Six Weeks ‘Til the First Frost?

The Cicadas have heralded the beginning of the end. It is deep summertime here in Ohio. Temperatures hovered, no they were STUCK in the nineties for most of the week. No longer is there freshness to the morning air or that vibrant green of early summer. I had an older friend who had grown up in Kentucky. He fit the description of John Denver’s “Country Boy” perfectly. He grew up poor and lived close to the land. He was a walking “Farmer’s Almanac” of stories and folk lore. He swore when you heard the first chirping of the Cicada, that meant the first frost was only six weeks away. He kept me laughing with a myriad of tales of his boyhood in the woods of his native state. He was 18 when he brought his new bride of 14 to Ohio to live. God rest his soul. He was a hard worker and a good man. We will see if the Cicadas and old Dan were right.
This week we should have eggplant ready and perhaps some pickles and Zucchini. Of course tomatoes, Yukon Golds, French Fingerlings, basil, and beets will be on hand at the market. We may have some chard, beans and a few early onions left also. Fresh Music, Bogatyr, Georgian Fire and German Extra Hardy garlic will be ready for sale, also. We have several other varieties that will be “on tap” soon; Chesnok Red, Korean Red, Polish Hard Neck and my favorite, Romanian Red. We love to give the market an international flare!
Countryside Farmers Market is every Saturday from 9 to noon at Howe Meadow in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Come join the 40 plus vendors for an enjoyable morning. There is something for everyone and all local!

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