Market Report for August 3rd
It was another fantastic night for the Toledo Farmers' Market. Thirteen vendors attended with their tables full of kohlrabi, cucumbers, cabbage, zucchini, onions, potatoes, sweet corn, sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes, egg plant, beets, honey, eggs, popcorn, bakery and acorn squash just to name a few. Kathy Ferneau had some new items on her table, twix bars, fried candy bars, and fried pecan pies. This market manager knows for a fact that the fried pecan pies just melt in your mouth. If you want to purchase any of these delicious items, be sure to come out to the Toledo Farmers' Market from 5-7 p.m. on Friday nights.
Also at market this Friday night was Marlene Crabtree and Leah Birker. They were here to help out Brooke Olsen Owens. Brooke was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia in 2007. In January, 2011, Brooke started her second treatment for Aplastic Anemia. We hold Brooke and her family in our prayers.
Devin Mattingly waits on a big crowd of customers at the Toledo Farmers Market and Footloose Friday on Friday, Aug. 3 on the Tama County Courthouse Square. The Farmers Market continues each Friday from 5-7 p.m. through Oct. 26.
If you have been traveling the highways and by-ways of Iowa you may have noticed the white flowering plant swaying in the wind. That plant my friend is wild carrot. Wild carrot was introduced and naturalized in North America. It is also known as Queen Anne's lace. The flower resembles lace; the red flower in the center represents a blood droplet where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making lace. The function of the tiny red flower is to attract insects.
Wild carrot is a biennial plant which means it lives only 2 years. It never forms a big root mass, however it is a prolific seeder and very aggressive. This plant is an alien to our country, but it has been around probably since colonial times.
It came across the ocean in sacks of grain. It is now established in every State. This plant is a serious threat in areas where carrot seed is produced because it hybridizes with the crop and ruins the seed. The USDA has listed it as a noxious weed, and it is considered a serious pest in pastures.
A noxious weed is an invasive species of a plant that has been designated by country, state, or provincial or national agricultural authorities as one that is injurious to agricultural, horticultural, crops, natural habitats, ecosystems, humans, or livestock.
Most noxious weeds are introduced species, meaning non-native. They have been introduced into the ecosystem by ignorance, mismanagement, or accident. Occasionally some are native. Typically they are plants that grow aggressively, multiply quickly without natural controls, and adversely affect native habitats, croplands, injurious to humans, and livestock through contact or ingestions.
So the next time you are admiring the wild carrot aka Queen Anne's lace, remember how aggressive it grows and how dangerous it is to our ecosystem. Cut them down and burn those seed heads before they blow in the wind. See you at market.