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Toledo Farmers Market

June 9, 2017
By Dawn Troutner - Toledo Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for June 2, 2017

Summers in the air and we are lovin' it. The Toledo Farmer's Market had a great market night. It's amazing what a little heat and sunshine does to the spirit. The vendors had their tables full and the customers were plentiful. Life at the market is good.

Kristi had her delicious Czech bakeries along with pies, breads, cookies, bars, and Devin's yummy cupcakes. Aromathea's candles were plentiful. Will and his grandson did a fine job of sitting up the displays. Vernon and Wilma brought plenty of brown eggs. Busy Bee Acres sneaked in with plenty of honey and honey products. Darold brought plenty of radishes and lettuce.

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Dawn Troutner
Toledo Market Master

Chuck and Ginger had their tables full of plenty of popcorn, bakeries, eggs, green onions, and kohlrabi. Dawn had plenty of jams, dried herbs, and the last of the radishes, asparagus, green onions, and rhubarb. Janice made her first appearance at the market with cute little pies and half moon fruit pies, along with plenty of muffins. Her tent was awesome also, go Iowa State Janet brought some good looking pies, eggs, and breads. Jim had an excellent night with his handmade leather items. Joe and Barb brought mini pies, homemade yeast breads, granola, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, kohlrabi, and green onions. Pam had her table full of handmade crafts. Karen brought her colorful display of her soy melts and candles, along with sachets and sprays. Kathy returned with plenty of her delicious assortment of bakeries. Everyone was happy to purchase his or her nut coils and Danish. Gail and Bill from the Bunny Farm had some fresh produce, lettuce, radishes, swiss chard. They also had plenty of plants, tomatoes, green peppers, sweet potatoes, perennials, and peach trees are still available. That was the line up for this week of the Toledo Farmers' Market.

Be sure to mark those calendars and come on out and enjoy the sites and sounds of the Courthouse square on Fridays from 5-7 p.m.

I am finally getting the rest of the garden in. I lost count on how many times I have tilled and re-tilled. I am sure there are many gardeners in the same boat. At least it is not sinking, although the weeds are sprouting with the emerging beans, cucumbers, beets, carrots, potatoes, onions, and corn. I guess if it were easy more would be gardening and the Toledo Farmers' Market wouldn't be as grand as it is with fewer customers.

If you're still planting and you need to plant carrots, recycle used coffee grounds by working them into the soil where you intend to plant carrots. This helps to repel root maggots and to provide nitrogen. If you have the wonderful squash bug attacking the pumpkin vines, plant some catnip, marigold, mint, nasturtiums, petunias, or radishes nearby. I'm not sure I want mint growing in my garden taking over the space. Catnip now I may try that. I have tons of catnip growing everywhere.

I find this bit of info interesting. Water newly transplanted seedlings with two gallons of warm water combined with one package of dry yeast.

Happy gardening and see you at market.



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