Nothing goes with Graduation like fresh produce!

Graduation and our second market coincided nicely this past Saturday.  We saw many new faces at the market and hope they return next week.  Our vendors brought amazing things – strawberries, greens, beautiful plants, yummy baked goods and wholesome breads, and pasture-raised meats. It’s so exciting to watch our little market grow.  Take a look!

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Opening Day – It’s too hot to be May!

Our first market day of 2012 was a success.  We had 13 vendors with a variety of wares and over 140 visitors.  The weather was sweltering for early May and I got a slight sunburn.  I must remember a hat next week.  Our vendors had lots of fresh produce to share.  I think Hugh and Janett Flowers sold quite a bit of their mint iced tea.  It saved me from the heat.  It picked me right up and let me finish the market.

I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of flowers and plants ready to be planted for sale. I saw many people leaving the market with a tomato plant or two.  I bought a variety of pepper I was missing from my garden bed.  A few of our Sprouts and Roots participants bought plants and went right to their community garden plots to plant. (I will be writing a post soon on our Sprouts and Roots program.)

Apostle’s Creek, a staple at our market last year, returned to play for visitors and vendors. Melanie and Mike have a busy schedule this year and will be visiting us from time to time.  We still need some more musicians to come play for us.  The music is a great addition to the market.

In all the flurry of activity to prepare for starting day, I forgot my camera.  I promise more photos next week, but will leave you with a few that I managed to snap with my phone during a slow spot late morning.

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Preparations

I’m so excited for our opening day tomorrow.  The list of what our vendors will be bringing is close to two pages long. You can expect to see the following:

  • Lettuce and greens- oodles of varieties!
  • Spring vegetables – onions, radishes, rhubarb, and asparagus
  • Eggs
  • Beef and lamb
  • Breads baked with freshly milled grains – whole wheat, banana nut, cinnamon swirl, gluten-free oatmeal, and lemon poppyseed
  • Muffins, cookies, crackers, cakes, pies and pastries
  • Jams and jellies
  • Flowers, plants, hanging baskets
  • Corn tortillas
  • Organic wool products
  • Handmade children’s aprons
  • Dog treats made with organic pastured lamb and beef

Visit the community garden and see what the participants in our Sprouts and Roots program are up to.  Have a cup of coffee and listen to some music.

Finally, our vendors, Ruth Campbell and Ed Rakow sent in some photos!

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A busy week

There will be Swiss Chard on Saturday.  I guarantee it!

We have been very busy this week getting ready for our opening day, May 5.  Vendors are starting to let us know what they will be bringing.  The heat of the last few weeks may bring a few surprises!  Early spring staples like the chard above will be on hand.  There will be music and coffee.  Stay tuned!