Thursday, December 17, 2015

Webb City Sentinel column - 12/18/15

So, winter is our slow time, right?  Apparently not!
The Saturday markets have been full, festive and productive and this Saturday is no exceptionSanta will be here – after all, his sister, Pat Johnson, lives in Webb City, is a big market fan and also Santa’s seamstressHis outfit (it’s not a costume he is very quick to point out!) is beautifulAnd his beard is a pleasure to behold too, as is the twinkle in his eyeSanta has a soft spot for animals so he’s hoping for lots of kids and lots of pets, tooAsk him about the boa constrictor he once posed with
Mrs. Claus will be on hand as well, and so will our scarecrows Suzy and SuzetteSuzette is so excited about Christmas that she’s all ready for Christmas Eve in her holiday pjs.  (That's my mom, Frances Nichols, with Suzette and Suzy.)
Harmony Hill Farm will serve chicken noodle soup and garlic bread for $3.50You can eat in or take outRed Bridge Trio will perform their Christmas show so you may want to eat in (AND take out).  Market Lady Jordan Nichols demonstrates and gives samples of turkey black bean chili.  The regular market and the Christkindlmarket will be packed with good things you won’t want to miss.
The Christmas Eve Market is on ThursdayWe’ll be open from 11 to 1 in the pavilionThat’s our last ChristkindlmarketBe sure to place your baked goods orders so you get just what you wantHarmony Hill will serve pizza casserole and a side salad for $3.50 for lunch. Rob Pommert will play.
We’ll be closed on Saturday, December 26, and reopen for the new year on January 2.
The market’s Winter Production Education Site is nearly set upThe seed starting structure and the two high tunnels are upWe’re just waiting for a calm day to pull the plastic on the tunnelsIt’s taken five full days of effort by our farmers and Extension but already we’re seeing lots of interest by our farmers in what they are learning.
The kitchen has been going full tilt with Hazel’s Bakery testing it for usWith dozens and dozens of cookies ordered for the holidays, the bakery is giving it a thorough trial
We had our first opportunity to partner with another organization in using the kitchenThe Carterville food pantry had an incredible gift of frozen chicken sandwiches – 8 pallets worthTheir on-site freezer wasn’t nearly big enough to handle it all, so the truck was redirected to the market kitchenWe fired up (or froze up) one of our 8’ x 20’ walk in freezersIt was to temp in about an hour and ready to accept the load. And it is almost completely loaded. The pantry will reimburse us for the power used and they’ll have thousands of meals to share with those in need.
Who would have guessed all this lay in the market’s future?  The future is bright and exciting – just like the market will be tomorrowCome revel in it!