Last week the farmer’s market opened. The few vendors that came did not have much but I got some nice spring onions and leaf lettuce. There were some hothouse tomatoes. Unlike the store hothouse tomatoes these were quite red so I got some. They were not as flavorful as those of summer but still very tasty in a salad with the spring onions and lettuce. I hope things pick up.
Unlike many places where the farmer’s markets are really supported the city does nothing to help and took away the covered pavilion for construction workers working on a replacement bridge to use for parking their vehicles. Last year only half the vendors showed up. The local honey lady only came one time. She told me the very hot weather was having a negative impact on the bees and they hadn’t produced enough honey to bother coming with until the end of September. Beekeepers can’t just ghelp themselves to whatever is produced. They have to make sure that the hive has enough honey to survive the winter before they harvest. So add increased temperatures to the stress on bees. It’s not just the glyphosates The heat got to farmer Frank’s chickens too. In the heat they stop laying. It is too much stress on them. It’s inconvenient for me but I also know it’s nature’s way of giving them a rest. Unlike the poor birds stuffed into tiny cages in artificial environments where they lay day after day, month after month with no rest, Frank’s chickens get a break which keeps them healthy.
With things so up in the air I didn’t put in a garden this year. So I may wind up going to the farmer’s market in the next town where my old nutritionist had her practice. Even though it is in the heart of downtown they have free parking. Also, the garage where I get the truck worked on is past an area where there are many Amish and Mennonite farms. When I lived in Pennsylvania many Amish had roadside stands selling eggs and produce. I got some good canning tips and excellent food at those stands so a road trip might be in order to see if there are any out there towards the mechanic’s.
The hot humid weather will soon be upon us and i will not want to heat up the kitchen. Thank goodness the cat’s don’t need cooked food. When I have tried to cook for them they have rejected it solidly.