….un-treated and unpasteurized honey is highly medicinal both eaten and as a wound treatment. The honey bee also relies on stores of its own honey to make it through each winter.
Fayette County is the home to many beekeepers and several sell honey and honey bee products at the Fayette County Farmers’ Market. Sellers are happy to talk about the flavors and health benefits of honey, the art and fun of raising bees, and share personal experiences.
The market is open every Saturday morning from 8:30 to noon and is located in the municipal parking lot on the corner of South Main and East East streets in Washington C.H. SNAP EBT food benefit cards and credit/debit cards are accepted. We are offering again veggie SNAPS; it permits those who use a SNAP EBT card for food items to receive matching dollar tokens (one for one) for additional fruits and vegetables!
So,”buy one, get one” for fruit and vegetables, up to $10 every market day! If you are unfamiliar with this, ask David about the veggie SNAPS produce program for SNAP EBT cards. Please note that Senior Farmers Market Coupons will be distributed on Thursday, June 15 from 9-11 a.m. at the Fayette County Community Action Commission, 1400 US 22, Washington Court House. Individuals at least 60 years old and meeting income guidelines may pick up $50 of farmers’ market coupons for fresh produce and honey on this date only.
Questions may be directed to David Persinger, Fayette County Farmers’ Market at 740-606-3467.
The following list contains the names of the vendors that expect to set up for the Saturday Market and products they expect to have on hand.
Dale’s Crafts (Dale Butler): rustic benches, red, white, & blue benches, swinging chair, Uncle Sam, serving trays, outdoor games (washer toss, corn hole bags, yard yahtzee), Adirondack chair.
Daniel’s Honey (Daniel Surina): raw honey.
Engedin (Beth Day, Alana Walters, Janet Bick): Home baked goods (Cinnamon Rolls, Yeast Rolls, White Bread, Fruit Pies, Cobblers, Brownies,Cookies, Banana Bread, Cinnamon Bread) as well as Icees and salsa tasting. Stop by for a special FREE children’s event!
Greens & Greenery (Katrina Bush): Tomato, cucumber, squash and pepper plants as well as other chemical free vegetable, herb and flowering plants (annuals and perennials) with a focus on heirloom vegetables and plants for pollinators. Sustainably grown lettuce and other seasonal produce.
Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon & Taylor Jones): Fresh produce (strawberries, lettuce, green onions, zucchini, yellow squash and garlic scapes), eggs, chicken breast, wings, whole chickens, pork sausage patties, sweet Italian links, maple breakfast links, ground pork and pork chops.
Keypoint Farm (Stauffer, Nevin & family): Seasonal produce including beets, cabbage and tomatoes.
King Farms (Jeff and Sandi King): Strawberries and baked goods.
Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods (David Perisnger and Julie Mosny): assorted jams and jellies, sheet cakes, assorted fruit pies, cinnamon rolls, pecan sticky buns and local honey.
Slate Creek Farm (Christen Orebaugh): baked goods including cookies, croutons, and rolls as well as pepper plants.
Wood by DW (Debbie Welch): wood primatives and sewn kitchen crafts.
Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer): Artisan Breads, Whole Wheat Brownie Tarts, Bran Muffin Tops, Brown Sugar Shortcakes for Strawberries, and asparagus.
B.Y.E Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): City Garden Mix Lettuce, Homegrown Popcorn, Baked goods (Cinnamon Rolls).
By Thy Hand (Mark & Lori Chrisman): Seasonings, dip mixes, croutons, angel food cakes, assorted breadsSeasonings, dip mixes, croutons, angel food cakes, assorted breads.
Chilcote Farm (Bruce & Marlene Chilcote): honey and small cakes.
Katrina Bush is a vendor with the Fayette County Farmers’ Market.