Wow, what a big difference in the weather this past week! We actually needed a jacket when setting up at the market on Saturday compared to last Saturday’s 100 degrees.
Cooler temperatures result in requests for apples and other fall-related items. Lots of mums were purchased this week. It won’t be long before pumpkins and winter squash begin to show up.
Here is a list of some of the Boyle County Farmers’ Market offerings for this week:
Veggies and fruit: apples; cantaloupe; corn; cucumbers; cushaw; eggplant; green beans, various types; honeydew melons; lima beans; okra; onions; patty pan squash; peaches; peppers; potatoes; sweet potatoes; tomatoes; watermelon; yellow squash; zucchini
Meats: beef; chicken; lamb; pork; goat
Other: Fresh eggs
Baked goods: sourdough breads and rolls; granola; friendship breads
Canned goods: jams and jellies; relish
The Boyle County Farmers Market is located at the Boyle County Fairgrounds in Danville. The market manager is Gary Taylor of Knobview Farms; his number is (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.
The Boyle County Farmers Market has been approved to accept WIC vouchers this year. We also have EBT and Debit Card capabilities for your convenience.
Available now: 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.
From the Farm: Last week, we were lamenting the hot, dry weather. Overnight, the temperatures plummeted and much-needed rain moved in. However, it came with mixed blessings.
Too much of a good thing can be as detrimental as none. Although the rain was good for many things, it sure did a number on the tomatoes and melons. Tomatoes tend to split when they receive too much water at once. Likewise, melons can appear to explode.
The rain did come just in time for the fall crops. As I mentioned last week, pumpkins were beginning to color too early. The vines were dying back too soon. Everything in that section of the gardens has now perked up again.
Keeping the vines alive hopefully will prolong the life of their fruits. Our sweet potatoes look great, too. Last year, we planted Haymans, a favorite variety from the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia. They did not produce well last summer due to the hot, dry weather and lack of irrigation.
We decided to try them again this year with the addition of drip irrigation. So far, the plants look 100 percent better than last year. I am hoping we get a nice yield and better-tasting potato.
Apples are coming into the farmers’ market now. I prefer tart, crisp varieties. They hold their flavor better in cooking and taste so good with caramel dip.
Barrie looks forward to his favorite apple cake. We both enjoy apple butter as well as a number of dishes made with apples.
Here is a great apple recipe from Gina Kendall, Taylorsville, found in one of my cookbooks. It is delicious!