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We are going to market in Princeton and Peru this afternoon. We’ll have raspberries, watermelon, winter squash (pie pumpkins, acorn types, and butternut), peppers (sweet and hot), and tomatoes. We’ll also have some green beans, radishes, garlic, jam, honey, and potatoes. Both markets go from 3:00 to 6:00.

We’ll be at farmers’ markets tomorrow in Peoria and Princeton. We have lots of watermelon, peppers (green, red & yellow sweet peppers plus jalapeno, cayenne, and habanero hot peppers), tomatoes, and red raspberries. We also plan to bring concord grapes, basil, honey from our farm, raspberry jam, garlic, winter squash (butternut, acorn, and jester), garlic, green beans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and some cucumbers and zucchini. Our jalapenos are so big and abundant I’m offering a sale for pepper lovers in Princeton. One pint is $3, but 2 pints are only $4. Plow Creek Bakery is on vacation. Saturday is the Princeton Homestead Festival parade. More than 7,000 people are expected to cluster Princeton’s Main Street on Saturday, September 12th at 1:30PM. If you aren’t coming for the parade, come to market early to avoid the crowd. Princeton market goes from 8:30 to 1:00 and Peoria from 8:00 to noon.

We will be at Princeton and Peoria farmers’ markets on Saturday. We’ll have lots of watermelon, muskmelon, and raspberries available. We’ll also bring honey from our farm, raspberry jam, blackberries, green beans, peppers (green and ripe sweet, plus hot varieties), garlic, tomatoes, zucchini, and cucumbers. We’ll also have plenty of Plow Creek Bakery goods. Peoria opens at 8:00 and Princeton at 8:30.

Plow Creek Farm will be at market in Peoria and Princeton on Saturday. We have lots of watermelons and red raspberries. We also will bring muskmelon, tomatoes, blackberries, green beans, eggplant, garlic, honey, cucumbers, zucchini, and raspberry jam. Plow Creek Bakery will have a good variety of cookies and breads. Peoria market opens at 8:00 and Princeton at 8:30.

Saturday we will be at market in Peoria and Princeton. We will have plenty of watermelon, tomatoes, red raspberries, blackberries, cucumbers, eggplant, and garlic. We’ll also have some muskmelon, peppermint, garlic chives, sweet peppers (green and ripe), and hot peppers (jalapeƱo and cayenne). In addition we’ll have raw honey from our hives and jam from our red raspberries. Plow Creek Bakery will also bring a good variety of baked goods. Peoria market opens at 8:00 and Princeton at 8:30.

We are going to Farmers’ Markets in LaSalle and Princeton this afternoon. We should have plenty of red raspberries, tomatoes, muskmelon (cantaloupe) and watermelon. We’ll also bring some blackberries, potatoes, pepper (ripe, green, and hot) eggplant, and squash. Both markets run from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

We are now getting plenty of muskmelon (aka cantaloupe) and tomatoes. We should have them for sale daily at the Market Barn, along with potatoes, jam, honey, and red raspberries. Market Barn is self-serve; please bring change or a check.

This morning we planted (inside) the early muskmelon (aka Cantaloupe). We will have Halona and Hannah’s Choice, both which did well in previous years. We expect to transplant them to the field in late May. We also started our second planting of tomatoes: Opalka Paste, mixed Heirloom varieties, Big Beef, Celebrity, and Iron Lady. The first planting is big and healthy, and is due to move out to the field, under row cover, soon.

Saturday at Princeton Farmers’ Market we will have a good quantity of red raspberries, ground cherries, and chestnuts. We have a fair amount of tomatoes, but most are not as pretty anymore, so I’m lowering the price by a third (to $1.80 / pound) and we still have canning tomatoes at $12 / half bushel. We also plan to bring black walnuts, garlic, honey (local - from our farm near Tiskilwa), and potatoes. We just made our first batch of red raspberry jam. It is near the end of the watermelon season. Most are good, but maybe a third turn out to be overripe, so we have a full money-back guarantee and you may open your watermelon at the market to check it if you like. We will also have some Plow Creek Bakery goods: breads, rolls, crackers, and cookies.

For Saturday we will have lots of tomatoes, watermelon, and red raspberries at the Princeton Market. There will be quantity discounts for the tomatoes and raspberries. We also will have some garlic, Concord grapes, potatoes, our honey and jams, muskmelon, and some Plow Creek Bakery breads. Market opens at 8:30 at Main and Elm.

Today, Saturday, we will be only at Princeton Farmers’ Market. We will be bringing watermelon, muskmelon, blackberries, a few red raspberries, potatoes, garlic, and our jams and honey. We will have lots of tomatoes, including discount sales by the half bushel. We’ll bring some squash and cucumbers — excess from our personal garden. And as usual on Saturdays, plenty of Plow Creek Bakery goodies will be available.

This Saturday we will be going to Princeton and Peoria Farmers’ markets. We will have lots of tomatoes and muskmelons. We also will be bringing watermelons, blackberries, garlic, potatoes, strawberry and blueberry jam from our berries, honey from our farm, and lots of Plow Creek Bakery goodies. Peoria market opens at 8:00 and Princeton market opens at 8:30.

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