The Penn Yan Farmers Market in Upstate New York offers an excellent choice of fresh produce, plants, baked goods, jellies, crafts, soaps, and a variety of other goods; all made locally. Are you tired of buying potted plants that don’t grow, from stores where you can’t get more info than what’s on the tag? At the Penn Yan Farmers Market you can get varieties known to be suitable for this area, directly from the person who grew them and knows everything about them.
Perhaps you prefer cut flowers, bunched to your liking? We have those too! Would you like delicious baked goods, made with healthy ingredients and a rich taste? You’ll need to come early, these goodies often sell out every Saturday. You can even discuss recipes with the people who made the jams, pickles, and baked goods. Don’t see what you want this week? You may request an item to be made to order, just for you!
Do you know how strawberries or tomatoes taste, straight out of a garden? Those varieties, picked ripe for full flavor and carefully handled, are available at the Penn Yan Farmers Market. Not sure how to cook something? The farmers will happily give you recipes for free. One of our farmers is certified organic; and all will cheerfully tell you what has been used on their crops. They’ll even explain how to grow things yourself if you want!
The produce mix varies through the season. The season starts with asparagus, rhubarb, lettuces, baby beets and beet greens, spinach, kale, green onions, garlic greens, radish; then very soon snap, snow, and shell peas join in. As some of the early crops drop out, summer squashes, cucumbers, carrots, snap beans, garlic, shallots, onions, new potatoes join the changing lettuce and greens mix.
Greenhouse tomatoes start earlier than you think — and then it’s midseason, and the field tomatoes are starting: cherry tomatoes, slicers, canning types. Shell, lima, and dry beans join the snap types; so do hot and sweet peppers; eggplant; sweet corn of course; melons big and small.
Tables are covered with produce in a rainbow of colors, both old standards and unusual varieties. Long-season crops such as sweet potato, winter squash, and pumpkins appear in late summer. As the weather turns cooler, the cabbage family comes into its own: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, kohlrabi, kale, turnips, brussels sprouts; while most of the mid-season crops continue until, and in some cases, after frost.
And that’s just a partial list of the vegetables. The seasons in turn of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, apricots, plums, peaches, grapes, pears, apples, and more are anxiously awaited by customers. There are also fresh-cut herbs, and even edible flowers. The service is as cheerful for one tomato as it is for enough to fill your freezer. Some weeks there is also maple syrup, honey, or fresh, local small-farm eggs. Whatever your taste, stop by the Market the next time you’re in town on a Saturday forenoon!