Thursday, September 4, 2014

Webb City Sentinel market column - 9-5-14

Don’t you just love it when things fall into place?  Tuesday I was preparing to rush over to Cutting Loose to have our Arts in the Park banner changed to this year’s date so I could put it up at the entrance to the park. Date change – easy. Oh, what’s that?  The banner lists various things going on – children’s activities, music, food, DRAMA. Oh no, I have no drama and if I take that off the banner it will leave a big gap – not only on the banner wording but also in the event. So on my way to Cutting Loose, I stopped in at the Unity Building to see if Carolyn McGowan had any ideas. I walked in and before I opened my mouth, Carolyn said “I need to get some songs from JLT’s anniversary show scheduled at the market!”  How about three 20 minute slots on Saturday, September 13, I said. Drama done!

It’s a match made in heaven – well, actually in downtown Webb City. Joplin Little Theatre is
celebrating their 75th anniversary with “JLT in Concert”. It will have medleys from some of the 90 different musicals that JLT has staged over the years. The show runs from September 24 to 28. You can get a preview of the music (and dance) at the market during Arts in the Park on Saturday, September 13. It’s going to be a lovely day of celebrating the arts, including drama.
September means the seasons are changing. The mums and pumpkins are coming into the market, as are sweet potatoes and winter squash. Green beans are becoming plentiful again. Susie and Sammy Scarecrow will soon be making an appearance for photos.

And as the season changes, preparing for winter comes to mind. We have a wonderful quantity and variety of peppers right now, both sweet and hot. Now’s the time to freeze (or dry) them to add zest to your winter meals. It’s also a great time to can tomatoes or green beans. And we’ve had a pretty good supply of sweet corn lately so you might even be able to snag some for freezing. But buy it soon. Sweet corn will soon be a sweet memory.

Today we enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean for lunch. M & M Bistro serves pita wraps with chicken or beef and lamb. Sonny Lau Certified Bluegrass makes his solo debut at the market.

Cottage Small Coffee Roasters can’t make the market today but will be there on Saturday. We should have a good supply of eggs today. Fanning Egg Farm’s second flock of hens are laying well, doubling the farm’s production, so we’re not running out in an hour like we were earlier this year. Harmony Hill usually has eggs as well on both Friday and Saturday.

Patrick Byers and Shon Bishop with University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University Co-operative Extension respectively will be at the market today offering advice related to plants in the garden or landscape. This may be their last visit this year, so take advantage of it if you’re having problems or making plans.

Tomorrow Cooking for a Cause benefits the Tri-County Cerebral Palsy Center. Volunteers will serve biscuits and gravy, sausage and eggs cooked to order, plus juice or coffee until 11. No Apparent Reason from Carthage brings us some of the best bluegrass in the region.

Sunny Lane Farm is coming to the market on Saturdays only for the rest of the year. M & M Bistro is coming on Fridays only. Oakwood Farms is continuing to bring the pepper roaster on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

On Tuesday we’ll have Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza making pizza to order. Hawthorne is playing. See you at the market!