Jasper Farmers Market Report
9/5/2018 ~ by Heather Giambra
You couldn't miss the Farmers Market last Saturday as it was just across the street from Lee Newton Park in the new Mountain Ed school parking lot. It was a bright morning full of excitement since it was the Annual Sheriffs Jeep Fest. The market needed to make room for traveling "Jeepers", (aka Jeep Lovers), that camped at Lee Newton Park. The turnout for the market was good because not only was it a beautiful day, it was the Labor Day holiday with many, many people traveling to the mountains to camp or stay in cabins.
Still a good variety of fresh vegetables like corn, cucumbers, garlic, and squash were available as well as apples, peaches, and watermelons. Baked goods including fried pies and individual quiche. Crafted items included pillows, signs, doll clothes, jewelry, cedar bird houses and so much more!
Denise Seibel brought her homemade goat milk soaps in an array to wonderful "flavors" and scents. She has her own goats from which she uses the milk for her crafted soaps that come in a variety of shapes and colors including a wine soap and oatmeal honey for smoothing your skin.
Beauty berry bushes with those bright red violet berries are show stoppers for your yard. Now is the time to get one or two for your yard for a unique Fall color. Plus, we had a vendor with several healthy fruited Fig trees needing homes. Nothing quite like eating fresh figs from your own trees!
Very creative Alice Abbott has a tent full of crafted items including several holiday-related decorative pieces. And her mother has sewn up several doll size clothing items perfect for dolls or stuffed animals in need of dressing up.
Come by to see what all the crafty people have been up to. There may be an item for your house or something that would make a great gift. Fruit, vegetables, pastries, and breads can always be enjoyed at the breakfast table, for snacking, or for a healthy dinner.
At next week's market the Master Gardner topic is called, "How To Save $ - Divide Perennials and Harvest Seeds" with demonstrations. Please come by to learn how to increase the number of plants in your yard! Fall is the best time to plant!
The Wednesday market continues through the end of this month while there are still vegetables available. Start time is 3 pm. And both markets will be at Lee Newton park as per normal.