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September 6, 2013
By Dawn Troutner - Toledo Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for August 30th

The heat is on. Garden produce is bountiful this time of the season. When the heat hits, some veggies are ready-NOW!. There is no window of harvesting. The harvest must begin now. Okra, cucumbers,and tomatoes are a few that need to be harvested daily. Once the edamame is ready, there is a short window of harvest before the plants start to turn yellow and the bean becomes too starchy. Edamame is the edible soybean. Edamame are among the few plant foods that provide a complete protein. This means that they have all the essential amino acids your body needs. Edamame has no cholesterol and very little saturated fat. They are low in sodium also.

I love eating tomatoes, but picking is another thing. This year my tomato patch is a jungle. When I get into the middle of the patch, I wonder if I am going to be able to return to the outside world or be stuck in the tomato jungle. And I am sure I look like something that belongs in a tomato jungle and not the outside world. I put on a long sleeve t-shirt, gloves, a pair of pants and crawl on into the jungle to sweat like a pig. Oh yeah, pigs don't sweat. Excuse me, I sweat like a gardener. I tell myself that sweating is good for me, it gets rid of any toxins I have in my body. But I really don't convince myself. I am excited that the tomato harvest has begun though. Those cute little Garden Peaches, 4th of July, Italian Ice, grape, green zebras, red zebras, orange ox heart, pink ox heart, beef steak, pineapple, black krim, Amish paste, chocolate cherries, and lemon tomatoes are all ripening as I write.

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Dawn Troutner
Toledo Market Master

We are using a strong three letter word to describe the last of the summer. H-O-T!!!! They are now using a four letter word to describe the upcoming winter. C-O-L-D.!!

In fact I heard them call it a piercing cold. Coldest temperatures will be over the Northern Plains on east into the Great Lakes. So enjoy the three letter word they are using now, because in a few months we will all be wishing we could say the three letter word. See you at market.



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