Reporter: Chris Almonte, NCC News
SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Gardening enthusiasts, and people looking to brighten up their homes filled the Regional Market on Thursday.
Twice each week, the market opens to people looking for ways to spruce up their yards and ways to forget about the cold of winter. "As the weather gets nicer people start getting in the mood to plant their gardens and put their flower beds in," said flower vendor, Ray Bibik.
A recent survey from the National Gardening Association found that 19 percent more folks are planning to grow vegetables, fruits, berries or herbs this year than last. And, that’s on top of a 10 percent increase in vegetable gardening between 2007 and 2008.
Bibik said the hard times have only recently started to affect the flower industry and most people have found the regional market as a way to deal with the hard times. "In general, people are getting back to basics, a lot of gardening here, a lot of people are planting more vegetables than we've seen in prior years."
Many people at the market offered shoppers the plants and knowledge they need to turn their homes into summer gardens. Vendors have seen an increase in the number of people looking to save money by growing their own vegetables. "Vegetables have seemed to sell a lot this year, people are planting gardensto try to decrease their cost of groceries," said vendor, Debbi Caltabiano.