Jewelry Making

By Karla Turner, Wise Owl Jewelry
Like most of us, when I go to a small town farmers market, I expect to find fresh produce, baked goods, honey and maybe homemade jams. I don’t expect a big variety of other handmade items there. But at the Clear Lake Farmers Market, you’ll find the traditional items, plus hand-crafted clothes, rugs, soaps & lotions, art work and jewelry. Lots of handmade jewelry.

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Black Thumb

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

Local Meat Options At Market

This year at the Clear Lake Farmers Market we are fortunate enough to have a variety of meat and eggs available.  Several of our vendors offer farm fresh eggs and duck eggs are available every other week.  Whole chickens can also be preordered.  We have 4 producers this year who offer cuts of either grass fed or corn fed beef and 2 of those also offer custom processed pork by the whole or half.  To see which vendors will be at market with meat and eggs each week you can visit our website where we have an interactive market directory: www.clearlakefarmersmarket.com/market-directory

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How The Weather Has Impacted Market Offerings

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

To All The Newbies

To All The Newbies
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.

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Gazpacho

Gazpacho – guhspah-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.

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‘Popover’ and check out the home baked goodness…….

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.

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Learning Opportunities

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