Final Farmers Market of the season this Saturday

By Katrina Bush - For the Record-Herald

With the last week of the 2020 Fayette County Farmers Market season, you can still obtain produce from at least several vendors, but the produce season is definitely winding down. The fruits of the year will still be celebrated through the many fruit pies and the jams and jellies as well as delicious local honey.

You’ll still find artisan and white yeast breads, as well as sweet and tempting desserts. And of course, there are hand-crafted baby blankets and kitchen towels, masks, pottery, specialty soaps and hand creams, wood décor and natural and nutritious canine treats.

The market is a place not only to buy weekly produce, gifts, and treats, but a place of welcome and community. There are many customers who are “tried and true,” who have and continue to come to the market almost every single Saturday, and make a point of visiting most if not all of the vendor booths and admire the wares and cordially share a story or a simple greeting. We had many, many new visitors this year, a great number who will most certainly become a new generation of “tried and true,” building this fine community of support for local farmers and other vendors.

We know that this community is appreciative of the Fayette County Farmers Market. We take this moment to remind the community of how much we, the market association, appreciate you! The market volunteers give and give; they arrive early and stay late, setting up our sanitizing tables and signs, operating the information booth, helping out with vendor tents as needed and more than can ever be known.

Our market manager (aka David) is coordinating the placement of last minute vendor attendees and keeping the traffic moving and safe, both before and during the market. The community supports the market in so many ways….by posting our market signs or running free ads, by providing $5 coupons to FC Farm Bureau members, by setting up information booths (including the Master Gardeners). Each vendor is working all week long to produce the items our customers have come to expect. And the customers are the reason the vendors come each week – without them, there would be no point in setting up! So, thank you, thank you, one and all. Wishing you a beautiful fall season and good health until we meet again at the market, spring 2021.

The Market is open this final 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 BET food benefit cards and credit/debit cards are accepted. Those using the SNAP EBT card for food purchases receive matching dollar “Produce Perks” tokens ($1 for $1) good only for fruits, vegetables, and food producing plants. So,”buy one, get one” for up to $25 EVERY market day. Five-dollar coupons will be available again for FAYETTE COUNTY Farm Bureau members at each Saturday market; these can be spent at the final Saturday market.

The following list contains the names and products of the vendors that expect to set up this Saturday. Other vendors may participate as well. Vendors who provide their phone number may be contacted for advance orders.

Wood Designed by DW (Debbie Welch): Handmade, unusual wood crafts, including seasonal. Hand made crocheted dishtowels, clothes, potholders, pocket books and baby booties.

Biers Run Mudd (Rachel Shepard): Home produced ceramic wares including mugs, bowls, dishes, and pitchers.

Bridge View Garden (Hunter & Lorelle Rohrer, 740-505-5125): Mums in multiple colors. Seasonal produce including red raspberries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes.

B.Y.E Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): winter squashes, tomatoes, kale, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, candy onions, bell peppers, broccoli, garden salsa peppers, super chili peppers, banana peppers, jalapeños, sweet mini peppers, cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, cinnamon rolls, lemon rolls, strawberry rolls, pumpkin whoopie pies, sweet breads (banana, strawberry, pumpkin, zucchini, lemon), small pies (raisin, pecan, blackberry, cherry, apple), adult and children’s face masks(new fall prints and sale prices). To place orders contact Elaine @ 740-606-6333 or [email protected]

Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): Last day of the Market Sale! Masks for adults and children $5, buy 4 get 1 free. Wax Melts $1 ea or $10 a dozen. Select scents buy 1 get 1 free. (Limited supply, come early!) Fall wall hanging/throws and select baby blankets $5 off. crochet pot scrubbers, cotton wash cloths, coasters and linen tea towels. Baby Essentials including crochet blankets and hats, onesies, bibs, flannel receiving blankets, burp cloths and teething toys.

Engedi (Alana Walters, Janet Bick, Beth Day): Assorted home baked goods including cinnamon rolls, yeast bread and rolls, cookies, fruit pies and noodles.

Greens & Greenery (Katrina Bush): Broom corn wreaths, sweet potatoes. Pumpkin pies (medium and small); pumpkin muffins; buckeyes and chocolate fudge, sourdough crackers (garlic/turmeric, rosemary, “everything,” ginger/wasabi, sea salt). Handmade glycerin and honey soaps, beeswax hand and cuticle creams and luffa scrubs. House plants (broad leaf begonia, oxalis, episcias).

KAZ Creations (Michele Zurakowski—614-563-0541 ): Habanero jelly for mixing with cheese; school breathable masks (all masks will be buy 4 get 1 free).

Kelsie’s K-9 Creations (Jennifer Anderson): featuring healthy, limited ingredient cookies and treats for your 4 legged friends.

Persinger Produce and Cottage Food (Julie Mosny & David Persinger): The Pie Lady –Local honey, assorted fruit pies, oatmeal raisin cookies, Buns Bars, iced sugar cookies, cinni mini’s and cinnamon rolls. The Jam Man – JAMS: peach, cherry, seedless blackberry, plum with cardamom, red raspberry, strawberry-rhubarb, pineapple habanero, red raspberry jalapeno, blackberry, triple berry and a variety of no-added sugar choices. Also assorted Texas sheet cakes: no nuts, pecans, black walnuts, and a coconut pecan icing.

By Katrina Bush

For the Record-Herald