Current crops survived the deep freeze; strawberries, peaches?
The good news is that our winter farmers made it through the freeze with minimal damage so you can expect to see full tables at the market this Saturday. We won’t know the impact of the freeze on the outdoor fruit – peaches, blackberries, and strawberries–until later in the season, but Greg Braker thinks the blueberries are fine.
We expect our usual meal offerings this Saturday – at Harmony Hill, biscuits and gravy and eggs made to order and pupusas with zucchini or beans and cheese filling. For the Free Kids Meal, we’ll have:
The meals are free to anyone from age 1 through 18. Parents and grandparents can pick up for their kids as long as they show the server a photo of themselves with the kids so we can get a headcount.
Justin Cauble is on the market stage.
Vendors we expect include:
Our master gardener, Eric, is bringing a teaching prop to market these days. It’s a scaled down version of a keyhole raised bed garden. The demo garden is 2 feet across, a real one is six feet across but that would be a little tough to move, filled with dirt, to and from market every week.
It’s a circular raised bed with a narrow walkway indention so the gardener can walk into the bed to reach the composting bin in the center. The composting bin is a circular tube of about 1/4 inch wire fencing reaching down into the bed where the gardener places composting materials. The gardener waters the plants by pouring the water into the compost tube dispersing the nutrients from the compost throughout the dirt, fertilizing it naturally. Eric will be planting the garden with greens and will have it at the market each week so folks can follow the garden’s progress.
This is just the first of many gardening and cooking activities of the market’s learning to grow and prepare your food project. Funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture, the project will include a teaching garden just north of the Kids Tent and lots of programs and activities for adults and kids. Stay tuned!
‘Tis the season for ideas. We’re busy considering projects for the annual grants cycle. Some possibilities include
And I bet you have some great ideas too.
We may still be wearing masks and social distancing for part or all of 2021 but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it the best year ever at the market. Bring your ideas, your talents, and your contacts to the market and let’s make it happen. And pick up some great local food and goodies while you’re at it.
Eileen Nichols founded the Webb City Farmers Market in 2000. From a handful of producers, the market has grown to become nationally recognized.