By Jessi Myers
I have a black thumb. I know lots of people probably think that’s an excuse or a lack of effort but for me it’s a true affliction. An individual with a black thumb struggles to grow plant life of any kind. This is true for me, but beyond that, plant life struggles to thrive even if I’m merely present. It’s emotionally taxing to watch vegetation wilt when you walk in the room. I can feel their distrust. It’s the same feeling I have when watch a movie I know will emotionally devastate me. (Plants: “Oh no, I feel my life force escaping. Why must I die? Oh, Jessi walked in. Well, it was a good run.” Continue reading
By Judy Delperdang
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 Judy Delperdang
Along with the traditional farmers market offerings like produce, baked goods, arts, crafts and youth activities, the Clear Lake Farmers Market entertains market-goers with live music.
Gazpacho – guh–spah-choh
by Andrea Evelsizer
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.
As we focus on the fast approaching July 4th celebration and start thinking about our menu, my mind thinks of the fresh strawberries that you can find at our local farmers markets.
Tips for Preparing and Cooking Strawberries Continue reading
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