Saturday, February 8, 2014

Sustainable Saturday - The February Larder

We are only a few weeks away from spring (and counting the days).  But, here in upstate New York, the start of spring is only a number on the calendar (and an astronomy event) - it is rare that anything much is growing outside here at the beginning of the third week of March.

It certainly isn't the best day for growing here.  This morning, it got down to 1 above zero F (-17 C)

Yet, here in February, our twice a month winter farmers market in downtown Binghamton, perseveres.  Here are some of the offerings of the last market.

Root veggies-anyone for organic carrots and other veggies? (I was slightly puzzled to see something that looks like kohlrabi in this bag - as that is not a root veggie.  But maybe I'm just confused.)

Garlic, which somehow came out sideways (it refuses to rotate).  Most local garlic at this time of year is somewhat dried out - these were perfect.

And, my surprise of the week.
Golden Russet apples!  (this vendor also had dried beans, and fresh kale)

Technically, Trumansburg (which is much closer to Ithaca than it is to here) is not local, but the vendor was the local Binghamton urban farm Vines.  They were forgiven, as I pounced upon two pounds of these apples (looking like a madwoman as I sprinted to their booth).  The next day, I made a heavenly apple crisp with part of my find.

Simply stated, these apples have some of the best taste you will every experience.  If you have never had a heirloom apple and see these for sale, run, do not walk, to the vendor.

Other items for sale included eggs, cheese, breads, honey, meat and crafts.

What's selling in your local farmer's market this week?


  1. Wow, that all sounds yummy! You paint a beautiful and inspiring picture with your words and photographs. Maybe I'll find a local farmer's market as I head out to my day!

  2. I love the sound of your larder.
    We use our back porch as a larder and it works really well :-)

  3. I had never heard of Vines before. Thank you for the link.

  4. I can just picture you running to grab the apples. I'm not sure I've tasted Golden Russet, but I'll take your word for them being delicious and will certainly try them if I ever see them.
    I've posted a link to your blog on mine today:

  5. Well our farmers' market is closed and don't know of any indoor one close by. The flea market still has a few vendors outside though. Stay warm up there girl!


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