I suppose you know you have entered adulthood when the highlight of your summer is the opening of the Monroe Farmer’s Market! My love affair with the Farmer’s Market began in 1982 when I moved back to Monroe. At that time, the Farmer’s Market was located on the grounds of the Monroe Civic Center. I can remember bringing my 6 month old baby boy along with me to do my shopping and one of the farmer’s, Mr. Spillers, decided he needed to weigh my child. Without missing a beat, he plopped him on his hanging scale and declared the “young un” was tipping the scale at 16 pounds. It seems like just yesterday that this “weigh in” occurred but that young man is now 25 years old.
At some point, the city of Monroe built a new covered area to house the farmers market at 1212 Washington Street and so I followed my friends to their wonderful new location. The weather determines the opening date each year but typically, some of the farmers are there by the 3rd or 4th week in May. In the beginning of the season, the farmers may only be present on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. but as their crop begins to produce more, they are there every day except Sunday. Near the end of July, the crop begins to dwindle and they cut their days back to Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday once again. After school begins, you may only catch some of the farmers on Friday and Saturday. Mr. Spillers and Mrs. White will continue their presence until frost and have already planted their fall crops!
All of the produce sold is LOCALLY GROWN and absolutely delicious. Some of the farmers that have been around for the 25 years that I have been shopping are: Mr. and Mrs. Spillers, Mr. Charles Holley, Mrs. Efizer White and Connie Green. Over the last few years, we have seen a 2nd generation joining their parents as Leon Spillers and Will Holley have joined their families at the Farmer’s Market. I am so thankful that we still have young people that are carrying on the farming tradition! Everyone needs to pay my friends a visit and make it a routine part of their grocery shopping.
I plan to write again within the next few weeks and will feature my favorite plants for mid- summer bloom, a mid-summer checklist and some information of what bulbs we need to be ordering now for spring bloom!
Until next time, try and stay cool!
KathyKathy VanVeckhoven, Realtor (318) 388-0941 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.johnrearealty.com Licensed Realtor in Louisiana, USA Click here for more Talkin’ Dirt with Kathy Articles
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