Pitney Produces! May’s Veggie / Plant Sale’s Final Weekend On Tap

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Your opportunity to eat healthy and benefit our Region’s food banks continues at the final weekend of Pitney Meadows Community Farm‘s Vegetable and Plant Sale, which is this Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Photo by Cathy Duffy

For those who have yet to visit, Pitney Meadows is a working urban farm: A not-for-profit, educationally-oriented agricultural enterprise that was rescued from development due to the City of Saratoga Springs and a coalition of concerned individuals. The fine points of this land’s history, going back to 1862 are interesting and worth reading https://www.pitneymeadowscommunityfarm.org/history/

But we were here for the veggies. And we were not disappoined.

Arriving a bit early, so as to get the best selection for our camera and eventually, a home garden we found quite a bit of people had similar ideas.

Photo by Cathy Duffy

This is a sample of the offerings available last weekend:

Veggie Starts

  • Beets
  • Onion bulbs
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels
  • Tomato – Great White
  • Tomato – Garden Peach
  • Tomato – Rutgers
  • Tomato – Damsel
  • Tomato – Celebrity
  • Tomato – Yellow Pear
  • Tomato – Delicious
  • Tomato – Roma
  • Tomato – Striped German
  • Bell Peppers
  • Bush Bean
  • Lettuce

Hanging Baskets/Patio Pots

  • Bagonia Baskets
  • Petunia Basket
  • Verbena Baskets
  • Succulent displays
  • Silver Falls Baskets
  • Black Eye Susan Baskets
  • Patio Pots
Photo by Cathy Duffy

Annual Flowers

  • Allysum
  • Lobelia
  • Marigold
  • Celosia
  • Bacopa
  • Petunia
  • Dahlias
  • Vinca Vine
  • Seedum Succulents
  • Salvia
  • Euphoria
  • Begonias
  • Coleis
  • Sweet Potato Vine
  • Geraniums

Herbs

  • Marjoram
  • Lemon Balm
  • Peppermint
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Lavender

Cut Flowers

  • Snapdragon
  • Dianthus
  • Sweet Annie
  • Amaranth
Photo by Cathy Duffy

Suffice to say, they were well-stocked. The plants were looking great in the bright sun, and there appeared to be no shortage of volunteer help, many of whom were quite knowledgable about, say, the nuanced difference betwen Striped German vs. Damsel Tomatos.

But, as implied above, Pitney Meadows on this day was much more than a well-stocked farm stand. Many people were hard at work at their community garden plots, which they showed off with American Gothic pride.

Natayla, Girl Scout Troop #3252
Photo by Cathy Duffy

A highlight was running into Natalya, a member of local Girl Scout troop number #3252, who was working on completing her Bronze Award. According to Scout Leader Vera Jandera, “The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. Girls are required to do a take action project that in some way helps the community. Natalya has teamed up with Emmalee (another girl in our troop) and they decided to plant a garden. Which they will then harvest and donate to the Franklin Community Center.”

Nice! And it must be noted that each of your purchases during May’s Veggie/plant sale is a “mini-take action” project of it’s own. The funds raised through this effort affords Pitney Meadows to provide healthy products to many Food Banks (and schools) throughout the entire Capital Region.

Photo by Cathy Duffy

Though the track and SPAC may be on pause this summer, you can still get a healthy dose of Saratoga Springs this coming weekend.

Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, from noon to 4 p.m.
Pitney Meadows Community Farm
223 West Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Arthur Gonick covers Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County. His website (the12866.com – which is Saratoga Springs’ zip code) is focused on arts + entertainment, food, and not-for-profit activities.

Photo Gallery by Cathy Duffy

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