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Toledo Famers Market

September 22, 2017
By Dawn Troutner - Toledo Market Master , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Market Report for September 15, 2017

I am back. If you noticed I took some time off, well only two weeks from writing. Last weekend my beautiful niece Sabrina was married. Congratulations to Sabrina and Vinay and welcome to the family. Market is winding down, but the gardens are still very bountiful. We received some much needed rain last night. Thank you Mother Nature.

This week at market Cindy brought peppers, potatoes, cantaloupe, tomatoes, and Rod. Cindy has plenty of canning tomatoes if you still need to prepare for winter.

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Dawn Troutner
Toledo Market Master

Kristi had tomatoes, cucumbers, her Czech bakeries along with all her other bakeries. The feature cupcake this week was chocolate peanut butter. Mason and Lane was there to help also.

Caryn had her assortment of snack mixes, jams, caramel corn assortment, apples, and pears.

Darold brought tomatoes, radishes, onions, egg plant, peppers, and potatoes.

Busy Bee Acres had a large assortment of honey, chunk honey and comb honey. Along with lip balm, solid lotion bars, and lotions.

Chuck and Ginger had peppers, broccoli, pumpkins, tomatoes, egg plant, zucchini, okra, winter squash, potatoes, gourds, and eggs. Ginger also had her assortment of bakeries.

Dawn had peaches, apples, watermelons, tomatoes, potatoes, dill, zucchini, houseplants, egg plant, peppers, green beans, and winter squash.

Brenda, Lois, and Marie brought egg plant, peppers, green beans, cucumbers and zucchini.

Jim had his hand made leather items.

Pam's table was full of hand crafted items, potholders, scrubbies, magnets, jar grips, and baby burp cloths.

Fancy Fiber had yarn, socks, caps made from alpaca yarn. Loom rugs, embroider pillowcases, and towel sets.

Bunny Farm had apples, mixed beans, kale, Swiss chard, kale chips, shallots, tomatoes, shell beans, potatoes, beets, and celery.

There is still plenty to be purchased so come on out to the Toledo Farmers' Market and make your purchases before the end of October.

Now is the time to collect and save seeds from your garden. But remember that only seeds from open pollinated, not hybrid, plants will produce the same crop next year.

To do this, allow the fruits to stay on the plants until they become fully ripe and start to wrinkle. Remove the seeds from the peppers, tomatoes and spread them out to dry. Save pea and beans seeds by allowing the pods to ripen on the plants until they're dry and starting to turn brown, with the seeds rattling inside.

To clean wet seeds, scoop the seeds from the fruit, pulp, and all. Pour the seeds and pulp into a large sloping bowl and add water. Healthy seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl, while dead seeds and most of the pulp will float. Use your fingers to gently separate all the seeds from the pulp.

To store your own saved seeds, spread them out and allow them to air dry. Once dry, put them in envelopes or even repurposed medicine bottles, and label them. You can then store them in your refrigerator or freezer just like store bought seeds. Give it a try.

I was out picking tomatoes last Wednesday and low and behold I was startled. There on the tomato plant crawling was a large Praying Mantis. I was so excited. The Praying Mantis is a most interesting and enjoyable beneficial insect to have around the garden and farm. Later they will eat larger insects, beetles, grasshoppers, crickets, and other pest insects.

Praying Mantises are large, solitary, slow moving, and predaceous insects that catch their prey with their front legs. I didn't get the pleasure of watching it devour any lunch, but I got the pleasure of just looking at it and enjoying the beautiful creature.

Happy Gardening and see you at market.



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