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Stop by the Fresno Farmers’ Market before going to the fair

| September 27, 2012

FRESNO – The sounds of the grandstand, the roar of the crowd, bright lights, carnival games and rides, harness racing, smells of cotton candy, corn dogs and elephant ears…..it can only mean one thing! The Coshocton County Fair is in full swing!

Many of your Fresno Market vendors are contributors to the fair with their fresh local produce and homemade items, make it a point to drive on out to the Fresno Farmers’ Market and see all of the bounty that there is to offer. Like gorgeous fall mums, bright orange pumpkins, golden local honey, fragrant hand poured soy candles, homemade bread and noodles, farm raised brown eggs and wonderful Amish baked goods…sounds like “best of show” to me. 

Our county fair has been thrilling and entertaining visitors for over 155 plus years. At one time the fair was considered a major social event. Fair goes wore their Sunday best when strolling through the fairgrounds; ladies wore white gloves, fancy feathered hats and beautiful hoop skirts. While gentlemen wore fine suits and top hats while they gated along with hand carved walking sticks. Families gathered together and shared picnic lunches. They would spread quilts out on the lawn to eat lunch and watch the horse races, as children played games and tested their skills at sporting events. Wow, have times changed! But some things do still remain the same, even after 150 plus years. Ladies still show off their sewing, baking, crafting and gardening skills, while the men compete in the livestock classes, tractor pulls and contests of speed and strength. Children still thrill to the delights of the rides, games and live entertainment and we all look forward to the delicious food. Years may come and go, but the same premise still remains, our beloved county fair continues to bring family, community and friends together for the same reason, a good time to be shared by all.

Your vendors at the Fresno Market still have a generous supply of blue ribbon worthy produce, baked goods and quality hand crafted items sure to please any fair judge. We invite you all to come enjoy a lovely morning of farm market shopping with all your neighbors and friends, while we continue to bring the farm to your family’s table. There are only a few Saturdays left in 2012 market season, the last regular market day will be Saturday, Oct. 27, with the annual Christmas in the Country craft show on Saturday, Nov. 3. For anyone interested in setting up as a vendor for the Christmas craft show please contact myself at 740-545-0849 or Kathy McCoy at 740-545-0997. Spaces are limited! Cost is $10 per table space.

Here is a recipe from our own market vendor Karen Cutshall, that is guaranteed to be a blue ribbon winner!

PERFECT PUMPKIN PIE

2 cups pumpkin (15 oz. can)

1 can Eagle Brand milk (14 oz.) *NOT evaporated*

2 fresh brown eggs

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ginger

 1/2 tsp. salt

Whisk all ingredients together and pour into a prepared 9″ pie shell. Bake at 425 degrees for the first 15 minutes, then reduce temp down to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 40 minutes.

The Fresno Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, located in downtown Fresno at Mark McCoy’s Auto, signs are posted.

This column is contributed by Julia Brown.

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