First Day of the Summer Farmer’s Market

Today was the opening day of the Schenectady Greenmarket summer version.  It wasn’t as packed as we thought it would be, but there were still lots of people shopping.  The day was really cloudy, and perhaps people thought it would rain.  The Greenmarket made it through its first winter and more and more vendors will be showing up through the summer now.

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We didn’t have the need to buy too much this week, so the hubby and I stuck to purchasing mostly veggies and cider.  We haven’t seen the honey guy at the winter market for a few weeks, so we were happy to see he was back.  We really wanted to buy some more milk from the Battenkill Creamery that had been coming to the winter farmer’s market the last few weeks, but we couldn’t find them anywhere.  Upon inquiry, we were told a lot of people had been asking about them (good!) and their truck had broken down so they wouldn’t be here this week (boo!).  Next week, I guess.

Here’s a few pics from the many vendors at the market today:

The Placid Baker, Westport NY

The Placid Baker, Westport NY

Dutch Desserts, Kinderhook NY

Dutch Desserts, Kinderhook NY

Barber's Farm, Middleburgh NY

Barber's Farm, Middleburgh NY

Mariaville Cattle Farm, Schenectady NY

Mariaville Cattle Farm, Schenectady NY

Argyle Cheese Farmer, Argyle NY

Argyle Cheese Farmer, Argyle NY

BuddhaPesto, Woodstock, NY

BuddhaPesto, Woodstock, NY

Our Daily Bread, Chatham, NY

Our Daily Bread, Chatham, NY

Windy Willow Farm, Amsterdam NY

Windy Willow Farm, Amsterdam NY

Our honey guy - Lloyd Spear, Schenectady NY

Our honey guy - Lloyd Spear, Schenectady NY

Maynard Farms, Ulster Park, NY

Maynard Farms, Ulster Park, NY

Tons of vendors, and this isn’t even half of it.

There were also these dancers, who are apparently the Pokingbrook Morris Dancers, who do Cotswold (a countryside region of England) dances.  Today they were apparently doing “typical springtime displays that historically served to celebrate the awakening of the Earth.”

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I gotta say, I’m not too sure about those hats.

There was also a guy doing a blacksmithing demonstration from the Mabee Farm

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We stopped by our egg guy to say hello, though we didn’t need purchase any eggs this week.  Apparently him and K have struck up a nice comradeship, as K is on his mailing list to reserve eggs for us when we need it.  He asked us if we needed eggs and we told him no, but then he whispered to us to come over and gave us (for free) a half dozen pullet eggs!

Pullet egg

Pullet egg

Pullet eggs are the first egg that a new hen (usually around 15-18 weeks) will lay.  They are usually quite small and conical in shape.  Some people think these are much tastier than regular, adult eggs.  I will honestly admit I was quite shocked that he would just hand us some free eggs.  Between people at the garden and now this, people are giving us stuff everywhere! And I’ve been unable to give anything back yet.  Some day, I hope.

Our small bounty for today:

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We bought ramps, tiny wild leeks that are only available for a short time in the springtime, local asparagus, local spinach, apple cider, and our pullet eggs.  Can’t wait till next week!

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