Beautiful produce at the farmers market

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Small fruit growers really fascinate me, and even more people who grow their fruit trees organically. I have planted a few fruit trees over many years, most of which have not grown very well. The exception was a beautiful Freestone peach, which yielded a bumper crop every two years… until it didn’t and succumbed to disease.

In 2015 I started an orchard of 14 trees (apples, pears, peaches, plums, apricots and cherries) after researching rootstock and different cultivars and what was needed for cross pollination etc. Over the next few years I tried to follow the rules of pruning and shaping and often wished I had grown up around someone who knew what they were doing and who had taught me through practice. Reading a book just isn’t enough (at least not for me) and every species of tree has different pruning requirements.

Then the splash. For a variety of insect pests, fungi and diseases, there is a different spraying and spraying schedule. Each spray has different timing and precautions, and to be effective you need to know what is making your plant sick. (Our advisory offices are great sources of information and can offer help on these issues.) Spraying must be timed to cause the least amount of damage to pollinators. But every insecticide harms and solves a problem. Based on my own principles I have adopted the holistic spraying program for orchards and planted lots of clover and comfrey around the trees and daffodils for rodent deterrence. But will I have fruit that is edible?

I repeat …. I have great admiration for fruit growers who apply organic principles. It is not easy. Many people expect “perfect” looking fruit (and vegetables) and are put off by blemishes and even more worms in the fruit. But there is a movement to support and promote less than perfect or even ugly products. On the one hand it’s about being less wasteful – so much food is thrown away because of blemishes – and on the other hand raising awareness of what fruits and vegetables look like that are grown in real gardens and fields and with little or no chemical intervention becomes. Something to think about!

The market will have a lot to offer, including beautiful produce (although maybe not fruit). Our special kids activity will be face painting and paper hats. Thanks to funding from the Fayette County Board of Travel and Tourism, Dave Huffman and the Bluegrass Ramblers will perform from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and WCHC-TV will broadcast live from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m

The market is open Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and is located in the municipal parking lot at the corner of South Main Street and East East Street in Washington, CH. SNAP EBT Food Benefit Cards and Credit/Debit Cards are accepted. Those who use the SNAP EBT card for grocery purchases will receive matching dollar “Produce Perks” tokens ($1 for $1) that apply only to fruit, veg, and food-producing crops. So “buy one, get one” for up to $25 EVERY market day. FAYETTE COUNTY Farm Bureau members are again getting five-dollar coupons at every Saturday market; These can be spent on both the Wednesday and Saturday markets.

The following is a list of vendor names and products expected to be lined up this Saturday. Other providers may also participate.

Engeti (Alana Walters): Bakery goods including bread, cinnamon rolls, buns, cakes, tarts, cookies.

Green & Green (Katrina Bush): Garlic. Plants – Tomatoes, ornamental plants and native pollinators that are attractive include yarrow, Marguerite Kelways, hyssop, echinacea, astilbe, clary sage and coral bells. Native Shrubs/Trees: Pagoda Dogwood, River Birch, Sweet Shrub and Walnut. Sourdough Crackers.

Jim’s Premium Ground Beef (Jim Hobbs): Premium ground beef in assorted packs (patties, bulk tubes).

Julie G’s Cookies (Julie Greenslade): Chocolate Chips, Sugar, Snickerdoodle, Ginger, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Toffee Bars, Oatmeal Raisins, Peanut Butter Jumbos, Peanut Butter Fudge, Funfetti, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, Salted Caramel Bars and Pineapple Cookies.

KK’s Grubb Hubb (Kay Terry): serve breakfast!

Lorre Black Umbrellas, LLC (Lorre Black): Umbrellas that match your personality, the personality of your friends and family.

Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods, The Jam Man (David Persinger): Assorted jams/jellies and chocolate Texas sheet cakes.

PPCF & S. Plymouth Raw Honey) (Julie & Dennis Mosny): Raw local honey, variety of cakes, cinni minis, buns and cinnamon buns. Also blooming daylilies!

Rural Beans Roastery LLC (Kameron Rinehart): Assorted freshly roasted coffee – beans and ground.

Wood designs by DW (Debbie Welch): One of the handmade wooden items – birdhouses, signs, tables, gnomes. Crochet items such as kitchen towels, oven mitts, oven mitts, booties and blankets. Accepts customer and special orders.

Your Other Mom’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer): Artisanal breads and other baked goods. handicrafts.

Barbara’s Embellished Stretchy Bookmarks (Barbara Black): Bookmarks come in dozens of different handcrafted designs themed around sports, nature, hobbies, OSU, the beach and more.

Bier’s Run Mudd (Rachel Shepard & Eric Harris): Wheel-cut stoneware: mugs, bowls, jugs and more.

Bridge View Garden (Hunter & Lorelle Rohrer): Beetroot, lettuce, spring onions. herbal plants. Flowering perennials. Homemade bread, butter rolls.

Cheryl’s Country Crafts (Cheryl Braun & David Stewart): Handicrafts (wood) and homemade soaps.

Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): Cozy Baby Blessings: Baby essentials including crochet blankets and hats, flannel receiving blankets and burp cloths. Also bead pins, crochet tea towels and scourers and wax melts (50+ scents).

DSC Produce Farm (Darren helmsman): Salsa, dressings. Try new bacon salsa. Purple Spring Onions – $3/bunch.

A sour cherry tree

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