Meet the Farmers Market’s newest volunteer

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The Cambridge Dictionary defines a volunteer as ‘a person who does something, particularly for other people or for an organisation, voluntarily and without being coerced or paid’. People volunteer in so many different capacities, often without even considering it volunteering. You can informally mentor a child who needs a kind and considerate adult in their life. Pantries, blood banks, public libraries all rely on the generosity of time and a willing and kind spirit. The reasons for volunteering often reflect a sense of civic responsibility, but volunteering also brings some benefits to the volunteer…not least the opportunity to socialize and meet people.

Meet Robert (Bob) Shadley, Fayette County Farmers Market’s newest volunteer. Many of you who have been with Washington Court House for many years are likely familiar with him and perhaps his family, all of whom have lived in the Bloomingburg and Washington CH area for many decades. While his work as an accountant has taken him to positions in Wilmington and Cincinnati, Bob is invested in this community and calls Washington CH home.

Being retired doesn’t necessarily mean you have a lot of free time, but it certainly allows you to spend your time in other ways. Bob is excited about the atmosphere of the market and the drawing of the market as a Saturday community event. Before volunteering, Bob was a marketer and he tells us that volunteering gives him the chance to meet and work with a great group of people. As our market has become busier the need for people to set up and staff the ‘information stand’ has certainly increased and we are thrilled to have such competent and enthusiastic volunteers. Who knows… we might even meet Bob’s daughter and grandchildren sometime on Saturday!

In addition to our fabulous volunteers and vendors, our local Carnegie Library Bookwheel will be participating from 8:30am to 11:00am. Community Guest of the Week is Fayette County Senior Center (Delaware Street). They provide a safe place to socialize and enjoy card games, dominoes, field trips, refreshments and lots of fun. Weekly schedule is Mon & Fri 12:30pm Euchre, Wednesday 2pm Euchre, Sunday 1:30pm Mexican Train Dominoes. Contact Ruth Redden 765-427-3437 for more information.

The Farmers Market is open Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and is located in the city 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.

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.

Ohio Artisan Beef & 1 Body Life Skin Care (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. Clean, natural, 100% plant-based, fresh skin care products in small batches.

Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods, The Jam Man (David Persinger): NEW this week is boysenberry jam. Others are black raspberry, strawberry, strawberry rhubarb, rhubarb, grape, pineapple, Brazilian pineapple, pineapple habanero, triple berry, peach, blueberry, cherry, blackberry, seedless blackberry, red raspberry, red raspberry jalapeno, and strawberry jalapeno. Jellies: Paprika jelly. CONFECTS WITH NO ADDED SUGAR: Strawberry and seedless blackberry.

PPCF & S. Plymouth Raw Honey) (Julie & Dennis Mosny): Raw local honey, a variety of fruit cakes, bun bars, Cinni 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.

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.

Bridge View Garden (Hunter & Lorelle Rohrer): Seasonal products such as green beans, beets, spring onions, cucumbers, zucchini. Perennials and potted sunflowers in bloom. Homemade bread, butter rolls.

Cheryl’s Country Crafts (Cheryl Braun & David Stewart): Wooden crafts and wreaths and other items.

Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): Wax melts, pens, crocheted tea towels, scouring pads and shower stools. Baby items including crocheted blankets and hats, flannel receiving blankets, burp cloths, cuddle toys and bunny ear teethers, silicone tableware, teethers and pacifier clips.

DSC Produce Farm (Darren helmsman): Salsa, dressings. Try the tomato and bacon dressing. Pickled beets, fresh cucumbers.

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

Green & Green (Katrina Bush): Strawberry jam (low sugar or honey), spring honey, sourdough crackers. Native flowering plants including zinnias, cleome, Phoenician mullein, yellow coneflower. Some Vegetables and Herbs: Fresh Garlic, Green Beans, Beets and Cucumbers.

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

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

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