This Saturday, the 21st marks the next to the last Fayette County Farmers Market of the season. With the many activities associated with the Scarecrow Festival, the market is sure to be a festive place as well with lots of great produce for eating and also for decorating.
Shoppers will find pumpkins and gourds, and crafts celebrating fall, as well as beautifully knit baby blankets, hats and fall apparel. Which means that shoppers can stock up on produce that keeps well (think pumpkins and squash, apples, storage onions and garlic, and jam and candy) as well as that which can be frozen or canned (like tomatoes, peppers, green beans, home baked breads and pies). Even when one has limited storage space, that farm fresh produce eaten in October or later will taste mighty good and you may be assured you have the thanks of the entire Farmers Market community for your patronage.
Believe me…..we appreciate each and every patron of the market. This means those of you who read the article each week and come prepared with a list for yourself and perhaps a friend or neighbor. This includes those who are new to the market or just occasionally browse, as well as those who come to visit, and talk about the vendor wares, and show appreciation for the work of farming, or baking, or preserving or knitting or woodworking, or beekeeping or blending essential oils in healthful ways.
The appreciation extends to the neighboring businesses which offer their restrooms, and accommodate for a few hours per week a different sort of traffic. To the Record-Herald goes a huge shout-out for ongoing support of the market and inclusion of twice weekly articles. The vendors deserve special recognition, as they not only “vend” and make every effort to treat each customer as special, but help each other out with set up, battery recharges, “battening down of hatches” on windy days, a cup of water, a smile and a nod. And our market volunteers…oh my! They help out at the market itself, from set up to strike down, manning the info booth, processing credit and debit cards, orchestrating the children’s activity and so much more, often behind the scenes between markets. A special shout out to David and Gwen, our (unpaid) market managers and Debra for the planning and implementation of the children’s activities.
Please note that the funds provided to the market via the Fayette County Farm Bureau to provide $5 vouchers have run out. There are no more vouchers for the remainder of the market season. But, we will have a children’s activity: our market’s youngest shoppers will have fun creating a giant colorful foam flower and decorating their flower with markers, crayons and stickers at the craft table. And the FCMH will sponsor the OSU Mobile Kitchen, on hand to provide free cooking demonstrations and healthy recipes to take home and try.
The following list contains the names and products of the vendors that expect to set up this Saturday in downtown Washington C.H. Other vendors may participate as well.
Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon & Taylor Jones): Pumpkins and gourds, apples- honey crisp, McIntosh, gala, golden delicious, garlic, green beans, squash, cucumbers, red and gold potatoes, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, acorn and butternut squash, chicken- patties, chicken breast, wings, cheddar chicken bratwurst and chorizo links, ground chicken, beef- ground and patties, pork- sausage patties, bulk sausage, pork chops, sweet Italian links, turkey- ground, drums and wings.
King Farms (Jeff & Sandi King): melons, vine ripe tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, squash, maybe green beans.
Margaret’s Memories (Sharon Fulkerson): Dryer balls, baby hats and booties, wash cloths, towels, hand warmers, socks, market bags, vintage quilt, dog sweater.
Persinger Produce & Cottage Foods (David Persinger and Julie Mosny): The Pie Lady will have local honey, assorted pies, iced sugar and pumpkin cookies, cinnamon rolls, buns bars, cinni mini’s and banana cake. The Jam Man will be there with assorted jams & jellies including no added sugar apple butter, a spiced tomato jam, elderberry jelly, seedless blackberry and assorted Texas sheet cakes.
Wood Designed by DW (Debbie Welch): Handmade, unusual wood crafts. Hand made crocheted dishtowels, clothes, potholders, pocket books and baby booties. Special orders welcome. Cookies, fudge.
Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer): Artisan breads and bran muffin tops.
B.Y.E Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, candy onions, jalapeños, Salsa Blend Peppers, winter squashes, sweet potatoes and baked goods.
Chilcote Farm (Bruce & Marlene Chilcote): Honey, pumpkin cake with maple buttercream icing, cookies and donuts.
Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): Handmade baby essentials including, fleece blankets, crocheted blankets, crocheted hats and booties. Flannel receiving blankets, burp cloths, bibs and bunny ear teething rings (12 new fabrics!) as well as crocheted pot scrubbers.
Enchanting Acres (Amber Harris): tomatoes, peppers, okra, garlic, black walnuts.
Engedi (Beth Day, Alana Walters, Janet Bick): Assorted home baked goods (cinnamon rolls, bread, yeast rolls, cookies, pies), as well as a children’s activity.