How is everyone out there? Have you been able to walk the dog, hike, ride a bike, till the garden, or pull weeds? Was the spring weather oppressive or perfect or somewhere in between?
This is the windiest spring I can remember. While we had heavy rains last week, April wasn’t as wet as the last two Aprils so it was easier to prepare the garden beds.
The crops planted in early spring are doing well… radishes, leafy greens, turnips, chard and peas were planted in the garden as early as March. The brassicas (kale, broccoli, kale and the like) appreciate the cooler weather we’re having, and these plants no doubt do well provided they’re protected from the munching critters.
Onion sets and potatoes are in, and onion seedlings will be transplanted soon, if not already. With the heat we’re going to have this week, bean and corn seeds will be sprouting fast and we’re almost ready for tomatoes and peppers, squash and cucumbers.
Pepper and eggplant seedlings need warm temperatures and a long period of time to germinate and develop appropriately sized seedlings. Therefore, these and tomatoes are generally grown in a sheltered, well-lit environment. And that brings us back to the wind. Getting these plants outside to harden off was difficult this spring. These delicate stems break easily and tomato seedlings tend to be “leggy”. Undoubtedly, the plants that survive this hardening period will be hardy!
In those first few weeks, you should be able to find some beautiful plants at the Fayette County Farmers Market that will allow you to start or expand your gardens, both veggies and blooms. Whether you have a large yard, a raised bed or two, or just a few pots, you’re sure to find an old favorite or something worth trying for the first time.
The first market of 2022 brings the return of Market Kid’s Craft! Join Mrs. Debra at the Market Info Tent to build your own hummingbird feeder while you learn a little about hummingbirds.
As an added bonus, Fonda Fichthorn and Pamela Anderson of the South Plymouth Porch Pickers will provide delightful dulcimer music from 9:30am to 11:00am
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 corresponding “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 Fayette County Farm Bureau members 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 vendors may also participate:
– Biers Run Mudd (Rachel Shepard and Eric Harris): Wheel-cut stoneware: mugs, bowls, jugs and more.
– Bridge View Garden (Hunter and Lorelle Rohrer): Lettuce, radishes, rhubarb. hanging baskets. Perennial and annual bedding plants. Vegetable and herb garden plants.
– Cheryl’s Country Crafts (Cheryl Braun and David Stewart): handicrafts (wood).
– Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): Cozy Baby Blessings: Baby essentials including crochet blankets and hats, flannel receiving blankets and burp cloths, sensory crinkle toys, pacifier clips, teethers and silicone dishes. Also hand cast wax melts (50+ scents), crocheted tea towels, scourers and bead pins.
– Engeti (Alana Walters): Bakery goods including bread, cinnamon rolls, buns, cakes, tarts, cookies.
– Green & Green (Katrina Busch): Native Shrubs/Trees: Agoda Dogwood, Elderberry, River Birch. Perennial ornamental, flowering and herb plants: Fern, Astilbe, Daisy, Columbine, Calendula, Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Sage, Clary Sage. Rhubarb. Pear jam, rozelle (hibiscus) jam. Sourdough bread and crackers.
– Jim’s Premium Ground Beef (Jim Hobbs): Premium ground beef in assorted packs (patties, bulk tubes).
– Julie G’s Cookies (Julie Greenslade): Cookies: Sugar, Ginger, Oatmeal Raisins, Chocolate Chips, Peanut Butter, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars, Salted Caramel Bars, Lemon Bars, Snickerdoodles. Peanut Butter Toffee.
– Lorre Black Umbrellas, LLC (Lorre Black): Unique designer umbrellas and t-shirts.
– Ohio Artisan Beef (WJ and Lanita Fannin): Various cuts of local beef (¼ and ½ carcass packs).
– Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods, The Jam Man (David Persinger): Apple Butter, Jams: Strawberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Rhubarb, Tripleberry, Peach, Peach Flamingo, Blueberry, Cherry, Blackberry, Seedless Blackberry, Red Raspberry, Red Raspberry, Jalapeno and Pineapple Habanero and JELLY: Grape, Paprika Jelly and NO ADDED SUGAR: Peach, Strawberry and seedless blackberry.
– Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods & S. Plymouth Raw Honey (Julie and Dennis Mosny): Various fruit cakes, bun bars, cinnamon rolls and cinni minis. Local raw honey.
– 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 and Sara Creamer): Artisan bread and other baked goods. jewelry pouches and notebooks.