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?

9 comments:

Sue said...

I didn't think anyone in the world but me loved brussel sprouts. We have amazing corn on the cob here in Iowa. It's sweet and the kernels are just full of juice. There is a farm somewhere around here and they bring these HUGE wagons into town and park them at all the local HyVee Drug Stores. THey are cram packed with the ears of corn. You can buy 13 of them for $5. I hear they will be a little late this year because of the rain and chilly spring we had but let me tell you when they do get here, I'll be one of the first people in line. We have a farmers market down town, but I never go because I'm not a fan of getting lost, trying to find a parking place, or lots of people but we have smaller stands parked around town with tomatoes mellons and things like that. So I usually stop once or twice a week.

booksNyarn said...

Cherries are finishing up and blueberries are beginning here in MA! I have a CSA share but need to get to the Farmer's Market. I have a canning party planned with tomatoes really start coming in!

Prairiedog said...

We have a farmers market in our small town, and I do shop there. We don't have anything like cherries or blueberries, but we have the veggies and fruit from the area, So. Minn. Sweetcorn and lots of stuff will be late this year due to the wet weather but it will be worth the wait, but probably more spendy like everything else. We have no room for a garden, so I like to buy fresh 2x a week. Our daughter has a big garden and brings me stuff regularly too. Our Friends of the Library is going to be selling used books on the Fridays in Aug. at the market, so I'll be helping with that. We had fresh fish, blue gills, aka, sunfish, for lunch yesterday that my hubby caught here in the river that flows by our house. Yum. Have a great weekend! Karen

Dru said...

I just came back from the farmer's market and it was nice pickings.

Linda McDonald said...

I enjoy going to farmer's markets. Unfortunately, unlike you, I did not grow up loving vegetables. I really know I need to eat more, so I am starting to experiment just a little.

Vickie said...

You reminded me that our farmers market is tomorrow, thank you! We've been either out of town or I've been working and haven't made it there yet. I love farmers markets for the produce, mostly the veggies, but I love seeing what creative items people bring in. We keep our eye open for new salsas and hot sauces or jams with different to us fruits...oh! and honey!

Heather said...

I love visiting our Saturday Farmers' Market, though I do not get there very often. I tend to dislike a lot of the veggies most people like, and love ones people love to hate. My favorites: Broccoli, spinach, brussels sprouts, carrots, green beans, corn (on or off the cob) and zucchini.

Aurian said...

I do eat my veggies, and also love Brussels sprouts, but the things I buy at farmers markets, or just those stand at the side of the road, are jams and honey and such. And then I forget to eat them ...

Sarita said...

Most of our veggies and fruits are grown here on the farm. Love picking dinner out of the back yard!