This week’s NorthSide Farmers Market is set to provide the very best in locally-grown produce and locally-produced crafts.
It’s time for melons and peaches, says Dave Reidel, of Fairview Orchard, in Galion. Reidel, a vendor at Tuesday’s NorthSide Farmers’ Market, located at the Kentucky Fried Chicken on St. Rt. 598, adds that “Heritage” red raspberries, “Concord” seedless grapes, “Athena” cantaloupes and “Crenshaw” melons will be available at the Aug. 16 market, open 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Reidel will also have homemade jams for sale at the market, made from fruit he and his family grow at their orchard. Flavors include peach, berry peachy and red raspberry. He offers both half pint and full pint jars of jam.
Still want fresh, locally grown tomatoes? Dale and Toni Norwood, of Springwood Valley Farm, in Galion, have the hook-up for market customers. According to Toni, they will have “Beefsteak,” “Early Girl,” “Roma,” “Homestead,” “Speckled Roman” and cherry tomatoes.
John and Becky Witter, of Witter Produce, in Tiro, will return with their trailer chuck-full of bicolor sweet corn. The Witters will also have “Blue Lake” string beans, says John. Red and white onions, cabbage, green peppers, zucchini and hot and sweet peppers will also be available at this week’s NorthSide Farmers’ Market.
Larry Eckert will have burpless cucumbers and grape and cherry tomatoes this week.
“Ronde de Nice” zucchini will be featured at the booth of Matt and Corinne Gompf, of Heritage Harvest Farm. Commonly known as Eight-ball zucchini, this variety is a French heirloom and tastes just like garden-variety zucchini. Slice it thick, and it’s perfect for grilling. The Gompfs will also have “Beams Yellow Pear” tomatoes, “Oriental Long” eggplant and “Clemson Spineless” okra, among other wonderful garden-fresh produce and home-baked bread.
Chicken, beef and pork will also be available from Mendy Sellman, of Rus-Men Farms, in Galion. Bulk sausage and hamburger, chicken legs and pork chops are just some of the products Sellman has to offer from her booth. Her meat is naturally raised, without the use of hormones and antibiotics.
Craft vendors also have a lot to offer at this week’s market. New vendor J.L. Quilting has corn-hole bags for sale. Customers may choose their favorite color or sports team, as J.L. Quilting has customized bags to meet anyone’s taste.
Rosie and Don Faulds have beautiful cards with original photographs. The cards are for all occasions and include Rosie’s calligraphy. The Faulds also have framed photos for sale.
Dan Couture returns with wood crafts. Start shopping for the holidays while his puzzles and crayon holders are in-stock. Couture has a nice variety for both boys and girls, including animal, tractor, train and tugboat puzzles. His plant markers make a unique stocking stuffer or gift for a special teacher who loves to garden.
Each Tuesday, NorthSide Farmers’ Market customers have the opportunity to win a market gift basket, which contains donations from each vendor. Last week’s winner was Ginny Barr, of Galion. Barr’s gift basket included fresh produce, jam, spice and dip mixes, home-baked desserts and meat. Christina Kunz drew the winning ticket. Sign up with Marcheta Gibson for your chance to win a NorthSide Farmers’ Market gift basket.
Find NorthSide Farmers’ Market on Facebook. Not only does the market have its own page, but many vendors also have individual pages. “Like” the market and vendors to learn what’s in season and available each week. Many growers and producers post what they will have at the market, so customers will know beforehand what is available each week.
For more information, call Dale and Toni Norwood, NorthSide Farmers Market managers, at (419) 462- 0483, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Courtesy of NorthSide Farmers Market