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The Harvest Begins in the Finger Lakes

All across the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate New York, one can see all kinds of wagons, carts, and tents springing up along our highways showcasing this year’s harvest of fruits, vegetables, and sweet corn. It’s what we have been waiting for all summer long. First came the planning of our gardens in the winter, then the planting of the seeds and the seedlings, and then all of the work to keep the plants weeded, watered, and pest free.

There’s no better place to enjoy the “fruits” of the harvest than at a local farmers market which is held in many of the small towns all across the Finger Lakes. Last Saturday I traveled to Penn Yan to pick up some meat at Morgans Market in Penn Yan and the sight of the farmers market which is held on Main Street every Saturday morning temporarily deterred me from my original mission.

There along the street were all kinds of wagons loaded with newly harvested tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, potatoes, melons, peaches, and flowers. It was a joy to one’s eyes just to see all of the colors.

When we first moved to the Finger Lakes region some 15 years ago, Jeanette couldn’t get over the taste of fresh grown tomatoes, vegetables, and fruits that we bought at the Windmill, just a few miles from Penn Yan. I told her that they are supposed to taste like that and what you buy at the big box stores pales in comparison to home grown vegetables. Now she is a believer and we raise my own tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, and potatoes in our back yard.

Today I thought that I would surprise her with a bouquet of freshly cut flowers. If you change the water each day, they will last for a week on your kitchen table. Come to think about it, it was probably the best thing that I bought for five dollars that day!

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