The Cannon County Farmers market will close for the season Saturday, October 27, 2012. The market has benefited from the tremendous community support throughout this season. The farmers that have worked so hard to bring fresh, home grown fruits and vegetables appreciates your interest and repeat visits to the market. Local businesses have also been a regular to the market featuring Cannon County items on their daily menu. While we are taking a brief break from the market, be looking for the market to reopen in the Spring.
The forecast of freezing temperatures means an end of this year’s Cannon County Farmers Market. Local producers have provided a variety of fruits, vegetable, canned items and baked goods in spite of adverse weather conditions. We appreciate the support the local community has provided to the Market and look forward to what next season has to offer. We are in the planning stage of a permanent structure which will be home of the Cannon County Farmers Market. Construction of the building will begin early in 2013 and should be completed prior to the 3013 season.
As is true with a number of our less generally popular vegetables, many people fail to appreciate this one because they do not know how to use it. The first and commonest mistake that gardeners make is to let the pods become too old and tough before harvesting them. They grow very fast, and in hot weather will become unfit for use in less than a week from the time they start developing from the pollinated flower. The plants must be gone over at least every second day and the pods harvested when only three to five days old.
Important Crop in South
Okra is rarely used "straight" except when fried with meal, just a little of it usually being cooked with other vegetables or put into soups and stews. Okra alone is generally considered too "gooey," or mucilaginous, to suit American tastes. In recent years, however, it has become an important commercial crop in certain localities in the South, where thousands of tons of the pods are grown for the large soup companies.
If you'd like to submit a recipe that includes fresh, currently available fruit or vegetable please contact the Cannon County Extension Office at 563-2554, Bruce Steelman (firstname.lastname@example.org), Carla Bush or Erin Nichols.