Tomatoes have arrived at the Market

By David Persinger - Fayette County Farmers Market

We have all been waiting and now is the time: open air, garden-raised tomatoes are at the Fayette County Farmers Market.

First were the grape tomatoes and now the larger slicing tomatoes have arrived. We welcome Peggy, of Strahler’s Berry Farm, who is bringing blackberries and will along with Dennis Anschutz of DJ’s Farm, have blackberries for only a week or two. Alana Walters and daughter Beth Day will be sampling their cinnamon rolls from their booth’s table.

Jessica Draganic of Fayette County Farm Bureau will be in attendance for the first half of the market in order to disseminate information and process ticket orders for Fayette County’s FIRST “Farm to Fork” dinner to be held Saturday, Aug. 20 at Garland Farms. This annual community dinner event also serves as a fundraiser for Fayette County service agencies. This year’s dinner proceeds will benefit the Hospice of Fayette County’s “Expanding our Heart” program.

The following list contains the names and products of the vendors that expect to set up for the Saturday Market. The Market is open every Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. 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 and credit/debit cards are accepted. We are offering a new program called veggie SNAPS and it permits those who use a SNAP EBT card for food items to receive matching dollar tokens (one for one) for additional fruits and vegetables. It’s a BOGO for fruit and vegetables, up to $10 every market day! Be sure to ask David Persinger about the new veggie SNAPS produce program for SNAP EBT cards.

Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon and Taylor Jones): sweet corn, tomatoes, green beans, candy and green onions, peppers, squash (zucchini, yellow, patty pan), cucumbers (slicing, pickling), garlic, brown eggs, chicken wings, sweet Italian and chorizo chicken links.

King Farms (Jeff and Sandi King): sweet corn, red potatoes and Yukon Gold, yellow squash, tomatoes, and homemade pies and cookies.

Gerhardt’s (Kevin Gerhardt): super sweet white corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, jalapeños, cantaloupe, zucchini, and squash.

Strahler’s Berry Farm (Peggy Strahler): BLACKBERRIES and tomatoes.

Bridgeview Farm (Hunter Rohrer): seasonal produce (sweet corn, tomatoes and onions) and Martin’s breads and rolls.

Persinger Produce & Cottage Food (David Persinger, Julie P Mosny): McIntosh apples, local honey, jams/jellies, assorted fruit pies, and cinnamon rolls.

B.Y.E. Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, yellow squash, cabbage, candy onions, sweet breads, cinnamon rolls, sticky buns and FREE kids’ drinks.

Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don and Sara Creamer): artisan breads, whole wheat brownie tarts, and bran muffin tops.

DJ’s Farm (Dennis Anschutz): Buckeye nuggets, pumpkin bread, peach bread, zucchini bread, zucchini cookies, zucchini, half runner and Blue Lake green beans, and BLACKBERRIES.

Greens and Greenery (Katrina Bush): potted plants, including ornamental/edible peppers, Minibel tomatoes, herbs, annual and perennial flowering plants, and rhubarb plants. Also seasonal produce, cotton wash clothes and “treats” (granola, rosemary/garlic focaccia, caramel corn).

Gluten Free Goodies (Rachael Craig): brownies, lemon bars, asst. cookies, pound cakes, blueberry muffins, and handmade lotions and lip balms.

Whatnots & Whims, by Mary (Mary Sanderson): Unique art pieces designed to bring a touch of fun and whimsy to your home, porch/patio, or garden. Garden art and centerpieces are made from up-cycled glass, ceramic, and china pieces. Hand-painted tiles (painted on glazed and natural stone and marble) can be used as coasters, magnets, and as table or wall art. Stop by and share your smiles!

White Oak Farm (Luann Jackson): sweet corn and other seasonal produce, fresh herbs, jams and jellies.

By Thy Hand (Mark and Lori Chrisman): crates made from recycled pallets, croutons, Angel food cakes, mini breads, including pepperoni and Italian herb. Zucchini, and strawberry-banana and seasonal produce.

Chilcote Farms (Marlene Chilcote): local honey, PEACHES, and caramels.

Dale’s Crafts (Dale Butler): cornhole boards (OSU, John Deere, Reds, OU, Browns, Bengals), a set of red/white/blue benches, outdoor benches, washer toss games, Uncle Sam and other wood-craft items.

Jim Dandy’s (Jim Brigner): hand-crafted utility and decorative wood items .

Engeti (Beth Day and Alana Walters): fair trade coffee, noodles, pies, cobblers, cinnamon rolls, bread and rolls, cookies and cakes. FLAVORED SHAVED ICE for heat relief!

Forgotten Way Farm (Cathy Ludi): THERAPEUTIC GRADE essential oils, homemade lye soap, lip balms, bath salts, laundry soaps and wooden signs.

Slate Creek Farms (Christen Orebaugh): tortilla taco shells, breads, and cookies.

Mary’s This ‘n That (Mary Ford): pineapple-banana bread, apple butter bread, peanut butter fudge, pineapple upside down cake, flax crackers, catnip toys, dog sweaters, large and small goose dresses, fabric coasters and more.

By David Persinger

Fayette County Farmers Market