There’s something about the start of the school year that makes people think about the change of seasons. September and Labor Day are near, but it’s still hot and humid during the days. It may be the occasional cool night with an extended early morning chill that makes you think of fall, but it really is summer for almost a month.

Of course, we may just want summer, and the associated heat and humidity, to be over. We recognize the shorter days, note the end of children’s summer activities, school buses on city and country roads at regular intervals, the return to “non-summer” rhythms. And there are signs of falling in food crops; the pumpkins in my garden have just turned from green to orange, and the “winter” squashes are available at the market. Some apples ripen in mid-summer, but we largely associate them and their cider kin with late summer and fall, cool temperatures and storage against the lack of opulence of the ‘winter. It’s time to set aside for the long winter….freezing, canning, dehydrating and storing in cold cellars.

According to, “Labor Day honors the contributions and achievements of American workers and is traditionally celebrated on the first Monday in September. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.”

Its history includes the efforts of labor movements and unions to make work environments less hazardous and promote fairer wages and benefits – issues that have unfortunately not become obsolete over the past century. As it is Labor Day weekend, the market should be busy, with our dedicated vendors working throughout the week to prepare their wares for the Saturday event. And the Bluegrass Ramblers will perform from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (sponsored by the Fayette County Travel and Tourism Bureau).

And we welcome our community guests for the week: Indigo Roots Yoga and Wellness Studio and Thresholds, LLC. Tina Berk, owner of Indigo Roots, will share the schedule of upcoming fall classes and workshops – and, because “yoga is for everyone”, she’ll also be in the running for a free Gold Pass, from a six studio lessons worth! Shannon Jacobs, co-owner of Thresholds, will offer insight into the fledgling company and its exciting upcoming events such as SoulFest, the well-established immersive wellness retreat taking place September 16-18 in New Holland. Visit with Indigo Roots and Thresholds – enter to win the raffle and taste delicious memorial cookies.

The Market is open on Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. to noon. It is located in the municipal parking lot at the corner of South Main and East East streets in Washington. CH SNAP EBT food benefit cards and credit/debit cards are accepted. Those who use the SNAP EBT card for food purchases receive matching “Produce Perks” tokens ($1 for $1) valid only for fruits, vegetables, and food-producing plants. So, “buy one, get one” for up to $25 EVERY market day. Five-dollar coupons will again be available to Fayette County Farm Bureau members at each Saturday market; these can be spent at the Wednesday and Saturday markets.

The following list contains the names and products of vendors who plan to set up shop this Saturday. Other suppliers may also participate.

DSC Produce Farm (Darren coxswain): Salsas (including mango, pineapple, black beans, and corn) and dressings Bacon ranch dressing sampling.

Engeti (Alana Walters): Baked goods including bread, cinnamon rolls, rolls, cakes, pies, cookies.

Edlynns Attic (Robin Dement): Hand knit baby hats with fur pom poms, fingerless gloves, knit baskets and acrylic and alpaca yarns. Chocolate chip cookie mixes and brownie mixes from Shelbee’s Dry Mix Company.

From Gerhardt (Kevin Gerhardt): Seasonal products.

Greens and Greenery (Katrina Bush): Baklava. Buckeyes (peanut butter type). Strawberry jam (specialty), local honey, sourdough crackers. Seasonal products, including green onions, leeks, garlic, beets. Coriander seed for fall/winter crops.

Jim’s Premium Ground Beef (Jim Hobbs): Premium quality ground beef in various packages (patties, bulk tubes).

Julie G’s cookies (Julie Greenslade): Chocolate Chip, Sugar, Pineapple, Oatmeal Raisins, Snickerdoodle, Ginger, Peanut Butter Cookies, Peanut Butter Fudge, Lemon Bars, Salted Caramel Butter Bars, and Peanut Butter Jumbos.

Small farm flowers (Eicher family): Fresh seasonal cut flowers by the stem or bunch.

Black Lorre Umbrellas (Black Lorre): Umbrellas to match your personality, that of your friends and family too. With every umbrella you buy, you help your community by helping LBU build our very own Umbrella Alley at WCHO.

Persinger Produce and Cottage Foods, The Jam Man (David Persinger): back in stock this week: GINGER PEAR CONSERVES and PEACH FLAMINGO. Apple Butter, JAM: “Currant Affair” (a blackcurrant jam with a hint of gooseberry), Strawberry, Strawberry-Rhubarb, Pineapple, Habanero Pineapple, Peach, Habanero Peach, Blueberry, Cherry, Black Raspberry, Blackberry, Seedless Blackberry , red raspberry, red raspberry jalapeno and strawberry jalapeno. JELLIES: elderberry and chilli jelly. Jams without added sugar: triple berries, plum, blueberry, seedless blackberry. Chocolate Texas Cake Sheets with or without Pecans and White Texas Cake Sheet.

PPCF & S. Plymouth Raw Honey) (Julie & Dennis Mosny): Local raw honey and Macintosh apples! Baked goods include apple, cherry, black raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, rhubarb, strawberry rhubarb, and peach pies. Pumpkin glazed cookies, bun bars, mini cinni and cinnamon buns.

Rural Beans Roastery LLC (Kameron Rinehart): Assortment of freshly roasted coffee — beans and ground.

Slate Hill Farm and Orchard (Greg, Carmen and Joe Hood): Apples. Varieties available now include: Gala, Fuji and Crimson Crisp. Coming soon (mid-September) Enterprise.

Brimstone Lick Treasures (Christina Skaggs): Sale of earrings!

Wooden designs by DW (Debbie Welch): Unique handcrafted wooden objects – birdhouses, signs, tables, gnomes. Crochet items including kitchen towels, pot scrubs, potholders, baby booties and afghans. Will accept custom and special orders.

Your Other Mother’s Kitchen (Don & Sara Creamer): Baked goods including artisan breads and muffins. Sewing crafts.

Garden overlooking the bridge (Hunter & Lorelle Rohrer): Seasonal produce including red raspberries, cherry tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, peppers, green beans and winter squash. Homemade breads (yeast, savory and sweet) and rolls.

Cheryl’s Craft Country (Cheryl Braun & David Stewart): Wood crafts, signs, handmade fall wreaths. Accept special orders.

Cozy Baby Blessings (Nancy Cutter): Melted wax, beaded pens, crocheted dishtowels, pot scrubbers and shower poufs. Baby essentials including crochet blankets and hats, flannel blankets, bibs, crinkle toys and bunny ear teethers, silicone tableware, teethers and clips -pacifiers.

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