It’s been a very long winter. We’re suffered through the coldest February on record. We’ve survived 119 inches of snow thus far (more than Buffalo and Rochester). Oh, plus it’s nearly Mid-April, and until this week, we still had snow in parts of our yard. Grrr! On a happier note, my crocuses are blooming and they’ve multiplied since last year.
The backyard is still covered in a glassy layer of snow, but the crocuses and tulips have started to pop out from the cold earth. Winter still has a firm grip on upstate New York despite the fact that the first official day of spring has come and gone. I’m hoping winter releases us soon, because I am ready for warmth and color. More specifically, I’m ready to plant my new veggie garden. Once the snow has melted, I will tend to the dirt and prepare it for planting. Depending on the weather, I will be able to direct sow some things in April. Hopefully.
Last year, my garden consisted of jalapenos, green and red bell peppers, carrots, peas, cauliflower and a variety of herbs. This year I plan to utilize my second garden more and move my sunflowers to the front yard. Between these items, my CSA farm share, and pickings from the fruit farm next door, I will have PLENTY fresh fruits and vegetables. Many of which will be organic.
Today marked the first ever Baldwinsville, NY farmer’s market. It will be held every Wednesday from 3-6:30 p.m. in the Village Square– aka the middle of the village between the Diner and Sammy’s. It will run from June 5 through Oct. 23. It will feature locally grown foods from nearby farms such as Abbott’s and Reeve’s, food vendors, and handmade products.
Xander and I rolled up around 4 p.m. and found a parking spot in the packed lot by the Baldwinsville Diner. The increased traffic was noticeable. Approximately 20 tents were set up in the square and live music was playing. The market had a nice showing and many people were milling around. This first market, though, was mostly handmade goods and food vendors. You could buy soap, soy candles, earrings (including Bud Light bottle cap earrings) or garden decorations; in addition, you could buy flowers (like snapdragons or marigolds) or vegetables/herbs to plant. We saw a cheese tent and a visiting winery. The only produce available was strawberries. I bought the last box from Reeve’s for $5. Xander opted for a small cup of cherry Italian ice for $2.50. We sat at a picnic table so he could eat it. Overall, it was an enjoyable way to spend 30 minutes and support local businesses.
Hopefully with time, it will grow to include more produce and vendors… and they will get some trashcans.