ap market garden

By Jeff Lundquist/NT Publisher

By Jeff Lundquist/NT Publisher

Meet Dustin Potter, the owner and proprietor of AP Market Garden. At the age of 14, he took an interest in gardening. Potter grew sweet corn and pumpkins for the Clarinda Farmers Market. His motivation to start his business came through the Practical Farmers of Iowa.

Meeting and discovering younger Iowan farmers really influenced him. Per Potter, “Two years ago, I took an entire summer to visit farms and saw how they ran. One of the ones I visited was Rolling Acres Farm. We sat down, had tea, and it was awesome!”

His morning routine is started by harvesting leafy greens, and then switching to root crops and zucchini. In the afternoons, Potter does all the weeding and hard plantings. He then utilizes the evenings for farmers markets.

This is his second year selling produce. Potter is a master gardener in Council Bluffs, as well as a teacher. AP Market Garden provides leaf and root vegetables (ex: carrots, onions, and radishes) early in the growing season. In midseason, it is green beans and tomatoes. Squash, spring-planted crops, and watermelon come during the fall.

Potter farms on his grandparents’ farm. He does the majority of the work himself, but his grandparents help with the weeding and planting. Potter is excited to meet you at the market. Please stop by his beautiful stand, and pick up some passionately grown flowers and produce.

Featured Products

•Produce: Carrots, radishes, zucchini, onions, snow peas, garlic scapes, and turnips

•Farm foods: Meat, honey, jams, fruit butters, syrup, and granola

•Your garden:

-Vegetable plants: Broccoli, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, arugula, and cabbage. -Herbs: Sage, parsley, basil, spearmint, cilantro, and oregano. -Flower plants: Hanging plants, marigolds, primrose, milkweed, and ageratum.

•Your pets: Bird suet feeders

•Crafts: Goatmilk soaps, doll clothes, lotions, and facemasks

Cobb Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

-1 package (10 ounces) torn mixed salad greens or 8 cups torn romaine lettuce.

-6 ounces deli chicken, turkey or smoked turkey breast, cut . inch thick.

-1 large tomato, seeded and chopped.

-. cup bacon bits or crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled.

-1 large ripe avocado, peeled and diced.

-. cup prepared blue cheese or Caesar salad dressing.

Directions:

1. Place lettuce in salad bowl.

2. Dice chicken; place in center of lettuce.

3. Arrange tomato, bacon and avocado in rows on either side of chicken.

4. Drizzle with dressing. Serve immediately.

Serving Suggestion:

Serve with warm French or Italian rolls.

Online Store

Produce in the Park’s online store is open weekly from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday at 11 PM. Customers who order online can drive-through pick-up at the park on Thursday between 4:00 and 6:00 PM. The online store can be found at www.produceintheparkatlanticiowa.com

or by visiting @ProduceInThePark on Facebook.

This new purchasing option allows customers to spend time browsing items and pick up purchases without coming into contact with other customers. This feature is being implemented to help customers keep distance during COVID-19.

Customer Requests

Produce in the Park is requesting customers’ patience and support in keeping the market as safe as possible for all customers and vendors.

•If you are ill or have been in the past three days, please do not attend the market

•Please maintain 6 foot distance from vendors and other customers

•Please do not handle products. Point to what item you would like, and the vendor will select and bag for you

•Masks are strongly encouraged

Produce in the Park Dates and Times

•Produce in the Park is open Thursdays from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Atlantic City Park, 10 W 7th Street. From June 4 through September 24

•Pre-market drive-up shopping is available for at-risk customers from 4:00-4:30 PM. During this time, customers at high risk of COVID-19, who are unable to shop online, can drive through the market and pay with cash or check without leaving their vehicles. This service is offered first come first served.

Sponsor Thank You

Thank you to 2020 July sponsor Deter Motors.

Contact Produce in the Park

Phone: 712-249-5870

Facebook: @ProduceInThePark https://www.facebook.com/ProduceInThePark/

Instagram: @produceintheparkatlanticia

contact Jeff Lundquist at jrlund@ant-news.com

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