|Posted by sedaliaareafarmersmarket on July 7, 2009 at 1:18 PM|
Okay--so I have to write this blog entry by living vicariously through our wonderful Market volunteers. Our special July 4th Market was the first I missed, due to my mother-in-law's birthday celebration. I hated to miss the Market, but did enjoy visiting the Camdenton farmers' market that day.
At the Market last Saturday was our first sweet corn of the season (plenty more to come) and cantaloupe from the Jennings Family at Sedalia TT Produce. Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are coming on strong, too! It's always a taste sensation at the Market, and I for one, am so thankful to have access to fresh, local food!
Possibly our most patriotic patron (certainly among the cutest!).
The Sedalia Area Farmers' Market would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who fought so fiercely for our country's autonomy. The sacrifices are beyond the words and emotions we as humans are capable of conveying.
Reflecting on independence, meaning "free of dependence on another item or entity," in terms of food, I realized that local farmers' markets are where it's at. By purchasing and consuming from our local growers, we are reducing our dependence on 1. industrialized agriculture and 2. fossil fuels needed to transport that food thousands of miles to our plates. It's a beautiful thing!
Gorgeous gourd bird houses from Larm's Farm--we have birds fighting over ours!
So, a little rain never hurt anyone, and seeing how we made it through a Market day monsoon in June, this was nothing! We thoroughly enjoyed our guest band "Red Carpet Sunday," face painting, water guns, and more entertainment.
Red Carpet Sunday performs on the patio.
Waiting on face painting!
Many rose to the occasion in the "Great Tomato Taste Test Challenge," with nearly 100% choosing the taste of locally grown tomatoes over Arkansas tomatoes in a blind taste test. We'll be having more events like this to highlight the quality of locally grown food.
Mark Raetz assists customers in the Great Tomato Challenge.
Bev Hayes drew a crowd with her demonstration on how to make your own eco-friendly, economical laundry detergent (and how to custom tailor it to your water type). If you'd like a copy of her presentation, email me at email@example.com.
Hope you all enjoyed the Sedalia July 4th celebration, complete with parade, car show, fishing derby, the famous "Firecracker Mile," and of course fireworks! Can't wait to see you at the Market again!