A Market-A Musing

by Free Speech on September 30, 2009

Lodi, WI~

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Lodi, WI

The rain drops came, the vendors came, the daffodil bulbs came and the shoppers came to collect the best of the fall harvest.   In spite of the rain, we had a really good time at the market because it was time to vote for the annual mutant vegetable contest winner.  The garden freaks of nature were on display with photos taken through out the year.  Vegetables operate on their own schedules, so we use pictures in order to allow corn and cucumbers to compete with potatoes and tomatoes for the championship.

Gail Lamberty, Market Manager for the Lodi Valley Farmer's Market in Lodi, WI

Gail Lamberty, Market Manager for the Lodi Valley Farmer's Market in Lodi, WI

We had over 30 entries with a wide, wide range of mutants.  At 3 o’clock we tallied the votes with (would you believe this?) a tie for the championship.  Although a lot of mutant tomatoes were entered (you remember our cold dry summer) it wasn’t tomatoes that racked up the votes.  It was Carrie Stollfus of S & S farms with her coiled cucumber that looked like a snake and Duane Clemens with 2 spuds that looked like Pillsbury dough boys. There was ONE trophy to award with winner with a certificate and Lodi Market magic dollars.  Just like our vendors and shoppers it was time to improvise…so Krazy glue, a vase tipped upside down and plastic vegetables made trophy number TWO come into existence.  All were great sports about it with enough laughter and delight for the two winners and everyone else.

The vendors were generous (as usual) for the food pantry.  When Judy was taking her 2nd wagon full of produce to the cooler I chatted with her.  She mentioned no names, but said there was an Iraq vet with a family who couldn’t find work that would be sharing in the bounty. The reality of our economy can get so personal and sad.

Vendors tables will be laden with the bounty of the early fall. We even had a vendor with some last sweet corn that was fabulous.  Last week I saw many pumpkins heading to new homes. We’ve got the tried and true and the new just waiting for you.  I tried a new variety of squash that I hadn’t seen before that was fabulous.  Talk to the vendors.  They’ll tell you about it.

Sorry, I won’t see you at the market on Friday.  I’ve off to a houseboat on the Mississippi River to watch the colors change and the birds migrate along the great “fly-way.”  You’ll have to tell me what is happening at the market this week.

The Lodi Valley Farmer’s Market is held on Friday afternoons from 2 – 6 May through October at the Northern Edge Restaurant, located at N1430 Highway 113, Lodi, WI.

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