It's 21 days and counting.
That means three weeks - give or take a day or two - before the area gets its first taste of local homegrown sweet corn.
At least that's according to the Wittens Farm Market forecast.
Phil Foreman The Marietta Times
Witten employee Audra Schroeder, of Sarahsville, gives the flowers a good drink Wednesday at Witten’s Pike Street location.
"In about three weeks, we'll get into corn and tomatoes," said Justin Wajda, 23, who is in his fourth summer working for the local business besides attending West Liberty University near Wheeling. "That's two big things for summer."
Bonnie Offenberger, 61, and her husband, Kenneth, 62, of 385 County House Lane, stopped by Wittens' Pike Street location to check for produce that's not available to them locally, such as tomatoes.
"We are looking for tomatoes and such we haven't gotten yet," Bonnie said. "We like to stop here to get produce."
Where to buy farm products
Hensler's Town and Country, 1020 Pike St., 374-9945. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
L.E. Huck & Sons Farm Market, 412 Muskingum Drive, 373-2484; produce, deli, baked goods, gifts, flowers and more.
Stacy Family Farm, BF Goodrich Road, Oak Grove, Marietta; 374-2371. 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.stacyfarm.com. Calling the number supplies updated information on strawberry picking.
Witten's Farm Market, locations across southeast Ohio, from Marietta to Zanesville, Caldwell and Newark. The sites are open from 8 or 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. www.wittenfarm.com/
River City Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Vendors will sell their wares under the grandstands or in the Floral Hall under the roller rink. www.rivercityfamilyfarms.org
Downtown Farmers Marketplace, Parkersburg; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays through September. The lot is adjacent to the market and across from the Municipal Building on Third Street. Directional signage will also be placed along the roadway.Visit Downtown Farmers Marketplace place on Facebook. www.parkersburgfarmersmarket.com
Bob's Farm Market and Greenhouse, Washington Boulevard, Belpre.
Tips for picking berries
To help prevent berries from being bruised and for easier transportation home, bring your own empty containers (examples: empty ice cream bucket or tupperware bowls).
Part the leaves with your hands and pick only the berries that are fully red.
If you are not using your berries immediately, plan your picking during the coolest part of the day. Strawberries keep longer when picked in cooler weather.
Berries picked during the heat of the day become soft, are easily bruised and will not keep well, but are great for making jam or used immediately.
Put a couple of days' supply into the fridge, wash and cut the caps (green tops) off the others and freeze unless you're going to use them immediately.
Among the produce available are cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes and other items not in season yet, shipped from farms in Georgia and Florida.
Customers at Lane's Farm Market and Orchard, Ohio 676 north of Marietta, are awaiting the first of July when the market will be able to sell blueberries, yellow plums and peaches, especially the farm's favorite sour, or Morrency, cherries.
Owner Ted Layne said the Morrency cherries are the best for pies, while one of the 25 apple varieties grown in the orchard - the Lodi- and other early apples are good for sauce. Layne said the beginning of apple season would come in late August and early September.
One of the main varieties of peaches Lane grows is the Saturn, a white fruit and the first to ripen.
"It's as sweet as it can be," Lane said. "Once we pick those, we can't keep them in the store."
Elsa Fulmer, 60, and her husband, Philip, 62, of 210 Pebble Drive, also were looking for produce Wednesday that isn't quite in season in southeastern Ohio at Wittens on Pike Street.
"We're looking for Tennessee tomatoes because ones in Ohio aren't ready yet," Fulmer said. "The flowers are always beautiful."
Stacy Family Farm, B.F. Goodrich Road, and Hensler's Town & Country, 1020 Pike St., have had strawberries for a few days.
Hensler's co-owner, Candy Hensler, said the market is featuring rhubarb in addition to local strawberries. She is co-owner of the market with her husband, Travis. She said the farm is a family operation and supplies most everything it sells.
"We try to sell all Ohio produce if we can," she said.