By Tim Brelig and Kellie Diamond, skyfarmersmarket.com
Friday, July 13th, 2012 9:00 AM CST
You better believe your local farmers are happy about the more moderate temperatures that have moved into the area, and with continuing chances of rain in the forecast, prospects are looking up. The past month’s weather has been challenging to say the least, and it’s a testament to the hard work and professionalism of SKY Market farmers that they’re still bringing an abundance of fresh local produce to market.
It’s high summer and a great time of year to visit the SKY Farmers Market! Now that the weather has turned for the better, we can also better appreciate all the marvelous tastes, colors, and aromas that July has to offer. Abundance and variety abound! Just about everything you’ll need, for any and every meal can be found at the market, now.
Whether it is sweet and satisfying summer strawberries, peaches and melons, corn, beans and potatoes, okra, garlic and onions, peppers, eggplant or tomatoes, cabbage, squash and cucumbers, the list of fresh locally grown produce goes on and on… Add in meat, cheese, fresh breads, milk and eggs, a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers, and let the good life caress you in it’s tender embrace.
It’s all waiting for you at the SKY Farmers Market!
See you there!
Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes,
What’d life be without homegrown tomatoes?
Only two things that money can’t buy,
That’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.
Finally, a break from that hot and thirsty weather! Some of us were even fortunate to get some rain this past week. Others are still fretfully counting the days until it’s their turn. This recent bout of extreme weather has proved challenging and even devastating to many in our region. For farmers, who have little choice but to abandon their fates to Nature, it has been tough, indeed.
One plant family that can tolerate high temperatures is the Solanaceae or nightshades. Plants like eggplants, peppers and tomatoes, as well as other flowering plants like pansies and tobacco actually like it hot. While prolonged periods of relentlessly high temperatures can interfere with proper pollination and stress plants into aborting flowers and fruit, our recent desert-like conditions actually helped a bit as much cooler nighttime temperatures gave plants a slight reprieve. Farmers with the resources to provide ample moisture are busily harvesting these crops as this summer season starts to peak; fulfilling the promise that is July in Kentucky.
Hands down, the tomato wears the crown in the court of summer produce. If we’re going to grow just one vegetable, more than likely it will be the one. A fresh, ripe homegrown tomato is one of life’s sublime gifts and high summer is the tomato’s time to shine! Heirlooms and hybrids, grapes and cherries, pastes and beefsteaks, are all bursting with amazing flavors. Summer eating essentially means “tomatoes and…?”
So enjoy it while it’s here and be sure to store some away by freezing, canning or drying. Although it can last a few months, when the summery weather goes, so does that incredible tomato.
JD Bakery and Cafe Serving Up Farm Fresh Eggs with Hash Browns, Pancakes & Sausage and Stuffed French Toast with Fresh Peach Topping Saturday at SKY Farmer’s Market. Fan their page and get down there Tue – Fri: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sat: 7:00 am – 2:00 pm. They will serve the breakfast from 7:00 am till 12:00pm! Also, fan them on facebook for more updates. Also, fan SKY Farmer’s Market facebook page while you are at it.