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Concord grape vines covered with blossoms this week. Photo by Martha Foley
Concord grape vines covered with blossoms this week. Photo by Martha Foley

It's the season: farmers' markets, strawberries, and blossoms

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July is just around the corner, and we can hope the last frost of the season is behind us.

Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy says farmers' markets are open across the region. Each county extension office has a map of local markets, farm stands, and other sources. She tells Martha Foley there lots of local produce available already, and that strawberries are truly in season.

And, it's been a lush month or so, with plants producing lots of foliage and blossoms. Martha talks about being surprised by the fragrance of Concord grapes, and Amy explains how root systems develop in wetter weather.

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Martha Foley
News and Public Affairs Director

Despite a slow start to the growing season, things are finally underway and growing well in gardens and farms across the North Country. With this latest development, farmers’ markets are also in full swing locally and around the region. Amy Ivy explains that there are maps available, courtesy of the Cornell Cooperative Extension offices statewide, that help people locate the farmers’ markets, farm stands, CSA providers, and you-pick locations nearest them. If you are seeking one and haven’t already received it, contact your local extension office.

While it’s not quite corn and tomato season yet, strawberries and greens are ripe for picking and in full bloom. While a lot of farmers are frustrated that with the heavy rains, colder nights and little sunshine, their earlier crops haven’t come out as early and strong as usual, they have welcomed the recent sunshine and warm weather.

Although crops might have gotten off to a slow start, it’s been an amazing season for wildflower blossoms and other summertime bloomers. Amy credits this to the recent rains and lack of a June heat wave, which she explains usually places much more stress on these wildflowers. She advises gardeners to be extra vigilant (if we do get a dry spell) to water perennials other plants that have not set very deep roots this season due to the saturated soil and their need to access the air.  

Another helpful tip for green thumbs is to keep a gardening journal. This will be helpful in the future to gardeners hoping to adjust their tactics to suit the weather and seasonal differences affecting their flowers, plants, and vegetables. The ability to look back and compare notes on growth and growing seasons will provide an advantage to gardeners battling variable growing conditions.

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