I had big plans for last Saturday. Barrie was to work the Farmers Market, and I was to stay home and put up more jam. As the saying goes, “the best made plans ...”
First, Barrie had a rough trip en route to the market. He left home bright and early. The phone rang about 15 minutes later. He had a flat tire and was having difficulty removing the tire. He asked that I bring him more tools and supplies. I brought the needed items and stayed until he was on the road again.
When I returned home, it seemed that one thing happened after another taking a big chunk out of my day. I did manage to finally get some jam made but it wasn’t the productive Saturday I had hoped for.
We did get more planted in the garden this past week. Sweet potato slips are in, as well as squash, cucumbers, eggplant and a second planting of sweet corn.
The tomatoes took a beating from the heat during the last two weeks. Even though we are irrigating, some just withered and died. We replanted some of those and added more varieties.
Pleasant temperatures during the weekend and a little cloud cover was a big help. We look forward to getting more of the gardens planted this week.
Blueberries are showing up at the market now. The first summer squash, cucumbers and green beans also are beginning. Asparagus still is coming in but beginning to slow down.
It won’t be long before sweet corn and melons will be making an appearance. Stop by the Farmers Market at the Boyle County Fairgrounds soon for a variety of fresh goodies.
While you are there, check out our first cookbook, “FARM FRESH RECIPES from the Boyle County Farmers’ Market.” This collection of our favorite recipes, using fresh fruits, vegetables and meats offered at our market throughout the season, is a keeper.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy, see any of our vendors. The cookbooks retail for $10.75. If you would like for us to send one to you or ship one to a friend, add $2.50 for shipping. For more information, e-mail Donna Bush at email@example.com. Please reference “Cookbook Sale” in the subject line.
Veggies and fruit: asparagus; blueberries; cucumbers; green beans; onions; peaches (South Carolina); pea (snap and shell); tomatoes; yellow squash; zucchini
Meats: beef; chicken; lamb; pork
Other: Fresh eggs
Baked goods: sourdough breads and rolls; Friendship Breads; granola; cakes
Canned goods: jams and jellies; honey
The Boyle County Farmers Market is located at the Boyle County Fairgrounds in Danville. The market manager is Gary Taylor of Knobview Farms (859) 332-2539. Hours for the market are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Application for the 2011 Boyle County Farmers’ Market membership is now closed.
This week’s featured vendor: Hillside Heritage Farm
Owners: John, Dorthy, Hannah and Clay Contini Hillside Heritage Farm offers pasture-raised, antibiotic-steroid-hormone-free pork. The USDA inspected pork is from hogs raised on the Contini family’s Garrard County Farm. Visit the Hillside tent to see the wide assortment of pork cuts available.
1 pound lean, boneless pork