Farm Market offers tips for your tomato plants


As is obvious to everyone, we are getting a great deal of rain, and the humidity index seems to mirror the temperatures. This is fantastic for some crops (the cucumbers and melon in my garden seem particularly pleased), but hard on others.

If you have tomato plants, you may be seeing yellowing and dying leaves, starting at the base of the plant and moving up. This may be septoria leaf spot (Septoria lycopersici), which infects only solanaceous (also known as “nightshade”) plants. It is a fungus that occurs particularly during periods of a excessive rain, humidity and damp ground. It can effect the tomatoes themselves, causing tomatoes to rot. But the fungus is not in itself dangerous to people, and any tomatoes that look good (in and out) may be eaten. The critical thing will be to dispose of the plants when the tomatoes are finished producing (don’t add them to you compost pile); clean up any and all debris from the plants and plant your tomatoes in a different location next year.

The Wednesday market runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the TSC parking lot (1650 Columbus Ave.) in Washington C.H. This location provides easy access to vendors and parking.

SNAP EBT food benefit cards, Senior Farm Market coupons and credit/debit cards are accepted. 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 vendors have indicated that they plan on selling this Wednesday, and other vendors may participate as well:

Chilcote Farms (Bruce and Marlene Chilcote): Honey, caramels, cakes, (including blueberry buckle and sheet cake) and cookies.

Dan’s Deli (Denise Rhodes): Reubens, phillies, fried bologna, burgers, hotdogs and soda.

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

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

King Farms (Jeff and Sandi King): Silver King sweet corn, bi-color sweet corn, green beans, red and Yukon Gold potatoes, beets, onions and homemade fruit pies.

The Peach Man (George Hermes): Local peaches, nectarines and honey.

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

Windflower Farm (Elaine Anschutz): Various baked goods and treats, culinary mixes, catnip, lavender, crafts, dog treats, info on FCDS.

B.Y.E Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): Seasonal vegetables, homegrown popcorn, cinnamon rolls.

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

Market will return to the TSC parking lot this Wednesday

By Katrina Bush

For the Record-Herald

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