Celebrate National Farmers Market Week with $10 in Free Tokens Aug. 10

Jen Humphrey

Whether you haven't been to the Lawrence Farmers Market yet this year or a seasoned shopper, now is your chance to get $10 in free tokens to spend at the market on Aug. 10, 2013. The Lawrence Farmers Market is a participating market in the token giveaway from Chipotle, the ...

It's Strawberry Season!!!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/may/22/255836/ It’s Strawberry Time!!!!! The much awaited spring gardening delicacy has finally arrived. This year’s extended cold weather, coupled with a lack of sunny days, delayed the local strawberry season by almost an entire month. The good news is, the wait is over and local strawberries are beginning to ripen. ...

Farmers Markets Are the Key Ingredient

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/may/15/255274/ On Friday, May 10, Micahel Pollan spoke about his new book “Cooked” at the Unity Temple in Kansas City. Several folks from Lawrence were lucky enough to be in attendance. The book is, for all practical purposes, the third in a series of writings on one of our nation’s ...

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market to Host a "You Name the Price" Benefit Sale!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2013/apr/29/254016/ It’s Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market time!!!! Of course Cottin’s Hardware & Rental hosts an indoor market through the winter, but there is just something to be said about an open air farmers market bustling with neighbors, farmers, musicians and, in the case of Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market , Free ...

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market This Tuesday!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/nov/19/245137/ Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market will be held this Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Stony Ridge Farm will have fresh eggs, jams, jellies, sweet breads, gluten free bake goods, grass finished beef and local honey. Avery’s Produce will have a bounty of fresh produce including ...

Farmers Market Draws to a Close But Looks Ahead

Jen Humphrey

At Wednesday evening’s annual meeting for the vendors of the Lawrence Farmers Market, vendors discussed ideas such as creating a Saturday winter market and working toward the creation of year-round food distribution systems. Developing such plans are -- as they would be for any business -- a part of the ...

Wet Weather on the Horizon Makes Farmers Happy

Jen Humphrey

Rain and maybe, just maybe, a flake or two are on the horizon. What a farmer in Douglas County would give to see a thunderhead like this one, or a snow drift! Fall weather, ever fickle, has become even more so to me. It will be almost 80 degrees Saturday. ...

Start at the Farmers Market for holiday meals

Jen Humphrey

The jack-o-lanterns have been tossed to the compost pile, we've gorged ourselves on candy and now we're dusting off recipes for upcoming fall holiday traditions. That means planning a monster trip to the grocery store, right? Bumper carts in the aisles, a turkey raised a thousand miles away, and a ...

Let the Winter Market Begin!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/30/243996/ It's just a little thing... buying fresh produce from your local farmer in the dead of winter, but for some people, it is the thing that dreams are made of. For the second year in a row, Cottin's Hardware & Rental is helping make those dreams come true. Starting ...

Fall favorites are at the Lawrence Farmers Market

Jen Humphrey

Turnips. Before you turn up your nose in disgust, I'm not talking about those weird wax-covered alien turnips you see at the store. Real turnips, such as sweet Asian turnips and globe purple-top turnips, right out of the ground -- and available at the Lawrence Farmers Market. Picture this: a ...

Farmers Markets – the New Social Network

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/16/242977/ Gathering spaces, all cultures have them; a place to join with others in the community, a place to share news, listen to stories, trade goods and seek out services. City halls, round houses, parks, churches, taverns and town squares have served as gathering places over time. Since the beginning ...

Three More Weeks of Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/09/242469/ If you haven’t made it to Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market yet this year – or if you are a regular weekly goer – you have three more weeks to partake in the food and fun of Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market. With three Thursdays left in October, the market is ...

Please Pass the Mustard...

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/oct/03/242156/ It’s officially fall and with fall comes the true bounty of the harvest. Storage crops and fresh winter greens are in abundance at your local farmers market. Chestnuts are not quite ready for roasting, but peppers are ripe and ready to be roasted. You will find Avery Lominska roasting ...

Scarecrow Contest & Auction Benefits Local Gardens

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/26/241780/ Scarecrows have long been a staple in gardens and fields around the world. Traditionally designed to resemble the human figure, scarecrows are intended to keep birds and other pests away from fresh garden produce. Although scarecrows are still used regularly in many European countries, over the years they have ...

Cordley Carnival on Friday Adds Wellness Fun!

Sally Zogry

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/25/241737/ The **Cordley Elementary Carnival** is this Friday, September 28th from 5:30-8:00pm. Come enjoy **free** games and prizes, **free** inflatables, laser tag and hamster balls, silent auction, henna tattoos, cake walk and more! Global Cafe, Iwig Dairy and AirSummerSnow Shaved Ice will be selling local food and drink. New this ...

