Get your fresh veggies Saturday

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

The first of the Henry County Farmers’ Market annual bounty will be offered in all its leafy goodness Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. until noon at the courthouse square in New Castle. “Most of the time we’re there around 8 (a.m.) setting up,” market president Barbara Gregory said.

Produce offerings will be seasonal in nature.

“I can only speculate what will be there,” she  said. Gregory said there likely will be lettuce, asparagus and rhubarb as well as a variety of bedding plants. “It’s all the cold weather-type products,” she said.

Gregory said bedding plants may include lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and brussels sprouts as well as some tomatoes. “With tomato plants it’s up to the individual whether they can take care of them,” she said. Gregory said the rule of thumb is to hold off until after Derby Day to put tomato plants in the ground.

The initial turnout by farmers also is a bit of an unknown. “It may just be me, maybe three of us, maybe six,” she said.

Much depends on the weather, and the forecast for Saturday is sunny and warm. It promises to be a good day to kick-off a year of gardening and for supporting the Henry County Farmers’ Market.

The Farmers’ Market is open through the end of October on Wednesday and Saturday mornings on the New Castle Courthouse lawn offering all locally grown produce and crafts. Senior Farmers’ Market coupons and WIC accepted.

For more information, contact the Henry County Extension Office at (502) 845-2811.


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