Loving the Farmers Markets

Nicole Rogers

Loving the Farmers Markets

3 mins
August 10, 2020

I have enjoying reading the Farmers Market reports each week and, as always, I enjoy Darleen’s Grandma’s Dirt. The recipes shared have been inspiring me to cook with the produce of the season. I did not plant any cucumbers this year but would like to buy some local cukes and try out some of Darleen’s pickle recipes. Donna Rasmussen treated us with jar of her hot and spicy pickles last year and “hallelujah” she has given us two more this year! They are deliciously hot and spicy! Thank you, Donna! And, I would also like to thank our resident grandma Darleen for sewing cute little face masks for the grand girls. With school starting soon, they will be needed. 

Each year, we make quarts and quarts of home-made salsa and it's now tomato time. The Owen Farmers Market has lots of ‘maters and Tammy Jenkins kindly shared a great recipe. Last spring, I helped plant tomatoes in my folks’ garden. Dad had the garden all prepared for dropping the plants into the mounds of soft soil, so it was the easiest planting I ever helped with. Now comes harvest and canning of salsa, I can already smell the tomatoes, peppers and onions stewing in our big canning pot. Since Darleen and Tammy contributed recipes this week, I thought I would share a quick and easy crock pot recipe which includes using the produce of the season. This is one of my low carb recipes so those who are carb conscious you will love this. It has only 4 net carbs per serving.

Crock Pot Chicken Soup


3 boneless/skinless chicken breasts

15.5 ounces of chunky salsa

15 ounces chicken bone broth or regular chicken broth

8 ounces of Pepper Jack Cheese cubed or shredded


Place chicken in 6-quart crock pot. Add remaining ingredients. Cook high for 3 to 4 hours. Remove chicken and shred and return to crock pot. That is it! Enjoy!

Stop by the Farmers Market either Wednesday afternoons or Saturday mornings until 1 p.m. and check the freshness of the season. This week will also feature a Thrift Sale. Also, this Saturday the Owen Main Street Car Show will be in town, it will be a great time to socialize with your neighbors in a safe way. Keep safely on the sunny side!

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Nicole Rogers

Nicole Rogers, lives in Owen, WI, and is the co-editor for the Sentinel & Rural News.