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Guest Column

May 25, 2013

Farmers markets are in full bloom

It’s hard to believe that just a few short months ago the thermometer on our farm was reading 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

Then, it was time to “ooh” and “aah” at the pictures of fruits and veggies, and the new and improved varieties of both tucked in the pages of the many seed catalogs that grace our mailbox.

It was time to plan the garden, and on our farm time to order the first round of chicks and poults, and eagerly await the birth of the new lambs.

Now, the grass is green and growing, many garden items are planted and growing, and our lambs were all born during that nice week in early April. Even our chicks have been out on pasture for a few weeks already.

As a vendor and board member of the Morris Farmers’ Market, my thoughts turn to the market season. Before you know it, Farmers’ Markets all over the state will be in full swing.

Morris Farmers’ Market has been fortunate enough to attract the best products in our area. We are now in our sixth year, and still nestled in behind the Morris Firehouse. We boast local maple syrup, honey, artisan cheeses, poultry, eggs, lamb, pork, beef, local flour, and porridge, an exciting array of produce in season, salsa, baked goods and handcrafted soaps. It’s just about a one-stop shopping trip! To round it out, there are handmade items available such as cutting boards, steeping stones, crocheted items, wool art and yarn.

If you’ve never been to a farmers market, do yourself a favor and visit one. Any good Farmers’ Market will have an abundance of fresh seasonal produce available. In the spring, greens, radishes, lettuce and scallions will be some of the produce offered. Summer’s offerings: tomatoes, peppers, beets, melons and onions are just a few of the items that are sure to tempt your taste buds.

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