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To Everything … There is a Season

Posted October 01, 2012 in Community Blogs, Johnston

Judy Anderson, Farmers Market Manager

If only we could get fresh, homegrown Iowa tomatoes year around.  The  imposters, that don’t even come close in taste or texture, will begin showing up at the grocery stores and on our salads in the coming weeks.  The good news is, you have one last chance right here in Johnston to get the real thing on Tuesday at the Farmer’s Market.

For the past several years, Johnston residents have had the opportunity during the summer months to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, and baked goods from local vendors every Tuesday afternoon at the Johnston Farmer’s Market. Beginning in late May and extending through early October, market vendors set up in the City Hall parking lot and sell their produce from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., allowing residents four full hours to stop by and shop for their favorite items.

And as you might guess, the Farmer’s Market doesn’t just happen.  Long time Johnston resident, Judy Anderson, manages the Farmers Market for the Johnston Lions Club, which sponsors the event.  Judy, along with others that she recruits, volunteers her time to advertise, set up signs, prepare the location and help with logistics at the market.  The Johnston Lions Club donates the proceeds from the Farmer’s Market (over $3000 each year) to the City of Johnston for tree and beautification projects.  Thanks to the Johnston Lions Club and to Judy for all they do to make our community great!

Even with the drought this year, the tomatoes have been great.  Don’t miss your chance to get one more bagful before the season ends.  The forecast for Tuesday looks great.  Join Judy and me for the last Johnston Farmer’s Market of the year.  We hope to see you there.

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