It’s been a challenging year for our farmers market. With the cold spring, followed immediately by the wet and hot summer, produce is behind schedule. Many farmers have replanted 2-3 times due to flooding, and the hot temperatures hurt those who had high tunnels, leaving little in the way of lettuce, radishes, beets, spinach and Asian vegetables at the market. Continue reading →
By James Eilders, Clear Lake Farmers Market Board Member
As a first year board member, and a city boy I was a little worried to come to market. I knew that the people at market spoke a different language. Words like microgreens, artisan, and heirloom are foreign to me. I was afraid that I would be in over my head and everyone would know I don’t belong.
You may have noticed the exciting new food cart that has been serving up tasty samples at local farmers markets this year. The Clear Lake Farmers Market has partnered with Healthy Harvest of North Iowa to bring cooking demos and tasting events to you each month. This month we will be sampling Gazpacho – a delightful, cold soup made with fresh raw vegetables.
I’m sure the first thing you think of when you think of a farmers market is the bounty of brightly colored fruits and vegetables available, but did you know that you can find some delicious, homemade breads and other baked goods as well. The Clear Lake Farmers Market offers several vendors that showcase a variety of their ‘made with love’, delectable treats. We have everything from sweet and savory breads, to pies, cookies, cupcakes, bars and more. And of course, you can’t forget the oooey, gooey cinnamon and caramel rolls that are just begging to be served with a great cup of coffee.
The Clear Lake Farmers market offers more than just fresh products and handmade crafts. It is also an opportunity to connect with your kids and provide a variety of opportunities for learning and fun. Each week the market offers a Kid’s Activity table or area. The activities throughout the season will be focused on four main themes, Crafts, STEAM, Physical Activity, and Nature. Continue reading →
Over four years ago now, a group of individuals came together and began a grassroots movement to ‘grow’ and revitalize our local farmers market here in Clear Lake. I would venture to say that this movement has been a huge success, however not solely to the credit of that original group. As the old saying goes, “it takes a village” and that it has. The Clear Lake Farmers Market would not be what it is today without the support of our entire community and our loyal, generous sponsors. Over the last several years, businesses and members of this great community have stepped up and helped to enhance the market experience.Continue reading →
I’ve had more than one non-farmer friend ask me about eggs recently and if every egg can become a baby chicken. They think this is a silly question to ask but its one, I’m guessing, many don’t know the answer to. The answer is that eggs you find in the grocery store mostly come from large farms where hens are kept without any roosters around. Those eggs are not fertilized and cannot become a baby chicken. On our farm, like many other small farms, the roosters (male chickens) and hens (female chickens) live together so the eggs are fertilized and could, under the right conditions, develop into a chick. Continue reading →