Fayette Co. Farmers Market returns this Saturday

WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE — Are you the recipient of seed catalogs each winter? I delight in receiving them; they come during those short, cold days of December, January and February, and bring visions of spring and warmth and sunshine. Before I order, I have made an inventory of the seed I have from the previous year(s), and lists of what I must have. Then I turn to comparison shopping amongst the catalogs, looking at who has what I need and varying costs for shipping, and where I may find something different and compelling. It’s fun to think about not only what I want for myself, but what might be of interest to market attendees, as either plant or produce. These catalogs vary in look….some are glossy with beautiful pictures of fruits, grains and flowers. Others are more modest, but generally offer more competitive pricing. I treasure them all for their unique offerings.

Your local farmers start thinking about what they will plant this year as early as last fall; they have been considering what produce sold well, what customers asked about but was unavailable and what fun new product might be of interest, hopefully to both the farmer and the customer. Orders were placed, seeds and tubers arrived and were planted, and the fruits of those labors will hopefully delight Fayette County residents and visitors.

Farmers are not the only ones using the winter months to get ready for our spring market. Vendors who make soaps, lotions, wood and fabric/yarn items need to prepare an inventory in advance of the busy market season. And farmers who raise beef cattle have year round work.

Even the vendors who are making perishable breads and sweets have no doubt been planning for their inventory of baking supplies well in advance of this first market day. They may be researching recipes, or placing orders for flour, sugar, baking chips, flavorings and butter. In other words, your market vendors are thinking about and planning for the beginning of the market long before the market opens.

2022 was an exceptional year for the Fayette County Farmers Market; the 2022 vendors and volunteers thank the community for making us welcome and for your patronage. On behalf of this years vendors and volunteers, we welcome you. With expectations for a fabulous year to come, we announce the first 2023 Saturday Fayette County Farmers Market, this Saturday, May 13. We look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones.

We kick off the season with the return of our ever popular children’s activity, a food truck (KK’s Grubb Hubb), community guests and live music. Krippled Kreek Bluegrass Band, a 5 piece bluegrass band that dabbles in a little country and acoustic rock and roll, will be playing live from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Visit the “Info Booth” area for the children’s activity with Mrs. Debra; our young community visitor will make a Mother’s Day (or any day) card with a flower seed packet inside.

Fayette County Public Health joins the market as our community guest and plans to offer blood pressure and cholesterol checks, Ask a Tech (a certified car seat safety technician will answer your questions about car seat safety), Health Fair pre-registration for bloodwork at the June 10 event, as well as health education, healthy recipes, information about services and community resources, activities and more. And our local Carnegie Library book bike will be onsite (weather permitting)

The Market is open Saturday morning from 8:30 to noon. It is located in the municipal parking lot on the corner of South Main and East East streets. SNAP EBT food benefit cards and credit/debit cards are accepted. Those using the SNAP EBT card for food purchases receive matching dollar “Produce Perks” tokens ($1 for $1) good only for fruits, vegetables, and food producing plants. So,”buy one, get one” for up to $25 EVERY market day. Five dollar coupons will be available again for Fayette County Farm Bureau members at each Saturday market; these can be spent at both the Wednesday and Saturday markets.

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

Bridge View Gardens (Hunter & Lorelle Rohrer): Fresh produce: asparagus, rhubarb and lettuce. Mother’s Day flowers, vegetable and herb garden plants, succulents.

Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): Handmade baby essentials including crochet baby blankets and hats, flannel burp cloths, teethers and pacifier clips. Also crochet dishcloths and pot scrubbers, beaded pens, key chains and wax melts.

DSC Produce Farm (Darren Cox): 10 flavors of private label salsas, including pineapple and black bean/corn), salad dressings (bacon ranch, sweet chili sauce and more). Sampling bacon ranch dressing.

Edlynns Attic (Robin Dement): Yarn, knitting or crochet tote bags, scarves, knitted animal baskets, baby booties and hats, loveys, handmade soap and baking mixes.

Fiddle Dee Pet Sets (Ellie Wait): Headbands, over the collar dog bandanas, scrunchie band pet bandanas, and scrunchies for humans.

Greens & Greenery (Katrina Bush): Rhubarb, potted perennial plants, raw unpasteurized honey, strawberry/honey jam, sourdough crackers, buckeyes (the candy).

Hostetter Kitchen (Melody Martin): Fresh strawberry pies, yeast breads and rolls, iced cinnamon buns, zucchini and banana (tea) breads, granola, muffins.

Jim’s Premium Ground Beef (Jim Hobbs): Premium ground beef in assorted packages (patties, bulk tubes).

Julie G’s Cookies (Julie Greenslade): Chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, sugar, snickerdoodle, ginger, peanut butter jumbos, peanut butter, heath bar cookies, pineapple, salted caramel bars, lemon bars and peanut butter fudge.

The Jam Man (David Persinger): Apple butter, peach flamingo, ginger pear, hot pepper jelly, hot.hot.hot. pepper jelly, rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb, blueberry, peach, strawberry, blackberry, cherry, triple berry, red raspberry, grape, seedless blackberry, seedless red raspberry, strawberry jalapeno, red raspberry jalapeno, peach habanero, pineapple habanero, No added sugar: strawberry, triple berry. Texas sheet cakes, with or without pecans. Produce: rhubarb.

The Pie Lady and S. Plymouth Raw Honey (Julie & Dennis Mosny): rhubarb, cherry, apple and strawberry rhubarb pies. Also Buns Bars, cinnamon rolls and Mini Cinni’s.

Wood Designs by DW (Debbie Welch): One of a kind handcrafted wood items— birdhouses, signs, tables, gnomes. Crocheted items including kitchen towels, pot scrubs, pot holders, baby booties, and afghans. Will take custom and special orders.

Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer): bread, muffins, brownies, sewing crafts.

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