(From Jim Eisenstein) – Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, and you can see the transition from spring to summer by visiting this week’s Boalsburg Farmers Market.
We still have the produce associated with cool spring weather, but it will soon be gone. Escarole fans, this will be your last chance to get it from Jade Family Farm. There will be a variety of spring greens, including crinkled cress from Tamarack Farm and Heirloom lettuce from Littlefield farm.
Produce marking summer will has arrived. Two or possibly three vendors will have strawberries. Garlic scapes are also due to arrive. Clan Stewart will have baby carrots and broccoli. Gaffron’s will have a summer favorite, gazpacho soup.
You can grow your own summer vegetables, flowers, and herbs from seedlings offered by Patchwork Farms, and Littlefield Farm will have a variety of heirloom tomato seedlings. Hot house, ripe big boy tomatoes (Harold Kreider) and homemade ice cream (Emmanuel Smucker) give a preview of summer.
You can also get the usual dairy items (milk, cheese, yoghurt) and some new ones too (Clover Creek is bring its feta style Alpha & Omega cheese), fresh chickens (Bill Calahan) and possibly even ox-tails from Stone Meadow, pasta from Fasta Pasta, chocolate bread from Gemelli’s, sticky buns and apple products from Way Fruit Farm, eggs and pickled beets from Beiler Family Farm, and Olive Oil soap for babies or folks with sensitive skin.
Bee Kind Winery’s Bee Berry Blue wine is back. Piper’s Peck will has a full complement of hot salsa, hotter salsa and about 20 other hot pepper products.
To top it all off, Steve Crawford will sing and play from 4:00 to 5:30. Going to market is a nice way to spend an early summer afternoon. Tuesday, May 29, Pa. Military Museum, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., with ample free, convenient parking as usual.