The SKY Farmers market is alive with mid-summer bounty, from melons and sweet corn to potatoes and beans, and a whole cornucopia of summer produce. Tomatoes, peppers, beans, cucumbers, and more are overflowing now, and it's a great time for canning, freezing, drying, and preserving the explosion of summer produce at it's peak of flavor.
SKY Market farmers are working hard, still planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting their crops to bring direct to you, fresh each week, on Tuesday and Saturday.
Visit us this week for a leisurely open air breakfast, some totally cool live music, and Bowling Green's very best local and sustainable fresh produce, pasture-raised meat, milk, eggs, baked goods, flowers, awesome artwork, and all of your friends. It's a great time at the SKY Farmers Market.
See you there!
Live at the SKY Farmers Market
This Saturday July 28
Johnny Crawford, actor and musician, will be playing live at the SKY Farmers Market this weekend.
Johnny Crawford was an original Mouseketeer in 1955. He's best known for his role as Mark McCain, Chuck Connors' son in the TV series "The Rifleman" (1958-1963). He also had 5 top 40 hits as a teen singer in the early 60's.
He still acts, but is primarily singer/band leader with the Johnny Crawford Dance Orchestra, with a CD "Sweeping The Clouds Away," featuring vintage music from the 20's and 30's.
He will be performing at the SKY Farmers Market starting at about 9am, and later that evening at 7pm with Scottsville's Arts on Main series. He'll also be autographing CDs and pictures.
2nd Annual Dog Days of Summer Event
Saturday August 4, 2012
Just one more week until the
Dog Days of Summer Extravaganza!
We're a dog friendly market, and next weekend we'll be throwing a dog party to let our four-footed friends know just how much we appreciate them. There will be live music, games, contests, and activities for you and your pooch.
The Bowling Green/Warren County Humane Society will be on hand for the event, showing off some of their furry buddies, providing information, and collecting donations for the animal shelter. Bring an item to donate to the shelter and you'll be entered in a drawing to win one of our new sage-green organic cotton SKY Farmers Market t-shirts.
Items that are always needed at the shelter include:
- Cat litter (clay, not scoop)
- Copy paper
- plastic litter boxes
- double sided food/water bowls
In addition to our doggy activities, blues funk guitarist Dave Givens will be performing live music and masseuse Juanita Rodriguez will be offering free massages to SKY Market customers beginning around 9am.
Planting the Fall Garden
Mid-summer on the farm is an especially busy time, as one would expect. For the farmer, sleep is a luxury that will have to wait until another season. There's just too much that needs to be done now. Harvesting, weeding, planting, mowing, watering crops and animals, "putting up" that sea of surplus vegetables, and of course, marketing, can easily fill a 14 hour work day and still leave the sweat-drenched farmer with another mountain of work for tomorrow.
In the midst of all the frenzy, under the intense heat of the blazing July sun it's hard to imagine that now is also the time to begin planting for the fall. Planting at this time of year can be tricky with the hot, humid weather and dry soil in a world overrun with plant-chomping insects. Soil temperatures can be too hot for some seeds to germinate and rapid loss of moisture under a blazing hot sun is a hazard for young seedlings and transplants.
Farmers employ various techniques for mitigating these stressful conditions. Regular watering is essential. Mulches - natural or plastic - are a real lifesaver, not only serving to suppress vigorous summer weeds, but also cooling soils and preserving moisture. Shade cloth and floating row covers can also help create more favorable growing conditions by lowering soil temperatures and water loss, as well as protecting young plants from the sun and the hordes of bugs.
It's time now for planting cool season crops that will mature in Kentucky's long, relatively mild "indian summer." Vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage and kohlrabi, carrots, Swiss chard, parsnips, carrots, and beets are being planted right now. Spinach, radishes, lettuce and other quick-maturing crops won't be too far behind.
In the flower garden, it's a great time of year to cut plants back, clean out spent flowers and stems, and prepare beds for fall-planted perennials and biennials for next spring's blooms.
With a little extra effort, farmers and gardeners can continue growing and harvesting through the fall season, when the joys of gardening take on a more relaxing pace.
Pepper Season at O'Daniels Farm
Roasted Peppers with Chevre and Herbs
Cut roasting peppers in half and remove the core. Bell peppers should be quartered.
Very lightly coat the peppers and roasting pan with olive oil.
Spread the peppers on the pan, skin side up, and place in the broiler until they just begin to blacken, about 5 minutes.
Flip them over and spread the cheese mixture over the inside. Continue broiling until just browned on top.
For the cheese mixture, mix together chevre, fresh basil, and crushed garlic to taste.
Roasted peppers stuffed with tangy soft goat cheese and herbs make an exciting and delicious appetizer or side dish.