By Frank Lewis
There is always something to do in Scioto County. You just have to know where to look. For example, if you’re into fresh — and who isn’t? — this weekend’s Farmer’s Market might be a great place to stop from 9 a.m. until noon on the Roy Rogers Esplanade.
Laurel DeAtley, promotions committee chairman and a member of the MSP Board of Directors, said the farmers will be there with kale, mustard greens, swiss chard, broccoli, half runner green beans and stringless green beans, beets, zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, sweet onions, tomatoes, sweet corn, and fresh herbs.
If fruit is tempting to your palate, DeAtley says now is the time to get your fresh blackberries and apples.
While you’re there you can pick up a few pounds of local grain-fed and local grass-fed beef. They also carry local pork, chicken, and goat meat.
DeAtley urged people looking for fresh brown eggs to arrive early because they sell out fast. She said it is also a great place for herb plants, herb wreaths, day lilies, and flower bouquets. In addition, the Farmer’s Market features varieties of jams and jellies, raw honey, BBQ sauce, apple butter and apple sauce, dip mixes, spice and season mixes, salsa, and soup mix.
Baked Goods? You bet. Varieties of homemade breads, granola, pizza crust, boules and baguettes, cinnamon rolls, and cookies.
I enjoy baking so I bring a variety of home baked goods such as dinner rolls, breads, cookies, etc.,” DeAtley said. “I also enjoy gardening. I work with a greenhouse that allows me to sell their flowers, vegetable plants, and mums.”
Just as a great Farmer’s Market should have, this one also features things like handmade herbal soaps and goat milk soaps, sugar scrubs, lotions and miscellaneous craft items.
“The Farmer’s Market fits perfectly into the mission of Main Street Portsmouth which is to build a healthy and prosperous downtown that reflects the rich history of the past,” DeAtley said. “The Market brings folks together to buy and sell locally grown and home produced products. You can find not only good, fresh locally grown and locally made products but also have the opportunity to get to know the producer on a first name basis. It is building community which is what Main Street is all about.”
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