By Tim Brelig and Kellie Diamond, skyfarmersmarket.com
Friday, June 15th, 2012 12:00 PM CST
With sweet corn and peaches available from several different growers at the market, it’s fair to say that spring has turned the corner into summer even though the summer solstice is still about a week away.
We’ve also got blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries available from a number of different farms. You’ll never find a better time for making pancakes, muffins, smoothies, cobblers, and pies. Fresh fruit is also great for topping your breakfast cereal or mixing into plain yogurt, and anyone who likes peanut butter and jelly should try using fresh berries (with maybe a touch of honey) in place of jelly for a whole new level of PBJ freshness and flavor.
The peak summer season is almost upon us. The only major summer crop we’re still waiting on is melons, which should begin ripening in the next two or three weeks. The majority of our members should be at the market now bringing a great diversity and abundance of fresh, locally grown fruit and vegetables, milk, meat, eggs, baked goods, bedding and landscaping plants, cut flowers, artwork, and more. Come and see them this week at the SKY Farmers Market and enjoy the fruits of their labors.
See you there!
Farm Profile: Coleman Brothers Farm
For twin brothers Travis and Tracy Coleman, farming is truly a way of life. In fact, as third generation farmers, it’s in their blood. It all began with their grandfather who was the first farmer in Indiana to grow 100 acres of watermelons back in 1951.
Travis and Tracy grew up on a 200 acre produce farm in Henderson, KY. Currently, on their own farm here in Warren County, they grow some 35-40 acres of produce and bedding plants, including 4 greenhouses and 3 high tunnels. This year they have expanded their range of products by adding pastured chicken and pork. This is no small operation!
Although most of what they raise is sold wholesale, they began selling plants, pumpkins, and produce at the SKY Farmers Market about 5 years ago. They have also diversified their markets by adding a new CSA subscription program that currently has about 25 members. According to Travis, selling his produce locally is one of the most rewarding aspects of farming. He really enjoys getting to know his customers and seeing first hand how the results of his hard work are appreciated.
Besides farming, Travis and Tracy are both part time agriculture instructors at Western Kentucky University and Owensboro Community and Technical College. Their work at WKU also includes running the Instructional Garden at the university’s farm. These teaching positions provide them the opportunity to share the knowledge, skills, and love of farming that is their heritage and, in time, their legacy.