Luscious melons, juicy peaches, cool cucumbers, rich tomatoes, and sweet berries are the cool and refreshing summer fare that's just right for triple digit temperatures under an unrelenting sun. That's right, melons! Cantaloupes have arrived at the SKY Farmers Market and watermelons won't be far behind.
This may be the perfect time to give the hot stove a rest and think fresh. There are lots of chilled summertime dishes that showcase the flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Try a Greek salad made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, minced garlic and feta cheese, or a raita made with yogurt, garlic and cucumbers. Chilled soups feature fresh vegetables - a salad you can drink! Fruit and yogurt and honey makes a light, refreshing treat. Flavorful locally grown fruits and vegetables make simple, fresh summer recipes into exquisite seasonal fare.
The market opens at 7am. Get an early start and beat the heat!
See you there!
Farm Profile: Sunny Hills Orchard
We searched nearly two years before purchasing property for our orchard in 2004 in the northern part of Warren county. We planted our first peach trees in the spring of 2005 and the rest is history!
Jim had a dream of working out of doors after several years of working behind a desk. His wish came true. Agriculture, horticulture, and biology are his passions and now he has the opportunity to get his hands dirty on a regular basis.
There is a challenge to growing peaches in our beautiful but humid part of Kentucky. It can be daunting. Someone said farming isn't for the faint hearted - how true that is. Rain (too much or not enough), hail, late spring freezes, insects can all wreak havoc on a crop.
Since we are only two people we planted different varieties with different ripening dates in the hope of being able to take care of the orchard by ourselves. So far we have been able to do that.
We have enjoyed meeting the people who shop at the SKY Market and to share our story with them.
America's Favorite Farmers Markets Contest
It's time again for the American Farmland Trust's annual America's Favorite Farmers Markets Contest.
With the support of our many devoted customers, the SKY Farmers Market has ranked high in the standings for the past three years. In 2009, the first year of the contest, we placed in the top twenty most popular mid-sized markets in the U.S.!
Show your enthusiasm for your market by voting for the SKY Farmers Market in this year's contest.
Why Should You Vote for the SKY Market?
For nine years, the SKY Farmers Market has been serving our local community by providing direct connections between local people and local farms.
Market customers gain access to fresh, wholesome, local and seasonal foods. Through direct relationships with customers, farmers gain the opportunity not only to market their crops but to develop new crops and to grow and strengthen their farms with the help of a supportive community.
O'Daniel Farms, JD Country Milk, Plano Produce, Au Naturel Farm, Red River Produce, Groce Farm and others have all grown and thrived over the years with the support of the SKY Farmers Market. Their fabulous melons, wholesome milk, pesticide-free strawberries, whole grain breads, fresh shell beans, pasture-raised meat and eggs, and all of their other unique farm fresh products are not just available through the market, but to a great extent because of the market, because of their direct relationships with YOU, their partners in the SKY Farmers Market. New farms join every year and enjoy the same opportunities.
Their success has been your success as you've come to enjoy and depend upon top quality fresh locally grown food, and they've come to rely on your trust and support. We're all in this together.
So take just a moment to show your support. Vote for the SKY Farmers Market. Go ahead, it's quick and it's easy. Let's all push together and see how high we can go.
American Farmland Trust is an organization devoted to reversing the rapid loss of farmland in our country. America has been losing more than an acre of farm and ranch land every minute to development. American Farmland Trust works with communities, states and at the federal level to protect our nation's farm and ranch land.
As urban areas grow and encroach on the surrounding agricultural areas, the development value of land overwhelms it's agricultural value. The best agricultural soils are also some of the best building areas, so prime agricultural land is being lost at the fastest rate. Once agricultural land is lost to development, it's gone for good. Streets, sewers, foundations and other infrastructure are permanent impediments to any future agricultural use.
American Farmland Trust sees farmers markets as one of the keys to saving American farmland. Farmers markets provide opportunities for farmers to successfully maintain their farms in agricultural enterprises. They also help urban people to make direct connections to local farms and the local food system. Farmers markets bring urban and rural communities together to strengthen both through their interdependence.
The America's Favorite Farmers Markets Contest is meant to help raise awareness of the role of farmers markets in strengthening American agriculture. Learn more about the contest and about protecting American farmland on the American Farmland Trust website.
Name That Bug Contest Winner
Colorado Potato Beetle
Congratulations to Lisa Atkinson whose name was chosen at random from all of the entries we received to win a SKY Farmers Market tote bag full of market goodies! An honorable mention goes to Andrew, who named the bug Phillip.
The bug in the picture is a Colorado Potato Beetle, a voracious pest of potato plants. They lay clusters of bright orange eggs on the undersides of leaves. Their larvae are a sort of orangey-brown sac of goo with spots. They multiply quickly and given the chance they can completely over-run an entire planting.
In a garden they can be controlled by squishing the eggs, larvae, and adults by hand. The larvae in particular pop with a satisfying but messy burst of orange goo. For larger plantings BT (bacillus thuringensis), a bacteria that causes the pests to stop eating and die soon after, is a safe and effective means of control. Since the adults don't fly but walk to reach the plants, a thick straw mulch can impede their access, reducing the severity of infestation.
A refreshing cold soup for these hot summer days, gazpacho combines the freshest tastes of the season. It's easy to make, delicious, and fun to say!
- 4 cups cold tomato juice (or puree a few juicy tomatoes)
- 1 small well-minced onion
- 2 cups freshly diced tomatoes
- 1 cup minced green pepper
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 diced cucumber
- 2 scallions, chopped
- juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 lime
- 2 Tbsp wine vinegar
- 1 tsp each fresh chopped basil and tarragon
- dash ground cumin
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
- dash tabasco sauce
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and chill for at least 2 hours. This soup can be pureed if desired.