Yesterday my mood was boosted when I happened across a farmer’s market on my way through Harvard Square…I had wanted to celebrate our last Nature Workshop at the Library by eating seeded watermelon and having a seed-spitting contest. Finding a watermelon with seeds is almost impossible in a grocery store, but it’s guaranteed (I think) if the melon is locally grown.
Most of the youth I engage in programming have never eaten a watermelon with seeds – something that’s hard for me to comprehend and that I’m motivated to change. When else are you allowed to spit in grassy public places for fun and competition?! The watermelon we ate was amazing – juice dripped from our chins and seeds flew through the air as we enjoyed our end-of-summer sweet celebratory feast. Our worms even got to enjoy the rinds.
It’s that time of year when Farmer’s markets in New England have almost anything one could desire. Veggies range from greens, corn, beans, zucchini, and tomatoes to more unusual choices like kohlrabi, amaranth, and crazy-colored carrots. Fall favorites like winter squash and apples are starting to appear. Fruits are available in abundance: melons, peaches, plums, blueberries, raspberries and more.
In Somerville/Cambridge area, we’re graced with lots of options…you don’t have to get out of work at a certain time or be around for the weekend to be able to get to a farmer’s market. Check out the schedule and locations at the Federation of Mass Farmer’s Market Site to find out what’s most convenient for you…there’s probably several choices near your work and your home. When poking around for the best sources of information online, I also discovered that this week is National Farmer’s Market week – the perfect time to check out a new market or revisit an old favorite!