Farmers Market, Rain or Shine, April 20

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


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