Certainly, everyone in the cozy winter space in downtown Binghamton where the market meets twice a month is sick of winter. Here, a vendor dreams of spring, and the time the market can be outdoors again in its summer Otsiningo Park location.
We were browsing the garlic and the cheese at this stand, tended by two women. One looked at me and smiled. I see you every morning, she exclaimed, I live at _______ (a block from me) and my Ruby (her dog) greets you ever morning." Oh, I sure did know her, or rather I knew her friendly black dog, who barks hello at me some mornings when I walk by.
When did I ever think I would find an urban neighbor selling at a farmers market?
But, sadly, this market may soon be looking for a new permanent home.
|WNC Market, Asheville, NC September 2012|
What happened? We didn't find out right away, but when we did, there was no surprise.
Archeological artifacts were found, and, under New York State law, construction had to stop. It's not the first time this has happened with construction in this area, and it was one reason why I had always felt the Otsiningo Park location was not the best. (Full disclosure - the fact that our community garden was endangered by this construction was another reason I opposed it.)
The long arm of local history has stopped the construction - but the vendors were so ready for a permanent year round indoor market and I would have been hapy to have something even half the size of the awesome Asheville market.
Will the Otsiningo market ever resume construction? If it doesn't I don't want it to remain homeless. In fact, I have a dream of it being located somewhere else - that "somewhere" being my neighborhood of Westover, near Johnson City, New York.
Why? Because my neighborhood's survival may depend on it. Yes, Ruby, that also means you.
Sounds dramatic but I'm serious about that. More on that later in March.