The passing of Labor Day may mean the dog days of summer are coming to an end, but that doesn’t apply to Ohio and nearby Michigan’s agricultural growing season.
Sylvania’s Market on Main is still in full bloom.
“We are in the bulk of the tomato season,” said Ed Farnsel, of the family-owned Farnsel Farms in Metamora, Ohio. End of August and, really, September is the best time for tomatoes and for tomato canning.”
He is one of several produce and artisan vendors at the farmers’ market held every Tuesday in downtown Sylvania’s Historical Village, 5717 Main St..
His table this week at the Market on Main was teeming with a rainbow-colored variety of cherry tomatoes. He sold Amish pink, sun sugar yellow (which were a Sunkist orange), black, and yellow pear (aptly named after its shape) cherry tomatoes.
A couple of tables away, Shirley Jentzen, of the family-owned Jentzen Farms in Monroe, Mich., said there’s a good three weeks left in the growing season.
She said market goers can look forward to winter squashes, such as acorn, butternut, and pumpkin.
If we don’t get a frost, peppers, tomatoes, cabbage, and broccoli will be in full supply, she said.
The Market on Main is held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday through October.