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Market Report for June 3rd

June 17, 2011
By Dawn Troutner, Toledo Market Master
TOLEDO CHRONICLE - We finally had a pleasant night for the Toledo Farmers’ Market. There was no rain falling, but there was some wind issues. There were 11 vendors and many customers. Some of the items available, bakery, Czech bakery, jams, jellies, radish, plants, green onions, nut meats, eggs, rhubarb, pies, made from scratch angel food cakes, popcorn, arugula, spinach, lettuce, caramel corn, rosettes, dry gourds, dry herbs, fresh herbs, hot pepper powder, and EMU products.

You may have noticed there are some new vendors at the Toledo Farmer’ Market this year. This week I want to introduce you to Sandy McAntire from “Kissing Emu Farms.” According to Sandy there was a city girl and a small farm for sale. Always loving the countryside, she bought it. Sandy, did what most city folk would do with a farm, she rented it out.

After a few years of learning the lay of the land, she knew that she wanted to control her own land but was not a traditional plant corn, raise beef kind of a farmer.

Sandy began looking at alternative farming options and in her quest come in contact with an emu farmer.

So before she even knew about all the fantastic skin friendly benefits of emu oil, she had eight birds delivered. The first couple of years was devoted to learning. Emu farming in the US is a Farm to Market type of operation. Soon Sandy began to develop her own line of all natural skin care, bath and body products. This journey lead her to learn more and more about how the earth provides all we need to nourish and heal ourselves. You just need to know where to look. She has complete control of all the acres on her farm, and has planted the crop ground back to all natural prairie grasses and forbes. Some of which she uses.

The Emus are farm range and are free to forage as they would in the wild, along with her goats she raises for weed control and their milk. Sandy also won the Sustainable Farming Moms of the Year for 2011.

Be sure to stop by Sandy’s table at the Toledo Farmers’ Market and learn more about her products. Sandy is a very interesting woman to talk too.

You can also visit her website at www.KissingEmu.com See you at market.

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Dawn Troutner

 
 

 

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