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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.

Farmers’ markets today in Princeton and LaSalle. We have LOTS of watermelons and raspberries. We’ll also bring tomatoes, peppers, green beans, potatoes, muskmelon, blackberries, garlic, jam from our berries, and honey from our farm. Both markets run from 3:00 to 6:00.

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.

Tuesday afternoon we will be at market in LaSalle and Princeton. We will have lots of watermelon, red raspberries, and muskmelon. We’ll also bring some peppers (ripe and green sweet, and hot), tomatoes, garlic, raspberry jam, and honey from our farm. Both markets run from 3:00 to 6:00.

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 Princeton and Peoria. We will have watermelon (with and without seeds), muskmelon (cantaloupe), raspberries, blackberries, a few blueberries, garlic, our (local) honey, raspberry jam, eggplant; green, sweet, and hot peppers; potatoes, lots of tomatoes, and Plow Creek Bakery goods. Peoria market opens at 8:00 and Princeton at 8:30. Raspberry picking will also be open from 7:00 until 5:00. There are lots of raspberries to be picked.

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.

Tuesday we will bring lots of red raspberries, tomatoes, and muskmelon (cantaloupe) to market in Princeton and LaSalle. We also will have a few watermelon, some green beans, potatoes, ripe and green sweet peppers, hot peppers, garlic, a few blackberries, cilantro, garlic, summer squash, and our own honey and jam. Markets open at 3 p.m.

Yesterday we planted the watermelon seeds in our greenhouse. We will have five varieties, seeded and seedless. We will transplant them to the field in about a month.

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.

Saturday is Princeton’s Homestead Festival, and parking in the area fills quickly. The parade doesn’t start until 1:30, but you may have an easier time coming to the market the first couple hours. Market opens at 8:30. We plan to bring watermelon, muskmelon, red raspberries, Concord grapes, lots of tomatoes (quantity discount available), garlic, honey, jam, and yes, our Plow Creek Bakery goodies.

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.

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