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Lisa Munniksma

With so many fresh, local foods to choose from right now, the Franklin County Farmers Market is all about the chef demonstrations. Next Saturday, we’ll have Angela Caporelli, of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, cooking with Dan Moreland Farm’s freshwater prawns and fresh summer veggies. Visit with our guest chefs, and ask them your cooking questions!

Find all your seasonal fruits and veggies, herbs, meats, eggs, honey, spices, flower bouquets, beer cheese, sweet and savory baked goods and more every Tuesday and Thursday, 7 a.m. to noon, and Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, in the Market Pavilion at River View Park, Wilkinson and Broadway; and on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., outside the Cabinet for Human Resources Building, 275 E. Main St.

Shop with your debit, credit and SNAP/EBT cards, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks, and Emergency Community Food Pantry Fresh Food Vouchers. We double the value of purchases made by SNAP/EBT and WIC and Senior Nutrition Program customers at the Farmers Market WesBanco Welcome Table!

South Frankfort Food Share

The second South Frankfort Food Share of the year is set for Tuesday and while registration is closed for July it will soon be open for August online and by emailing FranklinCountyFarmersMarket@gmail.com. You can purchase 10 different types of fresh, local produce on a sliding scale based on your income and family size, starting at $6 when you purchase with a SNAP card.

Veggie humor for a cause

New to the Market Pavilion are the Friends of the Farmers Market's sponsored pavilion banners. We have to thank Bluegrass Realty & Investments and Franklin County Farm Bureau — J.O. Osborne for being the first to show their appreciation for the farmers market's work by way of veggie puns: "Our tomatoes are well-rounded," and "Our corn is a-maize-ing." The Friends of the Farmers Market is offering more food-puns banners to local businesses and organizations, with proceeds supporting the organization’s efforts in the Double Dollars program, Kids Days and more. Email FranklinCountyFarmersMarket@gmail.com for details.

New water fountain

The Frankfort Plant Board installed a water fountain next to the Market Pavilion at River View Park, which is great news for market visitors and park users alike. This is one of those really nice fountains like the one on St. Clair Street, with a drinking fountain, a bottle-filling station, and a dog bowl. Just in time for this heat!

What we’re eating now

July is National Grilling Month. That’s not hard to believe because it’s been so hot that it’s hard to think about turning on your oven in the house. Meats are an obvious grill choice, and lucky for everyone, grilled veggies are awesome, too—in particular, grilled corn, onions, zucchini, peppers and eggplant, which are all in season. Sprinkle these with any Zelda & Bramble Superlative Seasonings spice blend — my fave is Za’atar, but I won’t object to Chimichurri Seasoning or Memphis Rub — and I’m a happy eater. 

Find seasonal recipe inspiration on the farmers market’s Facebook page and at the farmers market itself, where you’ll get free samples and recipes each Saturday.

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

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