Thursday, October 3, 2013

Last market column of the year!

I hope you get your paper in the morning – otherwise you may miss our first ever Friday Cooking for a Cause today. During October, the Friday meal, served from 11 to 1, will benefit a local non-profit. Today Webb City’s Bright Futures program receives the profit and to make it even better, it’s being served up by the R-7 Foundation’s 2013 Distinguished Citizens, Jim and Karen Latimer. For a mere $5 you get all-you-can-eat ham and brown beans, plus cornbread, a brownie and a drink. (And since it was prepared by my husband, Phil Richardson, who is a carnivore of the first order, it will have LOTS of ham.)

It’s a Bright Futures weekend at the market because the Cooking for a Cause breakfast tomorrow also benefits the Webb City program. Bright Futures fans Emily Wade and Cheryl Moreland will help market volunteers serve up pancakes, grilled ham and farm fresh eggs from 9 to 11.

Bright Futures was started last year by the school district to build partnerships between the community and the school district to ensure that every child has his or her needs met and is successful. It’s a great program that involves individuals, businesses and churches in the schools. 

Next week, you can support the Carl Junction Bright Futures program. Same menu on Saturday, but Friday will be all-you-can-eat chili!

And on that Saturday, October 12, Bob Foos will be at the market taking fall portraits. The prices and packages available will be in next week’s Sentinel, but make plans now to bring the family in their fall glory to the market between 9:30 and 11 to make a memory amid the mums and pumpkins.

This is the last week for the market column. Market news will appear in the Neighborhood section of the paper. Be sure to check there because the market will be going all winter long. Plus we have some exciting plans for our farmers and area growers. We’ve teamed up with Lincoln University Extension to bring in Dr. Betsy Bihn of Cornell University to lead a Food Safety on the Farm conference in November. She’s the national expert in the field and we’re super excited to have her come train our farmers. For more information, you can go to our web site:

Today we have Jack and Lee Ann Sours playing traditional music on the market stage. Our wonderful Extension ladies are serving and sampling Herbed Baby Eggplant. This recipe uses the small Asian eggplants grown by several of our farmers.

Tomorrow William Adkins takes the stage.

And don’t forget, no Tuesday markets until next spring!  

See you at the market!