Color of summer at Farmers Market
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By BRUCE STEELMAN

Drop by the Market this Saturday for a “taste of Cannon County” for an assortment of down home goodness. One of the special moments on Saturday was a visit from Thurman Bogle’s daughter which lives in Atlanta. We looked around a noticed Thurman had a visitor and the next thing we knew, they broke out a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. Just a another day at the Market…

One of the neatness items we have this year is mushroom logs. This is an opportunity to take a log home to grow your own Shiitake mushrooms. The process; sawdust or dowels which are the source of the Shiitake mycelium are introduced in hardwood logs. The mushroom mycelium can grow throughout and colonize the wood. Once the wood is fully colonized mushrooms will spring forth from cracks or channels in the wood. An excellent reference can be found at the website http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/FreePubs/pdfs/ul203.pdf. But of course, drop by the Market and see the process in person.

During the week, drop by the Market on Tuesdays and Thursday from 7A.M. until 11:00A.M for locally grown fruits and vegetable at the peak of freshness.

For those looking for locally grown farm fresh vegetables, drop by the Cannon County Farmers Market for a great selection of fruits, vegetables and baked good including; beans (blue lake, Roma and half-runners), beets, butternut, cantaloupes, cucumbers, eggplant, fresh herbs, local honey, peppers (Anaheim, bell, banana, Poblano, cayenne, jalapeno, sweet banana), mint, okra, potatoes (Yukon, red Pontiac, cobblers and Kennebec), purple hull peas, sweet corn (peaches & cream and silver queen), squash (zucchini, patty pan and yellow), sweet corn, tomatoes (red, yellow and green), watermelons, assortment of squash. Irene Hollis has a great selection of homemade fried pies and assortment of jams, jellies and baked goods. Half Acre Farm offers shiitake mushrooms and organic cucumbers, tommy toe tomatoes, basil, salsa and pesto.

The Cannon County Farmers Market is located in the Farmers Pavilion at the Cannon County Arts Center (1424 John Bragg Hwy, Woodbury, TN 37190) every Saturday beginning at 6:00 A.M. Our producers are proud to offer locally grown farm fresh produce. Most Saturdays the market is open until noon or until the farm fresh fruits and vegetables have been sold.

If you need more information concerning the market or would like to become a vendor, contact Bruce Steelman at the Cannon County Extension Office (563-2554), bsteelman@utk.edu or Cannoncountyfarmersmarket.com.

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