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Toledo Farmers Market

Market Report for May 27th

June 10, 2011
By Dawn Troutner, Market Master
Okay Mother Nature give us a break. Third week of the Toledo Farmers’ Market and again it RAINED!!!!!!!

As I was complaining about the rain one vendor reminded me that we have had many years where it didn’t rain on us.

So is this going to be the year of Friday rains? Even though it rained, we had twelve vendors and many customers at the beginning of market.

Some of the items available were, green onions, rhubarb, collard greens, lettuce, spinach, arugula, eggs, crafts, EMU products, dry herbs, fresh herbs, dry gourds, endive, swiss chard, popcorn, Czech bakery, cookies, breads, pies, candles, angel food cakes, asparagus, baby leeks, garlic, jams, radishes, and plenty of raindrops that were free.

One of our market’s most loyal customers brought me a magazine to read. In this magazine there was a clip and save that showed the dirty 12 and the clean 15 produce items.

Some of the dirty 12 produce items you would find at your local farmers’ market are, celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, bell peppers, spinach, kale, cherries, and potatoes.

This produce had the highest pesticide residue.

Produce items out of the clean 15 you would find at your local farmers’ market was, onions, sweet corn, sweet peas, asparagus, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, sweet potatoes and honeydew melons.

I really think it is strange that potatoes are on the dirty list and sweet corn is on the clean list.

When I googled “dirty dozen vegetables” I found the following information. These fruits and vegetables are dubbed the dirty dozen because they contain 47-67 pesticides per servings.

These foods are believed to be most susceptible because they have soft skin that tends to absorb more pesticides. They suggested you buy these organic.

I say, go to your local farmers’ market, ask your vendor how they grow their produce.

Most of the vendors I know grow organic or very close to organic. Most vendors really like to talk about the produce they grow. It’s like talking about your kids or grandkids.

See you at market.

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