Three weeks left at the Farmers Market

We had a great summer of farmer’s market activities…. lots of good food, beautiful crafts and handmade items for kitchen, bath, baby and porch, plenty of produce and plants to grow our own food or make the yard more beautiful and a sustenance haven for moths, butterflies, birds and bees.

Delicious pastries ranging from fresh bread to pies, cookies and cakes are hugely popular, as are jams in many flavors. Vendors who sell canned eggs, beef and salsas must meet special licensing requirements and are popular with customers.

While fresh produce and baked goods will need to be consumed fairly quickly (or saved for later) and floral bouquets will last about a week, there are plenty of items meant to last a long time and provide long-term enjoyment. There’s so much to find and enjoy at your Fayette County Farmer’s Market, and we still have three weeks to make the most of this special community event.

Some of our vendors extend their “business” beyond the Wednesday and Saturday markets, including door-to-door sales. If you wish to purchase items after September, please contact individual vendors to determine what might be possible.

And if there were any market activities this year that you particularly enjoyed (arts, volunteers, items available) or if you have any suggestions for improving the market next year, please speak to David (Jam Man/ Market Manager) or Gwen (Info stand/co-market director). Your contribution and interest are greatly appreciated.

The Market is open Saturday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to noon and is located in the municipal parking lot at the corner of South Main and East East streets. SNAP EBT food benefit cards and credit/debit cards are accepted. Those who use the SNAP EBT card for food purchases receive matching “Produce Perks” tokens ($1 for $1) valid only for fruits, vegetables, and food-producing plants. So, “buy one, get one” for up to $25 each market day. Five-dollar coupons will again be available to Fayette County Farm Bureau members at each Saturday market; these can be spent at the Wednesday and Saturday markets.

The following list contains the names and products of vendors who plan to set up shop this Saturday. Other suppliers may also participate.

Greens and Greenery (Katrina Bush): Hand and cuticle creams with beeswax. Glycerin and honey soap. Fresh garlic and shallots. Broom corn stalks for decoration. Sourdough crackers (“everything”, garlic/turmeric, rosemary and new “parmesan”). Freshly baked olive oil yeast sticks (rosemary and sun-dried tomato + rosemary/olive), baklava and buckeye candies. Rhubarb plants. Take orders for fresh lemongrass for cooking or rooting.

Jim’s Premium Ground Beef (Jim Hobbs): Premium ground beef that includes steak, loins, chuck and brisket in our ground beef, vacuum packed in 1#, 5# and 3/# patties.

Julie G’s cookies (Julie Greenslade): Homemade cookies: chocolate chips, oatmeal raisins, ginger, peanut butter, sugar, glazed pumpkin, funfetti, gold rush brownies, double chocolate brownies, oatmeal caramel bars, bars of lemon, chocolate peanut butter bars, snickerdoodle and peanut butter fudge.

Small farm flowers (Eicher family): Floral arrangements – lots of fresh cut sunflowers, zinnias, dahlias and more! Lots of dried flowers to choose from.

Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods (David Persinger and Julie Mosny) The Jam Man: Assorted jams/jellies – apple butter, new batches of flamingo peach, pineapple and blackberry jams. Ginger pear, pineapple habanero and triple berry still in stock. Varieties with no added sugar include cherry, peach, seeded or seedless blackberry, and triple berry. Assortment of Texas sheet cakes. The Pie Lady: assorted fruit pies, bread bars, cinnamon rolls, mini cinni, icing sugar cookies and pumpkin cookies.

Rural Beans Roastery LLC (Kameron Rinehart, Tino Poma): With over ten varieties of coffee beans to buy in 1lb bags, whole beans or ground. Some of the origins include Costa Rica, Sumatra, Brazil, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Colombia, to name a few. Samples will be available for tasting.

Wood by DW (Debbie Welch): Wood crafts and sewn kitchen crafts.

Your other mother’s kitchen (Don and Sara Creamer, 740-572-0134): Bread and other baked goods.

Bridge View Garden (Hunter and Lorelle Rohrer, 740-505-5125): Mums, red raspberries, sweet potatoes, watermelons, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini and yellow summer squash.

Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): Hand poured wax melters, handmade earrings, crocheted dish towels and pot scrubbers. Handmade baby staples including crochet baby blankets and hats, flannel bibs, crinkle toys, baby bows and teethers.

Engeti (Alana Walters): Baked goods including rolls, cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies, cookies. Ice cream.

There have been various items on sale at this season’s Farmers Market, including these beautiful flowers.

James V. Payne