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Toledo Farmers Market

October 28, 2011
By Dawn Troutner - Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for October 14

Next week is the last Toledo Farmers' Market for the season. If you attend the market weekly you will notice that the vendors' tables are still full of produce.

Each week we average twelve vendors. Some of the items still available are, winter and summer squash, hot and sweet peppers, potatoes, tomatoes, radishes, grapes, apples, onions, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, nut meats, honey, eggs, carrots, pumpkins, gourds, fresh and dried herbs, kohlrabi, popcorn, bakery and Jerusalem artichokes.

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Dawn Troutner
Toledo Market Master

Growing and selling produce is a hard job with many hours put into it. Our community is fortunate to have the dedicated growers and bakers that we have. I hope you come out to the last market and thank the vendors for all the hard work they have done this market season.

A grower has many tasks to finish before their gardens can be put to bed for the winter. Tuesday I spent 6 hours picking and stripping veggies before the frost hit.

A killing frost means different things to different growers. Collard green growers will tell you their collard greens are much sweeter, more succulent, and much more delicious than at any other time of the growing year. There are two types of frost, advective and radiation. Advective frosts occur when a cold front sweeps into an area. Winds are typically gusty, clouds may occur and the thickness of the cold air layer may reach more than a mile high.

Seldom is this the first frost of the season. The first frost is typically a radiation frost. These occur under a clear sky and calm winds. On overcast nights cloud cover acts like a blanket on the Earth, trapping radiant heat from the ground. However, clear skies and calm winds allow radiant heat from the Earth to rise to the upper layers of the atmosphere.

Lack of wind prevents mixing of the air and an inversion layer develops. An inversion means that atmospheric conditions are inverse or opposite of normal daytime conditions when air temperature decreases with height.

In an inversion, cold air collects near the ground while warmer air lies above this trapped cold layer.

That is frost in a nut shell. The first frost of the season to me means it is time to say goodbye to our gardens, and begin chores left undone for so many long months.

See you at market.



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