Saturday, October 8, 2016

Local Saturday - Grateful for the Frog Pond

 Why should I be grateful to a frog pond?

Today, a fall treat for my readers -a local (well, about 30 miles from where I live in the Binghamton, New York area, but it is well worth the drive) farm market called Frog Pond.

On the way there, we saw that our local trees are starting to color up.  In another week, to the east, we should be at peak, or near peak, color.  I hope to share some of that with you tomorrow.

Despite our drought, we've had (thankfully) a bountiful harvest - here, of winter squash and gourds.
More gourds.  The gourds on top are popular for bird houses.  Underneath are small pumpkins.

Brussel sprouts, onions, and local red peppers.  Elsewhere in the market were concord grapes and bottles of grape filling perfect for grape pies.

And last but not least, apples.  We are in a apple growing area, and enjoy varieties not necessarily found elsewhere in the United States.  Included in the selection were Cortlands, Macuons, Empire, Pippin, and my favorite, Honeycrisp.

It's a sobering thought that years ago, people did not dread winter because of the slippery ice and snow. Rather, they feared running out of food before spring came.

But we are fortunate.  We make our purchases, and are rung up by one of the owners, who adds everything up mentally.  It is so wonderful to watch.

Seeing a bountiful harvest truly makes me grateful.

What about you?

Day 8 of the #Ultimate Blog Challenge.

15 comments:

  1. I love farmers markets! Your pictures are wonderful! I'm going to one tomorrow and will be busily taking pictures, which I will share tomorrow. Thank you for visiting my blog. Watching the ash trees die is heartbreaking. I remember when the elm trees died. I was eleven years old when they were cut down. We had a big, beautiful elm tree in front of our house, and my imaginary friends lived there. I lost the tree and my imaginary friends at the same time. Sigh.

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  2. I love this time of year. Munchkin pumpkins are the best!

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  3. Lovely photos of autumn's bounty. Frog Pond - what a great name for a market.

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  4. Oh the colors! The smells (I have special smell-o-vision for any post with food-HA!) and the feelings that your beautiful blog evokes. Thanks for sharing your day at The Frog Pond. Looks delightful!

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  5. Just finish harvesting some winter squash out of garden today.
    Coffee is on

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  6. I love your photos. I love the fall and the beautiful colors of the season. You captured them really well.

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  7. Our local outdoor farmers market moves indoors for next week and the rest of the winter.
    I visited today and saw the concord grapes after remarking how large the blueberries were this year.
    Being lazy, and needing my time for posting here, I bought the finished product, 4 bottles of wine. Although they can figure out the change in their heads, they still can accept payment by credit card using a Square card plugged into their cell phone.

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  8. The time of fall is so beautiful, right ? It is time of festival for us here, And the market is brimming with color. Flowers,bangles, fruits and spices. Beautiful pictures ,Alana. :)

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  9. Farmers work are to be appreciated much. They deserve more honour. Colourful post. Loved it !!!

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  10. I've never thought about taking pictures at the local markets. We have many here in this area of Michigan. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Home grown veggies and fruits. What a treat! Love the pictures.

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  12. I live in the 7th largest city in the US. While we have several farmer's markets, none of them are near me. If they were more like the one you drove to, I'd gladly make the drive.

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  13. I love farm markets. We have a farmers market each Saturday. Love going there. Thanks for sharing your lovely colourful pictures.

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  14. Having grown up in Bainbridge (pre-Frog Pond days, when that space was actually a farm!), and returning to visit occasionally, I've been there. Listening to the cashier add up the bill out loud is part of the whole experience! Great place to visit!

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  15. wow Alana, such beautiful fresh produce. I have never visited a farm market though!

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