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We had a bright and rather gusty Saturday for the final Farmer's Market of the season. Our alternate location gave us more traffic and there were several folks expressing interest in October's Master Gardener classes. Margareta Schmutzler brought a gorgeous bunch of ornamental peppers to decorate the table and Wayne Buck brought in some jalapeno peppers to share. We also had some seed packets to give away and answered as many of the gardening questions that came our way as we were able. It was great to hear about the success of an earlier give away of sweet potato starts that had resulted in quite a harvest. Besides Wayne and Margareta our group included Mary Smith, Betsy Durham, Joanne Ragsdale, Sheila Barlow, Jan Halligan and myself. Jan and I will carry on next year, as well as trying to improve our site location on a permanent basis. Thanks to everyone who joined us over the season - hope to see you again next year!
The September Farmers Market found us using an unoccupied space on the South side of the square. We enjoyed increased traffic and hope to use the same space next month. Our aim was to promote the Baxter County Fair and the Master Gardeners' participation. We gave out quite a few fair schedules as well as signing up newsletter folks and maybe - hopefully - a possible new Master Gardener.
For the kids we had pinecones on a string and a bag of birdseed with instructions and an example of how to make their own pinecone birdfeeder. The kids will provide their own peanutbutter/crisco/lard to finish the project.
It was a busy good time with Margareta Schmutzler, Betsy Durham, Carol Rossell-Lesher, Jane Druff, Bob and Donna Munson, Jan Halligan and myself.
Farmers Market showcased spinach in July and tomatoes in August. We had Jan Halligan's spinach dip in July (which got rave reviews from a local chef who passed by) and cherry tomatoes to sample for August. Has anyone ever had tomato pie? We are featuring recipes and growing information as well as getting sign-ups for the newsletter and promoting interest in MG classes. As usual we had a few gardening questions and folks who just stopped by to chat.
Our group in July included myself and Jan Halligan, Margareta Schmutzler, Mary Smith, Valerie VanZuiden, Bob and Donna Munson (wishing both the Munson's speedy recovery) and Rick Gatewood. In August Margareta Schmutzler, Betsy Durham, Mary Smith, Valerie VanZuiden and Rick Gatewood joined me at the table.
We are still mulling what to feature in September and October. Possibly Fair information and of course the new MG classes. Suggestions are always welcome. Stop by and see us next month!
The June Farmer's Market event was well attended and giving away free sweet potato starts with growing instructions was popular. Betsy Durham, Margareta Schmutzler, Jane Druff, Rick Gatewood, Bob and Donna Munson all joined Jan Halligan and myself in giving away the plants. Next month we plan to highlight spinach and it's many possible uses. Share any ideas you have and join us if you are able!
Saturday's Farmers Market event began with a brief battle as we recalled how to set up the canopy but success was achieved. The day was cool and breezy and although shoppers were somewhat sparse we still gave away quite a few of the seed catalogs and extra calendars. Several children picked up the seed ball recipe and a sample seed ball. Jane Druff was able to research and answer a number of gardening questions that came our way and a few folks signed up for the newsletter and showed some interest in becoming a MG in future. A pleasant morning with Margareta Schmutzler, Jane Druff, Mary Smith, Jan Halligan and Janelle Stookey manning the tent.
Farmer's Market Event
On the Square In Mountain Home
Time: 7:30 -- 11:30
May at the Farmers Market. As usual we will be sharing information on becoming a Master Gardener and signing up to receive the newsletter. Also trying to answer any gardening questions and to share experiences with the friendly folks who stop by to visit with us.
This month we will have information, examples and limited supplies regarding the how and why of making "seed balls". Anyone interested in actually making a seed ball is welcome to bring a few seeds of their choice. Some supplies of the clay mixture will be available along with information on how and where to find your own supplies. Be aware this is working with wet clay and like any gardening experience..... is a tad messy. (Wet wipes will be available)
Come Join Us For A Fun Saturday!
To be included on our list for this monthly event contact
Janelle Stookey email: email@example.com
Jan Halligan email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joanne Ragsdale conquered the origami at Farmers Market.
It was a chilly Saturday morning at the Farmers Market but even without a full showing of vendors we had a fair number of people out for the day.
Margareta Schmutzler, Betsy Durham, Joanne Ragsdale, Bob and Donna Munson as well as Jan Halligan and myself were all present.
We missed Sheila and Jim Barlow and send best wishes to Jim in the hospital and hope he is doing well.
We had examples of various homemade seedling starter pots to show to the browsers and managed to give away a few catalogs and seed packets and give out a few calendars as well as sign up several folks for the newsletter and information on becoming a Master Gardener.
Betsy wowed me with her ability to put together an origami seedling pot that had me baffled for weeks.
The kids that stopped by were more interested in the newspaper pulp starter pots and left with several of the examples.
A fun morning - hope you can join us or stop by next Saturday, May 6th.
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