While many are already looking forward to corn, tomatoes, green beans and melons (later season crops), there are many fruits and vegetables that are available now and include lettuce, kale, green onions, strawberries, asparagus, rhubarb, and more.
One can generally assume that the more vibrant the color of vegetables, the higher the nutrient value. The salad you make from lettuce and other cool season crops from your own garden or purchased from a local grower, will be shades of darker green and reds than the traditional iceberg lettuce. Romaine lettuce is quite high in Vitamin A (essential for vision health, bone growth, and other health-related functions). Strawberries have high levels of antioxidants (polyphenols). Rhubarb (actually a vegetable) has a great deal of both soluble and insoluble fiber along with the benefits of vitamin C and calcium. The health benefits can be accentuated by adding raw, local honey for sweetening, instead of sugar.
For additional information about the benefits of specific produce items, visit your local library where library staff are excited to assist with interests of any kind. And enjoy the bounty of the season!
The Fayette County Farmers’ 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 and credit/debit cards are accepted. We are offering again veggie SNAPS; it permits those who use a SNAP EBT card for food items to receive matching dollar tokens (one for one) for additional fruits and vegetables! So,”buy one, get one” for fruit and vegetables, up to $10 EVERY market day! If you are unfamiliar with this, ask David Persinger about the veggie SNAPS produce program for SNAP EBT cards.
The following list contains the names of the vendors that expect to set up for the Saturday Market and products they expect to have on hand:
Chilcote Farm (Bruce & Marlene Chilcote): honey, cookies, brownies, and small cakes.
Dale’s Crafts (Dale Butler): rustic benches, red, white, & blue benches, swinging chair, Uncle Sam, serving trays, outdoor games (washer toss, corn hole bags).
Daniel’s Honey (Daniel Surina): raw honey.
Engedi (Alana Walters with Janet and Beth): variety of baked goods
Forgotten Way Farm (Cathy Ludi): doTERRA essential oils (therapeutic grade essential oils and products), homemade lye soap, lip balms, bath salts and bombs, laundry soaps & wooden signs and items. Stop by and see how to receive $50 in FREE oils!
Greens & Greenery (Katrina Bush): Farm grown vegetable, herb and flowering plants (annuals and perennials) with a focus on heirloom vegetables and plants for pollinators. Sustainable grown seasonal produce.
Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon & Taylor Jones): strawberries, lettuce, green onions, eggs, chicken breast, wings, whole chickens, pork sausage patties, sweet Italian links, maple breakfast links, ground pork and pork chops.
Persinger Produce & Cottage Food (David Persinger & Julie Mosny): assorted jams, oatmeal cake, Texas sheet cakes
Slate Creek Farms (Christen Orebaugh): Cookies, rolls, croutons and plants.
This and That (Mary Ford): J&P candles and tarts, garden and home crafts (goose dresses, coasters, mug rugs, aprons, OSU items, jewelry), baked goods (pineapple banana bread. peanut butter fudge
Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer)— Artisan Breads, Whole Wheat Brownie Tarts, Bran Muffin Tops, Brown Sugar Shortcakes for your strawberries, and Asparagus.
Alpaca Kingdom Acres (Hank White): Alpaca wares: Dryer balls, yarns, alpaca fiber clothing and more.
Katrina Bush is a vendor with the Fayette County Farmers’ Market.