The Penn Yan Farmers Market opens end of May, and will run through mid October, rain or shine, on the sidewalk on the east side of Main Street north of Elm Street. There are two large free parking lots on the adjacent blocks; customers can easily walk through or next to the stores of the central Main Street shopping district to the market.
Farm Produce Available at the Penn Yan Farmers Market:
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.
Soon the beets are bigger; and, 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 midseason 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 for enough to fill the freezer. Some weeks there is maple syrup, honey, fresh local small-farm eggs.
Is there a vegetable, fruit, or herb you haven’t seen in years, or one new to you that you just saw a recipe for? It may well be at the Penn Yan Farmers Market. If you can’t find it, the farmers will try to grow it for you next season, or even later this year.