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Fix yourself a dang tomatillo

One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to visit a food market. Sure, it’s great to see the famous touristy things, but to really know a place, you need to know its food. It’s why I insisted I eat Surstromming when I was in Sweden, despite the objections by my traveling companions. After all, it’s one of the foulest smelling foods on the planet, so who can blame them?

I thought moving to Schenectady from CA, I had seen just about every type of produce available in the US. Not only does California benefit from a long growing season, but it also has a large influx of immigrants who are willing to buy exotic fruits and veggies not found in most places.

So, it was surprising when I came across a new fruit right here in the Capital Region. It’s the ground cherry, or Physalis. You don’t find this in the supermarket, but it is available at farmers markets in the area. I picked up mine at the Saturday market on Union Street.

Ground Cherries
Ground Cherries

This particular fruit is slightly sweet, and each one is individually wrapped! In case you were curious, it’s related to the tomatillo, that fruit used to make delicious green salsa.

Is the ground cherry my new favorite fruit? No, but it is something that is fun to snack on and is only available in the late summer. It’s also a fruit that I haven’t seen anywhere else, and because of that, it’s a fruit I’ll always associate with the Capital Region. They won’t be available for much longer this year, so find them while you can!

Just in case you were wondering, the title refers to this scene from Napoleon Dynamite.


Opening day at the Bellevue Farmer’s Market

Today was opening day at the Bellevue Farmer’s Market thanks to the dedicated work of a core group of volunteers.


Opening Day at the Bellevue Farmer's Market
Hint: the workers are wearing green

The market features several vegetable, prepared food, and meat vendors. I was certainly pleased to see some fresh strawberries and freshly prepared collards to warm up on this dreary day.

Waiting for balloons
Waiting for balloons

There was live music and balloons for the kids, too. The opening ceremony featured the NY State Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets. He’s the self-professed overdressed farmer cutting the green ribbon.

It’s the third year of the market, and they started out great today. I picked up some Swiss Chard, fresh strawberries, ¬†and bacon while I gorged myself on some delicious soul food and Italian delicacies.

It’s a great place to get food in Schenectady!

If you want to go:

2176 Broadway, Schenectady, NY
(Maranatha Ministries Parking Lot)
Every Thursday, 4-7p June through September