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2021 Historic Marion Tailgate Market opens Tuesday

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Woohoo! The 2021 Historic Marion Tailgate Market opens 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 4.

It’s time for something fresh from the garden. There will be fresh breads, eggs, lettuce, onions, mushrooms, pretzels, herb breads, jams, jellies and sauces. For the sweet tooth, there will be kettle corn, fudge and fried pies. Come out and support your local farmer.

If you want to have your own garden, now is your chance. Kim Freeman of the Community Outreach and Education at Mission Hospital McDowell, and also the co-chair for Local Food Advisory Council/LFAC, will have free bucket garden kits available.

The bucket gardens are done in collaboration with Mission and LFAC. Kits will be available during Market days in May and include the bucket, soil, plants/seeds, planting instructions, community food resources (in English and Spanish). Kim will also have healthy eating info/recipes that folks can pick up. Be sure to stop by and get your very own Bucket Garden Kit. You can pick up free seeds also.

The Market is open every Tuesday 3 to 6 p.m.

No cash is not a reason to miss the Market. Marion Tailgate Market accepts cards; credit, debit and EBT. EBT/SNAP users can use Market Fresh Bucks to double up to $40 to provide additional funds for fresh, seasonal items to supplement their Food and Nutrition Income.

The Market is located at the parking lot at the intersection of Henderson and Logan streets.

For more Market information, call 652-2215. Watch for weekly updates on Facebook Marion Tailgate Market. Check out the brand new Marion Tailgate Market Website.

Lettuce is in season and you want to keep your lettuce fresh. Here are some tips for making the most of your lettuce.

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Keep lettuce fresh longer

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Don't let your lettuce go bad before you get a chance to use it. Learn how to store loose-leaf and head lettuce so it stays fresh for a week or more.

Loose-leaf lettuce (and greens)

1. Wash your lettuce, and remove any damaged leaves. Do this even if you bought bags of prewashed lettuce, since they're known to carry E. coli.

2. Dry your lettuce thoroughly. If you have a salad spinner, use it. It'll remove the excess water without bruising the lettuce. If you don't have one, gently pat the lettuce dry with a paper towel or dish towel.

3. Wrap the lettuce in a dry paper towel and place it in a plastic bag or storage container. You can reuse the container it came in, as long as you wash it first.

4. To maintain the proper temperature and moisture level, store your lettuce in the crisper drawer in your fridge.

5. Replace the paper towel anytime it feels especially wet. This is the key to keeping your lettuce from getting slimy.

6. Check your lettuce every day or two. Remove any leaves that are beginning to go bad. This will keep the rest of the lettuce from spoiling.

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