By Tim Brelig and Kellie Diamond, skyfarmersmarket.com
Thursday, June 21st, 2012 12:00 PM CST
The summer solstice this week marks the celestial beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere, and for us here in South Central Kentucky it’s the very heart of the growing season. Despite the hot dry weather, your local farms are producing a rampant abundance of fruits and vegetables, and local gardens are bursting out in riotous bloom.
Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and peaches will continue to make a strong showing at the market, along with sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, green beans – the whole range of summer’s bounty from a great variety of farms from Bowling Green and the surrounding region.
We’re celebrating the summer season this week with live music by guitarist Brad Hamil, and a visit from The Bowling Green Greenways Commission and Bicycle Bowling Green. We invite you to bring your bike for a tune up and talk to city planners about your neighborhood parks and greenspaces in Bowling Green. We’ll even sweeten the pot by giving a free tote bag to bikers at the market this Saturday.
It’s just one more way that the SKY Farmers Market is helping you to make Bowling Green a greener place.
See you there!
Greenways of Bowling Green
The Greenways Commission of Bowling Green and Warren County will be at the SKY Farmers Market this Saturday June 23 to share information about Bowling Green’s Greenways and to get your feedback about the city’s plans for developing and managing Bowling Green’s greenspaces. They will be joined at the market by Bicycle Bowling Green, an organization committed to making Bowling Green a bicycle friendly community.
Bicycle Bowling Green will be providing a free bike tune-up clinic at the market. How’s that sound for a Saturday morning’s adventure? Get your bike oiled, aired, adjusted, and tightened, load up on fresh, tasty, nutritious, locally grown foods, then go for a ride on the Greenways!
What is a Greenspace? a Greenway? a Greenbelt?
A Greenspace is an open space such as a park, wildlife refuge, or undeveloped floodplain.
A Greenway is a linear greenspace along a natural or man-made corridor. Natural corridors in Warren County include river frontage, stream valleys, or ridgelines. Man-made corridors include abandoned railroad lines, utility rights-of-way, or scenic highways.
A Greenbelt is a network of greenspaces and greenways that can encircle as well as infiltrate a community.
You can learn more about Bowling Green’s Greenways Commission, their plans for Bowling Green’s greenbelt, and provide feedback by taking the Greenways Survey on the commission’s website.
What Do You Do About the Bugs?
This is probably the most common question people ask about farming and gardening. It’s a fair question and an important issue in raising crops. But the question itself betrays a widespread prejudice and antagonism toward the insect kingdom.
Sure, nobody likes bedbugs, ticks, and mosquitos. Potato beetles, aphids, and squash borers are destructive pests on our food crops. And certain stinging insects and poisonous spiders definitely command our respect. But these troublesome bugs are only a minuscule proportion of the many amazing insects, spiders, and other arthropods that literally fill the world.
The majority of animal species in the world are bugs of one kind or another. They exist in a fantastic and beautiful world that’s often hidden from us because of our size and our habits. But the chirring of crickets is just as much a part of the symphony of the natural world as the singing of birds. To come to grips with the natural world one must ultimately come to make peace with the bugs.