‘A new energy’ exists at Fayette Co. Farmers Market

By Katrina Bush - For the Record-Herald

It seems to me that the Fayette County Farmers Market has a new energy this year. I don’t know to what to attribute this — certainly the weather has been good, and we have excellent vendors and customers (old faithfuls and brand new), but I’m sure much of the credit must go to our market managers, David Persinger and Gwen Laurens.

In addition to the coordination of Fayette County Farm Market vendor activities (making sure we follow the Ohio codes related to the sale of produce, baked goods and jams and the like, recruiting volunteers, “manning” the info booth, helping occasional vendors find their spot for the day), they put in many hours promoting the market, reaching out to local businesses and leaders and making connections. If you have not already introduced yourself to them, please make a point of doing so and thanking them for their many hours of spirited volunteer efforts!

Their work is a reflection of the excitement you can expect to experience at this Saturday’s market. There is so much going on this week, you will probably want to plan your Saturday morning around a LONG visit to our Farmers Market.

This week marks the entrance of Washington Court House’s new FOOD TRUCK (all the rage in cities all over the U.S.) —Super Sport Grubb Hubb, a a business enterprise of Kyler Kelley and chef Marc Grubb. They plan to focus on interesting breakfast items such as pork belly hash, cinnamon bread french toast and a breakfast sandwich featuring products sourced by the Fayette County Farm Market vendors. They, and the info booth volunteers, will be sporting balloons and sharing information about “The Longest Day” event— a day dedicated to all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease – which will be held on North Main Street, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with South Main Street being roped off for a vintage and sport car “Cruise In” auto show.

From 9:15 to 11:15 a.m., LeighAnne Cooper will be performing live. Her official blogspot notes that she “is a country singer who hails originally from Jamestown, Ohio and currently graces the small town of Washington Court House, Ohio with her lively brand of music that calls to mind all the classic legendary female country musicians.” (http://leighanne cooper.blogspot.com)

The children’s craft at the “info booth” will feature a “Love our Farmer’s Market Candy Craft Pencil.” Our short shoppers will use Lifesavers, Hershey’s Kisses, pom-poms, colored paper and a sticker to make an edible (but not writable) pencil. Fayette County Farmers Market $5 coupons are being distributed to Farm Bureau members and military personal (veterans, active duty and reserves or their spouses) thanks to funding provided by the Fayette County Farm Bureau; these may be picked up at the info booth.

And, finally, at the “community guest” tent, you will find the Vault (116 West Court Street, WCH), a local vintage thrift shop specializing in comic books and scale models of movie classics. The Vault plans to bring a FREE comic book to the first 50 kids, 12 & under, and will have a variety of store merchandise for sale.

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.

The following list contains the names and products of the vendors that expect to set up this Saturday. Other vendors may participate as well.

Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon & Taylor Jones): Peaches, radishes, cucumbers, green onions, beets, zucchini, yellow squash, lettuce, sugar snap peas, eggs, pork- mild Italian and jalapeño links, maple links, pork chops, bulk sausage, sausage patties, ground pork, smoked bacon, ground hamburger and hamburger patties.

King Farms (Jeff & Sandi King): Onions and baked goods, and caramel corn,

Persinger Produce & Cottage Foods (David Persinger and Julie Mosny): The Jam Man will have a variety of jams & jellies, apple butter, and assorted Texas sheet cakes. The Pie Lady will have local honey and daylillies! Pies of course (apple, cherry, blackberry, strawberry, strawberry rhubarb, rhubarb and peach pies) as well as bun’s bars, oatmeal cookies, cinni mini’s and cinnamon rolls.

Super Sport Grubb Hubb, (Kyler Kelley & Marc Grubb): Breakfast sandwiches and more!

Tracy Farms (Rob & Jess Tracy): Seasonal produce, plants, handmade market bags and crocheted items. Eggs and bread.

Wood Designed by DW (Debbie Welch): Handmade, unusual wood crafts. Hand made crocheted dishtowels, clothes, potholders, pocket books and baby booties. Special orders welcome. Fudge and brownies.

B.Y.E Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): lettuce, bok-choy, swiss chard, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, pies, strawberry rolls, lemon rolls, cinnamon rolls, sweet breads.

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

Chilcote Farm (Bruce & Marlene Chilcote): Honey, cookies, donuts, brownies and sheet cakes.

Greens & Greenery (Katrina Bush): Plants: Herbs, flowering, ornamental and good for native pollinators, including bee balm, echinacea, choke cherry, amsonia, milkweed. Seasonal produce (rhubarb, green onions, kale, broccoli). Mini-peachy meringues, mini-pecan pies, banana cupcakes with caramel icing.


By Katrina Bush

For the Record-Herald