It's so dry, some cows are giving powdered milk! For the most part, the majority of us would like to see some average rainfall. Preparing to plant wheat is now in a very critical time frame, and our garden produce is suffering.
According to the "U.S. Drought Monitor, approximately 10 percent of Kansas is already in a "moderate drought." From Harvey County, the official edge of the drought is northwest about 50 miles. I would propose many local wheat farmers would suggest the monitor is slow to record. We are "in the dust'' dry!
Our newest member at Harvey County Farmers Market is Natalie Becker. The Becker family reside just south of Halstead and brought decorative fall baskets, Indian corn bundles, mini pumpkins, flowers, grasses, and native plants. The Beckers also raise a few sheep. Several of our other members are also bringing in fall items, such as gourds and neck pumpkins. Needing something special for that table centerpiece? HCFM might just have what you desire.
Fall is a great time for picnics in the backyard — lots of veggies, even some green beans, cantelope, corn on the cob, peppers and the best bread for whatever grills you. Cindy and Justin Miller are bringing in some nice watermelon.
From the "Top 10" at www.buyharvey.com:
10. Encourage local prosperity: A growing body of economic research shows that in an increasingly homogenized world, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are more likely to invest and settle in communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character.
The more we spend with community-based business, our community becomes more sustainable with a higher value and income base.
Directions: From Walton Rural Life Center, travel wouthwest on U.S. 50/I-135 to Broadway, then west to Oak Street, south one block to Sixth, then west to 121 East Sixth. HCFM is just south of Grand Central.
If you have been ''living on Tulsa time'," you are on the right path!
Open 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday.
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— Norm Oeding is a Harvey County Farmers Market board member.