From the Market Manager
Well, this is it; the last day of our 18th year of operation. It has been a good year. We had some issues with weather as we always do, but overall we were okay. I didn’t hear any of our vendors complain about any big issues like fungus on tomatoes, or other major crop issues, so I’m assuming it was a good year for them. I know it was a great year for apples. The hens weren’t laying as many eggs as we could have used, but maybe our farmers will get more chicks next year. We had some new vendors, and some of the ones who were with us in prior years weren’t with us this year. That is the way of farmers’ markets. We have a reputation as being a successful market, so I often receive requests to join us. If we need what they have, and if they are a legitimate business, they are usually let in. Every vendor has to have liability insurance, so it isn’t just on a whim that someone becomes a vendor. Also, the products that are offered have to be theirs; they can’t be a manufacturer’s representative. I let in one vendor who is a manufacturer’s rep. and even though their products are good, I won’t do that again. They have to have a local component to them. The crafters who are here also have to make their own items, otherwise what’s the point?
Thank you to all of our customers. Many of you have become regulars and that is very much appreciated. All of you have to go out of your way to patronize us. Supporting local agriculture is a big deal. We live in a beautiful part of Massachusetts, and the farms contribute to that beauty.
If you have any “X” tokens, you have to use them by today’s market. Same thing for WIC and Elder farmers’ market coupons. They don’t carry over to next year’s market.
Trinity Farm, Sweet Pea Cheese, and Outlook Farm have stores on their farms. Trinity’s hours are 6AM to 6PM, Monday through Friday, 6-4 on Saturday, closed Sundays. Outlook is open every day from 7 AM to 7PM. I’m not sure if their hours change for the winter. They also have a restaurant on site where you can get sandwiches, soup, side dishes, and dessert. Sweet Pea is also open 7-7. All of these can be found online for addresses, etc. Go to our website and find their information on the vendor page. Trinity and Sweet Pea will be at our winter market.
We begin our winter market on November 14th.We only have this market twice a month. Usually we have it the second and fourth Saturdays, but due to Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will have our November and December markets on the second and third Saturdays. It is held in the old monkey house here in the park. Come in the Trafton Road entrance. There will be a sign. The hours are from 10-2. Many of our Tuesday vendors will be there along with some others. If you do come in the front entrance, make sure you tell the person in the kiosk that you are going to the market so that you get in free.
Nothing makes you think of spring more than the smell of hyacinths in winter. It’s easy to force them. Buy the bulbs now, put them in a paper bag in the fridge for 12-14 weeks, pot them up then and place in a sunny window.
Super Tot Swim and Gym
The JCC, 1160 Dickinson St. in Springfield, has many programs for all ages. One that is terrific for 3-5 year olds is the swim and gym class. It’s 45 minutes of physical education play, followed by swim instruction and play in the pool. It is on Tuesdays from 1-2:45, and it has already started.
Call the J at 739-4715, or contact Michael DeCrescenzo, Youth Wellness Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a fee.
This ‘n’ That
Make sure that you contact the 3 major credit reporting agencies and get a copy of your credit report. By law you are entitled to get one each year at no charge. The companies are: Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax. The reports may vary because not all creditors report their information to every credit bureau.
If you haven’t made your own soup, do so. It is very simple to do, and it’s cheap. Sometimes when I’ve given a recipe for soup I will be asked how much to put in of this or that ingredient. It depends on how many people you’re cooking for and the size of your pot. You can use homemade stock, bullion, or canned broth. Some soups lend themselves better to a beef or chicken broth. You’ll figure it out. Use a recipe as a guideline.
Kohlrabi is a very underused vegetable. It is good raw or cooked. Check out some recipes and try making it different ways. A really easy recipe is to shred it along with carrots, add soya sauce, a dash of sugar, some Asian sesame oil, and perhaps a few hot pepper flakes. Let it set a little while for the flavors to blend. It’s pretty, crunchy, and tasty.
When you make a fruit crisp, you can easily substitute one fruit for another.
hen making winter squash anything, poke a couple of holes in it first and microwave for about 5 minutes. That will make it easy to peel and cut. Don’t do this with the delicata squash (aka sweet potato squash) because it cooks quickly since it’s so small.
I love my electrician, Steve from Community Electric. 782-4885. He is the BEST!
If you don’t have a food processor, get one. I like the Kitchen Aid. It is easy to use and easy to clean.
The Amherst Cinema is a gem in the Pioneer Valley. They have movies that you are not likely to see around here. They also have the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre Live on screen. Go to their website–amherstcinema.org for the schedule.
VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
If your city or town is having an election next week, VOTE. Do not throw the privilege of voting away. There are places all over the world where
people risk their lives for this privilege. Even when it isn’t an “exciting” election, VOTE. If you don’t, don’t complain about anything having to do with government, you haven’t earned the right.
Recipe–Eggnog French Toast
Trinity Farm has their eggnog this week. Eggs, eggnog, nutmeg or cinnamon. Make it the regular way–mix up eggs, add the rest of te ingredients, soak your bread, and cook gently in butter. Remember, a little nutmeg and cinnamon go a long way. A cranberry sauce (homemade) is excellent on this. I make mine with brown sugar, orange juice, a little cinnamon and nutmeg, and that’s it. Good warm or cold. Serve it warm on French toast.
Yes, I know, there is nothing from the farmers’ market in this recipe, but I always make this recipe and everyone loves it. This makes a fudgey
brownie. Easily doubled or tripled. 8×8” pan for one or one and one half recipe.
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. vanilla
Melt chocolate and butter together, add sugar, flour and eggs plus vanilla. Pour into a greased pan. Bake about 25 minutes in a 325 degree oven.
Every oven is different, so you will have to gauge when they are done.
SEE YOU AT OUR WINTER MARKET NOVEMBER 14TH. THANKS AGAIN FOR PATRONIZING OUR TERRIFIC FARMERS’ MARKET. AND THANKS TO OUR FABULOUS VENDORS FOR BRINGING SUCH GOOD PRODUCTS TO US.
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