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Big Selection at Farmers' Market this morning.

  • "Every Tuesday and Friday," early shopper says
  • Despite drought, selection is excellent this morning
  • One "plum granny" at the market this morning
  • Alas, there were no rosanears this morning

Two photographs accompany this article
By Ed Waggener

Despite the drought, sellers at the Adair County Farmers' Market, at the Adair County Extension Office on Fairgrounds Street, Columbia, have one of the best selections ever this morning.

I'm finding that the market choices seem to be best in the early morning. Some shoppers are always at the market before breakfast time and many are regular. Nancy Cundiff, bought $7 worth of produce from one vendor. "Every Tuesday and Friday," she said, "I'm here."

I bought a $2.00 canteloupe at the sale and cut it before breakfast. The melon overfilled a large serving bowl, even with six or seven test chunks eaten during the cutting. It's very sweet and the texture is great. As the late Mayor Coy Downey would have put it, "It's the best you'll ever put down your goozle pipe." Or, as my father, the late E.P. Waggener would have put it, "It's the best I've ever eaten. This would take a premium at the fair."

Tomatoes are plentiful and are of an excellent quality this morning.

Sellers out in the cool of the morning include the following this Friday, August 12, 2005, include:

John Thomas of the Christine area, who usually sells only at his farm, has a stand of one great product: Organically grown yellow tomatoes. Thomas, an incomer, is a retired Denny's restaurant district manager from Georgia. He has had a good year with vegetable crops, and says that he'll have plenty of collard greens, pumpkins, and decorative corn coming on in the fall.

Esther Brock has squash, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, a a wide variety of beans.

Holly Sinclair has tomatoes, cukes, eggplant, pear tomatoes, and green tomatoes.

Holly's sister, Margy Rooks, has a wide array: watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, green beans, eggplant, several kinds of squash, green and large onions, a good variety of hot and mild peppers, several potato varieties, and (a) pomegranate, or "plum granny" as Dr. Steve Aaron like to call them.

Update on other local produce

I didn't see any sweet corn. There weren't any rosanears. Eddie Compton of the Gadberry Community is reported to have had the best crop of sweet corn this year. Purchases could be made only by appointment, and neighbors say he's sold out.

Might be good to get on a waiting list for next year, now. Mr. Compton's crop received the endorsement of Grover Cleveland Gilpin this year.

Orby Yarberry who has been selling his own crops in the Wal-Mart parking lot and augmenting them with Amish-grown corn, watermelons, and canteloupes said that the last time he tried to get a load of corn, there was none to buy. "This drought has put an end to the sweet corn," he said. Orby has had pret' nigh fantastic tomatoes, canteloupe, seedless watermelons and green beans. He's been at Wal-Mart, with his wife Lucy, most days this month.

The drought dramatically cut one earlier crop. The Subtle Mountain blueberry crop was cut in half and the season was shortened several days because of the drought.

That was the word from Larry Martin, Kentucky's Mr. Blueberry, who, with Jean Daniels, operates Bluegrass Blueberries eight miles south of Edmonton. Mr. Martin said that he had still had a successful year, and that his online plant sales were as good as ever this season.

This story was posted on 2005-08-12 07:43:43
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Farmers' Market regular shoppers

2005-08-12 - Columbia, KY - Photo Ed Waggener. Nancy Cundiff, right, and June Shanklin,left, are regular early-morning shoppers at the Adair County Farmers Market, which is open in growing season each Tuesday and Friday morning.
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Adair County Canteloupe

2005-08-12 - Columbia, KY - Photo Staff. Adair County grown crops are the best there is. This overfilled serving bowl is what's left of one of Margy Rooks' $2.00 canteloupes after liberal sampling during the cutting up process. The melon was purchased at the Adair Farmers' Market.
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