Summer doesn’t actually begin for another few weeks, but school is getting out and the Frankfort Independent Schools’ Summer Feeding Program Kick-Off is happening tomorrow at the Franklin County Farmers Market, so let’s say we’re kicking off summer this weekend. From 9 a.m. to noon, kids get free breakfast or lunch at the Summer Feeding Program Kick-Off, and free wellness information and activities will be offered for kids and adults. The Friends of the Franklin County Farmers Market is doing chef demonstrations, too, preparing fresh veggies and talking about all-things cooking.

Next Saturday is the June Kids Day, sponsored by Independence Bank. Everyone under 18 receives $2 in tokens to spend on fruits and vegetables, and we’ll have kids’ activities from Hundred Happy Acres, Capital Day School, the Frankfort Youth Football League, Kentucky State University SNAP-Ed, and MOMS Demand Action. There is so much happening for kids this month!

The Franklin County Farmers Market is open every Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. to noon, and Saturday, 8 am to noon, in the Market Pavilion at River View Park, Wilkinson and Broadway, in Frankfort. Shop with your debit, credit and SNAP/EBT cards. We double the value of purchases made by SNAP/EBT customers at the Farmers Market WesBanco Welcome Table.

 

What’s in season

We’re saying farewell to strawberries and asparagus for this year, but potatoes, summer squash and zucchini are coming up to take their place. This season’s honey is also starting to come in! Be sure to have a taste — honey tastes different all through the seasons. You’ll also find lettuces and salad mix, microgreens, pea shoots, cooking greens, Chinese cabbage, leeks, green onions, radishes, turnips, mushrooms, and herbs. More offerings include beef, pork, lamb, goat, chicken and turkey; chicken and duck eggs; spices and seasonings; beer cheese; hot sauces; baked goods; wine; garden plants; hanging flower baskets; cut flowers; soaps and lotions; and more.

 

Food Trivia tonight

West Sixth Farm is sponsoring Food Trivia with the Friends of the Franklin County Farmers Market, 7 to 9 p.m. tonight! If, like me, you’re way more interested in food than you are in pop culture, you might have some fun playing Food Trivia at West Sixth Farm. All the while, you’ll be supporting the Friends of the Farmers Market and vying for great West Sixth Brewing and Franklin County Farmers Market prizes. 

 

South Frankfort Food Share

The South Frankfort Food Share is the community-driven cooperative food-buying project that allows you all to purchase fresh, local vegetables on a sliding-scale that the farmers market initiated last year. With just one Food Share last year, at the end of September, you all asked for more. The farmers market plans to host four South Frankfort Food Share events this year: June 18, July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 17. Orders for the June 18 Food Share will open on Wednesday! Sign up on the farmers market website or the South Frankfort Food Share Facebook event to receive an email when it’s time to make your purchase.

You read in Wednesday’s State Journal about the volunteer opportunities that are available for the South Frankfort Food Share. How grateful we are to have acknowledgement for all of the work that goes on behind the scenes, from setting up to cleaning up and helping shareholders in between. Please take a look at The State Journal’s Volunteer Spotlight column, if you haven’t already.

 

What we’re eating now

I’m all about the herbs right now. Herbal salad dressings and marinades, roasted potatoes with herbs, and fresh-herb teas are happening just about every day. There are just so many herbs on the scene at the moment: mint, lemon balm, parsley, basil, sage, cilantro, oregano, chives — and probably some that I’m forgetting. This year’s first whiff of fresh basil nearly made me swoon. It turns out, I missed fresh basil more than I thought I did, not just for pesto but for putting whole leaves into salads and on sandwiches and for wilting into just-cooked pasta.

 

Lisa Munniksma is the community engagement coordinator for the Franklin County Farmers Market. Contact her at lisa@franklincountyfarmersmarket.org.

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