Last Saturday the Market never really got going due to early morning rains--a rare, but welcome (if one is not at an open air market) event in August. Still, the relatively cool growing season has made it possible for some of the vendors to have such rare summer vegetables at the market--like asparagus, kale, leaf lettuce, and some other greens that normally disappear in our hot summers.
Other vegetables will include lots of tomatoes (including zebra and Cherokee purple), cucumbers, many varieties of peppers, green and yardlong beans, okra, Irish potatoes, sweet corn, Chinese (malabar) spinach, onions, and several kinds of eggplant. Don't forget to look for squash (butternut, zucchini, yellow, Chinese). Also, look for fresh parsley, basil, cilantro, mint and other herbs which can make such a difference in flavoring!
Melons, there are melons, lots and lots of different kinds, as well as Porter peaches, local pears, and maybe some Porter blueberries.
Other items at the market include:
-- Godwana absolutely mosquito repelling Mom's Bug Spray, and natural cleaners
f you have not cut into a Farmers Market watermelon or cantaloupe, you are really missing out on a delicious experience! There are several varieties to choose from and remember, they are grown and harvested within a few miles from Bartlesville!
What is a simple way to preserve several of the Market vegetables at once time--make a tomato sauce! Of course you will want to use those fresh Market tomatoes, along with Market garlic, onions, and green peppers! For more details, check with the Market Manager for a recipe. You can easily freeze the sauce for enjoyment at your convenience!
-- Jordan's Crossing great herbal teas and medicinal salves
-- Roark Acres honey as well as bee pollen, beeswax lip balm and scented lotion bars.
--Tuckerbee's honey, jams, jellies, and those great cold drinks!
--beautiful fresh flower arrangements
--pressed flowers and note cards
--iced coffee and tea
--Pies n' Such baked goods--two kinds of rolls, bread, and breakfast pie
--grass fed beef (ground, roasts, and steaks) and freshground whole wheat flour from Jubilee Acres
--pork, beef, and chicken--all natural, from Luman's Farm--pecans too
--bingo at 10:00 with two chances to win a nice sampling of the Market
Music this week will be from a local band, yet to be named.