In the early weeks of the drought in July, I didn't imagine that planting anything in August would yield a good result. Since then, I've watched the wetlands I pass each day shrinking to a puddle, and Clinton Lake recede from the banks.
Yet here we are, Dec. 7th, and area farmers have plenty of greens to offer, because temperatures have remained mild with few exceptions since about the time Hurricane Isaac brought relief.
The last chance you will have to see your favorite area farmers market vendors in one place, and all the greens they have, will be at the annual Lawrence Holiday Farmers Market, Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9-5 at the Holiday Inn, 200 McDonald Dr.
Of course, there's more than greens, carrots, pears, turnips, potatoes and winter squash, and more than meats, eggs and poultry. Many vendors show their creative side at this market, with hand made gift items such as soaps and lotions, scarves and hats, ornaments, note cards, photographs and much more. Fresh plants including succulents and poinsettias are available, and hot foods and coffee, too.
Extra parking will be available this year as well.
The best part is that it's the one farmers market of the year where you can sleep in on Saturday, and still get fresh food and gifts. -Jen