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Friday, August 18th, 2017 | George Sackett | market-report

Wildwood Farmers Market on Main Street
16860 Main Street, Wildwood MO
Saturday, August 19th, 8:30 am-12:30pm

You won’t want to miss the market this weekend.  Please come and support the vendors, rain or shine. Bring your market baskets, bags and coolers. The vendor line up is changing a bit We are approaching another change in seasons with school starting and some of the earlier produce vendors now leaving us. Late season vendors and a few new vendors will be joining in and perhaps finishing the season with us at Wildwood Farmers Market.

In our home, we have been canning tomatoes like crazy. All kinds of tomatoes. I think we have reached our canned tomato peak and will be moving on to other produce preparations soon. The season is at it’s peak for most local, fresh, seasonal, summer produce. Enjoy it fresh while it’s here and take extra home to preserve and use for later. Chopping blanching and freezing peppers and onions is a great idea. Grating zucchini and freezing is another option I have been hearing of. I haven’t done that yet. In the past, we have sliced eggplant in thick disk and cut it into larger chunks and put it in the freezer for later use. Anything that will be baked, sauteed or mixed into a soup, stew or casserole at a later date does not have to have picture perfect looks or texture. Blanching helps preserve color and texture. Adding lemon juice or citric acid can help preserve colors as well.  Making sure your produce is thoroughly dry after blanching (or washing) will also preserve the texture of frozen produce. If dried completely, ice crystals are less likely to form inside and around the fruit or vegetable. I learned this one year after cleaning, blanching and freezing a lot of green beans. I had not dried them at all. I just put them into the freezer bags. There were little icecicles inside every bean and the texture was not so great. Lesson learned.  I have heard that a second planting of later season green beans is a possibility.

This weeks vendors include our local author’s, local seasonal produce growers, pastured meat and egg producers, local raw honey, fresh cut flowers, salsa and pickles, bread and baked goods, herbs and spice blends along with some local crafters and artisans.

If all goes as expected, we also be video taping at the market tomorrow. Some of the video will include drone footage. Please come out, get some great local products, support small business and get your face on the farmers market video!!

At this time vendor response from the following:
Stuart Farm
Pickled Fox
Great Harvest Bread
Stitches by Ann
Rosy Buck and Flower Hill Farm
Adventures in Spice
Lavender Leaf
Cadet Creek
Farrar Out Farm
Two Men and a Garden
Bob’s Honey
Stuckmeyer Plants and Produce
Wine Creek Farm
Papillon Perennials
Debbie Sinn
Zen Rainbow Creations
Condos Farm
Authors Include:
Braxton DeGarmo
Laine Boyd

See you at the Market
The Sackett’s
George and René