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Toledo Farmers Market

Market Report for October 21st

November 4, 2011
By Dawn Troutner , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

What a nice warm night for the Toledo Farmers' Market. This market season Mother Nature has been kind to the vendors and all who attended.

There were only a handful of nights we had rain. Sure there was wind and heat, but we will take that over rain any market day. There were tables full of produce this market evening.

Some of the items available were, summer and winter squash, hot and sweet peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes, artichokes, popcorn, bakery, kohlrabi, and tomatoes.

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What a growing season to still have tomatoes left. Not just a small amount of tomatoes, but bushels of tomatoes.

Most growers reflect back on the growing season at the end of the market season. We try to remember what sold well and what didn't sell very well. Sometimes we remember and sometimes we don't. We take mental notes of what not to plant in a certain spot or what did well in a certain spot. It's so hard from year to year to know. Each year is different.

This year I had a huge crop of watermelons, pumpkins, green beans, sweet candy onions and tomatoes. But next year who knows.

I always think I am going to get the seed order in early, but I don't. It's not as if I haven't looked at the catalogs as they start coming in November. I just don't want to pull out my organized bucket of seeds that I have left over. I just want to sit and put together a puzzle, or read my book, as I look outside and watch the birds eat at the feeder.

Eating the sunflower heads, the broom corn, and the Indian corn I had left from the previous market season.

As I watch the birds I glance over at the snow covered watermelon patch, which grew the biggest and sweetest melons not so many months ago.

This gives me the urge to get up and start those seed orders. Trying to remember what mental notes I took. Maybe I got lucky and wrote it down in the notebook of garden notes.

Now if only I can figure out the drawings of garden plots. The side notes of winners and losers in the garden, so my mind wanders again to the winning veggies and the losing veggies at the Iowa State Fair.

Okay, so now I want to get on the website for the Iowa State Fair and see if the premium book is available on line yet. If not I can always dig through my Iowa State Fair tub and look for last years premium book to see if I wrote any notes about any new peppers I want to grow for the fair.

By this time I think it's too late to try to start a seed order, there is always tomorrow.



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