Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tomorrow's Sentinel Column - 4-24-15

We have lots of choices Friday for lunch. Lumpy’s Express menu includes sandwiches with brisket, pulled port, smoked chicken, turkey, ham or rib meat, half and whole slabs of ribs, smoked chicken – 2 pieces, half or a whole chicken, plus sides of baked beans, chips and potato salad. M & M Bistro will serve Mediterranean style food – hummus, tabouleh, gyro pita wraps and chicken pita wraps, and baklava. 

We still have the sides on the pavilion because of the rainy forecast so you can enjoy your meal inside the pavilion, or you can take out. 

And for the cooks in the crowd, we’ll have plenty of good choices. We’re beginning to add more variety to the fresh produce at the market. On Tuesday, I noticed not only lots of lettuce, kale, boc choy, Swiss chard and other greens, but also beets, radishes, green onions, asparagus and cut herbs.

Saturday we have The Rebecca Hawkins Project playing and the Webb City chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star is serving breakfast. The profits from the breakfast will go to “Homes for Our Troops” which is a national non-profit that organizes the building of homes for post 9/11 veterans who have been severely injured in combat. These homes are adapted to their needs to enable the veterans to live more independently and are provided mortgage-free. Breakfast includes farm-fresh eggs cooked to order, biscuits and gravy, sausages, coffee or orange juice and a sense of supporting a worthy cause. Come enjoy breakfast while making the world a better place.

And while we’re on the subject of better places, we had lots of little children making the Kids Community Garden a better place Thursday. The kindergarteners from Madge T. James walked over in classes to plant potatoes in the garden. Master Gardener Dale Mermoud taught them all about it and they were full of questions – is this a seed?  Why does it look like a stone?  (some questions we just move past without too much discussion) And we had questions for them – tell me something with a seed – oranges, strawberries, watermelon!  How do you like your potatoes?  Cooked!  Not what we were looking for, but a very good answer. I like mine cooked too.

Perhaps one of the most surprising bits of information what that potatoes grow underground and that one plant produces about ten potatoes. That meant that if all goes well this summer, each class’ efforts would result in about 200 potatoes.

The Kids Community Garden will swing into full action in a couple of weeks and we are always looking for volunteers. If you enjoy kids, if you enjoy being outside, let us know. You can join in the fun. We have a volunteer form at the market information table where you can sign up for all sorts of projects from the Kids Garden to running the information table, to helping with set up, to driving the golf cart. 

Be sure to put the Tuesday market on your calendar. We’re open from 4 to 7 and will have a choice of two supper options. This Tuesday Carmine’s Wood Fired Pizza is baking to order. Supper with Trish is serving up spaghetti with a choice of meat sauce or meatless sauce, plus side salad, garlic bread, brownie and drink for $5. The Pommerts will play.

For day by day listings of which vendors will be at the market, be sure and check the market’s facebook page. We also include photos so you can get an idea of what’s on the tables.
Remember, we’re open rain or shine. Market hours are:  Friday from 11 to 2, Saturday from 9 to noon and Tuesday from 4 to 7 pm. 

See you at the market!