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Toledo Farmers Market

August 11, 2017
By Dawn Troutner - Toledo Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for August 4, 2017

The August sun is here hope you have your onions pulled. Anyway, that is what my mother always told me. The August sun is here and the vegetables are really growing with a bountiful harvest. Kristi had green beans, cucumbers, summer squash, and green peppers along with her tables full of Czech bakeries, pies, cookies, and breads. The flavor of cupcake this week was Better than Anything and Cookie Dough. Hope you had a sample. Did you know that Aromathea candles have 63 different scents of candles and candles melts? Will and Thea also had soap cupcakes that looked and smelled wonderfully and body glitter. Cindy had tomatoes, kohlrabi, cucumbers, cabbage, green tomatoes, taters, and sweet corn. This was the last of the sweet corn till after August 23rd. Caryn brought jams, jellies, large assortment of snack mixes, and caramel corn. Darold had cucumbers, carrots, leeks, egg plant, peppers, okra, beets, taters, onions, and broccoli. Busy Bee Acres brought an assortment of honey, solid lotion bars, lip balm, and repellent. Chuck and Ginger brought small cabbages, green beans, leeks, summer squash, cucumbers, zucchini, taters, eggs, hot pepper powder, popcorn and pies, kolaches, and breads. Dawn had jams, jellies, dried herbs, simple soak, dried beans, onions, dill, garlic, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini, houseplants, glass art, taters, and a soup mix. Lois, Brenda, Marie, and Ethan brought cucumbers, green beans, peppers, egg plant, summer squash, and cabbage. Janice was back with plenty of muffins, honey, breads, cabbage, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, and hot peppers. Janet was back with eggs, breads, cookies, and mini muffins. Karen had her Center Point Farm soy candles. Karen has around 60 different scents. Kathy was busy baking. She had twisted loaves, kolaches, pecan pie coffee cake, rolls, Danish, breads, snack mixes, nut coils and the new item this week was brownie toffee bar. Yummy. Gail and Bill from the Bunny Farm had iris bulbs, taters, onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, garlic, shallots, cabbage, zucchini, and loaves of bread, cupcakes, and 7 grain pancake mix. Later, during market Bill had his guitar out and was playing a few tunes. That was the line up for this week of the Toledo Farmers Market. The Tama County Pork Producers were there also grilling pork burgers on behalf of the State Bank of Toledo. Thanks to the State Bank of Toledo for a delicious sandwich. Three more months of market be sure to come out on Friday nights and make your bountiful purchases.

Harvest time leaves ones hands a mess. Try this to remove ground in garden soil. Add a teaspoon of salt to the lather as you wash your hands. The grit of the salt helps take off the dirt. Also a slice of lemon will clean berry stained fingers.

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Dawn Troutner
Toledo Market Master

Having trouble with your cabbage heads splitting? Give your cabbage a twist when harvesting. This will damage the roots slightly and reduce the water intake. Too much water will cause the heads to split.

If your pepper plants are blooming and you would like larger plants and fruit try spraying with a mixture of one tablespoon of Epsom salts in a gallon of water.

There is nothing worse than working away in the garden and those pesky bugs keep swarming your head. Might want to wear a hat and wrap a strip of flypaper around it, fasten with a paper clip. NO more swarming done in your garden.

Sunflowers, I love sunflowers. Whether you planted them in a row or in a group those smiling faces of the sunflowers are sure to brighten up even the gloomiest of days. Here's a little tip, the small black seeds attract many songbirds. The bigger striped seeds are great for snacking and attract larger birds.

Happy gardening and see you next week at market. Make it a great week.



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