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Toleod Farmers Market

August 9, 2013
By Dawn Troutner - Toledo Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for August 2nd

Can you believe it is August already? Market season is half over. We had a light shower for a good 45 minutes of market, but that didn't stop Kristi, Devon, Larry and Caryn, Darold and Ruth, Chuck and Ginger, Dale, Dawn, Cheryl, Marie, Brenda, Ethan and Lois, Frances, Jim, Kathy and the gang, Karen, the Neiland girls, and new vendors the Hobson's attended this Friday evening. This week you could find jams, jellies, kettle corn, caramel corn, cotton candy, beets, cabbage, summer squash, cauliflower, potatoes, sweet corn, hot peppers, green peppers, dill, cucumbers, tomatoes, egg plant, broccoli, honey, nut meats, bakery of all kinds, carrots, candles, ceramics,

snack mixes, eggs, fresh herbs, turkey feathers, kale, greeting cards, seeds, onions, peach trees, and scrubbies for you dish washing needs. If you haven't been to market time is running out. See you at market.

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Dawn Troutner
Toledo Market Master

Sunflowers make me smile. I have a few, well more than a few planted in my garden, here and there and everywhere. I have a couple of them facing the house so when I look out my kitchen window above the sink, I see a sunflower smiling back at me. My house is to the east of the garden. Looking at the sunflower I feel, as my third favorite niece would say, "warm, and fuzzy all over."

The sunflower is so amazing. When it is in the bud stage, it tends to follow the movement of the sun from the east to the west. This is, in order for the sunflower to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis. Once the sunflower opens it will face east, with no more movement.

Have you ever noticed the leaves of a sunflower? They are in a heart shape. Depending on the species, they may have one or multiple flowers. The sunflower is a commercial oil crop that plays an outstanding role in the world market.

The sunflower is known as the flower of pride and cheerfulness. There is a legend based on Greek mythology that tells the origin of the sunflower. Legend has it that Clytie, a dryad, fell deeply in love with Apollo, the God of the Sun. But Apollo didn't love her. So Clytie just sat looking at her beloved sun from sunrise until sunset. Magically, the body of Clytie became a sunflower, her legs the stem, her face the flower, and her hair the yellow petals. Clytie would turn her face to the sun all the time. That my friend, is why the sunflower always turns its head to the sun.

Okay, if you are a follower of my articles you may be thinking you have read this before. You are right, I have had an extremely busy week, and the time got away from me so I thought I would share one of my favorite subjects with you again. See you at market.



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