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Toledo Farmers Market

May 31, 2013
By Dawn Troutner - Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for May 24th

It was another grand night for the Toledo Farmers Market. The tables are starting to hold some tasty looking produce and bakery. The ten vendors that were at market this week were Devin, Kristi, Chuck and Ginger, Dale, Dawn, Frances, Cheryl, Shirley, and Linda. Linda is a new bakery this market season. Linda has some good looking kolaches along with jams, and jellies.

Some of the items available were radishes, green onions, rhubarb, dried herbs, hot pepper powder, jams, jellies, breads, pies, kolaches, rolicky, cookies, cinnamon rolls, morel mushrooms, and asparagus.

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Dawn Troutner

Be sure to attend the Toledo Farmers' Market to make your tasty purchases.

Radishes have been at market for the last couple of weeks. Radishes are colorful and crisp. They are a delicious addition to your salads and vegetable trays. Radishes mature very quickly, in as little as 3 weeks.

I usually sow radishes with the carrots or slow germinators, it makes for a good marker crop. Most gardeners sow radishes 4 to 6 weeks before the last expected frost. If you would like a fall harvest, sow them in midsummer. Or around the Iowa State Fair time.

Did you know if you sow radishes amid hills of cucumbers and squash it will repel cucumber beetles. If planted near spinach, radishes will attract leaf miners, thus keeping them away from the spinach. Just a little radish info I thought you might be interested in.

Another vegetable that has been at market is green onions. Some call them scallions. There are so many uses for green onions and they are easy to grow.

You can use green onions to add a bit of texture, color, and milder taste to your cooking. They are also delicious grilled whole.

Green onions are actually immature onions that are harvested before the bulb matures.

They have a dark green stem and a white bulb with roots. Both parts of the green onion are edible. Green onions are best picked when they are young and tender. You can dig or pull them when their tops reach between 6-8 inches tall.

You can replant the tips of the green onions you trim off above the root. Just place the root section about 1 inch deep in the soil root side down and lightly cover the top with soil.

The root section will re-sprout the green tips within a couple weeks. You can repeat this several times with the same root section.

Be sure to come out to the Toledo Farmers Market and make your green onion and radish purchases. FYI, Smokin G's with their smoked pork and other tasty items will be at the Toledo Farmers Market on May 31st. See you at market.



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