The Market’s Still Hot!

Peaches and sweet corn will be available at the Vicksburg Farmers’ Market in September.

By Carol Meyer-Niedzwiecki, Vicksburg Farmers’ Market Operations Manager

The summer’s not over. The growing season’s not yet up. Fall begins September 22 and the Vicksburg Farmers’ Market is open until October 6. “Harvest time is upon us until the ghouls shout it’s near to close by Halloween,” said Stella Shearer, the market’s board president.

Farmers’ Market staff are planning activities through the month of September. Corn will still be served up for Labor Day weekend in addition to Drive Through Q’s barbeque, yummy cheesecake and baked goods like mama’s. Lots of meat and veggies for the grill too. “Free honey sticks for the children, tasty coffee, some new chili sauce and wacky, cracky corn crunched while listening to music from the Kalamazoo Folk Life group, round out the market experience,” said Shearer.

On Friday, September 8, the market will host local chefs featuring easy-to-make but perhaps new-ways-to-fix produce while it’s in season. A second Makers Mart is set for Friday, September 15 and just a hint … it’s never too early to start shopping for the holidays, maybe buying from folks you know. Pumpkins and Jaspare’s pizza will also be highlighted that day, Shearer said.

Kids are especially invited over after school to sketch their drawings to decorate pumpkins for their winning Harvest Festival entry. Children can buy their pumpkin in time to decorate it for the Harvest Festival on Sunday, September 24.

On September 22, professionals will be on hand offering their expertise and hands on care as the focus will be on health. All are invited to swing through and get blood pressures checked, postures analyzed and questions answered about local medical, pharmaceutical and dental services and health care changes in the Vicksburg community. The month will end with a surprise activity in the works for September 29.

It’s always fresh on Friday.

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