Vendors and Activities for July 17

This week the market has a follow-up to the composting demo that launched the season back in June. Master Composter and Master Gardener Ryan Herring will be demonstrating the process for making both compost extract and compost tea, and he’ll explain uses of each in your home garden. Stop by anytime during the market to learn how easy it is to make rocket fuel for your plants!

We’re also into the second week of our KERNEL program for kids. This week’s activity deals with companion planting. Kids will get to take part in hands-on learning about how to pair certain plants (like tomatoes and basil) to deter garden pests or avoid competition for soil nutrients. Last week’s transplanting activity was so successful we ran out of zucchini starts! We’ve braced ourselves for lots of participants this time.

Our musician today is Hannah Siglin, another market favorite. She sings and plays beautifully.

As most of you know, this summer’s hot weather has sped up the harvest. Our fruit vendors have said that early plums and peaches could be with us this week. We should also be seeing some new potatoes and possibly even the very first locally harvested tomatoes. Plus all that comes in addition to the fruit and veg we’ve been seeing for a few weeks now, such as zucchini, squash, cucumbers, broccoli and turnips.

There are still a handful of dump passes worth $20 each for Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood residents. First come, first served.

Jenkins Java will be selling gallons and half-gallons of milk from Spokane’s Family Farm. Petunia’s will have eggs as well as meat from Ramstead Ranch — and, better yet, Petunia’s will be joining us every week from now until the season’s end!