Special food and events at Farmers’ Market


By Katrina Bush - For the Record-Herald



With Independence Day occurring mid-week, Fayette County Farmers’ Market visitors can enjoy the benefits of “holiday” style fun this weekend as well.

Shop for fabulous baked goods, body care products, wood crafts both decorative and functional, household items, plants, frozen meats, and produce (including sweet corn). There are usually two special activities for children – one midway down the row of vendors and one at the information booth. And this week the Creamers will host the Pop-Up Art Gallery to promote the Art on the Square scheduled for later this summer. Visitors will be able to access information, entry forms and participate in an interactive activity. Panels done at last year’s AOTSQ (Art on the Square) will be on display.

Market hours are included with each week’s article, but it should be pointed out, especially with sweet corn season upon us, the market begins at 8:30 a.m. and sales may only be made 15 minutes before the market officially opens (that means 8:15). Market organizers love volunteers and help with setting up tents and products, and often accept the help of early arrivals.

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. Those using the SNAP EBT card for produce receive matching dollar “Produce Perks” tokens ($1 for $1) for additional fruits and vegetables. So,”buy one, get one” for fruit and vegetables, up to $20 EVERY market day.

All first responders (police, EMTs and firefighters), teachers, medical providers and Farm Bureau members may pick up $5 coupons during the first two market weeks of each month. These coupons may be used to make farm market purchases anytime during the season.

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.

Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer): Don and Sara will not have baked goods this week, but stop by for Art on the Square information.

B.Y.E. Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): Tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, sunflowers, baked goods.

By Thy Hand (Mark and Lori Chrisman): Angel food cakes, specialty breads, pies, cookies, dip mixes.

Chilcote Farm (Bruce & Marlene Chilcote): Honey, caramels, butter pecan cake, brown sugar Texas sheet cake, apple and fresh peach pie, cookies and brownies.

Donaldson Wood Shop (Roger Donaldson): Live edge cutting boards, spoons, and assorted wood items.

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) and a special children’s activity.

Forgotten Way Organic Farm (Cathy Ludi): Therapeutic grade essential oils, wooden signs, homemade soap, vanilla, balms, dry shampoos, and foot soaks.

Greens & Greenery (Katrina Bush): Beeswax body care products. Baklava with honey syrup. Seasonal produce: cucumbers, garlic, green beans, kale. Egyptian walking onion starts. Flowering perennials (echinacea, blanket flower, bee balm, milkweed) and other plants.

Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon & Taylor Jones): Sweet corn, peaches, green beans, red potatoes, candy onions, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, bell peppers, tomatoes, beets, chicken patties, wings, chicken breast, whole chickens, chorizo brats, pork chops, sweet Italian and jalapeño brats, bulk sausage, sausage patties, ground pork, hamburger patties, ground hamburger and brown eggs.

King Farms (Jeff & Sandi King): Green beans, new potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, green peppers, hot and mild banana peppers, hot and mild jalapeño peppers, regular and pickling cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beets. Baked goods including pies, cookies, breads.

Persinger Cottage Foods (David Persinger and Julie Mosny): The Pie Lady will have honey and pies: blackberry, cherry, black raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb and strawberry rhubarb; also cinni mini’s, oatmeal raisin cookies. The Jam Man will have jams, jellies, peach butter.

The Wolf’s Den (Shawn and Tracy King): Recycled wood garden decor and various jams, jellies, and fruit butters, including new flavors.

Wood Designed by DW (Debbie Welch): Wood crafts: decorative bird houses, wooden totes, patriotic & wooden Ohio signs, pigs, cows, chickens. Hand made crocheted dishtowels, clothes, potholders, pocket books and baby booties. Special orders welcome.

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By Katrina Bush

For the Record-Herald