If you are reading your Daily Times over breakfast on a crisp October morning, spreading your store-bought jelly on your morning toast or biscuit, your mouth is about to water.
“Cider jelly, grape jelly, peach jelly, black raspberry jam,” Mary Freeman of Hoople’s Orchard in Otway makes all that and much more, fresh from her farm. She had those items and many more Saturday morning at the Main Street Portsmouth Farmer’s Market on the Roy Rogers Esplanade in downtown Portsmouth.
“This year we don’t have any apples because the frost took everything that we had,” Freeman said. “But whenever I have a good crop I put a lot in the freezer because I think, next year we may not have any. So that’s how we got all the jellies and the jams. Garden stuff is just about all gone.”
Though she had no apples, it did not keep her from producing some great things to bring to the Farmer’s Market.
“I’ve got pickles and I’ve got homemade apple butter,” Freeman said. “We’ve got four jars left of spaghetti sauce and all kinds of jellies and jams.”
Mary was also promoting the Annual Christmas Bazaar and Garage Sale, Oct. 28 and 29 at Hoople’s Farm located at 2420 Mt. Hope Rd., in Otway. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Right across from Mary was another stand operated by Tony Esposito of South Shore, Kentucky.
“We’ve got jams and jellies as well as some banana pepper mustard,” Esposito said. “We also have baked mini-pies and a little bit of candy – some fudge, potato candy and so on.”
Esposito admitted his daughter makes most of the products he sells, but confessed his is available to help her where he is needed.
“We’ve been here almost all year,” Esposito said.
Will Esposito miss coming to the Farmer’s Market since it was the last one of the season.
“Yeah, it’ll be a little different,” Esposito said. “We’ve had a good time being down here, met a lot of good people and have enjoyed it.”
The Main Street Farmer’s Market will resume again next year in May and run through early October.
The market features produce, meats, and honey, which are all grown or produced locally. The variety of produce changes as the growing season progresses but all is grown locally and sales benefit local farmers. In addition, fresh cut flowers and other plants are available.
Vendors can participate with a weekly $10 table fee and can reserve tables for the entire season at a discounted rate. To register you can review their rules & guidelines and send your vendor application to 342 Second Street Portsmouth, Ohio 45662 or email them at [email protected]
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.