Saturday was picture perfect. It was so enjoyable spending time outside. We hope the pleasant weather lasts for a good while longer.
The Boyle County Farmers’ Market is planning a Fall Fest for Oct. 8. Mark your calendars and bring the kids!
There are only five more weeks for the regular 2011 Farmers’ Market. October 29th is the closing date. However, we will have a special sale on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Nov. 19, with plenty of goodies for your turkey day. Remember to order your fresh turkey from the Miller Family Farm ahead of time so you can pick it up on that Saturday.
Another date to remember is Dec. 10. We will return to the big metal building located behind our current Farmers’ Market location at the fairgrounds for our 3rd Annual Christmas Sale. We will post more information here as the date approaches.
Come check out the Boyle County Farmers’ Market offerings for this week:
Veggies and fruit: apples; butternut squash; collard greens; cushaw; eggplant; green beans, various types; kale; lima beans; okra; onions; patty pan squash; peaches; peppers; potatoes; pumpkins; spaghetti squash; sweet potatoes; tomatoes; winter squash — sun spot, acorn, buttercup, turks turban, red warty thing, jarrahdale; yellow squash; zucchini
Meats: beef; chicken; lamb; pork; goat
Other: Fresh eggs
Baked goods: sourdough breads and rolls; granola; friendship breads
Canned goods: apple butter; jams and jellies; relish
The Boyle County Farmers Market is located at the Boyle County Fairgrounds in Danville. The market manager is Gary Taylor of Knobview Farms; his number is (859) 332-2539. Hours for the market are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Application for the 2011 Boyle County Farmers’ Market membership is now closed.
The Boyle County Farmers Market has been approved to accept WIC vouchers this year. We also have EBT and Debit Card capabilities for your convenience.
Available now: Our first cookbook, “FARM FRESH RECIPES from the Boyle County Farmers’ Market.” This collection of our favorite recipes, using fresh fruits, vegetables and meats offered at our market throughout the season, is a keeper.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy, see any of our vendors. The cookbooks retail for $10.75.
From the Farm: Barrie has been harvesting some beautiful pumpkins and winter squash. A large part of our pumpkin patch was devoted to white pumpkins this year. It is always fun to look out over the patch to see all the colors and shapes of pumpkins and squash as the vines go down.
The bright oranges, reds and yellows of fall are well represented in the pumpkin/winter squash gardens. It looks so strange to see all the white orbs emerging from the vines, although, they do have a beauty of their own.
Little Rebecca Miller shared a bouquet of bittersweet berries with me at the market Saturday. I love the vibrant colors of deep red, bright orange and green that look so nice in fall arrangements.
I brought the bouquet home and was looking for something to put it in when I noticed what I thought was a curled leaf. I put on my glasses for a closer look. It was actually the most unusual caterpillar I have ever seen. The ends were brown and the center was a bright green band with a large brown dot. It had tufts of little spines down both sides and larger spines on each end. One end had markings that resembled a grumpy face.
I was intrigued so I took a few photos, then searched the Internet. It appears this is a Saddle Back Caterpillar and all those spines can inflict a very painful sting. I posted my photos on Facebook and asked if others knew what kind of caterpillar this was. Several people said they knew them as Pack Saddles or Saddle Pack caterpillars. They are sometimes in corn patches and do indeed deliver a painful sting.