Farmers Market offers summer pleasures
By Katherine Jones
For the Salisbury Post
August means summer is winding down and some of the fresh produce we have been accustomed to for several weeks is fading away. This does not mean that there arenít plenty of locally grown fruits and vegetables because there is much still available. The weather will dictate future crop development such as peas, lima beans and green beans in the next few weeks.
As of now, you can expect to find corn, okra, squash, zucchini, cucumbers and tomatoes. I have found the watermelons and cantaloupes to be especially good. The peaches are exceptional and I have enjoyed fresh cobbler this week. There is also available a wide variety of peppers as well as potatoes, onions, eggplant and cabbage.
Lee Ly has gorgeous cut flowers but she has an intriguing variety of vegetables. Some of her selections are baby Bok Choi, spinach, yard long green beans, lemon grass and Daikon radish. Lee will be happy to share with you her methods of preparing the produce she grows and brings to the market.
Late summer is also a time that we may want to refresh an outside container or add something new to the landscape. Bluebird Acres and Garden Greenhouse are offering some very nice perennial plants, flowering shrubs and small trees.
There is much to offer at the Salisbury Farmers Market each week. The baked goods are the freshest and best. The crafts are unusual and attractive and the salsa is hot. There are even health-conscious doggie treats.
To make your shopping convenient you can use a debit or credit card. Also food stamps (EBT cards) WIC and Senior vouchers.
Learn more about all the vendors and their products by visiting www.salisburyfarmersmarket.com. You can also register to receive the weekly newsletter online.
The market is located at the corner of South Main and Bank Streets and is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until noon.
Katherine Jones is a Master Gardener volunteer.