‘Flower Festival’ set for farmers’ market

Press Release

Flower and vegetable gardens are exploding early this summer.
Stop by the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market here this Saturday morning (July 17) to find an abundance of vegetable, berries, and flowers.
All varieties of plants appear to be at least two weeks ahead of normal, so there are lots available now.
The Fort Frances Horticultural Society is celebrating the height of flower season by offering a “Make and Take Bouquet” session at the market, which is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Members will be busy this week collecting garden flowers and greenery, vases, and all the other necessary supplies so that on Saturday, you can sit down and create a lovely, take-home arrangement.
Skilled horticultural society members will guide you through the process—you just need to enjoy!
Participating in the “Make and Take Bouquet” is a way to meet horticultural society members and learn about the valuable community services they provide.
They nearly have completed new landscaping of the courtyard at Rainycrest, and planted flowers at the CN Heritage Depot, under the “Good Neighbours” sign in the west end of town, and at the Salvation Army building on Victoria Avenue.
They learn about weeds, seeds, and pests and being environmentally friendly, all the while having a great time socially.
They’re always pleased to have new members. Ask about their club while you’re at the market!
Meanwhile, market growers have been trucking in an amazing amount of produce. Local vegetables include peas, beets, carrots, onions, green and wax beans, cucumbers, radishes, Swiss chard, kale, new potatoes, and turnips.
There also is a beautiful selection of greens, such as romaine, buttercrunch, leaf, and mesclun mixes.
One Barwick grower has been experimenting with row covers, successfully providing the farmers’ market with gorgeous local broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage already!
We usually don’t see those crops until well into August.
Berries have been in plentiful supply, as well. Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries all sweetened the day last Saturday.
Apparently our regular rains are just what are needed to advance nice, plump berries.
Meeting your district farmers at the market allows you to ask questions about how their plants are grown. Do they use pesticides or herbicides? What do they fertilize with?
Can you purchase in larger quantities? What is the best variety for pickling?
These knowledgeable growers have a wealth of information in their heads and they always are happy to share it.
Next week will be the first Saturday that a selection of Minnesota vegetables will be available at the farmers’ market. Plan your first corn boil of the season because there will be lots of super-sweet corn!
Combine that with wild rice, beef, or elk patties on an oatmeal hamburger bun and you’ll have a Clover Valley Farmers’ Market dinner!
Then how about a strawberry-rhubarb pie to finish it?
See you Saturday at the market. If you have questions about vending or market products, don’t hesitate to call Deb at 486-3409.