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28 TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 Cape Gazette er markets MiltOn Farmers Mar- ket, Sea Col0ny armers Market WREATHS AND WREATH-MAKING and Cool Sprin Farmers Mar- 2011 sales top $1.8 million For the 2011 Delaware'farmers market season, 16 Delaware farmers markets grossed more than $1,8 million in sales, a more than $400,000 increase over 2010. As in past years, the sea- began in April and ended in "Congratulations to all of our farmers markets, our farmers, and other vendors for an out- standing season," said Delaware Secreta of Agriculture Ed Kee. "The success of these markets is a reflection of the quality Of Delaware's agricultural prod- ucts and the hard work of Delaware farmers that are sec- ond to none. Our farmers mar- kets provide consumers with a ket all launched seasons. Community i: ers markets COl Stay tuned to s, list of 2012 farm will be placed c Department c website and Delaware (apps.delawar, spring. Farme terested in beco any of the state kets in 2012 ma Smith at 302-69 davidm.smith go to www.dd; ;uccessful first terest in farm- finues to grow. e an expanded rs markets that a the Delaware Agriculture dlable via the resh App .gov) in early and others in- aing vendors at s farmers mar- contact David ,-4522, or email, or October. 2011 is the sixth straight year of Delaware farm- ers markets increasing sales to consumers. "Farmers markets bring us lo- cal fresh fruit and vegetables, support our farmers and con- tribute to our local economy," said Gov. Jack Markell. "Thanks to all the consumers who made direct connection to those who produce the food that they put on their table. The concept of knowing where your food comes from continues to grow in popularity and drives people to farmers markets and grocery chains that carry local agricul- tural products." Of the $1.8 million in sales, and click on farr ,ers markets for a current list markets and market masters[for direct mar- ket contact. [ The Delaware[Fresh App was launched this y ar to help pro- mote farmers arkets, on-the- farm markets, I elaware Christ- mas trees, holiday items and much more. Du ing the holiday this a banner year for our tocal farmers markets. My wife, Carla, and my family have enjoyed many Delaware farm products tt/i year, and we look forward to enjoying next season's har- vest." produce accounted for 57 per- season, use th, cent; value-added products like Christmas tre eggs, meats, honey, breads and decorations, fie: miscellaneous items con-pies, e tributed'43 percent, http://governor. The resort-area markets con- gov/2011/ll/05/t tinued to lead in sales. Newcom- autumn. app to find a farm, holiday h local turkeys, c. See logs.delaware. aying-local-in- CLASSES AT EAST COAST GARDEN SUBMITTED PHOTO WREATHS OF ALE $|ZES are available at East Coast Garden Center, and custom creations can be made from the wide array of picks, balls, bows and more to choose from. Customers can create at their leisure or at an upcoming class.Kids can express their creativity with a wreath this holiday season. Poinsettias and favorites am available too. It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at East Coast Garden Center. Classes and eventscoming up include ChristmasOpen House & Customer Appreciation Party, Holiday-Decorating Demonstration, Decorate a Wreath for the Holidays, Holiday Murder. Mystery Theatre, Polish Cooking Classes, and Festival of Angels. Preregister for these classes and events by calling 302- 945-3489. More information is available on Sadie Moran is shown with the wreath she crea~ed. inter in the garden can often be drea- ry and cold, send- ing us huddling under a cozy bedspread of tufted chenille. Chenille bedspreads vc re first made by a young woman from Dalton, Ga., named Catherine Evans, who in 1892 created her own version of a vintage candlewicked spread, Her tufted handiwork had a fuzzy comforting look like a caterpillar, so the fabric became known as "chenille," the French word for caterpillar. The cozy h se wouldn't be complete without old-fashioned plants to match the old-fashioned chenille comforters and throws. Enter Acalypha hispida the Chenille plant. This fast growing house- plant has bright green leaves and sN:inch-long drooping red or white flowering catkins, which are fuzzy just like a caterpillar. X2"..e fuzzy catkin flowers can grow up to 18 inches long, so hanging baskets show off the flowers best. You can also set your plant on a stand so that it can droop down the sides of the pot. To encourage continuous blooming, remove old and dead blooms as needed. Chenille plant needs lots of sunshine to keep flowering, so the more light it gets, the better. It will do perfectly fine in partial sun too. Chenille plant blooms heaviest summer through fall. If your plant stops blooming, move it to a spot with direct morning sun or indirect after- noon sun in a south- or west-fac-' ing window. Rotate the pot every week so that the plant doesn't lean toward the light. Avoid drafts or very low (dry) humidity. You can mist the plant to increase humidity, especially on dry winter days. Chenille plants are often avaiP able as houseplants at nurseries, garden centers and through mall-order houses. A chenille robe is a great gift, but then again so is a chenille plant. Chenille plant cuttings root easily. Take cuttings during late winter or early spring. Five- inch cuttings are ideal for root- ing in a mix of half sand and half peat moss. Cover each potted cutting with a plastic bag to keep moisture level up. Place potted cuttings in indirect light. Chenille plants can be at- tacked by spider mites. Left SUBMITTED PHOTO THE CHENIILLE PLt~NT is a fast-growing houseplant that has bright green leaves and six-inch long drooping red or white flow- ering catkins, whichlare fuzzy just like a caterpillar. The fuzzy catkin flowers can grow up to 18 inches long. can kill a plant. Water your Chenille plant dai- nille plants are mildly toxic, a unchecked, they[, Daily misting will discourage spider mites anc healthier by incl Spray any infect mix of rubbing ter. Be sure to c, leaves, front and also dab this ruk and water soluti plant with cotto: moist cloth. ly to keep the soil moist. Never hanging basket also helps keep keep your plant let your plant get too dry or wilt. them away from pets and small . asing humidity. When your plants are actively children. In the spring, cut back d plants with a growing, during spring and sum- severely to four to eight inches cohol and wa- mer, you can fertilize every two to encourage new growth and all of theweeks. Use a water-soluble fer- more blooms. back. You can filizer diluted half strength with Your Chenille plant with soft, ing alcohol water. Do not fertilize during the fuzzy trailing blooms just begs ,n onto the winter months when plant to be touched on a cold winter .balls or a growth is slower, day, and is as comforting as a Like many houseplants, Che- warm chenille robe.