(My posts on Binghamton Restaurant Week, and the Heartburn Incident, will continue next week.)
Today's Otsiningo Park (Broome County, New York near Binghamton) farmers market was full of surprises.
For example, fresh ginger. That was the first time I've seen it in my area.
You'll note it doesn't look like the tuborous ginger you see in supermarkets or Asian food stores. That is because it is fresh.
After a blogger encouraged us to grow our own ginger, we are in the process of doing that in a pot in our yard. But we've had three frost warnings already (no frost) and true frost should be here some time in October. So our ginger won't be outside for too much longer.
We decided to buy a piece, just in case our potted ginger doesn't produce. The pieces for sale were smaller than the "show" sample in the photo, but good enough for a family for two.
How do you use fresh ginger? If you ask, I'll write more about using homegrown ginger in a future post when we harvest whatever is in our pot outside.)
The other new offering was something the vendor called "pokemon pumpkins". But, I've looked online, and can't find this. Anybody know what this winter squash/pumpkin is? (the red things in the picture are potatoes.)
Corn is still at the market, a big surprise, because normally it is finished by now. Our unpredictable changing climate here in upstate New York? No matter, I'm looking forward to it tonight. Fresh corn must be eaten as soon as possible, and I like it cooked in the microwave with just a little butter.
More of what was being offered was normal for the early fall. For example, gourds.
Lots more was for sale, including garlic, lettuce (finally!), kale, cabbage, cauliflower, eggs, baked goods, and potted mums.
As I read this post to edit it, I realize I have readers from all over the world - from England, to New Zealand, and even Florida and Nebraska in the United States. I'd love to hear what is in your farmers market if it is growing season for you, or what you are looking forward to, if it isn't.