Across the nation, events know as “farm to table,” or “farm to fork,” have become a way for local community members to promote and celebrate locally-grown and produced foods. These events may include tastings of locally-grown foods and beverages prepared by local chefs and artisans, a sit-down dinner, or some combination, often including other events and activities for the whole family. Frequently, the farmers producing the foods served are identified; increasingly, consumers are interested in knowing where their food comes from.
While products such as corn, soybeans, and hay — all primarily consumed by livestock— are the principal Fayette County agricultural crops, there are more individuals producing vegetables, meat, honey, and fruit, as evidenced by the vendors at the Fayette County Farm Market. And, if you are not already aware, the second-annual “Fayette County Farm to Fork” dinner will be held this coming Saturday, Aug. 19 and feature some of our locally-grown foods.
Check out the recent Record-Herald article about this event, or visit the Ohio Farm Bureau website: https://ofbf.org/events/farm-to-fork/ for information about the event, and how and where to purchase tickets.
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:
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): Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, candy onions, cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers, green beans, corn, cabbage, popcorn, peanut butter cookies, strawberry bread, cinnamon rolls.
Chilcote Farms (Bruce and Marlene Chilcote): Caramels, blueberry buckle, sheet cakes and sweet corn.
D.J.’s Farm (Dennis Anschutz): Baked goods and seasonal produce.
Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon and Taylor Jones): Green beans, red potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, watermelon, pork chops, sausage patties, sweet Italian and jalapeño sausage links and chicken breast.
Katrina Bush is a vendor with the Fayette County Farm Market.