From the Market Manager
Can you believe that with today’s market we are halfway through the season? It’s been a terrific year so far. We have such a nice variety of vendors. Thanks for making this such a great market everyone.
A few weeks ago someone lost a hearing aid at the market. It has been found.It is at the market table.
If you go to the Mass Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) website, you will find all sorts of resources.
According to the most recent USDA census, all of the New England states had increases in the number of farms.
Ron Starcher from Town Farm Gardens will be back at our market next week.
Welcome to Nu3Kidz. You can purchase pancake mix made with healthy ingredients that are also colorful. There are 3 varieties, beet and quinoa, carrots and quinoa, and spinach and quinoa.
Meet the Vendors–Tom Flebotte, Bearded Bee
Tom grew up in Ludlow. They raised sheep and showed them in 4H sheep shows. In 1992 Tom bought the house from his mother and moved back home. They raised goats and poultry of all kinds. He planted about 40 fruit trees a couple of years later. Someone told him that he needed bees so he bought 2 hives.
Don Mayou, who used to come to our market, became Tom’s mentor. The first year he harvested 135 pounds of honey and he was “hooked.” Two hives turned into 6, 6 to 25 to over 100. He has cut back from that, but with his up and coming band of beekeeper grandchildren he is sure to get back to that number and more. His hives are in several different locations.
In addition to being a beekeeper, Tom works for Solutia.
Carolyn Fitzgerald is our raffle winner this week. We are selling raffle tickets for $1 to earn some money for the market. At the very least, we seem to be breaking even.
Recipe–Zucchini Basil Muffins
2 large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 cups grated zucchini
2 tablespoons finely julienned fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese or similar hard grating cheese.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Grease muffin cups or use paper liners
Combine the eggs, milk, and oil in a large bowl. Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in another bowl and add to the liquid mixture in batches stirring to blend; don’t over mix.
Add the zucchini and basil and stir to blend.
Fill each muffin cup about 1/2 full. Sprinkle the top with the cheese. Bake for about 20-25 minute for regular size muffins, 15-20 for mini muffins until the tops are golden brown and puffy.
Cook/garden Book Exchange
Bring any unwanted cook or gardening books to the market and leave them at the market table. You can take any that are there, or none at all; it’s up to you.
This ‘n’ That
To save zucchini for use in baking shred it, and squeeze some of the moisture out; don’t totally drain it. Put into one cup measures and freeze on a cookie sheet. When frozen put into a freezer bag. Then, when you want to bake zucchini bread or muffins, just take however much you need from the freezer, let it defrost, and start baking.
When you cut corn kernels off the cob, put the cobs in water and boil for about 10 minutes. Use the corn water for vegetable soup, or in corn chowder. You can freeze some for use in the winter.
You don’t have to blanch corn kernels if you are going to freeze them. Put them in a freezer bag or container and use them for soup, or in pancakes or cornbread.
If you have a de-humidifier, use the water for your plants. It has no chemicals in it. Also, if your de-humidifier is near your washer, pour the water into it before you do your wash.
There are now over 250 farmers’ markets in Massachusetts.
Blueberries, cranberries, and Concord grapes are native to Massachusetts.
If you are going camping, do NOT bring any wood with you; purchase it near your campground.
Everything to make gazpacho is now in season, so make some. It is a liquid salad, and it has vinegar in it, so don’t make more than can be consumed in 2 days tops. The flavor will change.
Go to our market website (address at top of newsletter) and you will find archived recipes including gazpacho.
Massachusetts has over 40 state fairs. They are beginning now with the Adams Fair. Go to the MDAR website and you will find all sorts of information about them. The smaller fairs are terrific for little kids.
What is 4H?
Tom Flebotte mentioned that he participated in 4H when he was a youngster. What is it? Many of us who have been around for awhile think that is is just for farm kids, but is is also for urban, suburban, and rural kids.
The 4Hs stand for:
The 4-H pledge; I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
Corn and Bacon Pancakes
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 T. sugar
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup fresh corn kernels including the pulp scraped from the cobs (about 2 ears)
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 T. unsalted butter, melted and cooled, plus additional, melted for brushing the griddle
5 slices bacon, cooked until crisp
Whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a food processor puree coarsely the corn. In another bowl whisk together the corn puree, the eggs, the milk and 2 tablespoons of the melted butter, add the egg mixture to the cornmeal mixture, and stir the batter until it is just combined.
Heat a griddle over moderate heat until it is hot and brush it lightly with some of the additional melted butter. Working in batches, pour the batter onto the griddle by 1/4 cup measures and cook the pancakes for 1 minute on each side, or until they are golden, transferring them as they are cooked to a heated platter and brushing the griddle with some of the additional melted butter as necessary. Serve with the maple syrup.
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