Tomato tasting event Saturday at Farmers Market


Once again it is time for local tomato crop varieties to be tasted and evaluated at the Fayette County Farmers Market.

Join us this Saturday as we provide cut portions of several tomato varieties to our patrons for their evaluation. Find a favorite? Then we will tell you who has them for sale. Typical garden variety tomatoes and heirloom tomatoes will both be offered. The tasting event runs from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Also available at Saturday’s market will be sweet corn, watermelons, Crenshaws, honeydew, cantaloupe, fresh frozen whole chickens, pork cuts, farm fresh eggs, homemade breads and rolls, local honey, green beans, new potatoes, tomatoes (slicing and cherry), cucumbers, zucchini, summer, butternut, and spaghetti squashes, assorted baked goods, hand crafted items, and jams and jellies.

The Market is open every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon and is located in the municipal parking lot on the corner of S. Main and E. East street and as always SNAP EBT food benefit cards and credit/debit cards are accepted.

Vendors expected this week include (among others who did not know as of yet):

Gerhardt’s (Kevin Gerhardt): super sweet white sweet corn, super sweet bi-color sweet corn, seedless and seeded watermelon, cantaloupe, Crenshaw melons, honeydew, vegetable spaghetti squash, cucumbers, a few varieties of tomatoes, and green/yellow/orange/red bell peppers.

Engeti (Beth Day and Alana Walters): cinnamon rolls, pies, cobblers, brownies, bread, rolls, and cookies.

Martin’s Holiday & Weekly Baking (Vaughn, Cinda Martin and Hunter Rohrer): assorted breads, dinner rolls, cinnamon buns and whoopie pies.

Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon and Taylor Jones): brown eggs, pasture raised whole frozen chickens, sweet corn, green beans, red potatoes, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes (slicing and cherry), garlic, zucchini and yellow squash.

Dale’s Crafts (Dale Butler): tractor, motorcycle and school bus flower boxes, cornhole boards (OSU, OU, John Deere, Reds, Gone Fishin’), corn hole bags, play barns and slab benches.

Ratliff Family Sweet Corn (Chessie Ratliff and Carrie Zoodsma): silver queen and bi-color sweet corn.

White Wind Hearth (Mychelle Powers): homemade dog treats and toys, bird treats and feeders, and for humans: chocolate or peanut butter no bake cookies, popcorn balls, and rock candy.

Self-made Primitives (Ben Self): wood crafts including primitive styled benches, cabinets, assorted trays, chalk boards, bug barns, front porch checker tables and other items.

Rachel’s Flour Shoppe (Rachel McClish): assorted fruit pies, sheet cakes, and cookies. Call Rachel at 740-572-0038 by Friday morning for special orders.

BYE Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, candy onions, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, local honey.

Persinger Produce & Cottage Food (Julie Mosny and David Persinger): Ohio ginger gold apples, local raw honey, GREASY beans, assorted fruit pies, cinnamon rolls and pecan sticky buns, jams/jellies (NEW varieties: tomato butter, red currant jelly, peach jelly, gooseberry jam), Texas sheet cakes and lemon bread.

PinkiePie Productions (Rebecca and Michael Scott): chocolate chip cookies, soft pretzels, caramel puff corn, peanut butter fudge, sugar cookies and raspberry crumb bars. Heirloom tomatoes available: Cherokee purple, pink lady, pink brandy wine and German Johnson. For special orders, call ahead by noon on Friday (740) 505-3665.

What nots & Fancies & Whims, Oh My!!! (Mary Sanderson): garden stakes, dessert/snack stands and centerpieces, hand-painted tile art, coasters, magnets and pendant necklaces.

Mary’s This & That (Mary Ford): Hawaiian banana Bread, apple butter bread, orange fudge, cookies, catnip toys, scarlet/gray dog sweaters, goose outfits, lavender dream pillows, concrete stepping stones, magnetic jewelry and much more.

DJ’s Farm (Dennis Anschutz): blackberries, potatoes, Buckeye confections, apple and peach cake, zucchini Bread, chocolate zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, peach bread, and jams.

Shady Grove Farms (Harold and Kelly Dillon): seasonal produce, jams/jellies, and pork cuts.

Savor traditional and heirloom tomatoes at the tasting event Saturday at the Fayette County Farmers Market. traditional and heirloom tomatoes at the tasting event Saturday at the Fayette County Farmers Market.

By David Persinger

Fayette County Farmers Market

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