Storage Crop Season Has Arrived!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/19/241435/ With cool weather upon us, the traditional growing season is creeping to a halt and most farmers markets are preparing to roll up the sidewalks and hibernate until spring. Savvy shoppers know that this is the time to take an extra bag or two to market and stock up ...

Pear Affair at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/sep/11/240969/ Pears are one of the world’s oldest cultivated fruits, dating back to 5,000 B.C. when a Chinese diplomat forsook his public responsibilities and began grafting pears, persimmons, almonds and other members of the Rosaceae (Rose) family. Although exact origins are not known, it is suspected that two strains of ...

Farmer to speak about growing for market Tuesday

Sara Shepherd

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2010/jun/21/193926/ Lawrence farmer and book author Lynn Byczynski will speak about farmers markets and farming practices at Tuesday’s Growing Lawrence meeting. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is planned for 7 a.m. at the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, 646 Vt. Byczynski started “Growing for Market” in ...

Farmers Markets Continue Through October!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/29/240288/ September and October have always been interesting months for Midwestern farmers markets. As August wanes, the end of summer crops signals the coming of fall and the harvest of bountiful storage crops marks the impending end of the outdoor shopping season. The school year starts, people get busy, schedules ...

Area Farmers Continue to Harvest the Fruits of Their Labor

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/22/239885/ Despite the drought and excessive summer heat, area farmers are still harvesting crops and bringing food to tables across the county. Although the bounty has not been in excess, talented farmers have yielded a fair share of crops through the use of diversified plantings and skilled resource management. It ...

Cordley Chess Club checks their mates at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/14/239550/ It’s been a great summer run, but with fall in the air and classes back in session, the Cordley Elementary School Chess Club will play their last official public games of the season at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market this Thursday, August 16, 2012. Since the first weeks in May, ...

Celebrate National Farmers Market Week August 5 - 11, 2012!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/08/239148/ August 5-11, 2012 is the 12th annual National Farmers Market Week. Since 2000, the number of farmers markets listed with the United States Department of Agriculture has grown over 170%, from 2,863 markets in 2000 to more than 7,800 in 2012. These numbers continue to rise as farmers markets ...

Vote for Your Favorite Farmers Market

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/aug/06/238937/ [Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market][1] and the [Downtown Lawrence Farmers Markets][2] are both contestants in the 2012 America’s Favorite Farmers Markets contest hosted each year by American Farmland Trust. Vote for your favorite market at [www.farmland.org/vote][3]. Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market is a year round market held in the back parking ...

Second Annual Farmers Market @ the County Fair - Thursday, August 2, 2012!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/31/238528/ On Thursday, August 2, 2012 Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market will move their farmers, musicians and weekly hot food vendor down the road to the Douglas County Fair Grounds, 2110 Harper Street, to create the second annual Farmers Market @ the County Fair event. The market is a joint project ...

Preserve Summer's Bounty Through Fermentation

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/24/238110/ Take advantage of the bounty of summer by fermenting some fresh fruits and vegetables. Ferments are easy to make, delicious to eat and offer a wide range of health benefits. The process of fermentation to preserve and store foods has been practiced for thousands of years. Ferments were often ...

You Say Tomato... I say Let's Eat!

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/18/237821/ When it comes to seasonal food, perhaps the most anxiously awaited time of the year is tomato season. That much lauded flavor of the season’s first vine ripened tomato, followed by an endless supply of delicious mouth watering morsels for weeks to come, is enough to give most of ...

Pictorial View of Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237521/ What's available this week at the farmers market? They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is a mouthful from Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market! http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237523/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237524/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237525/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237526/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237527/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237528/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237529/ http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/10/237530/ This week at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market roving troubadour LA Fahy will entertain the ...

Peachy keen: In northeast Kansas, a banner year for mid-summer stonefruit

Sara Shepherd

http://www2.ljworld.com/photos/2012/jun/30/237182/ Last week, rural Lawrence resident Karen Frick made her third peach-buying visit to nearby Vertacnik Orchard, where there’s an unusually bumper crop of the sweet, juicy, fuzzy-skinned fruit. “We have been through I don’t know how many pounds now,” Frick said. “We’re totally absorbed in peaches.” So is orchard ...

Extreme Temperatures, Withering Crops, High Water Bills: What's a Farmer to Do?

Jen Humphrey

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/06/237346/ Memory is inherently faulty. The brain distills experience down to the high and low points and is constantly rewriting the tale. Such is the case with the weather, which has me thinking that this is the most extreme summer I can remember -- I recall no year as hot, ...

Crabapples – The All American Treat

Linda Cottin

http://wellcommons.com/users/photos/2012/jul/05/237335/ Apple pie and the Fourth of July, nothing can get more American than that, assuming your apple pie is made with Crabapples. Traditional apples are not native to the United States. They were first cultivated in Northern America in the mid 1600’s when colonial settlers planted apple orchards from ...

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