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Toledo Farmers Market

August 18, 2017
By Dawn Troutner - Toledo Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for August 11, 2017

It was a quieter than usual market this Friday night. But of coarse that didn't stop the Toledo Farmers' Market vendors from filling their tables.

Cindy had green tomatoes, red tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, kohlrabi, and an assortment of peppers. Will and Thea had plenty of Aromathea candles, melts, bows, and body glitter. Caryn brought assortments of caramel corn, snack mixes, and jams. Caryn also had bushels of Iowa peaches.

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Dawn Troutner
Toledo Market Master

Kristi had cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage, tomatoes, eggs, along with her Czech bakeries, pies, breads, bars, cookies, pies and better than anything and cookie dough cupcakes. There was also a lot of activity behind the table, those cute grandsons of hers were busy farming, and they were moving dirt. There was lots of work on that their farm operation since they can only work on Friday nights.

Darold brought potatoes, red, yellow, and green tomatoes. He also had peppers, leeks, okra, cucumbers, egg plant, and onions. Busy Bee Acres had plenty of honey, solid lotion bars, and repellent. Chuck and Ginger brought, pies, kolaches, breads, cookies, hot pepper powder, popcorn, green beans, potatoes, zucchini, onions, jalapenos, cucumbers, yellow summer squash, and spaghetti squash. Dawn had her jams, jellies, dried herbs, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, lemon cucumbers, French long beans, onions, garlic, houseplants, glass art, yellow summer squash, and zucchini.

Brenda, Lois, and Marie had plenty of summer squash, zucchini, green beans, egg plant, cabbage, green peppers, and cucumbers. Jim brought wallets, gun holster, coin purses, hair barrettes, all of which are hand made by Jim. Janet was back with eggs, rolls, and breads. Joe and Barb brought homemade breads, white, pies, crisp, granola, green beans, carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, onions, kohlrabi, green peppers, and leeks.

This was Kathy's last market. Her tables were full of apple pastries, kolaches, rolls, breads, coffee cake, brownies, and snack mixes. Ryan was back with his Fanciful Fiber. He had llama and alpaca hand spun yarn, custom made loomed rugs, woven denim rugs, 100% hand knitted llama stocking caps, and embroider towels sets hand made by his mother.There you have it the line up for the second week of August. There is still plenty of time left to come on out and make your healthy choices.

Most of the vendors have plenty of cucumbers. Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins. B vitamins are known to help ease feelings of anxiety and buffer some of the damaging effects of stress. Cucumbers are rich in two of the most basic elements needed for healthy digestion, water, and fiber. Their high water content helps ward off dehydration and combat the heat while their refreshing and mild taste appeals to even the pickiest eaters.

Here are some fast facts on cucumbers. Cucumbers are predominantly made of water. When used topically, cucumber has a cooling and soothing effect that decreases swelling, irritation, and inflammation.

Cucumber slices can be placed on the eyes to decrease morning puffiness or placed on the skin to alleviate and treat sunburn. Cucumbers contain lignan, which may help fight cardiovascular disease. Cucumbers are a versatile foodstuff and can be added to a variety of dishes.

One cup of raw sliced cucumber with peel contains 115 grams of water, 16 calories, 0.8 grams of protein, 0.2 grams of fat, and 2.9 grams of carbohydrate. And there are plenty of fresh hand picked cucumbers at the Toledo Farmers' Market.

See you at market.



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