Spoiler Alert—TOMATOES

(I’m doing the happy dance)

Note: This photo is from last year.

But first, a big thank you to everyone who responded to my query about a fall mini-market and hours. If you haven’t weighed in, stop by the Herb Corner stand and let Diane know your thoughts.

A break in the heat is coming. And maybe some much-needed rain. But regardless of the weather we’ll be waiting for you tomorrow with an abundance of local food. Glenfiddich Farm will have lamb moussaka (their own lamb, of course) and vegetarian lasagna on the Hot Cart. Tribal Waves will be back with more groovy music using synthesizer, exotic flutes, and a collection of didgeridoos.

As far as kids go, Kim Furry, who was involved with the library’s summer reading program, will have a booth with some books and activities about bats. Kids can make origami bats to take home, and bat house kits will be available for $10.

For those of you who garden, be sure to check the Market’s facebook page where Diane Fiorentino posts weekly gardeners tips. This week’s is about keeping your hanging baskets perky and tomato plants blight-free.

Speaking of Diane, she’ll have baby eggplant, cippollini onions, zucchini, cut flowers and herbs. She’ll also have young basil plants if you need more. Running Bear will have tomatoes, green peppers, zucchini, kohlrabi (remember that clever rhyme last week?), rainbow chard, green onions, turnips, cauliflower, shallots, string beans, hot peppers, celery, fennel, onions, and an assortment of lamb and chicken. In addition, Spring Meadows has beets, carrots, garlic, peas, potatoes, salad mixes, and yellow squash.

There are many other produce vendors, so be sure to stop by for even greater variety! And meat, dairy, syrup, soaps, and crafts.

A plug for a fundraiser by St. James Church. Saturday, the day after the market, is the Fifth Mansfield Garden Tour. There are 7 gardens, lunch, and a butterfly gardening workshop for only $15. Perennial sale starts at 9 am, workshop at 9:30 am, and the tour is 10 am-2 pm. You get tickets, guides, and maps at the church. You can also get lunch-only tickets for $6. Call 662-2219 for more information or to reserve tickets.

See you tomorrow, 3-6 pm, for fresh food—grown by your friends.

Lilace

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