More Farmer's Market

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Our local newspaper has noticed the popularity of our Farmer's Market(s). Two farmer's markets flourish in Hastings. Yay for Farmers and for Farmer's Markets!!

A tip from my favorite Farmer's Market cookbook -- Gooseberry Patch's Farmer's Market Favorites (that is using the word FAVORITE a lot, lol).

Until they're ready for your best recipe, tuck sprigs of fresh herbs into water-filled Mason jars or votive holders for a few days. Not only will they stay fresh longer, they'll look so lovely.


  1. Good tip! I'm so happy that farmers' markets have sprouted (pun intended!) all over the place, even in suburban areas like the one we live in.

    There's a farmers' market every weekend -- and locally grown and made New Jersey goods are available and SO wonderful.

    Yes, our farmers are special, and do so much good. Nice tip on the fresh herbs, too. I once kept basil so long in a Mason jar that it rooted.


  1. Oooo, ahhhh! Great advice & it DOES look so nice.

    Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><

  1. Pam said...:

    Great advice! That is so pretty and functional! Thanks for sharing!:-)

  1. This is such a sweet idea! I bet it smells wonderful too!
    xo Yvonne

  1. Jane said...:

    Your basil looks lovely! I can almost smell it. I wish we had more farmer's markets here in Massachusetts, but I am thankful our garden is finally healthy and fruitful this year.

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  1. We have a small farmers market in our community which I manage. So much work goes into getting it all ready for folks and some weeks we sell out other weeks, not so much. So nice to hear the kind words about farmers

  1. Debbie said...:

    That's a great tip,and I LOVE that sign! My sister (farm wife) would love that.

  1. so appreciate our local farmers markets. I have some Basil on the windowsill now in a jar!

  1. Honey at 2805 said...:

    Love the sign, Gail! I always enjoy photgraphing interest signs. Thanks for the "farmer's tip"!

  1. Helen said...:

    Thanks for the tip! I had to stop by when I saw the picture come up in my "Blogs I Follow" news that says these people feed you 3x a day! Totally made me smile. Love it :)

  1. I love that sign!! We are a farming community here. Flat farmland everywhere you look. We need one of those signs at every crossroads. Herbs look delightful, too. I am going to start doing that instead of going out to get them each time I want them. I just love basil and your blog, too!!! :)

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  1. ProjectHope7 said...:

    great tip! how do you keep them longer, if you want them to grow roots until enough roots to plant?? I used to do this and have totally forgotten how! Also do you add anything to your water?
    I just lost my only 2 precious herb plants.. Since I broke my foot a couple weeks ago, I haven't been able to get out to the front door patio or on my back sunporch... so my rosemary died(so sad..I loved that plant), and my mint, whom I have loved and shared much of this whole plant this past year. It was starting to die on the sunporch since my wheelchair wouldn't allow me in to water it. I love mint and it was so sad to see it wither away through the glass door... it's trying to hang on right now, but not dloing so well. So I literally almost broke my other foot trying to get to it to bring it out.. somehow managed to make my way from wheelchair to the wall to the settee to the table and grab it, put it on floor and push it through til I could maneuver back to wheelchair. Love for your herbs will cause you to do crazy things! I managed to prune off a few small shoots and put them in 2 small glasses of water on the table... they are rooting slowly... sorry for rambling... just reading your tip evoked a stream of emotion about my herb plants!
    Cathy B
    pbprojecthope at yahoo dot com

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