One of the great things about living in Northeast Pa. is the proximity to so many things to do. Getting away for the day or the weekend is a favorite among the locals. Day trips to New York Yankees games, Philadelphia Phillies, or Hershey Park are popular in the summer.
We made the trek north to the Finger Lakes wine country, upstate New York. Our goal was a garlic festival along the western shore of Seneca Lake. Since we like to wander my wife decided we should bounce through Ithaca, NY. It was on our way and she wanted to check out their farmer’s market. Worth the diversion.
The Sunday market featured 100+ farmers, crafts folk, cooks, and services. The range was interesting with a new discovery around every corner. From a vendor that only sold sweet corn to a Tibetan snack stand the variety kept us moving for the hour we spent there.
Heirloom tomatoes, white cucumbers, pointy cabbages, tomatillos, golden beets, herbs and a dozens different varieties of squash piled high at the vegetable stands. Mixed-in were crafters, and cooks so no stand competed directly against its neighbor. The layout works very well at Steamboat Landing, where the market sets up on Sundays. Right on the shore of Cayuga Lake.
One bakery hauled a wood oven on a trailer and made pizza to order. And even though the pizzas took two minutes to get crispy and a little charred there was a line waiting to place an order. The warp on this post is that there is more to see and do at the Ithaca farmer’s market than one visit can cover. Definitely on our list of places to take a break from the road when headed north through the Finger lakes region.
For more information on Ithaca NY check out this article from the New York Times.