For the benefit of new readers: On Saturdays, I have a "Local Saturday" feature; Sundays "Civil War Sunday" (about the United States Civil War and its immediate aftermath), and Wednesdays "Spring Things". I am thinking about participating in the "Throwback Thursday" meme, but haven't made up my mind yet.
For today's Local Saturday, I am celebrating the return of the outdoor farmers market season in upstate New York by today's visit to the farmer's market in Ithaca, New York.
Ithaca is the home of both Ithaca College and Cornell University. Interest in "ethnic" and organic food is high. Unlike some farmers markets in this area, the Ithaca Saturday/Sunday market at Steamboat Landing requires producers to grow their offerings within 30 miles of the market.
Today, we purchased some Senposai Japanese greens. We love these, and we can not get these where we live, a bit more than an hour's drive from Ithaca.
|Ramps are in top of photo|
We also purchased a bunch of ramps, a wild plant which we would like to try to cultivate in our shady back yard.We wonder if the harvesting of ramps, almost all of which are obtained from the wild, is endangering the plants or not.
Red mustard greens and spring greens.
The market also had radishes and some beets (which I suspect were from last year). After our hard winter, we are so thrilled to have our farmers markets again.
Happiness is a warm green. Hopefully, our community garden plots will be ready soon. We are ready to plant. More on that Tuesday.
Do you have a local farmers market? Is it your growing season yet?