After blogging yesterday about a failing downtown Binghamton, New York farmer's market, I had a much difference experience today at the Otsiningo Park Saturday market on the edge of Binghamton, New York in a county park.
It's almost July, and we are hitting the main part of our growing season. Items in season include lettuce, snap and sugar peas, zucchini, and fresh herbs. Fruits include strawberries and sweet bing cherries.
One booth even had broccoli and cauliflower.
These lettuces were from earlier in June. We are more into the main, full grown lettuces now.
I noticed that a number of vendors had signs indicating where in New York or Pennsylvania (we are near the Pennsylvania border so Northern Tier Pennsylvania growers in our Southern Tier New York market are considered local) their fruit came from. A far cry from downtown Binghamton's Friday market and the suspect produce I blogged about yesterday.
Later, we spent some much needed time in our community garden plots, which are a few hundred feet from the market. Rain and soggy soil has kept us out. While spouse planted swiss chard and yellow beets for the fall, I weeded and weeded and surveyed the garden. Our beans are flowering, our summer squashes don't have squash bugs (yet), and the Godzilla sunflowers (photo above) are doing just fine.
And what about Bob, the heirloom paste tomato we bought on a whim after our main tomatoes were already planted? It's growing nicely, and flowering although the plant still isn't as big as those tomatoes planted before it. If we get good seed from it, a blogger from Nebraska has offered to swap tomato seeds with me. We'll have to see. Unfortunately, our spring and summer rains don't bode well for late blight, which ruined our entire tomato crop in 2009. (My spouse even got into the newspaper with a picture of him standing by some of the dead tomato plants before he ripped them up).
What local foods are selling in your markets this weekend?