As summer heats up, Farm Market continues


By Katrina Bush - For the Record-Herald



“Loud is the summer’s busy song

The smallest breeze can find a tongue,

While insects of each tiny size

Grow teasing with their melodies,

Till noon burns with its blistering breath

Around, and day lies still as death.”

– John Clare, July

We have been experiencing the blistering breath of noon over long days for the last week or more — the humidity has made the heat more difficult to bear for many, and the days have indeed been as “still as death” with not a hint of breeze. With the recent deluges, standing water and humidity, the mosquito has gained traction, and there doesn’t seem to be anytime of day or night that we are safe from them. West Nile Virus has been identified in mosquitoes in NW Columbus area. So be as safe as you can be by protecting yourself from this insect as well as from extreme heat and humidity. Check in on your neighbors who may be living in very hot homes with little breeze or cooling.

The Fayette County Farm 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, Senior Farm Market coupons and credit/debit cards are accepted—stop by the FM “Info and Children’s Booth” (beside the Sunshine Cleaners) for assistance. Those using the SNAP EBT card for produce receive matching dollar VeggieSNAP tokens ($1 for $1) for additional fruits and vegetables. So,”buy one, get one” for fruit and vegetables, up to $10 EVERY market day.

The following list contains the names and products of the vendors that expect to set up for the Saturday Market. Other vendors may participate as well.

Garland Farms (Joe Garland): Sweetcorn.

Gerhardts (Kevin Gerhardt): Super sweet corn, cucumbers.

Greens & Greenery (Katrina Bush): Produce and herbs grown free of chemicals: Fresh dried herbs (basil, sacred basil, sage, parsley), Djena Lee Golden Girl and Matt’s Wild Cherry tomatoes, eggplant, okra, pickling cucumbers, green beans Herb and flowering plants. Peanut butter & honey cookies and walnut/honey pastry (baklava). Growing Local Food, by Mary Lou Shaw.

Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon & Taylor Jones): Green beans, red potatoes, onions, bunching onions, beets, tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, pork chops, sausage patties, sweet Italian links, jalapeño links, ground pork and chicken breasts.

Keypoint Farm (Nevin Stauffer & family): Blackberries, corn, peppers, green beans, tomatoes, watermelon, potatoes, eggplant, onions.

King Farms (Jeff and Sandi King): Sweet corn (Silver King and bi-color), green beans, onions, beets and homemade fruit pies and iced sugar cookies.

Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods (David Persinger and Julie Mosny): Pies, cinni mini’s pecan sticky buns, cinnamon rolls and local raw honey PLUS MacIntosh apples and apple dumplings.

This and That (Mary Ford): Garden and home crafts (NEW summer goose dresses, coasters, mug rugs, aprons, OSU items, jewelry), baked goods (apple butter bread, PB fudge).

Wood by DW (Debbie Welch): Wood primitives and sewn kitchen crafts.

Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don and Sara Creamer): Artisan breads, whole wheat brownie tarts, and bran muffin tops.

B.Y.E Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): Sunflowers, tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, candy onions, cabbage, purple cabbage, bell peppers, homegrown popcorn, cinnamon rolls, raspberry rolls, peanut butter cookies, and cold drinks.

By Thy Hand (Mark and Lori Chrisman): Angel food cakes, pies, assorted breads, snicker doodles, seasoning & dip mixes, recycled pallet crates & boxes.

Chilcote Farm (Bruce & Marlene Chilcote): Honey, caramels, cookies , small cakes and zucchini bread.

Dale’s Crafts (Dale Butler): rustic benches, red, white, & blue benches, swinging chair, Uncle Sam, serving trays, outdoor games (washer toss, corn hole bags and boards, yard yahtzee), Adirondack chair.

D.J.’s Farm (Dennis Anschutz): Baked goods and seasonal produce.

Engedi (Beth Day, Alana Walters, Janet Bick): Assorted home baked goods (cinnamon rolls, bread, yeast rolls, cookies, pies, brownies, cobblers, whoopie pies,small specialty bread), Icees, chemical free soap, and a children’s activity.

Forgotten Way Farms (Cathy Ludi): DoTERRA essential oils, homemade soap, laundry detergent concentrate, bath salts and bombs, balms, wooded decor, and homemade organic vanilla extract.

Katrina Bush is a vendor with the Fayette County Farm Market.

By Katrina Bush

For the Record-Herald