Boston Training Stats and Farmers Market in Upstate NY

by Joanne on April 16, 2011

This is it.  It’s time to have confidence in the miles I put in.  937 1/2 miles in 22 weeks. We’re leaving for Boston and ready or not, I’ll be at the starting line. 

My running buddy


will be with me, close to my heart as he always is in every race.


We’re going to have a GREAT time!  I’ll recap our Expo experience Sunday night.  Every one keeps saying “stay off your feet. relax.  don’t spend too much time at the EXPO”.  First, Who can relax?! I’m a bundle of nerves.  Second, it’s the BOSTON MARATHON EXPO!  So much to see and much more to BUY!!!!


While Ted was in Georgia last weekend, enjoying The Masters, I was making new discoveries right in our own back yard.  The Clapsaddle Farm Farmers Market at 437 Otsego Street, Ilion, NY. 

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I had Shane in the back seat of the Denali and as we turned into the parking lot, we crossed an old rickety bridge.  The noise of the boards when crossing over the bridge was loud and a bit nerve racking, not only for me but Shane didn’t like it either.  Phew! We made it.  Actually, it was kind of fun and completely in true old town “Farmer Market” style. 


Upon entering the market area, there was a wonderful fresh old barn smell. Now that description might sound a bit odd, but being a horse person, I’ve learned to LOVE the smell of barns and can instantly recognize a clean barn from one in need of bedding change.  There were no livestock in the barn just Amish baked goods (pies, cookies, breads)



jams, meats, eggs


Fresh and pickled eggs.


Buffalo eggs? Hmmm….. that’s a new one on me.  Interesting!


Furniture, arts and crafts


Maple syrup and delicious (I know, because I bought some) creamed honey.



As I strolled the aisle and was greeted by everyone with a smile and warm “hello”, I could tell I was not leaving empty handed.  So as I stood by the pies and honey, the gentleman packing up my purchase told me the story of the market, past, present, and future.  He was friendly, ever smiling and a wealth of information.

The Farmers Market is sponsored by the Mohawk Valley Historic Association and is open YEAR ROUND (the only one in our area that IS open year round) in the cozy surroundings of the heated barn.

The market is currently expanding and will soon be offering even more terrific local goodies.

Do you shop at Farmer’s Markets? What’s your favorite find at these local vendors?

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  • At 2011.04.16 18:46, Fruit Arrangements said:

    Yikes! What are buffalo eggs? Looks like a lovely farmers market!

    • At 2011.04.17 11:27, kalli said:

      oh i am soooooo excited for you! you are going to do so well Joanne 🙂 yes love my farmers market 🙂 i was there yesterday. enjoy boston!

      • At 2011.04.17 21:17, Bela said:

        Good luck tomorrow, I will be thinking of you!

        • At 2011.04.17 21:33, Pam said:

          Good Luck tomorrow!! Enjoy the race. You’ll do great 🙂

          • At 2011.04.18 00:28, The Green Girl said:

            Good luck tomorrow!

            • At 2011.04.19 00:19, Monet said:

              HI lovely lady! When is the marathon? Is it already over? I hope you had an AMAZING time. And I love farmer’s markets. I try to go to one every week. Thank you for sharing with me today. Your words and your appreciation for good food and a full life are inspiring. It is always a pleasure to visit you. I hope you have a bountiful week!

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