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Janesville Farmers Market focusing on early offerings

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Samantha Jacquest
June 13, 2013

— It's still too early for tomatoes, and sweet corn isn't yet in season.

You won't find eggplant, zucchini or carrots at the Janesville Farmers Market on Saturday, but the market has several new attractions, said Stephanie Aegerter, market manager.

“Within the next few weeks, we're really going to start seeing the market full with lots of produce and more variety,” Aegerter said. “This year it has been cool and rainy so its delayed most produce.”

Until the produce is plentiful, farmers market customers can find:

Alternative Metal Art: Local artists use recycled glass to sculpt animals and abstract art.

Lu Austin Preserves: Aegerter said this family-owned company has been one of the most popular features at the market this season. The company make jams, jellies, syrups, condiments and other items with fresh ingredients.

Saint Elizabeth's: Sister Mary Denise, Saint Elizabeth's nursing home seamstress, sews baby items, including bibs, clothing, blankets, pillows and stuffed animals. Items for other ages include pillows and baked potato bags, which make it easier to make baked potatoes in the microwave.

Claws-N-Paws Pet Treatz: Nicole Young sells healthy dog and cat snacks made from all-natural ingredients. Flavors include cranberry-apple, biscotti, peanut butter and pumpkin.

“Organic is healthy, not just for us, but also for dogs and cats,” Young said. “Nutrition is extremely important to pass on to our animals, as well.”

Peck's Homemades: Laura and Keith Peck and their family make home décor items and all-natural products including birdhouses, mailboxes, bug sprays, house cleaners, lotions and wind chimes and garden art made from wine bottles.

“We started by making birdhouses for Christmas presents one year, and then we started doing more and more,” Laura Peck said. “We're trying to do more recycling.”

Entertainment: Although the farmers market has had entertainment in past years, local sponsors this year have made it possible for shows almost every week of the season.

Local artist Yuri Rashkin will be performing his own music and providing an open mic for other amateur performers.

Competitors in the Rock, Roll, 'n Run Triathlon will run through the market at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 6.



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