WAXAHACHIE — Fall is an ideal time to plant perennials and the Ellis County Master Gardeners are bringing their Pop-Up Horticulture program to the downtown farmers market this week.
Master Gardener specialist, Sheila Cloonen, will offer solutions for replacing plants that are not doing well in your landscape with selections from Texas Superstar pants and Earth-Kind rose varieties. These are Texas-tough plants have undergone years of research and field trials by Texas A&M and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Regular visitors and new one alike will be able to use the opportunity to get expert help on improving landscape success with less watering and lower maintenance. Look for the white pop-up tent.
There is also lots of excitement buzzing through the market as the sellers celebrate some big news concerning two of our market vendors.
Debra Bracey of Perline Company has earned another Texas State Fair award for her Spicey Red Jalapeno Jam. She won third place and promises to have plenty on hand along with her Pumpkin Spice Butter and farm fresh eggs. Also, Heather Dineen, of the Yellow Farmhouse will be featured on television Sept. 22. The RFD TV station has been out to her farm and will air a segment about her on their FarmHer series.
All of the vendors are so proud of these two women and their accomplishments and shoppers are encouraged to stop by both booths to congratulate them.
September brings cooler weather with a shift to varieties of greens, fruits, and vegetables that grow in the fall. Look for more winter squash, and fall fruits. Marketgoers can find butternut and acorn squash, white and sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens such as spinach, turnip and kale.
There continues to be an abundance of heat loving summer fruits and vegetables as well You’ll find local vegetables, produce, handmade tamales, and locally raised beef. Look for plenty of summer produce, grains, eggs, plants, herbs, honey, pickles, herbal vinegar, salsas, marinades, preserves, pies, cookies, cakes and other pastries.
The talented crafters offer soaps, essential oils, health, beauty and kitchen items. You can find art glass, handmade jewelry, vintage collectibles, handmade aprons and kitchen items made with colorful and seasonal fabrics, along with custom wreaths in seasonal colors or your favorite school colors. Diane Legget invites you to stop by her booth featuring glass, winter garden birdbaths, and feeders along with a selection of herbs. Also, Brenda invites you to stop by RainDrop Studio to sample her latest treats, Cherry/Chocolate/Almond Heath Bars, Banana Coconut Bars and Pretzel Mania, with garlic, herbs, and spices to add zest to the pretzels.