Texas markets

There are only 3 Saturday Farmers’ Markets left this year

Fall marks the time for “hot” foods, including soups. Foods from this time of year are perfect for soups; we have tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli, winter squash, peppers, onions and garlic. Vegetable soup is so fortifying….it’s easy to create a simple meal with any mix of vegetables from the garden or market, a little black pepper, extra vegetables from the freezer or canned, then some broth ( vegetables or meat), beans or other proteins, and herbs for flavoring. Add to this bargain artisan bread, garlic, and olive oil for dipping, and you have a tasty and satisfying meal.

Soup recipes abound; you may 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 looked at in a while? It’s a great time to reminisce and maybe cook a meal with a child or grandchild. The kitchen is no longer as hot as in August. But the weather is also perfect for cooking outside, whether grilling or cooking over a campfire. Even people who don’t consider themselves vegetable lovers may love the taste of roasted or grilled vegetables. You can roast or grill almost any vegetable, and the vegetables are delicious mixed together. Just be sure to consider cooking times…beets, squash, sweet potatoes and carrots can take longer to cook (or can be cut into smaller pieces) than green beans, broccoli, onions and eggplant.

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

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

The Market is open on Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It is located in the municipal parking lot at the corner of South Main and East East streets at Washington Court House. 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” up to $25 EVERY 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.

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

Greens and Greenery (Katrina Bush): Seasonal produce grown without pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, including green onions, leeks, garlic, beets and tomatoes. Coriander seed for fall/winter crops. Baklava, buckeyes (peanut butter type), local raw honey, sourdough crackers.

Julie G’s cookies (Julie Greenslade): Chocolate Chips, Oatmeal Raisins, Ginger, Snickerdoodle, Pineapple, Sugar, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Jumbos, Peanut Butter Fudge, Lemon Bars, Salted Caramel Butter Bars, Macadamia Nuts, and pumpkin cookies.

New Martinsburg Maple Syrup LLC and Dave’s Pumpkins (Sam and Dave Bowers): Fayette County maple syrup and a variety of pumpkins.

Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods, The Jam Man (David Persinger): PRESERVED PEAR WITH GINGER and FLAMING PEACH. Texas chocolate tartlets with or without pecans, JAMS: “Currant Affair” (a blackcurrant jam with a hint of red currants), strawberry, strawberry-rhubarb, pineapple, pineapple Habanero, peach, blueberry, cherry, black raspberry, blackberry, seedless blackberry, red raspberry, red raspberry jalapeno, and strawberry jalapeno. JELLIES: hot pepper jelly. Jams without added sugar: triple berries, plum, blueberry, seedless blackberry.

PPCF & S. Plymouth Raw Honey) (Julie & Dennis Mosny): Local raw honey, honeycomb, assorted fruit pies, banana cake, pumpkin cookies, cini mini’s, buns and cinnamon rolls.

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

Wooden designs by DW (Debbie Welch): Unique handcrafted wooden objects – birdhouses, signs, tables, gnomes. Crochet items including kitchen towels, pot scrubs, potholders, baby booties and afghans. Will accept custom and special orders.

Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer): Baked goods including artisan breads and muffins. Sewing crafts.

Garden overlooking the bridge (Hunter & Lorelle Rohrer): Seasonal products including red raspberries, sweet potatoes, cherry tomatoes, onions, peppers, winter squash (spaghetti, acorn and butternut). Mums, decorative gourds. Homemade breads (yeast, savory and sweet) and rolls.

Cheryl’s Craft Country (Cheryl Braun & David Stewart): Handmade wreaths and garlands, porch signs, wooden crafts, cup decorations and candles. Taking special orders.

Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): END OF SEASON SALE on a selection of baby items! Handmade baby essentials including crochet blankets and hats, flannel bibs, bunny ear teethers and pacifier clips. Plus, fall silk floral arrangements, beaded pens, letter openers and keychains and wax melts in over 60 scents.

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