There are so many excellent books available in which the complex lives of plants are explained or illustrated. These aren’t books by and for scientists, but books meant for the lay person interested in the science of plant life but lacking expertise in botany or plant pathology.
Peter Wohlleben, in “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World (2016 U.S. publication),” provides fascinating information about tree relationships and interdependence, including “communication” among trees and the impact of climate on fruit production and dormancy. If you are at all interested in trees, it is a fun and informative read, although it should be noted that academics, especially in Europe, question many of the “facts” presented by Wohlleben.
“The Overstory” is a fictional account (Richard Powers, 2018) of a few select trees, and the humans who interact with and grow to appreciate them over time and in different parts of the United States. It addresses a number of social issues, including climate change, forestry management and environmentalism. Within the fiction is embedded a great deal of history and science related to trees in general (i.e. their social connected-ness) as well as specific trees, including the American Chestnut and the Douglas Fir.
Right now I’m reading “What a Plant Knows: A field guide to the senses (Daniel Chamovitz, 2012).” The book is structured around what a plant “sees,” “smells,” “feels,” “hears” and awareness of “where it is.” Chamovitz makes it clear that he knows that plant senses are not the same as the human senses. In this fairly short book, he presents the scientific study and observations that help us understand how and why plants “act” in the ways they do. I am just fascinated with knowing more about plant reaction to length of nights and how scientists disrupt the plant flowering by exposing specific plant parts to specific types of light during the night!
Don’t forget to utilize your local library(s)—your librarians are founts of information and helpfulness. We’re moving into the time of year when some of you may have more time to read… I hope so. I also hope to see you at the Saturday Farmers Market!
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 Street.
SNAP EBT 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) are good only for fruits, vegetables and food producing plants. So,”buy one, get one” for up to $25 every market day. $5 coupons will be available again for Fayette County Farm Bureau members at each Saturday market—these can be spent at both the Wednesday and Saturday markets.
The following list contains the names and products of the vendors that expect to set up this Saturday. Other vendors may participate as well:
Biers Run Mudd (Rachel Shepard): Kiln fired ceramics—pitchers, bowls, mugs, and planters.
Bridge View Garden (Hunter and Lorelle Rohrer, 740-505-5125): Fresh produce (lettuce, spring onions, radishes). Perennial and annual plants including vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Cheryl’s Country Crafts (Cheryl Braun): Handmade wreaths and country wood products.
Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): Handmade baby essentials including crochet baby blankets and hats, flannel burp cloths and crinkle toys, knit bows and teethers. Kitchen essentials including crochet dish cloths, pot scrubbers, and jar grippers. Handmade clay and resin earrings, face masks for adults and children, and intensely scented wax melts in over 50 scents.
DSC Produce Farm (Darren Cox): Private label salsas (a best-selling bacon salsa, habanero bacon corn salsa, peach salsa and Carolina Reaper) and salad dressings (tomato and bacon, bacon ranch, blueberry, raspberry) plus apple butter, rhubarb jam, elderberry jelly, and jalapeno ketchup.
Engeti (Alana Walters): Baked goods including dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies, cookies. Plants available as well.
Greens & Greenery (Katrina Bush): Rhubarb and other seasonal produce. Luffa sponges, beeswax hand creams, and glycerin and honey soaps. Potted plants including herbs, flowers, vegetables. Perennial native plants/trees/shrubs, including elder(berry), amsonia, swamp white oak, Marguerite Kelways, yellow and purple coneflower (echinacea), coral bells, anise hyssop and hyssop, clary sage, sage, daisy, ferns, monarda and more.
Julie G’s Cookies (Julie Greenslade): Homemade sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, lemon bars, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge and sugar free cookies.
Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods (David Persinger & Julie Mosny): The Pie Lady –Local honey, assorted small fruit pies, Cinni Mini’s, cinnamon rolls, and Buns Bars, and oatmeal raisin cookies.
The Jam Man will have peach, cherry, blueberry blackberry, red raspberry, black raspberry, and red raspberry jalapeno jams, hot pepper jelly, and No sugar added plum, blueberry, and peach jams.
Wood by DW (Debbie Welch): Wood crafts and sewn kitchen crafts.
Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer, 740-572-0134): Artisan breads, muffins.
AG Cutie Farms (A.J. and Grace Armintrout): Farm fresh eggs from right here in Fayette County!
Arnold Family Farm Crochet (Stacey Arnold): Assorted crocheted items including kitchen and bathroom towels and wash cloths, bookmarks, doilies, and Scrunchies.