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The day started off a bit chilly this past Saturday, but it warmed up nicely at the market. We even saw a couple of people with shorts on! It must have been all of those tell-tale signs of spring throughout the market that made that happen, like the plant starts for gardens from Paradise Produce and the happy colors of little Dutch iris and buttercups from Blooming Meadows. And those massive ferns from Purple Tree Farm had everyone thinking about prettying up their porches for the warm weather. Lots of new Franklinites came to the market for the very first time and some out-of-town folks too, including a family from Hawaii. So all in all, it was a pretty good day at the market.
Purple Tree Farm has beautiful ferns and other new plants for spring
Garden starter plants grown right on the farm at Paradise Produce
Garden starter plants sold fast at market
Herbs and lettuces starters from Earth Advocate Research Farm
‘Local Farmers are sharing their vegetable plants for all market customers
Tomato plants from Kirkview Farms deliver sweet tomatoes for your home garden
And with warmer weather, things really start jumping at the Franklin Farmers Market with special days and events. In fact, we’ll kick off the summer season in May with a special day that will make your taste buds oh-so-happy. Details are coming soon!
This young couple are exited to find healthy tomato plants for their home garden
Young farm hand Dylem helps out at Hatcher Milk stand
Fresh Lettuce and green onions from Pilgrims Produce
Kale, collards, spinach and squash from Kirkview Farm
Just picked fresh lettuce mix from Norton Family Farm
Shiitake Mushrooms from Gardner’s Grove
Easter crosses from Time Traveler Treasures
Finally, there was a little confusion this past Saturday about when the market opens and when it closes. All through the month of April, the market will open at 8am and close at noon. That gives the early birds a chance to get in and out of the market quicker but for you socializers, it’s an extra hour to eat good food and have good conversations while shopping at the market.
There’s nothing better than that first splash of bright color in the spring. The shades of purple and yellow on sweet pansies and Dutch iris and the beautiful pink of blooming hyacinth could all be found at the Franklin Farmers Market this past Saturday. The spring season is not quite a week old and it’s not as warm as we would like for it to be yet, but it doesn’t matter. Everyone seems to be happy about the official change of the seasons on the calendar. Overall, it was just a colorful day at the market. Besides the early spring blooms, there were bright orange and yellow carrots along with the greens of lettuce. There were big splashes of color from local artwork too. You could even see hints around the market that a visit from the Easter bunny would be happening soon. So while the temperatures may be a bit cooler than usual, spring is definitely here and that makes our farmers and everyone else very happy.
Kirkview Farm’s tasty greens
Fresh carrots from Norton Farm
Norton Farm’s lettuce
Potatoes and squash from Kirkview Farm
As you can see, carrots are not always orange!
Eggs from Somethin’ To Do Farm
Crepe A Diem’s dishes are popular!
Blooming Baskets’ beautiful flowers
Young plants from Kirkview Farm
So think about this for a minute – March is almost over, April is knocking on the door and before you know it, May will be here. And along with that warmer weather come the vegetables and fruit you’ve been craving since last summer. Of course, you are not the only one that’s longing for the taste of strawberries or tender young asparagus. There’s always a mad dash for fresh food at the market. But you can be one step ahead of everyone else by getting a CSA from your favorite farmer. A CSA automatically gives you the best in fresh food that’s available. Many of the farmers are signing up people up for a CSA now. Look for CSA signs at the farm booths around the market or just ask your favorite farmer if he or she has a CSA program.
Fresh breads from Flying S Farm
Sweet jam from Jones Mill Farms
Hatcher Dairy’s goodies
Delicious soups from Lucy’s Kitchen
Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese is always great!
And with the arrival of spring, we’ve started playing in the dirt. The preparation of the Growing Kids garden has begun and soon, a lot of young gardeners will be planting and learning about food and the environment. Classes at the Growing Kids Educational Garden are free and designed for kids from Pre-K to 3rd grade. It’s a hands-on, creative fun way to find out where food really comes from. Get more info on the Growing Kids garden and to register for classes. The first class at the kids’ garden is scheduled for April 22nd!