Three More Weeks of Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market runs through the end of October in the back parking lot of Cottin's Hardware & Rental

Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market runs through the end of October in the back parking lot of Cottin's Hardware & Rental by Linda Cottin

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 drawing near its end, but is definitely not winding down. The last market of the season will be Thursday, October 25, 2012. Plans for an arugula pesto and basil pesto tasting are in the works for the last market of the season and talk of piles of pumpkins is floating around for the remaining markets too. Meanwhile, there are three more weeks to stock up on fall storage crops from the market vendors. Three more weeks to purchase fresh, local, chemical free produce in the back parking lot of the hardware store. Three more weeks to stock up on grass fed beef and pasture raised pork. Three more weeks to enjoy Upward Spiral bake goods, Martin Farm pies, The Yeast We Can Do Scones and Stony Ridge Bake Goods. Of course there will be the small and efficient Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market – Indoors! starting up the first week of November, but the outdoor market – the one with live music, Free State Beer and a hot food vendor, is in its final days for the season.

Fieldstone Orchard has an amazing selection of locally grown organic apples and Asian pears available at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market, Thursdays, through October.

Fieldstone Orchard has an amazing selection of locally grown organic apples and Asian pears available at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market, Thursdays, through October. by Linda Cottin

It seems that every growing season in Kansas is rote with challenges. Last year Spring brought with it an early warming followed by a disastrous late frost – leaving most fruit farmers with empty branches and little to bring to market. This spring saw an end to one of the mildest and driest winters on record, only to be followed by an excessively hot and invariably dry summer. The fruit farmers had a successful year; peaches, followed by pears, followed by apples, but yields were diminished from the heat and drought. An early cooling in August gave vegetable farmers hope for a bountiful fall, but dips below freezing this past week have dashed the hopes for an unusually bountiful extended growing season.

Decorate your kitchen with Two Sister's hydroponic lettuce!  It keeps fresh for days if stored in small bowls of water on your counter top... or make a beautiful edible lettuce arrangement at the center of your table!

Decorate your kitchen with Two Sister's hydroponic lettuce! It keeps fresh for days if stored in small bowls of water on your counter top... or make a beautiful edible lettuce arrangement at the center of your table! by Linda Cottin

Luckily for market patrons and farmers alike, the frost only spread intermittently across the county and with the help of hoop houses and row cover many crops are still available for the picking. This week at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market you will find the usual assortment of fall crops, winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peppers, radishes and turnips. There will be a large assortment of greens, including chard, kale, mustards and arugula. Backyard produce will have a great selection of micro greens, a perfect addition to any salad or main entrée. Two Sisters Farm will be on hand with their luscious, hydroponic lettuce and assorted other greens. For those looking to warm up a bit on these cool autumn days, Abundant Life Naturals will be on hand with a wide selection of fair trade, mostly organic loose leaf teas.

I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn.
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.
-	Carl Sandburg

I spot the hills With yellow balls in autumn. I light the prairie cornfields Orange and tawny gold clusters And I am called pumpkins. - Carl Sandburg by Linda Cottin

An added bonus this week at Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market will be a nice selection of locally grown pumpkins, perfect for the jack-o-lantern or pumpkin pie of your dreams.

Fresh Picked will play a free concert at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market, Thursday, October 11, 2012!

Fresh Picked will play a free concert at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market, Thursday, October 11, 2012! by Linda Cottin

Global Café will be the hot food vendor for the week and Fresh Picked will keep patrons and vendors entertained with their eclectic mix of old timey, traditional and playfully fun music.

KT Walsh helps build a "skinny princess" scarecrow during her scarecrow building demonstration at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market.

KT Walsh helps build a "skinny princess" scarecrow during her scarecrow building demonstration at Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market. by Linda Cottin

Cottin’s Hardware & Rental is accepting applications for the October 26, 2012 Scarecrow Contest & Auction. The event will be held at 832 Pennsylvania from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm in conjunction with the October Final Friday’s art extravaganza. Participants are asked to build a scarecrow and pay $10 to enter it into the contest. Winners will be chosen at the event on October 26. Scarecrows will then be auctioned off to raise funds for both the Four Winds Native Center Community Garden and Central Garden at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. Individuals, classrooms, clubs, groups and businesses are encouraged to participate – both in making scarecrows and in purchasing scarecrows from the auction.

For more information, check out the scarecrow page at cottinshardware.com or stop in at the hardware store, 1832 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence.

Cottin’s Hardware Farmers Market is held in the back parking lot of Cottin’s Hardware & Rental, 1832 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS, Thursdays from 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm.

Tagged: Cottin's Hardware Farmers Market, Fresh Produce, Fresh Picked, Pumpkins, Global Cafe, Two Sisters

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