Only two weeks of Farm Market left this year

By Katrina Bush - For the Record-Herald

Of course we all know that the days shorten gradually in the fall. But it seems that October brought a sudden shift in day length to much shorter. Whether light or dark, the dogs still want to be out and about at the same hour as last month. The rooster hasn’t adjusted his crowing time at all. And the time market vendors rise to get ready for a market day can’t vary much – the bread baking, the produce harvesting, the loading of vans with market product simply start at a darker time, making the work a bit more difficult and less cheery.

But market Saturdays have been beautiful and generally uplifting all spring and summer, and now into fall. With only two weeks of the Fayette County Farm Market remaining (YES – just two), and fewer vendors, the variety of both tasty and interesting offerings continues. Much of the available produce keeps well into the fall and winter (squash, apples, potatoes, sweet potatoes, popcorn) and others can be easily frozen for soups or flavoring at a later date.

The meats are already frozen, easily accessed now or later. The fall planted lettuce and other cool weather crops are available and many of the baked goods are excellent both fresh or frozen for later treats. The crafts reflect the season and the potential for planning ahead for holiday decorations and gift giving. And Tom’s Tool Shed will be available again to help us ensure that our tools are ready for early spring work.

The Market is open 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.

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, chemical free soap, and a children’s activity.

Greens & Greenery (Katrina Bush): Beeswax lip balms and hand/cuticle cream, 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. Baklava and buckeyes. Growing Local Food, by Mary Lou Shaw.

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

Tom’s Tool Shed (Tom McMurray): Tool sharpening.

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

Chilcote Farm (Bruce & Marlene Chilcote): Honey, caramels, and cookies. Come order what you want for the last market next week, or give us a call 740-335-4041 so we can have it for you.

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

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

By Katrina Bush

For the Record-Herald