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Fall is in the air and several holidays are just around the corner

By Jana Jones

Johnson County Farmers Market Director

Fall is in the air and that means several holidays are just around the corner. The Johnson County Farmers Market (JCFM) is prepared with many of your decorating items – pumpkins, gourds, wreaths – as well as foods that you will need for your holiday meals. For our last outdoor market of the season we are planning a BIG BASH that we call our Annual Holiday Fair.
On Saturday, October 28th the JCFM will not only have our regular beautiful fall produce, pasture raised meats, and beautiful homemade breads and canned goods, but many more craft vendors will be setting up with ceramics, bird houses, jewelry, stained glass, woodwork, hand painted gourds and many other items. Last year our Holiday Fair drew 15 additional local craft vendors. If you are the type of person who loves to give one-of-a-kind handmade gifts to your friends and family, you don’t want to miss our Holiday Fair.
So mark your calendars for October 28th and help us celebrate our last Farmers Market in the county courthouse parking lot as we will be relocating to Ralph Stout Park for our 2018 season. Bring the kids and grandkids to paint a pumpkin and enjoy hot apple cider while you listen to music by “The Broken Road” starting at 9am. We will be accepting the Fre$h Savings tokens that DOUBLE the money for EBT/Food Stamp customers for the remainder of October. Like us on Facebook for the latest updates.
I will leave you with a lovely spiced apple cider recipe to keep you warm as the nights turn cooler and the leaves turn brighter.

Spiced Apple Cider

1 large orange
4 quarts apple cider
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
15 whole cloves
10 whole allspice
8 whole green cardamom pods, crushed
5 cinnamon sticks, each broken in half

Using a vegetable peeler, remove peel (orange part only) from orange in strips. Place orange peel in a heavy large pot (reserve orange for another use). Add apple cider, lemon juice, cloves, allspice, cardamom pods, and cinnamon sticks to pot.
Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until cider mixture is reduced to a generous 10 cups, about 30 minutes. Strain cider into a medium pot.