She is knowledgeable, energetic and an excellent spokesperson for local farmers' markets.
We are soon to get a year round indoor farmers market (greatly needed in this land of winters that sometimes give us over 100 inches of snow in a year) and construction will begin next month.
Ms. Stevens assured me (contrary to rumors) that the market will not endanger the nearby community gardens we've participated in for many years (at least for the next three years) although our parking area will change. If the market must be moved, she assured me that it would be relocated to a different part of Otsiningo Park, a county park.
The best part of our talk, though, was finding out that Ms. Stevens is also managing the Binghamton downtown farmers market this year. As I've blogged about before, this downtown market is dwindling and action is needed. I discussed some of my concerns, as expressed in the blog.
Unlike the requirement Otsiningo Park's market has of everything coming from a 50 mile radius of the market, the Binghamton downtown market does not have a similar requirement. Ms. Stevens did speak to that (this is something that won't change in the immediate future for reasons she shared with me) but assured me that, as part of her job as manager, she visits the farm of every vendor in both markets.
Most of all, Ms. Stevens noted the downtown Binghamton market, while she works to improve it, needs the support of everyone who works, lives or shops in downtown Binghamton.
So, what else is going on at the Otsiningo market?
Last week, potatoes...
Between last week and this, we bought local garlic, lemon thyme MooVache, lettuce, eggs. Other produce, right now, we are getting from our community garden. I am grateful that I have the financial resources to shop at farmers markets.
Were you able to support your local farmer this week?