Saturday, July 9, 2011

I brake for Farmers Markets

By Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

First came rhubarb.  Then strawberries.  Now it's cherries.

Up next?

Peaches.  Then grapes (New York State wines are famous worldwide) and finally apples. (The second largest crop of them in the country is grown not far from where I live.)

All this fruit -- and I rarely eat any of it.

Unlike most kids, I grew up eating my veggies and LOVING them!  I still do.  So when I saw that the farmers market had finally opened on Thursday, it wasn't fresh fruit I was hankering for.  The thing is -- there aren't any local veggies.

Okay, I know I'm wrong.  Fresh tomatoes, yellow squash and zucchini are just starting to come in--and I like them, but I'm waiting for the really GOOD stuff to arrive.  Brussels sprouts.  Cauliflower.  Potatoes.  Locally grown onions, carrots, leeks, cabbage, parsnips.

Our local farmers market runs from July through early November.  I didn't have time to go this week, but next week--I'll be there, and I know I won't leave empty handed.

Of course, in my own yard I'm growing snow peas, green beans, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, and potatoes.  (That is IF Mr. rabbit and Mr. Groundhog don't eat them first.)

So how about you.  Are you a localvore?