Market to Pantry #18: Schenectady Greenmarket, upstate New York
From Lauren (The Very Hungry Bookworm), in upstate New York:
Every Sunday from 10 to 2, farmers, artisans, and producers travel from miles around to set up their stands at the Schenectady Greenmarket in upstate New York. In the summer, the market abounds with vibrant herbs, greens, tomatoes, locally-raised meat, fresh cheeses, and bread still warm from the oven. Musicians play as customers move from stall to stall, chatting with the people who have created this bounty.
We go at 10 AM when the market opens and stay for lunch, dining on organic empanadas made in front of us as we wait for mangos for our lassis to be peeled and blended to a frosty perfection. Even our harsh winters do not stop our Greenmarket. They head inside, taking camp inside of Proctors theatre instead.
Going to the market is not a chore, but an outing.
When I first went, I brought a list with me. Now I go and see what looks good. I form my week's meals around that. Often I leave with a glass bottle of milk, a piece of hormone-free poultry, eggs, the most vibrant vegetables I can find (right now it's asparagus), and a sprouted grain bread. I also leave with a smile and the thought that it is places like this that keep me living in this area.