Farmer's Market week celebrated

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By Larry Rowell

Local farmers teamed with Taylor County Extension agents to kick off National Farmer's Market Week this past Saturday at the farmer's market on KY 210.

Celebrated locally for the past 11 years, National Farmer's Market Week is intended to highlight locally grown produce, according to Extension Agent Pat Hardesty.

While growers sold different varieties of green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, meats, summer squash and fruits, Becky Nash and Darlene Humphress from the Extension Service showcased foods prepared with local ingredients.

Nash, extension agent for family and consumer services, displayed freezer slaw and peach freezer jam that she had canned.

Nash also handed out freezer thermometers while she instructed onlookers about food-borne illnesses.

"Home canning is the biggest cause of food-borne illness," she said. "It cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted."

Nash said she is available to inspect canner gauges and gaskets and give advice to people who want to begin canning.

Humphress, assistant with the expanded food and nutrition education program, offered shoppers honey-mustard grilled chicken with garlic green beans and blueberry cobbler.

Humphress works with limited-resource families to help them understand correct nutritional balance, good cooking habits and better food purchasing habits so as to have food at the end of the month.

She does group training at the Campbellsville Housing Authority and Taylor County Food Pantry as well as after-school programs at local schools.

Hardesty, Nash and Humphress can be contacted at the Extension office, located at 1143 S. Columbia Ave., by calling 465-4511.

- Larry Rowell is a Kentucky Press Association summer intern. Contact him at lrowell@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.