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Toledo Farmers Market

August 29, 2014
By Dawn Troutner - Toledo Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market report for Aug. 22.

The Toledo Farmers Market started with the blow of the whistle. A total of 17 vendors had their tables full of homemade or home grown things. If you're looking for it and it is in season, be sure to come to the Toledo Farmers Market on Friday nights from 5-7 p.m. on the east side of the courthouse, I am sure you will be able to find what you are looking for. Devin was back from vacation with potatoes, kohlrabi, cabbage, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, and summer squash. Kristi had her delicious bakery. Rod and Cindy or is it Cindy and Rod? Their tables were full of watermelons, potatoes, tomatoes, SWEET CORN (I missed it last week), peppers, and red delicious plums. I know they were delicious because I took one and ate it. Dale had 100% raw unprocessed 100% locally harvested honey. Honey combs, buckwheat honey, creamed honey, honey sticks, and many sizes of honey in jars. Chuck and Ginger had potatoes, tomatoes, summer squash (many different sizes and shapes), green beans, little red plums, leeks, popcorn, and winter squash. Some large winter squash at that, such as Hubbard's, and pink banana. Dawn had potatoes, zucchini, Asian long beans, onions, fresh herbs, jams, rosettes, popcorn, garlic, pink banana squash, beets, and peppers.

Sheryl had ceramics, and hand made towel sets. Sheryl and Thea had their heads together, which means they are up to something. Lois, Brenda, Ethan, and Marie had plenty of egg plant, zucchini, tomatoes, green beans, green peppers. John was back with his awesome hand made bean toss games. Shirley, Freddie, and Michael were back with her delicious Czech bakery and noodles. Joe and Barb had kale, peppers, tomatoes, egg plant, black walnuts, okra, broccoli, and jams. Shay Lynn had cucumbers, green peppers, egg plant, green beans, cabbage, and onions. Karen had her soy candles, which smelled awesome. Nina was under the tree with pies, and breads. Thea and Will had beautiful fall wreaths, hair bows, soaps, gourds, cucumbers, sweet corn, and their great smelling candles. The new scent this week was pumpkin thyme. It smelled yummy. I also want to thank the Lester's for the cute sign they gave me last week. I found a spot to hang it in my kitchen and love it. Red Earth Gardens was at the end. Their garden shed had plenty of okra, egg plant, zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, ground cherries, peppers, green beans, and kale.

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Dawn Troutner
Toledo Market Master

As you can see there is plenty, and I mean plenty of produce and other things at the Toledo Farmers Market.There are ten weeks left to make you stop and stock up your freezer or fill those jars with plenty of produce.

I am so glad to hear that many are filling jars and stocking freezers with this home grown goodness. Canning, freezing, or dehydrating is a great way to know what your family is putting into their bodies. This is a great way to save money, eat healthier with no additives or chemicals in your food. And another thing is you will have a much better tasting product. There are many methods to preserving food. In this day and age you can google anything and get an answer. Might not be the right answer though. So I suggest you follow the USDA recipes, Ball Blue Book or call Iowa State University or extension office to get the right answers. have been canning for years and I am still learning a few things. If you want to try canning some produce but are scared, start off with something easy. Freeze some shredded zucchini, or make some salsa. Just give it a try.

With all those cherry tomatoes that are you have coming out of your ears, here are a couple of easy recipes to make.

Italian tomato salad: Cut a few cups of tomatoes in half, shake some basil and oregano over them with salt and pepper to taste, pour olive oil over the top and mix well. Let sit for a few hours and before you serve cut chunks of mozzarella and chunks of salami up and mix in. Yummy

Or just toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast in 350 degree oven. Then toss with fresh basil and cooked angel hair pasta.

Enjoy and see you at market.



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