Niagara Gazette


March 19, 2014

BRADBERRY: Desperately seeking signs of spring, PLEASE!


Niagara Gazette — New economic development seeds planted in and around downtown Niagara Falls over the past few trying years are beginning to poke through this bitter earth too this spring, in spite of the hard ground and the long, long winter.

As the most recent study of poverty in our city demonstrates, we have a long, long way to go, but it is beginning to feel as though we may finally be actually moving in the right direction, FORWARD!

Still not completely convinced? Our good friends at the Cornell University Cooperative Extension are particularly glad to greet the arrival of spring, as their planting, growing and harvest seasons are right around the corner, reminding us that within a short distance from downtown Niagara Falls, “From spring’s first bedding plants to vegetables, berries, and tree fruit … from meats to dairy products, wine and Christmas trees, you’ll find these and much more produced right here in Niagara County.”

And they invite residents as well as tourists to help, “keep farms part of Niagara’s landscape by supporting them with your purchases. Niagara County is first among New York counties in peaches, sweet cherries and plum/prunes, second in tart cherries and pears and fifth in apple and berry production.”

Sure, there will be more snow, cold wind and winter-liker weather ahead, but, take time to look a little closer, spring really is all around you.

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