We need rain, not too much, not too little and at just the right time.
Too much rain, seeds and plants rot, wash out and the farmer has to start again. Not enough rain might mean irrigation which can be quite costly and time consuming.
This time of year, many of the farmer producers that I know; the ones with the big fields and gardens are looking at the weather radar and watching for rain.
We are always looking at the weather. It’s too cold, too hot, too humid, too much rain, not enough. Imagine making your living and supplying food for your family, your community, the market, the grocery store or a major food chain and always depending on something you have no control over. Wow!
The local, Spring crops thus far, have been plentiful and beautiful. We are fortunate that the weather has been “cooperating” and many of our producers have hoop houses and green houses to bring us local, fresh food, early in the season.
As a market manager for the last 7 years, I watch the weather as well. I contact the farmers and ask them how the crops are doing? When do they expect produce to be coming in? Frost predictions? Rain predictions? Lots of guess work. We work together to predict and create a farmers market for our local community. Farmers enjoy connecting with the customer as much as customers enjoy a connecting a face and a farm with the food they purchase and prepare at home.
As I look at the weather prediction for each market, I think about how much the market vendor goes through as well. The food grows and needs to be harvested, packed and sold, rain or shine.
See you at the market, rain or shine.
Along with a unique variety of market vendors, enjoy a free sample of Schlafly beer and live musical entertainment each week.
Please visit the website, check out the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram market pages. Please “Like”, “Share”, “Retweet” and whatever else you do to make the market shine on social media
Below is a listing of vendors that I have heard from at the time of this newsletter. Last minute changes may be updated on our market website and Facebook page
Farmers & Food Vendors
Alpacas of Troy – Alpaca Meat & Fiber
Baetje Farms – Award Winning Goat Cheeses
Bee Simple/New Roots Urban Farm – Microgreens, herbs and handmade soaps
Biver Farms- a variety of certified organic local, seasonal produce
Buila Family Farm – A variety of locally grown, seasonal produce
Eckenfels Farms – Grass-Fed Beef, Pasture-Raised Chicken, Pork, Eggs and homemade soap
El Chico Bakery – Fruit Empanadas, Cookies
Farrar Out Farm- Pastured Beef, Pork, Chicken and eggs
Flower Hill Farm- a variety of local,seasonal produce and fresh cut flowers
April 20-Edible Flowers, Bouquets of Mixed Herbs and Flowers, Pastured Eggs, bedding plants of herbs/vegs/flowers
iScream Cakes – Natural Ice Cream, Cakes
Ivan’s Fig Farm – a variety of local, seasonal produce and fig jam
Ludwig Creamery- locally produced cheeses
Red Guitar Bread – Artisanal Breads
ReNu Body Essentials
Riverbend Roots Farm-a variety of locally produced lettuce and greens
SeedGeeks – Honey, Soaps, Non-GMO Seeds
The Tamale Man
Three Rivers Farm- a variety of local, seasonal produce
April 20 A-Variety of Lettuces, Spinach, Radishes, Bok Choy, Kale, Swiss Chard, Turnips, Arugula, Broccoli Rabe and 6 packs of herb starter kits
Windy Lake Farm- a variety of pastured meat and eggs including whole and cut up chicken, boneless, skinless breast packages, pork cuts including hot dogs and brats