This week marks the halfway point of our market this year; we go through the end of October. Years ago there was a movie that said “If it’s Tuesday, this Must be Belgium.” It was about someone’s trip to Europe where they went to lots of countries in a short period of time. I feel like we should say, “If it’s Tuesday, it is going to rain.” It hasn’t rained every week, but almost.
We are a rain or shine market. Our vendors work every day. Stuff grows, animals need to be fed, milk needs to be bottled, etc. You are really good about showing up on rainy and/or hot days because you appreciate the hard work that goes into attending a farmers’ market.
If we have a thunderstorm we will be here unless it’s at the very end of the day in which case, we’ll pack up a little early. Obviously, don’t come during a storm.
Last week I gave you a recipe for zucchini corn bread. It calls for 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour. If I were to make it again, I think I’d use allpurpose flour only; might make the texture a little lighter. No problem with the taste.
This ‘n’ That
•The tokens sold at our market do not expire. They can also be used at our winter market. They make excellent gifts.
• We have voter registration forms at our market table. Fill it out, we’ll pay the postage to send it in.
• We have a new supply of tee- shirts. They are $10 each and make excellent gifts.
Recipe–Summer Squash Greek Style
There are no amounts for this recipe; you decide.
Ingredients–summer squash, olive oil, onions, garlic, basil/oregano/parsley/mint, you choose, canned diced tomatoes with juice (or fresh tomatoes cut up), salt & pepper.
Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil until soft. Add cut up squash, one type or a variety, add rest of ingredients and cook until the squash has softened.
Even if the squash gets mushy, it will still taste good.
Serve hot or at room temperature.
Late July Garden News
When landscaping, native plants are a wise choice because they are hardy and more likely to withstand extreme weather conditions. When carefully selected, natives can provide natural color and beauty, food and shelter for wildlife, shade, and erosion control, and can attract beneficial insects and birds. Phlox is known for getting mildew. If you are just now going to plant some, buy the mildew resistant varieties. If you already have some, use a horticultural or summer oil spray as a preventative. Phlox are great butterfly attractors.
• Begin planning for fall bulb planting.
• Avoid leaf diseases; water the soil, not the plant leaves.
• Check the sharpness of your mower blade.
• Plant leaf lettuce in the shade of taller plants.
• Harvest beans, summer squash, and cucumbers before they get too large and tasteless.
• Do not use any insecticide that contains neonicotinoid. Many experts believe that these are poisonous to bees. It goes through the whole plant, so the whole plant is poisonous to bees.
Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra can be heard either on the radio, or streamed on your computer. On Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30, WAMC, 90.3FM, broadcasts it. They also broadcast on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 as does NEPR, 88.5FM. I sometimes invite friends over for Tanglewood on the deck/porch (depending on the weather.)
We eat, read, talk only during intermissions, and clap when the audience does. Parking is easy, price is right, and except for the occasional lawn mower, very enjoyable.
I know that I write about this each year, but we get new people to our market all the time, so it’s worth repeating. We are fortunate to live in an area that has lots of ethnic stores. The prices tend to be less than the grocery stores. Some of these stores sell prepared food also.
Italian–Milano’s, 988 Main St., Springfield. Mom & Rico’s, 899 Main St., Springfield. Zonin’s, 18 Winthrop St., Springfield. Frigo’s, 90 William St., Springfield also on Shaker Road in E. Longmeadow. La Fiorentina in East Longmeadow corner of Chestnut and Shaker Road is more than a bakery.
Asian–Food Zone, corner of Oakland St. and Belmont Ave., Springfield. Asian Market, 17 Pomona St., Springfield. Saigon Market, 308 Belmont Ave., Springfield. There is also another one on South Main St. in Springfield. Don’t know the name of it. Spices of Asia, 3 Central St., West Springfield. South Asian groceries, etc.
Middle Eastern–Cedar’s Food Mart & Grill, 405 Armory St., Springfield. Elsafi Supermarket, 532 Main St., West Springfield. There is a new one on Sumner Ave. in the Goodwill building.
Russian/Polish–Victory International Market, 537 Main St., West Springfield. While you are over there, try a new mostly takeout restaurant. Taste of Lebanon at 553 Main St., W.S.
Another Recipe–Corn Pudding
This is the perfect time of year to make this now that corn is in season. It is sweeter with native corn.
3T melted butter, plus more for the pan
2 cups corn
1/3 cup sugar 1 tsp. salt
1 large eggs
2 cups whole milk or half and half (no skim)
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
Mix all together and bake in a greased pan (8×8 or 9×9) about 45 minutes.
What Nonperishables can you put into a Gift Basket from the Market
Honey, etc. from The Bearded Bee. Soap, lotion, bug spray, lip balm from Susan Parks. Maple products, jams, canned items from Maple Corner Farm. Jam, salsa, relishes from Crimson Lion. Hard cider, vinegar from Bear Meadow Cidery, Wine from Mt. Warner Vineyards. Seasoning sauces from Tortured Orchard. Mushroom grow kits, soap, etc. from Mycoterra Farm. Wine jellies and whole grain products from Berkshire Grain. Barbecue sauce from George Gee’s BBQ Sauce. Organic herbs, aromatherapy, teas, essential oils, more from White Buffalo Herbs. Kettle corn from Velma’s.
You could always purchase tokens to add to the basket, and/or get a gift certificate from your favorite vendors.
Return your Bottles
Trinity Farm has to purchase their bottles from Canada as there are no milk bottle manufacturers in the United States any more. When they order them, they have to order thousands of dollars worth, so it’s really important that you return your bottles as much as you’d like to keep one or two for flowers. Also, please don’t return them with the caps on. They don’t reuse the caps.
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