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Toledo Farmers Market

July 8 Report

July 22, 2011
By Dawn Troutner, Market Master
What a busy Friday, the Toledo Farmers’ Market, the BBQ cook-off, and the Stop Light Festival all in one night. The Toledo Farmers’ Market was a busy one. It looked, to me, like everything ran smoothly and was a big hit. I believe there were seventeen vendors on this Friday night. It didn’t take long for tables to empty. Some of the items available were, summer squash, eggs, bakery, made from scratch angel food cakes, rhubarb, black raspberries, gooseberries, mulberries, jams, jellies, dry and fresh herbs, turnips, tomatoes, kohlrabi, onions, plants, peas, radishes, beets, and green beans. Mark your calendars to attend the Toledo Farmers’ Market on Friday nights and see what new vegetable shows its happy face.

It is green bean picking time. This is one thing I don’t like to do. It is a back aching job at our house. One of my market friends from another market makes green bean pickin’ easy. She plants her green beans in a row that is wide enough to put down the panels of a garage door. Then she takes her husbands work shop cart that has wheels and a seat on it. She just sits and slides up and down the green bean rows and never hurts her back. I keep saying I need to do this, maybe next year I will remember when I am planting the green beans to make the rows a little wider.

When I think of green beans I can see my mother sitting at the picnic table snapping the ends off, getting them ready to can. I wonder how many jars she had canned when I was growing up?

Green beans are also called string beans because many varieties have a fibrous string that runs down the length of the bean. They are also called snap beans because of the snapping sound they make when getting them ready to cook. Green beans have about 44 calories in an entire cup of beans. They are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, potassium, and iron. They also contain riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, omega-3 fatty acids, and niacin. Green beans are also good for colon health because of the beta-carotene, and vitamin C they contain. Wow! Come on out to the Toledo Farmers’ Market on Fridays and get your vitamins for the week. See you at market.

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