From the Market Manager
On June 9th we had a severe thunderstorm late in the day. The terminal that we use to swipe cards unfortunately got slightly wet, so I wasn’t able to send the batch (end of day) report to the company that handles our transactions. When I called them the next day, I was told that they couldn’t get the batch report, that they could get the individual transactions that I would have to enter manually. They sent them to me and I entered them on the 23rd and 24th. So, for those of you who used a debit or credit card with us on the 9th, please know that the date that shows up on your statement is for the 9th; you didn’t get charged twice. The papers with the card numbers on them have been destroyed.
We got a new terminal that is so much faster than what we used previously. I was also told that when the credit card technology changes to clude a chip on each card, that our machine will be able to handle that also.
This ‘n’ That
• Please have numbers on your house that can be easily read from the street.
• If you have cookbooks that you don’t want anymore, please bring them here and they will be given away.
• Don’t throw cigarette butts out of your car window or on the ground; the filters don’t disintegrate.
• Don’t pour or flush unwanted medications down the drain. You also can’t recycle pill bottles.
Jessica Ripley from Maple Corner Farm had her baby last week. Abigail was born on June 23rd and she weighed in at 8#14oz. Congratulations to the Ripley family. #3 daughter.
Kohlrabi looks like a small satellite especially when it has its leaves on it. It’s either purple or light green; they taste the same. The flavor is (to me) a combination of broccoli stems and turnip. It can be eaten cooked or uncooked. Peel the bulb, and use it in salads, or as one of the vegetables on a tray with dip, or cook it and make a cream sauce, or just mash it with butter and a little salt.
Radicchio comes in more than one variety, but the flavor is the same. It has a small head like lettuce, or it is more like a hand with longer leaves. I have seen recipes for it grilled, but it is mostly used in salads. It’s very pretty in a salad because it’s maroon and white. It’s a little bitter.
Cucumbers are not unusual for sure, but there are several varieties, so when the different varieties show up at the market, don’t hesitate to try them.
The same can be said for summer squash. There are slight differences in flavor, so try a different variety for a change. The big ones are good for
relishes, or for shredding to use in a recipe. The smaller ones are more tender.
Fennel can be eaten cooked or raw. It has a mild licorice flavor. It is a member of the parsley family. All parts of fennel can be eaten, even the lacy
fronds. To store it, cut off the lacy fronds about 2” above the bulb; it will keep for several days.
Massachusetts has the most female farmers in New England, 32%, and their ranks are on the rise. As of the 2012 USDA agricultural census, there were almost 8,000 farms in Massachusetts, and of those, over 2,500 had female principal operators. That is up 12.6 percent from 2007.
The top crops for Massachusetts farms with female principal operators (in acres) are hay at 9,434, vegetables, 1,734, berries, 1,020 including
cranberries which are 665 of that number, and cut Christmas trees, 677. 94,598 acres of Massachusetts farmland are farmed by female principal operators.
The majority of the women who are principal operators fall in the 25-64 age group. About 25% are older, and a very small percentage are younger.
The average size of Massachusetts farms run by female principal operators is 38 acres. Farmers from throughout the country get only 20 cents of every dollar that Americans spend on food.
I don’t know why it’s called Swiss chard, but it is. It is a member of the silver beet family. You can eat every part of this plant. Just like spinach, it is very versatile. If you sauté it, cut the stems and sauté them for about a minute before you add the leaves. Chard is also good in quiches, or in a soup or casserole. Here’s a recipe for:
Swiss Chard Cheese Casserole
2 bunches of Swiss chard
a few cloves of garlic
1 large onion
about one pound of cheese, all of one type or different varieties
1 dozen eggs
1 pint of half and half or whole milk ( DON ’T USE SKIM MILK IN THIS RECIPE)
dried Italian seasoning, or fresh basil, oregano, maybe 1 T if dried, more if fresh
salt and pepper
Wash chard and chop stems into small pieces. Sauté stems with onion and garlic; sprinkle with salt and pepper. When the stems are tender, chop the chard leaves and add to pan, sauté until wilted. Add salt and pepper, and oregano or dried Italian seasoning, or fresh herbs. Mix up eggs with milk or cream, add cheese and cayenne pepper. Pour into a greased 9×13” pan; sprinkle with paprika.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. If a knife stuck in the middle comes out clean, it’s done. Good hot or at room temperature.
Prevent Identity Theft
• Don’t give out financial information such as checking and credit card numbers, or your Social Security card number unless you know the person or organization.
• Report lost or stolen checks immediately.
• Notify your bank of suspicious phone inquiries such as those asking for account information to verify a statement or award a prize.
• Closely guard your ATM personal id number and ATM receipts.
• Shred any financial solicitations and bank statements before disposing of them.
• Put outgoing mail into a secure, official USPO box.
• If regular bills fail to reach you, call the company to find out why.
You can get a free copy from each of the 3 major credit-reporting companies each year. Call (877) 322-8228 for information on how to obtain your
free credit report.
WIC and Elder Coupons
These should be showing up at our market just about now. The Elder Coupons have to be picked up at a senior center. You should call your local
center to find out if they’re available now, and if they have any left. The WIC coupons are picked up at a WIC office. All of these coupons are for produce, but the elder ones are for honey also. The expiration date is October 31st.
1. Recycling the steel from 6 cars can provide enough steel framing for an entire new house.
2. Recycling one glass bottle saves enough electricity to light a 60-watt bulb for 4 hours.
3. Recycling one ton of paper saves 7,000 gallons of water.
4. If not recycled, one quart of used motor oil could pollute 250,000 of drinking water.
5. Half of all polyester carpet made in the U.S. is made from recycled plastic.
6. Americans represent only 5% of the world’s population, but generate 30% of the world’s garbage.
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