McKenzie — There are exciting things happening at the Farmers Market this Saturday. We start celebrating the Sweet Tea and Southern Pickin’s Festival with free sweet tea for all our customers. Children are encouraged to build their own race cars this week out of vegetables and fruit and enter the 4-H Veggie Derby Race. We will also have Susie’s Petting Zoo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. After the market, stroll down to the Red Caboose to cool on a variety of water slides.
We will also have all of our regular vendors with fresh, just picked tomatoes, squash, onions, okra, cantaloupes, zucchini, and more. Of course we have delicious baked goods, home décor, candles, natural cleaning supplies, coffee, tamales, and Mexican Street Corn which is delicious.
This week, we are highlighting one of our long-time vendors, Kathryn McDonald and her daughter, Sarah McDonald. Fourteen years ago, the McDonalds moved from Alaska, to their farm outside McKenzie from Alaska. Since moving they have built a “hobby farm” and grow fresh produce including delicious figs, a variety of herbs and other vegetables they sell at the Farmers Market and also use for their recipes. At their “Orange Cat Market” (the name of their business) you’ll find delicious canned “dilly beans”, okra, jellies, jams, a variety of relishes, and “Dad’s BBQ Sauce”.
The McDonalds’ “Toasted Mocha Bakery” side of the business features breakfast cookies, cinnamon rolls, zucchini, banana and fig nut breads, yeast breads, Italian breads, and our customers’ all-time favorites: Lemon Blueberry Bread and Sourdough Bread.
The third phase of their business, “The Mission Shop” features Sarah’s stunning handiwork in her beautifully crocheted baby clothes, stuffed animals, dish towels and more. All proceeds go to fund Sarah’s return to Gabon, Africa, where she volunteers as a nurse and also in the school.
The McKenzie Farmers Market is open Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon or until vendors sell out, and Tuesdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
We’ll see you at the Farmers Market!