This Week at the Ottawa County Farmers Market is Grilling Night with the Ottawa County OSU Extension and a visit from The Chunky Monkey Food Truck

The cool, wet weather this past weekend sure puts us in the mood for fall. That time of year when the temperatures become mild, the days get shorter, and the leaves start to change is a magical time at the farmers market. These last few weeks of the season are when we start to see fall produce like winter squash, apples, and greens occupy vendors tables next to summer favorites like tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, and green beans. Thoughts of holiday baking means our pecan, honey, and baked goods vendors are in high demand. Vendors know the end of the season is near and are open to making deals to clear their tables. Lower temperatures invite guests to stay a while and enjoy all the fun activities the market has to offer.

This Week at the Ottawa County Farmers Market is Grilling Night with the Ottawa County OSU Extension! Stop by to learn how to grill veggie favorites and sample how good grilled vegetables can taste. The kid’s activity will be making egg carton bird masks. The Veggie Victors Kid’s Club vegetable of the week is beets. Kids and adults alike can find out what fresh roasted beets taste like. For parents who have already signed their children up for the kid’s club, this is one of the last weeks for kids to complete challenges and win their final rewards and Market Cash. The Veggie Victors Kid’s Club is made possible this season by a Community Grant from the United Fresh Start Foundation.

Grab some dinner after you shop at the farmers market as we welcome The Chunky Monkey Food Truck to Miami. This food truck from Monkey Island will have shrimp, fish, or pulled pork tacos, chicken wings, Caprese grilled cheese sandwiches, Monkey nachos, and sweet treats like fried Twinkies and funnel cakes on the menu.

Mark your calendars for a special event next week, Sept. 20. We are excited to announce a free family movie night thanks to the ONIE (Oklahoma Nutrition Information and Education) Project, the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, and the Intertribal Council’s Prevention Program. During the farmers market, from 4-7pm, there will be special kid’s activities highlighting the important role insects play in pollinating and protecting our fruits and veggies as they grow. Once the market ends and the vendors have cleaned up, we will be serving popcorn and healthy snacks and have a free viewing of the Pixar movie “A Bug’s Life” outside on the market lawn, on a big screen, under the stars. The movie is scheduled to start at dusk, around 7:15pm. Don’t miss this fun chance to enjoy free family fun with the farmers market!

Visit us Thursdays in September from 4-7 p.m. under the pavilion behind All Saints Episcopal Church at 225 B St NW in downtown Miami. We welcome credit, food stamps/SNAP, and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Benefits. Ask us how you can “SNAP & Match” up to $20 each week at the farmers market!