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Dedicated vendors at rainy Toledo Farmers Market

Market Report for May 20th

June 2, 2011
By Dawn Troutner
TOLEDO CHRONICLE - What a market day. Rain, rain, rain and more rain. This is no way to start the market season; we are only in our third week. One thing you can say about our Toledo Farmers’ Market is that we have dedicated vendors and customers. There were eight vendors, which included one new vendor. Some of the items that were available for purchase were radishes, morel mushrooms, lettuce, asparagus, green onions, bakery, eggs (chicken and duck), noodles, Czech bakery, popcorn, dried herbs, and catnip. Let’s hope for drier weather in our market forecast.

Have you ever wondered why you cry when you cut up an onion? You may cry because when you cut into the cell of the onion, it releases sulfurous acid. By cutting the onion under running water this may help by washing the acid away. By placing the onion in the freezer for about 15 minutes before you cut the onion may help. This will freeze the enzymes that cause you to cry. Love the onion, but hate the bad breath it gives you. Eat some coffee grounds or chew on a leaf of mint. If you want to get the smell off your hands, use some vinegar or lemon juice. When the sweet onions are in season, you can store them in panty hose, this will keep their sweet taste. All you have to do is drop the onion down into the pantyhose, tie it above the onion, and repeat as many times as you would like. Then hang them in a cool ventilated place. This is sure to keep your onion sweet until you are ready to use them.

Do you want to keep your windshield from frosting at night? Slice an onion and rub the windshield with the onion. The juice from that onion will keep it frost-free. It is said that if you rub your bald head with the onion, the juice is supposed to cause hair to grow “thick as thistles.” Back in the day, if you wanted to select your husband-to-be from among suitors, the name of the suitors were written on an onion and placed in a cool dark storeroom. The first onion that sprouts will be the man you would marry. So watch it vendors there may be an increase in your onion sales this year. I knew there was a reason I planted 743 sweet onion plants.

Did you know there is a Vidalia onion Hall of Fame? It was created in 1991. This was created to honor the individuals that have worked so hard to produce and distribute the Vidalia onion. This type of onion is so popular that in 1990 it was made the official state vegetable of Georgia. Wow, I wonder what the official state vegetable is for Iowa.

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Dawn Troutner
Toledo Farmers Market Master



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