Mid-August has me craving the crisp nights and structure that come with fall, paired with the wonder of the late summer harvest. Sundays usually find me cooking savory tomato pies, sweet corn salsa and fresh peach cobblers.
I’m always on the lookout for the best fresh and local ingredients, and farm stands never disappoint, dotting along the main state routes and back county roads.
One stands out in my mind as the best in the Trumansburg area: Brownies Produce Market in Trumansburg.
Originally situated on VanDorn Road between Route 96 and Perry City Road, literally on the back of a trailer, Brownie’s Produce Market is now located at 1901 Trumansburg Rd. (Rt. 96), between Jacksonville and Trumansburg.
After closing their original location for a year, they built and opened at their new location in 2012. Brownie’s carries garden plants, flowers and beautiful hanging baskets and arrangements, handcrafted Adirondack furniture and, of course, produce.
Regional produce this time of year includes the usual suspects: beans, tomatoes, cucumber, squash, onions, melons, peaches and other seasonal fruit. Going back to their roots, their fresh sweet corn is the pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. Sweet, crisp and juicy, it never disappoints.
They also carry local refrigerated goods such as cheese, eggs, meat and dairy, plus a variety of baked goods. Brownie’s is my Sunday go-to when I get the urge to cook dishes I hadn’t planned on during my weekly shopping.
They are open May through October, Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Of course, the Trumansburg Farmers Market is a great mid-week option to purchase all your produce, meat, and cheese needs. The market will continue to run on Wednesdays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. through the third week in October. They are located in the Village Park, on the corner of Routes 96 and 227 in the Village of Trumansburg.
U-pick fruits are still an option! Glenhaven Farm at 6121 Sirine Rd. in Trumansburg still has blueberries. They are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Finger Lakes Cider House/Good Life Farm at 4017 Hickock Rd. in Interlaken has new varieties of peaches coming up. They are open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.
Those who like to keep your family full of fresh, local produce all winter should plan ahead and join a winter CSA. Sign-ups for Sweet Land Farm and Full Plate Farm Collective will be coming soon. Visit their websites and Facebook pages for more details, sweetlandfarm.org, and fullplatefarms.webs.com.
The fifth annual BBQ is an exciting and joyous weekend-long community celebration of New York’s best music, art and cuisine.
The Big Mean BBQ celebrates its fifth annual weekend by becoming The BBQ V Aug. 23-24, 2019 in Trumansburg. Featuring a diverse lineup full of some of New York’s best music, art and cuisine situated on a beautiful property in the middle of Upstate New York, The BBQ seeks to bring the community together in order to ignite the body and mind through music and dance.
Tickets are on sale now, and there are many volunteer opportunities available. Sign up to volunteer, see the complete lineup and more at thebbqny.com.
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