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Farmers' Market returns Thursday

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

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The Cherokee Area Farmers' Market returns this Thursday and will be held each Thursday evening between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. from June 7 - Sept. 27, at the historic Cherokee Railroad Depot. File photo by Mike Leckband
Another sure sign that summer is here - the Cherokee Area Farmers' Market (CAFM) returns this Thursday.

The weekly event will be held each Thursday evening between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. from June 7 - Sept. 27, at the historic Cherokee Railroad Depot, 119 S. 4th St. in Cherokee.

CAFM features only Iowa-grown produce - grown in either Cherokee County or the adjoining counties of Buena Vista, Clay, Ida, O'Brien, Plymouth, Sac, Sioux and Woodbury.

The market also features art and craft items that are made with skill, artistry or precision and sold at the Cherokee Area Farmers Market by the people who make the items.

You have to get there early because much of the produce is sold fast.

With most produce now coming to flourishing this week, the Farmers Market is predicted to have even more vendors.

Jim Adamson, an organizer of the event since it first started nine years ago, reports that vendors have been lined up for Thursday.

Those interested in being a vendor should contact Jim Adamson at 229-9502. There is a fee of $5 per day or $40 for the season to be a vendor.

Also the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) will once again be available for the 2012 farmers market season. The program is administered here through the Congregate Meals program by Siouxland Aging Services, Inc., the Area Agency for Aging in Sioux City which provides services to the following counties in Northwest Iowa: Plymouth, Cherokee, Woodbury, Ida, and Monona.

Applications for Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons will be available to senior citizens in Cherokee beginning Wednesday June 13, at the Cherokee Community Center, lower level, when the Congregate Meals Site is open during the hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FMNP coupons may be used by eligible senior citizens to purchase fruits and vegetables from a certified vendor at a certified farmers market. The Cherokee Area Farmers Market is a certified farmers market again this year, and the CAFM again have several certified vendors participating at the market.

New income guidelines for FMNP eligibility this year are as follows:

Single person annual income must be less than $20665.

Married couple annual income must be less than $27991.

Age at which a person is eligible is age 60.

Senior citizens interested in applying for the FMNP coupons are encouraged to be at the

Cherokee Community Center, lower level, Wednesday, June 13, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Bring your social security number with you so that the last four numbers can be used in

your application.

The person who will take your application is Nancy Johnson who is also Manager of the Congregate Meals Site at the Cherokee Community Center. Her telephone number is 712-221-4004.

You may call her with your questions about the application for the FMNP coupons.

The Cherokee Congregate Meals Site at the Cherokee Community Center is open each

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Senior citizens may apply

for FMNP coupons when the site is open. FMNP coupons are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

List of items that will be available for sale during the Cherokee Area Farmers Market under the canopy at the depot this Thursday are as follows:

Dave and Sally Carlson will have tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, beets, and peas.

Lorna and Erin Wilson, Seven W Farms will have bread, grass-fed beef, pork, chicken & lamb, eggs from hens or layers that live on a pasture not in a building, honey, and homegrown popcorn.

Wayne Nafe will have radishes, onions, kohlrabi, and rhubarb.

Scott and Deb Koch will have rhubarb, lettuce, radishes, spinach, and jam.

Chuck Benson will have chocolate chip cookies, zucchini bread, strawberry jam, raspberry plants, and lots of birdhouses.

Brett Bruns will have peach pie, rhubarb pie, cherry apple pie, strawberry pie, blueberry pie, cinnamon rolls, and brownies.

Sharon and Loyd Reineke will have honey.

Cindy Juhl will have breads, baked goods, jam, dandelion jelly, green onions, lettuce (maybe), rhubarb (maybe), and stuffed baby toys/animals.

Ron Rickett will have kohlrabi, green onions, and radishes.

Treptow Post 230 Fundraiser for American Legion will have BBQ pork sandwiches.



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