Black Diamond Farmer's Market

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Bees Make Honey

Hi again.

The weather Friday at the Black Diamond Farmer’s Market should be around 70 degrees with a 80% chance of sunshine.  The theme this week at the market is Bees and Honey, so come out on Friday and see what the buzz is all about.

Bumble Bee vs Hummingbird

The bumble bee flaps its wings about 200 times a second and the slower hummingbird flaps its wings about 80 times a second.

Make an easy raised Garden

Here is an easy inexpensive idea for making a 4′ x 4′ raised bed vegetable/plant garden. Thanks to an almanac blog, and blogger, Doreen G. Howard, you can make a personal garden space with just a few supplies and a quick trip to a local hardware store.  A few pieces of lumber, some nails/screws and some dirt and you can be ready to plant some veggies or a nice flower garden in an afternoon. 

Apples, Organic vs Non-Organic

From a March 2015 Consumer Reports magazine; here are some prices for Organic and non Organic foods,;


  • 1 lb of Apples
    • Organic:  $2.20
    • Non-Organic:  $1.83
  • Baby Carrots, 1 lb
    • Organic:  $2.19
    • Non-Organic:  $2.19
  • Strawberries, 1 lb
    • Organic:  $7.69
    • Non-Organic:  $4.39

Kids Free Crafts

This week for the kids crafts booth, we will be making Popsicle stick bumble bees.

Hope to see you at the Black Diamond Farmer’s Market this week.

Thanks Brock Deady.


Here Comes the Sun?

The fourth of July is next Monday, can you  believe it.  Summer is here!  Picnics, baseball, bar-b-ques and Apple Pie.  Memories of lighting charcoal snakes and sparklers.  Red, white and Blue.  Independence Day.  Happy Birthday to the United States of America, 240 years old.  Come up and enjoy the celebration at the Black Diamond Farmers Market, our theme this week is Independence Day.

Independence Day

Bring your kids and your friends to the Market this Friday and enjoy music, great food and hand done arts and crafts.  We are hoping for some great fun in the sun this week, so come on out to our new location this year, by the Black Diamond gym, and enjoy the weather and the community togetherness.  You can even make a flag at the Kids Craft for Free booth.


With the onset of summer comes weeding time in the garden.  If you have a garden planted then it is past time to watering and weeding, just be careful you don’t pull up the baby plants when you are weeding.  According to the BONNIE PLANTS website,, some good rules of thumb for a summer vegetable garden are:

  1. Water your vegetables 2 – 3  times per week during real hot weather.
  2. Watch your garden for an indicator plant – first  plant to wilt.  When this plant wilts it will indicate that it is time to water.
  3. Avoid wetting plant leaves, it may lead to disease.
  4. Keep water in the ground, use mulch around the plants as a barrier between the wet soil and the hot sun.

Bring on the HEAT!

And with the sun comes heat!  What do you do when it is too hot to sleep?  You can get fans, but all they do is move the hot air around.  You can invest in an air conditioner, but all that is going to do is raise your electric bill two times a year.  Here is an idea that I got from GREATIST.COM, put your sheets in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer for a few minutes before bed…doesn’t that sound refreshing.


What is all the fuss about organic vegetables?  I am not sure about organics, but here is a little information about organic gardening, thanks to the Organic Farming Research Foundation,

  • they do not use genetically modified seeds, synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
  • they keep detailed records that track products from the seed to the sale
  • the farmers need to maintain buffer zones to prevent contamination of the crops by synthetic chemicals from adjacent non -organic fields

What do you think, is an organic apple better than a conventionally grown apple?  Let us know what you think.

Thanks for reading the blog, see ya Friday.  Brock Deady.



Father’s Day

Rain on the flags

Rain, rain and more rain greeted vendors and visitors alike for the second week of the Black Diamond Farmer’s Market.  It was a celebration of Flag Day, which is celebrated on June 14th.  The vendors were set up and the music was playing and then came the rain.

The new location is turning out to be a hit with vendors and visitors, with lots of room to park and lots of room to roam.  The grass is nice for sitting and for running around in circles as some children did last week.

Father’s Day

The third Sunday in June, every year since 1910, has been deemed “Father’s Day”.  This Friday at the Black Diamond Farmer’s Market our theme will be “Fathers’s Day”. This Fridays Farmers Market will be dedicated to all the dads out there.  In celebration of Father’s Day, June 19, the market will be thanking all of our fathers.  Come and enjoy a day in the market and find a unique gift, some flowers or a snack or two for that special dad out there.

For the little crafters that join us on Friday, Tamie and I will be doing a craft that will be a great gift for a father.  Come and join us at the Kids Crafts for Free this Friday.

Laying out a garden

According to the Old Farmers Almanac its easy to layout a garden, if you need help, try this link and the Old Famers Almanac will help you layout a garden and will also help you determine how many of each plant should go into each area of the garden.  What a great thing to do with your father to celebrate Fathers Day this year.

Kids Crafts for Free

Even with the rain, Tamie and I got the opportunity to do some crafts with some patriotic kids.  In the “Kids Crafts for Free” booth we made popsicle stick American flags.  With a little paint and some glitter the kids were able to create some real masterpieces.

