Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Webb City Sentinel market column - 8-9-17

Last week I told you about our pilot WIC program. How it helped expectant and new moms and their children under 5 buy $10 worth of market fruits and vegetables, milk and eggs once a week. How the moms were tremendously appreciative and how response was so robust that we exhausted our funding from Empty Bowls in just two months. 

Well, the market WIC program is back. Soroptimist International of Joplin gave the market $2,000 yesterday to continue the program. The grant will add $2,000 to our farmers’ sales while improving the diets of young low-income families. 

Since 1937, Soroptimist International of Joplin has focused on improving the lives of women and girls in the community and throughout the world. This group of businesswomen raises funds for their projects by selling nuts and candies in the fall (want to order?  Just come by the information desk, you’ll likely see a Soroptimist member volunteering there) and by hosting a comedy event in the spring. One of their biggest projects is Camp Soroptimist which is a week-long summer camp for Jasper County foster children.

It’s been a funny year for corn. We were buried in it Saturday. So much so that Fredrickson Farm donated some extra to the market. We loaded the Free Kids Meal with fresh corn on the cob yesterday. My friend Edna brought two of her grandchildren visiting from Lee Summit to supper and as they left I asked how they liked it. The older granddaughter responded “I loved it!”  The younger grandson, “I hated it!”  “Oh,” I said, “you don’t like corn on the cob.”  “Yuck,” he responded. Then Edna said, “Good thing you told me. I was just going to buy some to take home.”  The grandson looked stricken. “I didn’t mean it. I didn’t mean it!”  Proving once again that orneriness doesn’t also pay.

The melons have also been wonderful. I was at KSN yesterday doing a live cooking segment and also taping one for next week. Both featured melon recipes. One was a simple three melon dish, watermelon, cantaloupe and honey dew, with chopped mint and tossed in lime juice. The other, which will air next Tuesday, was fancier – honey dew and watermelon with lemon juice, diced jalapeno and thinly sliced onion, drizzled with a lime and honey dressing and topped with shrimp. 

Carol and I admitted to each other as we set up that we really preferred melon cut and chilled without all the fancy additions, but I have to say both dishes were delicious. And I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be asked back if I tried to do one cooking segment that consisted of just cutting up melons, much less two.
Don’t dally on picking your melons up. While they will still be in season for over a month, the best ones are being harvested now.

Tomorrow, the Free Kids Meal will be beef soft tacos, lunch box pepper strips, cherry tomatoes, a slice of watermelon, and milk.

The Webb City Police Department will hold their last free fingerprinting session of the year from 11 to 1.

Stewart’s Bakery will have barbecued chicken, potato salad and pasta salad for $6. The Pommerts will perform.

Big news for Saturday!  Amos Apiaries will be at the market with honey and SO WILL Marlee's Creamery!  

On Saturday, the Free Kids Meal is biscuit and gravy, market fruit, and milk.

Stewart’s Bakery is taking the day off. The Sassy Salad Gals will have smoked chicken on a green salad and fruit salad for $5 each.

Cooking for a Cause benefits CROPwalk which is a national hunger walk sponsored locally by area churches. One-quarter of the money raised stays local, supporting such organizations as Crosslines, Lafayette House and Children’s Haven. The rest of the funds go around the world to assist refugees and areas suffering chronic poverty. The breakfast is served from 9 to 11. As always, you can eat well while helping others.

Scott Eastman will play from 9 to 11.

Tuesday is the last day for the Free Kids Meal. It will be beef nachos, market fruit and veggies and milk. 

Stewart’s Bakery will serve something tasty. Just Jake & Corky will be on the market stage.

The market will move to its fall schedule in September which means that August 31 will be our last Thursday market. In the meantime, we’ll have tons of good things for you, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. See you at the market!