Upstate New York is gorgeous in the summer (and I realize I’m taking liberties by calling this “summer,” but it feels summery here in Austin clear through mid-November). Matt and I recently returned from Rochester, where we visited and caught up with his family there.
On Saturday morning, we visited the huge Rochester Public Market, with its rows and rows of fresh fruit and vegetables.
The September fruit season in upstate New York is really impressive, and I bought way, way too much fruit.
There were, of course, apples and pears.
And there were tons of stone fruit. Peaches and nectarines, plus apricots and plums in every color and shape.
And grapes! There were several varieties of grapes at the market, including Concord grapes and a few varieties of table grapes.
And check out these beautiful peppers. We grow a lot of different chilies in Texas, but I hadn’t seen some of these before.
You’ve got to keep in mind, though, that even with all its beautiful produce, the Public Market isn’t a producers only market. That means other folks can bring in and sell things other than locally grown or made foods. So, you can find things like pineapples, lemons, and avocados.
And also things like gum and candy.
The Rochester Public Market also hosts several prepared-foods makers, like beautiful locally made pastas, cheeses, and baked goods. There are even some ready-to-eat foods around, like fresh doughnuts, crepes, and homemade pierogies!