Harvest Moon coincides with first October Farm Market

By Katrina Bush - For the Record-Herald

Native Americans marked their calendars by cycles of the moon, with each moon having a special significance and name. What we call the Harvest Moon was called the Full Hunter’s Moon, the Travel Moon, and the Dying Moon. Later, farmers referred to the Harvest Moon for the bright light which extended the working day during part of the critical winter storage harvest season.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the Harvest moon is different from the other full moons. “Usually, throughout the year, the Moon rises an average of about 50 minutes later each day. But near the autumnal equinox, the difference is only 30 minutes. Additionally, the Full Harvest Moon rises at sunset and then will rise very near sunset for several nights in a row because the difference is at a yearly minimum. It may almost seem as if there are full Moons multiple nights in a row!”

So expect to experience some beautiful moon rises for several days before and after the 5th of October, especially as these clear days and nights stay with us. A walk on one of these nights can be an opportunity to see a familiar setting in a new “light.” If you are young and/or hip, you might listen to Neil Young’s exquisite, gentle and romantic “Harvest Moon” as you dance along the avenue under the moon with your partner.

A trip to the Fayette County Farm Market this coming Saturday will proffer the fruits of the October harvest. The 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, Senior Farm Market coupons and credit/debit cards are accepted—stop by the FM “Info and Children’s Booth” (beside the Sunshine Cleaners) for assistance. 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 list contains the names and products of the vendors that expect to set up for the Saturday Market. Other vendors may participate as well.

Edwin’s Donut Truck (Richard Miller): Donuts, coffee.

Engedi (Beth Day, Alana Walters, Janet Bick): Assorted home baked goods (cinnamon rolls, bread, yeast rolls, cookies, pies, brownies, cobblers, whoopie pies,small specialty bread), Icees, and a children’s activity.

Greens & Greenery (Katrina Bush): Beeswax lip balms, decorative corn hangings and broom corn swags. Chemical free produce (baby leaf lettuce, arugula, red mustard, bok choy, chard, sweet potatoes, garlic, cherry tomatoes, pie pumpkins, sweet and hot peppers). Dried herbs and lemon grass.

Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon & Taylor Jones): Butternut, acorn and spaghetti squash, bell peppers, butter beans, tomatoes, pumpkins, potatoes, chicken patties, chorizo and sweet Italian links, chicken breast, whole chickens, wings, 1/4# and 1/3# beef patties, ground hamburger, ground pork, sweet Italian and jalapeño links, maple breakfast links, sausage patties and pork chops.

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

Wood by DW (Debbie Welch): Wood primitives and sewn kitchen crafts.

Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don and Sara Creamer): Artisan Breads, Whole Wheat Brownie Tarts, and Bran Muffin Tops.

B.Y.E Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): Tomatoes, bell peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, possibly green beans, winter squashes (baby red Hubbard, delicata, butternut, acorn, spaghetti), candy onions, sweet potatoes, cinnamon rolls, peanut butter cookies.

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

By Katrina Bush

For the Record-Herald