Wednesday, April 18, 2012

This Friday is our last market at the Clubhouse

Friday is our last Winter Market and it should be a dandy. We’re expecting at least four farms with spring produce like lettuce, green onions, radishes, asparagus, spinach, leeks, fresh garlic, dill, mint, cilantro, boc choy, cauliflower, and broccoli. Our ranchers will have with pork, beef and lamb. And we’ll have eggs, lots and lots of farm fresh eggs, plus baked goods, jams and jellies and raw food bars. (That's Nhai Xiong at last week's Winter Market.)

We’ll be open today from 11 to 2 at the Clubhouse, 115 North Madison.
It’s that time of year when every market just gets better as the produce starts rolling in.

Next Friday (April 27) we open for the regular season back at the market’s home, the pavilion at the Main Street entrance to King Jack Park. Thereafter we’ll be open every Tuesday and Friday from 11 to 2. We begin Saturday markets on May 12, the day before Mother’s Day, from 9 to noon.

With the early spring weather we’ve had, we expect opening day to be loaded with produce, as well as flower and vegetable plants and hanging baskets. Hector Troyer is raising 250 of his beautiful petunia hanging baskets and several of our growers will have tomato and herb plants for sale.

For opening day next Friday we’ll have free hot dogs, and yes, we plan to have chili and cheese for those of you who like to dress up your dogs. Market friends Glenn Dolence and Don Meredith will grill up the hotdogs till we run out or until 1 o’clock. The Clayton Family will fill the pavilion with their lively music until 1 and master gardener Dale Mermoud and his wife Beverly will hand out free red plum and dogwood tree seedlings for the market, one to a customer. If we have any seedlings left after 1 o’clock, folks can have as many as they want.

When we moved the Winter Market to the Clubhouse I told our vendors that it would guarantee a mild winter. Last winter we stayed under the pavilion and just about froze at every market, this winter the pavilion would have been fine. Still we appreciated setting up inside on cool windy days and having the indoor bathrooms and kitchen was wonderful. We really appreciate the Historical Society letting us camp out at their place this winter.

So come on out to the last Winter Market today and, next week, we’ll see you at the pavilion.