It won’t be long before the outdoor market opens for the 2013 season — April 6 is opening day. Some of our farmers are growing lettuces, radishes and other spring goodies in their greenhouses and high tunnels.
We will have some new faces and products at the market this year. Check this column every Wednesday for upcoming announcements and listings.
The indoor Boyle County Farmers Market will continue to operate until the outdoor market opens in the spring. We are located in the Professional Building on Main Street, Danville (next to Hilliard and Lyons). Hours are: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Stop in for fresh vegetables, baked goods, jams, jellies, sorghum, honey, maple syrup, frozen meats and more.
French Boulet (round, crusty rolls) will be available from Briar Knob Farm each Saturday. Pick up some of these delicious treats and other goodies.
Don’t forget, you can place orders ahead for many of the baked goods we offer. Vendors have business cards and/or contact information in their booth areas or let the us know what you need when you check out.
Many thanks to our community of friends and neighbors who support our market. We couldn’t do it without you!
EBT and debit services are available.
Currently, we are taking applications to join Boyle County Farmers Market for the 2013 season. For more information, call market manager John Wyatt of Briar Knob Farm at (859) 229-5504.
The Farmers Market has tried for years to get help finding and procuring a permanent location with a pavilion. So far, we haven’t had any luck. It is my understanding that in order to get a grant/funds for a pavilion, we have to already own the land. The Farmers Market is made up of individual farmers, gardeners and vendors who earn their living growing and selling their goods. However, as a group we are a non-profit organization. The organization income consists of annual fees and weekly participation fees collected from each vendor and whatever cookbook sales we have. We use this income to fund our customer appreciation and other special events. It sure isn’t enough to purchase property. If there is anyone out there who can help, we would really appreciate some advice and/or assistance. Please contact our market manager, John Wyatt.
At Bush Farms: I just returned from a trip to Las Vegas for a painting show. While there, I was able to catch up with an aunt, uncle and cousins who I haven’t seen in over 20 years. We had a great time catching up over dinner.
Las Vegas is truly a city that never sleeps. There are so many flashing, blinking lights, music and just noise. I enjoyed seeing everything and was amazed at how huge the hotels and other buildings are. Having only seen these on movie or television screens, I was not only surprised at the size but the beautiful décor inside the buildings as well. The show went very well but I am happy to return home to the peace and quiet of country living.
Barrie is following doctor’s orders and recuperating well. He has stayed off of the tractor and 4-wheeler and walking more. Son, Jon came down throughout the week to help out and took Barrie for a drive to town over the weekend.
We are beginning to gear up for the upcoming season. All licenses are renewed and inventories taken. Seed orders are in but we still have more to purchase.
Some things will need replacing this year. For one thing, our market canopies are beyond repair. The last wind storm that came through at season’s end did them in. Even though everyone attaches weights and spikes to hold the canopies down, a strong wind gust can still flip them over and send them cart wheeling across the field behind us. Even if they don’t totally flip, the bolts holding them together can shear or rivets can pop out. It would be so nice to have a permanent location with a permanent structure for the market.
Last week, I shared some ideas for keeping and using overripe bananas. This week, I included another good recipe using bananas.