Thursday, February 9, 2017

Webb City Sentinel market column - 2-10-17

The Kids Garden Club is back in action tomorrow and they are talking BUGS!  Master Gardeners Eric and Debbie will lead the children in a game of Good Bugs, Bad Bug and I think it will be an eye opening experience.  Don’t worry, they are not using actual bugs, just pictures, but even adults will find it illuminating because they are going to teach kids what good bugs look like before they mature.  You will be surprised how much they change.  That’s a lady bug?!  Then the kids will be able to make a lady bug magnet or color a red balloon to look like a lady bug.   The club will meet in the center section of the pavilion and it will be come and go throughout the morning - and free.
Stewart’s Bakery is adding another choice to their breakfast menu.  They will have their giant cinnamon rolls and their traditional breakfast of biscuit and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs and hash brown casserole but tomorrow you can get chicken fried steak instead of sausage for only $1 more ($6 instead of $5 for the regular breakfast). 

The bakery will also have goulash for eat-in or take out.  A pint of goulash with a roll to go is $5.
Scott Eastman takes the market stage.

Hillside Farm from Carthage will be at the market with their elephant garlic.  We’ll have eight other farmers there, along with bakers, jam and jelly makers, and lots of other excellent vendors like seamstress Edith Bayless.

We’re gearing up for our Winter Production Conference on Monday and Tuesday.  We have farmers coming from as far away as Wisconsin and the Texas panhandle, which is not surprising given that our presenters are some of the rock stars of winter production.  I have been asking Sandy and Paul Arnold to come from their farm in upstate New York for 5 years and this year they said “yes”!  They probably want to see what all the fuss is about.

We don’t do the conference to bring farmers in from far away, though we’re happy to have them.  We do it so our farmers get the benefit of the best training available.  And it certainly shows at the market.  We are between seasons for tomatoes, but if you’re looking for greens of many kinds, radishes, beets, green onions, lemon grass, and more, you will find them at the market tomorrow.  Come load up with fresh for the week.

It’s expected to be a beautiful day.  Start it out at the market!