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Seasonal vegetables at ‘real deal’ Jasper Farmers Market

By Xaviere  Chatagnier

Here are some suggestions for your Jasper Market Easter shopping list: Buy eggs-- lots of eggs--lettuce, asparagus, cakes and pies, Ezekiel bread and sourdough too!

Recently someone mentioned that there wasn’t a lot of vegetables at our market at the moment and that is partially true. The Jasper Farmers Market is the only farmers market around that requires all of its farmers and vendors to grow and make everything they sell. So, at our market you will only find truly seasonal vegetables. Other markets will allow “resale” vegetables that were bought at grocery stores and at the state farmers market. Not at our market; we are the real deal and right now you will find the freshest early spring vegetables around.

Zach Hensen says he will have even more lettuce and asparagus than last week. He will also have kale, onions, herbs, eggs and blue oyster mushrooms. The Johnsons had kale and a lot of it. I bought a grocery bag full of kale for $3. They also had mustard greens. And, just about everyone had delicious pastured eggs.

Yes, there are currently a lot of plants at the market just in time for the planting season. Jody Waldrup (our favorite electrician) has organically grown tomato, cucumber, squash and lettuce plants. The Johnsons have tomato and pepper plants. Jean Schilling had herb plants.

Loretta White will have red geraniums, minus the eight I buy! They will also sell lavender, herbs, Plumbago, swamp Hibiscus, elephant ears, lantana, coleus and more. They are a lovely young family that start and grow all their plants. They basically give them away. There are many other plant vendors that have fabulous annual and perennial plants.

Jackie Carlisle will be at the market with her awesome English muffins, Ezekiel bread, whole grain sandwich rolls, pumpkin bread, apple spice bread and granola. Chef Tony, (be still my “mini pizzettie” heart) will have focaccia, pizzetties, and other tasty treats. He also has a “bread” basket that he sells every week. Irene didn’t make it to the market last week but we are hoping she will be this weekend.

Floyd Reed, (think prettiest blue bird houses you have ever seen), will be at the market till he sells out and then he is retiring. There are also potters, soap makers, knitters, and wood turners. Jenny Fellenbaum is our market manager and wood turner. She makes the prettiest wine corks, rolling pins, bowls and so much more.

If you are eating at Home Restaurant this week, you will be having my spring lettuce, cilantro and radishes. John Lupi buys as much produce as he can from local farmers and me too. Jenna, 61 Main, also uses local produce, eggs and meat. We love having breakfast on Saturdays there (brunch is 9-3). It is so awesome that our local restaurants support our local farmers.

The Jasper Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until noon and located in the Park and Ride lot, across from the Chamber of Commerce. If you head west bound on 53, it is just a half mile from Main Street, on your right.

Buy Local and Eat Local.

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