Farmer’s Market Celebrates “Strawberry Days”

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Everything comes on roses! No wait….STRAWBERRIES! While the strawberry full moon does not occur until June 14 (typically the last full moon of spring or the first of summer), this lunar name was used by many aborigines to “mark the maturation of the ‘June camp’.” Strawberries” (Farmers Almanac). June-bearing strawberries are likely to ripen further north in June. But ours are ripening now… the first ones were available on the market last Saturday and more will be available in the next few weeks (timing and quantity will depend on temperatures and sunshine of course).

Strawberries in season are such a treat; They can of course be preserved (frozen fresh, jams) but it’s wonderful to have just enough to eat fresh, slice and eat with shortcrust pastry and cream or alone or combined with rhubarb for a tart. Several vendors had freshly picked berries last week, but they didn’t last long. But for this coming Saturday, as well as the next, the Fayette County Farmers Market will be celebrating “Strawberry Days”. Our local strawberry vendors will not only sell fresh strawberries, but other vendors may offer “specials” on their products and “all things strawberries”.

Two special events are planned for this festive Saturday. David Huffman and the Bluegrass Ramblers will perform from 9:30 am to 11:00 am. This week’s children’s activity at the market will be a fun scavenger hunt full of healthy tips. To start and end the scavenger hunt, contact Mrs. Debra in the Market Info Tent. Entrants “win” a game of marbles to pick up at the Katrina’s Greens & Greenery booth.

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. Five Dollar Coupons Will Again Be Available to Members of the FAYETTE COUNTY Farm Bureau 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.

Cloud 9D Designs (Nicole Daugherty): Personalized keepsake mugs, jewellery, keychains and much more. SPECIAL: Items with a strawberry motif as well as strawberry lemonade and regular lemonade.

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).

Family Farm Dill (Andy & Paula Dill): Strawberries, honey and blueberry bushes.

Engeti (Alana Walters): Bakery goods including bread, cinnamon rolls, buns, cakes, tarts, cookies. Also fruit cakes, including strawberry cake, cobbler and dump cakes.

Green & Green (Katrina Bush): Variety of plants including vegetables, herbs and ornamentals (perennial and annual) including fern, daisy, peppermint, clary sage and lemongrass). Native Shrubs/Trees: Pagoda Dogwood, Elderberry, River Birch, Sweet Shrub. Sourdough crackers, including strawberry rhubarb. seasonal products.

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

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

Lorre Black Umbrellas, LLC (Lorre Black): Unique designer umbrellas.

Ohio Artisan Beef (WJ & Lanita Fannin): Single cuts, ground beef and beef patty bundles, grill boxes and other variety boxes, as well as reservations of 1/4, 1/2 and whole beef.

Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods, The Jam Man (David Persinger): Jam: Strawberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Pineapple, Brazilian Pineapple, Tripleberry, Peach, Peach Flamingo, Blueberry, Cherry, Blackberry, Seedless Blackberry, Red Raspberry, Red Raspberry Jalapeno, and Pineapple Habanero. Jellies: grape, hot pepper. CONFECTS WITH NO ADDED SUGAR: Peach, strawberry and seedless blackberry. Assorted Chocolate Texas Sheet Cakes. Strawberry Days Special: $1 off Strawberry, Rhubarb, Strawberry Rhubarb, and Blackberry Jam Jars this week and next!

PPCF & S. Plymouth Raw Honey) (Julie & Dennis Mosny): Raw local honey, variety of fruit tarts, banana cake brownies, bun bars, oatmeal raisin cookies, cinnamon minis and cinnamon buns.

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): Breads, muffins, shortbreads (for your strawberries!), brownies and sewing projects.

Bridge View Garden (Hunter & Lorelle Rohrer): Strawberries, lettuce, spring onions, onion sets. Perennial and annual bedding plants, vegetable garden and herb plants. Homemade bread, butter rolls.

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