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Make a patriotic basket for the summer holidays

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Would you like a special basket to use for Memorial Day or for the Fourth of July? Basket maker Kathy Watts is teaching a class in weaving the red, white and blue “Patriotic Drum Basket” from 6–9 p.m., Thurs-day, May 21, at the Exten-sion office. To see a picture of the basket, stop by the Extension office for a flier publicizing the class.

If you are interested in taking this class, please call the Carroll County Extension office at (502) 732-7030 by Friday, May 16, so enough materials can be ready for you. 

Class fee is $35 and must be paid at registration.

Get ready for the Carroll County Fair

We are hoping to see a lot of exhibits at the Carroll County Fair this year, and it is time to be thinking what you want to enter.

The fair is June 6-14.

Will it be canning you did this past year? Do you love to bake and want to enter a special cake, pie or cookies you make? Do you quilt, embroider or have you made a basket or two that you might enter? Do you like to paint or take photos or garden?

Entry day is Friday, June 6 from 9 a.m.–noon at the exhibit trailer, just inside the fair gate.

The 2014 fair book will be available by May 22 and be included in The News-Democrat so that you can review categories in which you may want to enter exhibits. These will be available at the Extension office. Let’s have a lot of entries at this year’s Carroll County Fair to showcase the talents of our Carroll County residents.

Spring into greens

The RiverView Farmers Market is now open for the season. Stop by Wednesday afternoons at the Highland Avenue side of Point Park and Saturday mornings at Hometown Pizza.

Spring greens, asparagus, new plants to set out in your own gardens and other items will be available for you as the season progresses.  Stop by and support our local agriculture.

This year, spring is a most welcomed season in Kentucky.

Farmers in the Bluegrass State have been experimenting with growing fruits and vegetables in ways that extend the traditional growing season. Despite the harsh conditions of this winter, the Kentucky family farmers have been successful with cold season crops this year.

High tunnel systems, green houses and indoor hydroponic operations are all currently used here. These new farming methods are producing salad greens – many varieties of kale and herbs. These crops grown over the winter will be available to Kentucky food consumers earlier than in years past.

Be sure to look for these spring greens in your community. They are followed with asparagus and strawberries as spring arrives in Kentucky.

Source:  Janet Mullins, Extension Specialist for Food and Nutrition, University Of Kentucky; College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Dates of interest

May 15: Embroidery group, 4-6 p.m., Extension office.

May 21: “The Patriotic Basket” basket-making class, 6 p.m., Extension office (register with $35 class fee prior to class).

May 27: Carroll County Homemakers annual meeting, 6 p.m., Extension office.

June 6-14: 2014 Carroll County Fair.

 

Grace Angotti is Carroll Co. Extension agent for family and consumer sciences. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to gangotti@uky.edu.