The Ottawa County Farmers Market continues with free Yoga at the market this Thursday, its Veggie Victors Club, and local producers offering up great summer vegetables and products like tomatoes, corn, okra, honey and more.
It’s the third farmers market of the month and you know what that means? Free yoga at the market! Thanks to Bliss Yoga of Miami, you can come out and try this gentle, all-ages form of exercise. All participants will receive Market Cash to help fuel their bodies with fresh produce after they exercise. Yoga starts at 5:30 p.m., mats and water are provided.
After 30 minutes of yoga, you can shop for local produce and products. Expect to find many varieties of tomatoes for sale. Other hot-weather loving veggies to purchase are okra, corn, green beans, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, and more. J-M Mushroom Farm will have wholesale mushrooms for sale, Ramer Farm Market & Bakery will have plenty of homemade baked goods available. Get your local honey from Four States Honey in Vinita and farm-fresh eggs from Payne’s Happy Harvest in Fairland. Purchase medicinal emu oil and other crafts from Emu Only of Afton.
The Veggie Victors Kid’s Club veggie of the week is one we all love to hate it, the Brussels sprout. The Club is made possible by a donation from the United Fresh Start Foundation Community Grant. Kids who participate in the Veggie Victors Kid’s Club will receive prizes and Market Cash for learning about all the veggies at the market. If you or your child has never tried fresh Brussels sprouts from the farmers market, now is your chance. Alexis, our food guru, will be making honey sesame roasted Brussels sprouts to taste this week at the farmers market. For this and any other recipe you have tried at the market, or for new ideas on how to prepare produce you buy at the market, visit the Ottawa County Farmers Market (ottawacountyfm) Pinterest page.
This week the Miami Public Library’s Health Literacy grant will be providing info on how to properly store your farmers market finds and will be giving away produce storage refrigerator magnets. Be sure to visit their table under the pavilion for more information.
Next Thursday, July 26 is the date for our second annual Tomato Fest at the farmers market. This year, we will be having a few new activities like our tomato-eating contest and kid’s cherry tomato relay race. Watch for more details in next week’s column for info on how to sign-up to be part of the contests!
The Ottawa County Farmers Market is held from 4-7 p.m. every Thursday until October at 225 B St NW, under the pavilion at All Saints Episcopal Church, in downtown Miami. We welcome cash, credit, EBT, 2018 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Benefits, and 2018 Market Cash. We have free parking, handicapped parking, and restrooms. Each week, we have food tastings, kid’s crafts, and music. Be sure to check us out before summer ends.
For information on being a part of the farmers market from being a weekly market volunteer to manning our community table to sponsoring any of our fun events, call Kris at 332-4365.