In her poem A New England Gardener Gets Personal, Maxine Kumin writes, “Kale/curls. Laughs at cold rain./ Survive/Crushing hail./Under snow, stays green./Comes crisp as a clapping/to bowl,/then lies down humbly/with salad and cabbage.”
The spring green is a delight. Planted early, lettuce, kale, mustard and kohlrabi, along with the crisp radish and spring onion, bring the earliest color, flavor, variety, crispness and nutrition to market and our tables. Mrs. Kumin gardened in Maine, which has an exceptionally short growing season. Plants that can survive the cold, hibernate and grow easily, including kale, are valued. All greens provide nutrients, but those in the cabbage family, which includes kale and turnips, provide extra blobs. And there are so many ways to enjoy those greens. Salad natural (a mix of freshly cut or shredded veggies), massaged kale (with olive oil, lemon, nuts and dried fruit), sautéed with onions/garlic, or paired with bean soups (so Mediterranean!). And unlike perennial asparagus and rhubarb, and quick-bitter spinach and lettuce, kale will survive summer and cold weather, too. A simple addition to any garden.
Thank you for a happy first day of the market last Saturday! And there’ll be even more joy when the market’s kids’ crafts return this week with an edible DIY birdhouse. Join Mrs. Debra in the Market Info Tent to build this fun bird feeder your birds will love!
Fayette County Farmers 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.
Cheryl’s Country Crafts (Cheryl Braun & David Stewart): Crafts and homemade soaps and wreaths.
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): Salsas, Dressings and New Baby Pickled Beets and Bacon Salsa. Sampling of new black beans and corn. $2.00 worth of coupons to use with DSC products throughout the season.
Engeti (Alana Walters): Bakery goods including bread, cinnamon rolls, buns, cakes, tarts, cookies.
Green & Green (Katrina Busch): Native shrubs/trees: pagoda dogwood, elderberry, river birch. Perennial ornamental, flowering and herb plants including fern, astilbe, daisy, lemon balm, peppermint, sage, clary sage. Sourdough Crackers. seasonal products.
Jim’s Premium Ground Beef (Jim Hobbs): Premium ground beef in assorted packs (patties, bulk tubes).
Julie G’s Cookies (Julie Greenslade): Sugar, Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodle, Funfetti Cookies, Ginger, Oatmeal Raisins, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, Lemon Bars, Salted Caramel Bars, Oatmeal Toffee Bars, and Pineapple Cookies.
Lorre Black Umbrellas, LLC (Lorre Black): Unique designer umbrellas.
Ohio Artisan Beef (WJ & Lanita Fannin): Single cuts, ground beef and beef patty bundles, variety boxes, and 1/4, 1/2, and whole beef reservations.
Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods, The Jam Man (David Persinger): Apple Butter, 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 and Jellies: Grape, Spicy Pepper Jelly, and WITHOUT ADDED SUGARS: Peach, strawberry and seedless blackberry. Texas White Sheet Cake (Almond Extract).
PPCF & S. Plymouth Raw Honey) (Julie & Dennis Mosny): Raw local honey, a variety of fruit cakes, bun bars, oatmeal raisin cookies, Cinni Minis and cinnamon buns.
Rural Beans Roastery LLC (Kameron Rinehart): Assorted freshly roasted coffee – beans and ground.
Sulfur Leak Treasures (Christina Skaggs): Bespoke drinking glasses made on site, handmade earrings, plant stakes, air plant holders, growing stands, signs and 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.
Your Other Mom’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer): Bread, other baked goods and crafts.