Area Farmers Continue to Harvest the Fruits of Their Labor
- on August 22, 2012
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 seems that this year especially farmers have witnessed a wide range of micro-climates scattered within eyesight of each other. Rainfalls, though never in excess, have graced fields on one side of the fence and left others with nothing to show. The result has been a surprisingly satisfying selection of available crops for area consumers and a less than ideal, but better than expected yield for farmers.
Fruit farmers have been privy to a good harvest of several varieties of peaches and pears, while others have found apples early and less bountiful than normal. All in all, despite the weather and challenges, it has turned out to be a good growing season and if the weather stays cooler and the water supply holds out, it could end pleasantly for area farmers and eaters alike.
Join us this week at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market for a delightful end of summer food celebration. As the weather begins to cool off and the smell of fall looms just around the corner, what better way to spend a Thursday afternoon than hanging out in the back parking lot of Cottin’s Hardware & Rental listening to the amazingly talented Tyler Gregory, eating a Ross Family Indian taco and washing it down with a icy cold Free State beer or a tall, cool glass of fresh squeezed lemonade from the Cook’s BBQ market booth.
As always, Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market will be teaming with fresh, local produce, cultivated by a diverse and talented selection of area farmers. Although full size tomatoes are beginning to wane, cherry tomatoes and peppers are in full swing, along with summer and winter squash, okra, radishes, beets, potatoes, chard, kale, cucumbers, herbs and more. Fruit growers are bringing in an unusually early crop of apples, along with several types of peaches and pears. Watermelons are pretty much done for the season, but cantaloupe and musk melons are still producing in a few farmers’ fields.
Farm fresh eggs, grass fed beef, breads, pizza crusts, muffins, scones, jams, jellies, local honey, preserves, pantry staples and pork skins are a few of the additional items market vendors will have to offer during this week’s market.
One of the new market vendors this month is Backyard Produce, offering locally grown micro greens in various seasonal mixes. Nut Nation will also be on hand with samples of their locally roasted pistachios and Pinwheel Farm will offer up their usual selection of hand spun wools and beautiful sheep skins.
Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market accepts EBT payments, as well as WIC and SFMNP vouchers. The market is located in the back parking lot of Cottin’s Hardware & Rental, 1832 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence and is open from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm every Thursday, through October.