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Toledo Farmers Market

August 10, 2012
By Dawn Troutner - Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

What a market! If you missed this one you missed a large variety of produce. There were 14 vendors set up selling the fruits (and veggies) of their labor.. A hot sweaty labor! Items available on the tables were turnips, summer squash, beets, sweet onions, cucumbers, egg plant, broccoli, okra, watermelons, sweet corn, cantaloupe, rosemary, cilantro, thyme, basil, red, green, and hot peppers, kohlrabi, green beans, swiss chard, eggs, jams, jellies, and tomatoes of all kinds. Norton's greenhouse was selling beautiful sunflowers, hibiscus plants, ornamental pepper plants, and patio pepper plants. Kathy Ferneau had new items, praline ice cream cake, and short bread brownies. The honey was flowing. Fieldstone Farms and Werner's had just spun honey. What a night, what a crowd. If you missed this market be sure to stop on out on Friday's from 5-7 on the east side of the Courthouse square and see what catches your eye.

Nothing is tastier than a tomato you've grown yourself. What other single seed can give you a heavy load of food? You get about 10 pounds of tomatoes from each plant. You say you don't have the room to plant tomatoes. Don't want to dig a garden? There are all kinds of cleaver ways to plant. Do you have a stump that is rotting? Tomatoes flourish in the center of the stump. Forget about making curb appeal with the usually shrubs, bushes, and flowers. There are all kinds of cute varieties you can tuck in your landscape around your house. There are all kinds of cool tomato cages, and supports. Plant you're usually geraniums or a row of curly parsley in front of the tomatoes.

When you pull of the geraniums in late summer add some compost to the soil and sprinkle the space with lettuce seeds for tasty greens through the fall. According to organic, the secret to tasty blemish-free tomatoes is compost. Always plant determinates and indeterminate so you won't lose your entire crop if one kind of tomato. If you still don't want to grow your own tomatoes, just come out to the Toledo Farmers' Market and choose your pick of the crop.

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Dawn Troutner

See you at market.



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