U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has declared Aug. 2-8 as “National Farmers Market Week.” This year marks the 16th-annual National Farmers Market Week in honor of the important role that farmers markets play in local economies.
“National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide,” said Secretary Vilsack. “Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support farmers and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms and providing Americans with fresh, healthy food.”
Be sure to stop by the Fayette County Farmers Market info tent and “Draw for your Discount” this Saturday morning. We lack sufficient volunteers this week for a hands-on event….but stay tuned we have more coming.
This week brings the first major harvesting of Fayette County melons: watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew and Crenshaw. The market is located in the municipal parking lot on the corner of South Main and East East streets 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): white and bi-color varieties of sweet corn, red seedless and seeded watermelon, cantaloupe, Crenshaw melons, honeydew melons, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
Engeti (Beth Day and Alana Walters): pies, cinnamon rolls, cobblers, cookies, brownies, bread, cakes and rolls.
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): sweet corn, green beans, onions, red potatoes, cherry and regular tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, brown eggs and pastured whole frozen chickens.
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, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, green tomatoes, bell peppers and local honey. Call Brian at 740-606-6373 or Elaine at 740-606-6333 to place orders for canning tomatoes or any other vegetable you want in large quantities.
Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don and Sara Creamer): artisan breads, whole wheat brownie tarts and bran muffin tops.
Harding’s Naturally Homegrown (Gigi Kidwell): sausage, smoked sausage, bacon, pork chops, chicken, herb teas, farm fresh eggs and Fayette honey.
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, cookies, catnip toys, scarlet/gray dog sweaters, goose outfits, lavender dream pillows, concrete stepping stones, magnetic jewelry and much more.
Persinger Produce & Cottage Food (Julie Mosny and David Persinger): local raw honey (just bottled), assorted fruit pies, cinnamon rolls and pecan sticky buns, jams/jellies, and Texas sheet cakes.
Shady Grove Farms (Harold and Kelly Dillon): seasonal produce, farm fresh eggs, jams/jellies, and pork cuts.
DJ’s Farm (Dennis Anschutz): sweet corn, okra, zucchini squash, potatoes and Hungarian peppers, blackberries, apple cake, pumpkin bread, pepperoni bread, zucchini bread and cookies, Buckeye confections, and jams.
Food & Habitat Farm (Katrina Bush): kale, cucumbers, kohlrabi, eggplant, green onions, carrots, Barbara’s handmade “fruit and vegetable theme” clutch purses, potted flowering plants (zinnia and anise hyssop), rosemary and garlic focacchia, walnut and basil pesto focaccia, peach hand pies, peanut butter Buckeye cookies, and Katie’s handmade goat milk soap.