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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 29, 2014

Farmers Market Report

By Bob Shepherd, Market Manager | Jul 17, 2013

Sunshine, bright intense sunshine, is an ingredient necessary to create the deep shade in Central Park. The deep shade, combined with a breeze, the splashing Memorial Fountain and green grass, all help create the atmosphere surrounding the Farmers Market as it opens at 5 p.m. on Thursday evenings. The advance of summer is equally evident as growers return to the market with fresh ripening fruits and vegetables.

Sweet corn is in excellent supply.The reports are that the more mainline varieties (peaches and cream, ambrosia, etc.) are reaching maturity very quickly, and offering selections with larger and sweeter kernels.

Green beans, kohlrabi, cabbage, beets, carrots, turnips, tomatoes, chili peppers, cucumbers, sugar peas and new potatoes are all in good supply fresh from local growers. Muskmelons may ripen this week, but probably more so next week. Locally grown watermelons are still about three weeks away the strange growing season is having an affect on maturity dates.

Applesauce apples (transparent), black and red raspberries, blueberries and gooseberries were displayed at last week’s market. Large freshly ripened blackberries could be at this week’s market as well.

Lisa Martin, baker extraordinaire, will miss the next four weeks, as she recuperates from an emergency operation. We’ll look forward to her return and those award-winning cinnamon rolls and delicious fruit pies.

Other bakers are bringing a great selection of homebaked yeast breads, rolls, doughnuts, decorated cupcakes, cookies, bars and brownies. Artisan breads, focacias, twists and baguettes are artfully displayed offering old world and contemporary flavors.

Cedar birdhouses and found-art glass bird-feeders add a definite ‘backyard’ look to the colorful displays.

Catfish Keith, Iowa Blues Hall of Fame artist, is scheduled to entertain at 6:30 p.m. on the Washington Central Park stage. His skills on the amazing guitars he brings are phenomenal. The original Delta blues songs he writes and sings are foot-tapping and big-grinning pleasures. Thursday Night Live at its finest!

The Washington Farmers Market and Thursday Night Live are events that make the evening and beautiful downtown Washington come alive with home town pleasures.

See you there!!

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