Every 2nd and 4th Saturday through September you can find me at the New Richmond Farmer’s Market. I’ll be there tomorrow, ready to meet you!
I thought you might enjoy seeing what goes into getting ready for the farmer’s market. I begin Thursday evening by prepping my bread. I make “no knead” bread which has to rise overnight. Then Friday afternoon, I coat each loaf in flour and let it rise again for about an hour before baking. By Friday evening, my house smells heavenly! That’s the time to visit.
For the market this week, I’m making 18 loaves of bread. Caraway Rye was wildly popular last time so I made 6 loaves of that. I also have Country White, Country White with Herbs, Country White with Seeds, and Honey Whole Wheat. Another change this week is I’ll have round and long loaves.
When the bread is done and cooled, I bag and label it. I always save one loaf which I cut up for samples. Check bread off my list.
Next, I have to prep my canned goods. I go through my stock and load an assortment of jars into big plastic tubs to bring to the market. This week I’ll have the following new items: Cinnamon Peach Jam, Mixed Berry Jam, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam and a new batch of Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly.
With my bread and jars ready, I make a list of everything I’m bringing; then I have to load up my tent, tables, chairs, signs and other display materials.
Finally, Saturday morning just before I leave, I go out to see what fresh veggies are perfect for the picking. I load up a big cooler with items cut that morning and I’m off. Tomorrow I think I will probably have celery, peppers, beets, kale, carrots and potatoes.
Getting ready for the market is a time consuming process, but I have enjoyed getting to know some regulars who come by every market day. It’s a nice way to get out into the community. I hope to see some of you there tomorrow!
New Richmond Farmer’s Market
411 Walnut Street, New Richmond, OH 45157