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Toledo Farmers Market

May 30, 2014
By Dawn Troutner - Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for May 23rd.

We weren't sure how this market would turn out, with it being Memorial weekend and all. That didn't stop the customers from lining up at the tables of their favorite vendor. Kristi was there with her delicious bakery kolaches, rolicky, cookies, breads, pies, and twisty. Sister Bailey was there with Devin's perennial plants. Darold had radishes, mustard greens, kale, salad greens, eggs, and rhubarb. Darold is now making his homemade angel food cakes to order now. Ginger brought Chuck which was a nice surprise. Glad he is doing much better and able to attend market. Their table had pies, breads, eggs, radishes, asparagus, green onions, popcorn, and rhubarb. Dale brought his honey, bee wax candles, and bee pollen. Dawn brought green onions, rhubarb, asparagus, houseplants, jams, jellies, duck eggs, and brownies. Sheryl had all those cute ceramics, towel sets, and scrubbies. Jim is back with his homemade leather items. The Kubik family had good ole Czech bakery. Nina had cupcakes, breads, and pies. Karen had her soy candles and asparagus. Those Nieland girls, sorry about the spelling last week, had a few plants, seeds and a sign that read "Farm Fresh Eggs & Good Conversion. Will and Thea had their tables full of soy candles that smell so good. I am sure I left something out so come on out to the Toledo Farmers Markets on Friday nights from 5-7 pm on the east side of the courthouse square.

I am still working on getting the garden planted. Last night I spent the night weeding the onion and garlic patch. Sure wanted to get the potatoes hilled up and mulched, but the rain finally arrived and dampened the evening work for me. I saw a really neat quote written by the other day. "Entrepreneurs are the crazy people who work 100 hours a week, so they don't have to work 40 hours for someone else. Yup, that sums up the vendors at the Toledo farmers market.

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I recently read an article on the Homegrown Iowa facebook page. This article was called "Lazy for the bees" and other reasons to let dandelions grown. This article talked about how hungry the bees are in the spring. There is little out there except dandelions, violets, and creeping Charlie for them. I know to some, those are nasty weeds to have growing in your yard. But the next time you see those nasty weeds think of the bees. If it weren't for the bees you wouldn't have those delicious fruits and vegetables you purchase at your local farmers market. This article also talked about killing your grass and planting white Dutch clover. It is real easy. Just sprinkle the seed on top of the soil in the spring or fall. You don't even have to rake it around to cover it. White Dutch is perfect bee forage. It creates its own fertilizer from the air and you'll only have to mow it a couple of times per year. Now I think I like that idea. Who has time for mowing anyway when working a 100 hours a week? Not this gardener.

Kathy Ferneau was at market visiting this week, for those of you who love her bakery. I am very fond of her nut coils she makes. She is planning on being back around June 12th. See you at the Toledo Farmers Market.



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