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See ya Friday

I hope to see more sunshine and more visitors this Friday, come and enjoy  your community market.  See ya, Brock Deady.



First Week a Hit!


Thanks everyone for coming out and attending the grand opening of the Black Diamond Farmers Market for 2016.  We had great weather, great booths, great entertainment and most of all great attendance!

The booths from week one included:

  • Music
  • Jewelry
  • Plants
  • Hand Made Soaps
  • Avon
  • Flowers
  • Snacks
  • Produce
  • Fudge
  • Dairy
  • Free crafts
  • 4H
  • Gifts

The Rhubarb theme was a big hit and several Rhubarb plants were given away, we even had some great rhubarb leaf prints made by the young and old in the markets craft booth.  The new location afforded more space and the open areas seemed to hold the crowd very comfortably.  If you couldn’t make it to the opening, please come and partake in the week two festivities with the patriotic theme of “Flag Day”.

Flag Day is actually on June 14 and it commemorates the adoption of out United Stares flag back in 1777.  It is suggested that the flag is flown all week in observance to National Flag Week.

Two Facts about the American Flag:

  1. The official colors of the America flag are:  White, “Old Glory Red” and “Old Glory Blue”.
  2. United States Code Title 36 chapter 10 is known as the flag code.

There will be plenty of room to roam and to take in all the great booths and to have a snack.  We will be doing a “Flag Day” themed art project and you can bet there will be other “Flag Day” items and events.

We look forward to seeing you all this Friday, June 10, from 3 to 7 for fun and community interaction.  Be on the lookout for fresh fruit, seedling plants, good food and lots of arts and crafts.  We will see you there.  Brock Deady.

Grand Opening June 3

Here we go!  It is time for the first Black Diamond Farmers Market of 2016.  We have vendors lined up selling plants, produce and gifts.  We also have a food truck selling snacks.  Come and check it out from 3PM – 7PM this Friday afternoon at our new location across from the police station, see below:

Help needed,

We are still in need of a Market Assistant.  Part of the duties of the Market Assistant include setting signs in Black Diamond on Thursday afternoons, helping the Market on Fridays from 1:30-8pm, and removing road signs on Friday.

Total hours are about 8-9 per week and the position pays $10/hour. Must have vehicle and be able to lift A-Boards, and install weekly wire-based signage. It’s helpful to have a food-handlers permit. Call 360-886-2963. Great job for a student!

Kids Theme Booth

We will have a kids theme booth each week with an art project highlighting the current weeks theme.  The first weeks project will be a Rhubarb Leaf Print, bring your kids and participate in this free activity.

Each week we will do a different activity at the Kids Theme Booth based on the current weeks theme.

See ya there.

Hope to see you all there for our opening day at our new location.  Come by and say hi, check out the vendors, have a snack and participate in making a Rhubarb Leaf Print. Looking forward to seeing you all.  Cheers, Brock Deady.


WANTED – Artists

Black Diamond Farmers Market has space available for artists and crafters who would like to show off their works of art and sell pieces to the wandering customers.  Rent a space and display your creations.  Show off your talent.  Whatever your art media is, a spot can be rented on a weekly basis.

Art that may be available at the Black Diamond Farmers Market:

  • Paintings
  • Drawings
  • Pottery
  • Woodworking

If your talent is mobile enough you could even set up an “Artist In Action” display, and create your works of art right in your space.  This would create an excellent opportunity to dialogue with potential customers about the way the art is created.

June 3rd is the first day for the Black Diamond Farmers Market in our new location.  We will be located next to the Black Diamond Gym, off of Lawson street, across from the Police Station.

Don’t forget about Rhubarb Fest, June 3rd, the theme for opening day of the Black Diamond Farmers Market.  See ya there, Brock Deady

June 3rd

Opening day of the Black Diamond Farmers Market is just around the corner.  June 3rd marks the grand opening for 2016.  Come and see what the market is all about.  We have started collecting applications for spaces, we have music booked for almost every week and we are even getting demonstrations scheduled for each market day.

Remember the first weeks theme is “Rhubarb Fest” and we will be doing a fun crafty project for those who are interested.  Remember we are also looking for great rhubarb recipes

Are  you ready to start gardening?  According to The Old Farmers Almanac the end of April is a great time to plant the following plants outside:

  • broccoli
  • brussel sprouts
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • kale
  • lettuce
  • onions
  • peas
  • potatoes
  • radish
  • spinach

QUIZ #1:  According to The Old Farmers Almanac, what vegetable is best planted in mid October?

The Old Farmers Almanac is a great resource for farmers, check out their website,, it is chock full of information.

Soooo, I know what you are saying, how are we going to top the opening day of the market with a theme like “Rhubarb Fest”.  Well I am going to tell ya, cause week number 2 we’ll be boasting the theme of “Flag Day”.  Excitement abounds with these theme driven days at the Black Diamond Farmers Market.

Hope to see ya on opening day at the Black Diamond Farmers Market, Brock.