There are only 3 Saturday Farmers’ Markets left this year

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Autumn marks the time for “warm” foods, including soups. Food this time of year is perfect for soups; We have tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli, winter squash, peppers, onions and garlic. Vegetable soup is so empowering…it’s easy to make a simple meal with any mix of veggies from the garden or market, some black pepper, additional veggies from the freezer or cans, and then broth (veg or meat) and beans or other protein and herbs for flavoring. Add this market bread, garlic, and olive oil for dipping, and you have a flavorful and filling meal.

Soup recipes abound; You might like the influence of coconut milk or lemongrass (Asian/Indian) or fish (Coastal) or milk/cream based. Do you have old family recipes that have been passed down but haven’t been looked at for a while? This is a great time to reminisce and maybe cook a meal with a child or grandchild. The kitchen is not as hot as in August. But the weather is also still perfect for cooking outside, either grilling or cooking on the campfire. Even people who don’t call themselves vegetable lovers like the taste of roasted or grilled vegetables. You can roast or grill just about any vegetable, and vegetables are wonderful as a medley. Just be sure to consider cooking times…beets, squash, sweet potatoes, and carrots may take longer to cook (or can be cut into smaller pieces) than green beans, broccoli, onions, and eggplant.

Back to the soups…don’t forget the legumes. Dried beans and peas are a wonderful, inexpensive, and versatile protein. Last week I made a brown lentil soup with little more than onions and garlic (these are essentially the base of any hearty soup), carrots, tomatoes, celery, ground cumin and coriander, and a squeeze of lemon at the end. It’s flavorful enough to suit me for both dinner and breakfast while being filling and low in calories. And pretty much everything but lentils and powdered spices and celery came from the garden.

This week, the Bluegrass Ramblers and a representative from Nationwide Children’s Hospital will join us at the Fayette County Farmers Market to share information about the Positive Parenting Program. Only three Saturday markets left (last market is October 1st) so get together to stock up on what you need not only for the week but for the weeks to come. We appreciate you and your support of the market.

The market is open on Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It is located in the municipal parking lot at the corner of South Main Street and East East Street at 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 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 providers may also participate.

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

Green & Green (Katrina Busch): Seasonal produce grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, including spring onions, leeks, garlic, beets and tomatoes. Coriander seeds for autumn/winter crops. Baklava, horse chestnuts (the peanut butter kind), local raw honey, sourdough crackers.

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

New Martinsburg Maple Syrup LLC & Dave’s Pumpkins (Sam and Dave Bowers): Fayette County maple syrup and assorted squashes.

Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods, The Jam Man (David Persinger): CANNED GINGER PEARS and PEACH FLAMINGO. Chocolate Texas Sheet Cake with or without pecans, Jam: “Currant Affair” (a blackcurrant jam with a hint of redcurrant), Strawberry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Pineapple, Pineapple Habanero, Peach, Blueberry, Cherry, Black Raspberry, Blackberry, Seedless Blackberry, Red Raspberry, Red Raspberry Jalapeno, and Strawberry Jalapeno. JELLY: Paprika jelly. Jam with no added sugar: triple berry, plum, blueberry, seedless blackberry.

PPCF & S. Plymouth Raw Honey) (Julie & Dennis Mosny): Raw local honey, comb honey, variety of fruit cakes, banana cakes, pumpkin cookies, cini minis, buns and cinnamon buns.

Slate Hill Farm & Orchard (Greg, Carmen & Joe Hood): apples. Strains now available include: Gala, Fuji, Enterprise and Crimson Crisp.

Wood designs by DW (Debbie Welch): Unique 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): Baked goods including homemade breads and muffins. sewing craft.

Bridge View Garden (Hunter & Lorelle Rohrer): Seasonal produce like red raspberries, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, onions, peppers, winter squash (spaghetti, acorn and butternut). Mums, decorative pumpkins. Homemade breads (yeast, savory and sweet) and rolls.

Cheryl’s Country Crafts (Cheryl Braun & David Stewart): Handmade wreaths and garlands, porch signs, wood crafts, mug lids and candles. Acceptance of special orders.

Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): END OF SEASON SALE on selected baby items! Handmade baby items including crocheted blankets and hats, flannel burp cloths, wrinkled square and bunny ear teethers and pacifier clips. Also fall silk flower arrangements, bead pins, letter openers and keyrings as well as wax melts in over 60 scents.

Edlynn’s Attic (Robin Dement): Hand knitted baby hats with fur pom poms, fingerless gloves, knitted baskets and acrylic and alpaca yarn. Chocolate chip cookie mixes and brownie mixes from Shelbee’s Dry Mix Company.

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