Marble games at the Saturday farmer’s market

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Is someone mumbling? marble games? Who remembers the time when marbles were king of the playground? Each kid had their bag of marbles including the “Shooter” who scored the points and won new marbles for “Keeps”.

Girls and boys were equal in this game…practice, a good aim, a smooth surface and a bit of luck. So many types of marbles! Aggies (Agates), Catseye, Red Devils, “Commie” (common, made of clay), Steely, Swirly, Tiger and the colored glass with names of gems (Opals, Rubies, Blood).

My rural elementary school had swings with a rush to be the first to get a swing. There were basketball hoops, permanent or chalk-drawn hopscotch squares, lots of jump ropes and balls. And there were marbles. A circle drawn with chalk. Each player places an equal number of their own marbles inside the circle. And then compete to shoot (and collect) marbles from around the circle. I only knew it as a playground game for kids, but kids and adults have and play marble games all over the world. Some of the fanciest marbles were made in Germany. And marbles are collected, displayed and appreciated.

Earlier this season, children visiting the Fayette County Farmers Market had the opportunity to participate in a “scavenger hunt” and collect a marmot bag (marbles, instructions, and string) at the end of the hunt. These marbles were made available thanks to an anonymous donation of thousands of marbles, and the marble bags thanks to our own volunteer, Ms. Debra, and her enthusiasm for making sure marble games aren’t forgotten!

This Saturday there is another opportunity for young people to get access to a starter set of marbles. Summer is a wonderful time to get outside with string, chalk, marbles and a friend or two. Instructions for many marble games are available both online and from our local library!

The very popular Bluegrass Ramblers will be back this week for our Independence Day celebrations.

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 the Washington Court House. 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.

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

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

Lorre Black Umbrellas (Lorre Black): Umbrellas that match your personality, the personality of your friends and family. With every umbrella you buy, you help your community by helping the LBU build our own umbrella avenue in the WCHO.

Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods, The Jam Man (David Persinger): Jams: NEW this week is black raspberry jam. Others are strawberry, strawberry rhubarb, rhubarb, grape, pineapple, Brazilian pineapple, triple berry, peach, blueberry, cherry, blackberry, seedless blackberry, red raspberry, red raspberry jalapeno, and strawberry jalapeno. Jellies: Pepperoni & HOT HOT HOT pepper. CONFECTS WITH NO ADDED SUGAR: Strawberry and seedless blackberry. Various chocolate sheet cakes.

PPCF & S. Plymouth Raw Honey) (Julie & Dennis Mosny): Raw local honey, various fruit cakes, Cinni Mini’s, bun bars, cinnamon buns. Blooming daylilies

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

Sulfur Leak Treasures (Christina Skaggs): Signs, earrings, fun plant studs and other trinkets.

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.

Bridge View Garden (Hunter & Lorelle Rohrer): Green beans, beets, spring onions, cucumbers, zucchini. Variety of plants including houseplants, perennials and summer celosia. Homemade bread, butter rolls.

Cheryl’s Country Crafts (Cheryl Braun & David Stewart): handicrafts

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 cinnamon pear jam and blueberry vinaigrette salsa and dressing. Pickle cucumbers.

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

Green & Green (Katrina Bush): Baklava is back! Strawberry jam (low sugar or honey), spring honey, sourdough crackers. Native flowering plants such as zinnias, cleome, Phoenician mullein, bee balm, yellow coneflower. Some Vegetables and Herbs: Holy Basil, Salad Burnet, Zucchini, Tomato, Chia. Garlic and other seasonal products.

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

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