From the Market Manager
The tokens that you purchase at the market table are good all the time; they don’t expire.
The Amherst Cinema is having recorded performances of the Bolshoi Ballet’s 2014-15 season. The series begins on Monday November 3rd. Some are on Mondays, and some are on Sundays. Tickets are $18 each. Go to their website–amherstcinema.org for details. It’s a lovely theater.
Mycoterra Farm has mushroom growing kits that would be a marvelous gift. Each “log” will yield several pounds of mushrooms.
There is another Springfield Public Forum this week on Wednesday. John Hunter will speak about Drafting the Blueprint for Peace. It’s at Symphony Hall at 7:30. As always, it’s free. Go to their Facebook page for details about the final two programs.
I’ve had Khi & Eli’s food twice, and everything I’ve had is excellent. That’s the new restaurant on the corner of White & Sumner. It is mostly for take out. Closed Mondays, open every other day at noon. Locally owned.
Raffle Winner–Michele Schiff
This market is held in the old monkey house here in the park. Come in the Trafton Road entrance; the monkey house is the second building on the left. We will start on November 8th, then the 22nd, then December 13th & 20th. After that it will be the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, NOT every other week, NOT every other week.
Recipe–Applesauce Spice Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp. grated or ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) plus 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (optional)
2 T. granulated sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1/4 tsp. grated/ground nutmeg
Cream butter and sugar together, add eggs, add applesauce, then dry ingredients; don’t over mix. Add nuts if using. Put into muffin pan (you can use paper liners if you want to.) Sprinkle topping on each muffin. Bake at 400 degrees on middle rack about 20 minutes.
If you only have sweetened applesauce, that’s fine.
This ‘n’ That
Here’s an easy way to make a winter squash easy to cut and peel. Poke a couple of holes in the squash with the tip of a sharp knife. Microwave it for 5 or more minutes. When it’s cool enough to handle, it’s easy to peel and cut.
Make your own macaroni and cheese; there are lots of recipes out there. Buy cheese ends. I know that Big Y sells them. Ask at other grocery stores if they have them.
If you want to make stuffed cabbage, put your cabbage in the freezer. Let it freeze solid. When you take it from the freezer it will take several hours to defrost. You will be able to peel the leaves off the head of cabbage and stuff them easily.
We are fortunate to have lots of ethnic stores in Springfield. Go to an Asian market and buy what you need there; it is much less expensive than grocery stores.
We have terrific Italian and Middle Eastern stores, as well as a Russian one in West Springfield. There’s also a store called Spices of Asia right next to the West Springfield library on Elm St. It’s on the same side as the Majestic Theater. That store has Indian food which is similar to Pakistani and Nepali food. The prices are reasonable also.
Please don’t throw cigarette butts on the ground; the filter isn’t biodegradable.
Meet the Vendors-Velma’s Kettle Corn
Velma is the name of Eric Bickernick’s wife, the original owner of Velma’s; Steve Cary and he worked together when they started here. Eric lives in the Worcester area, so he concentrated on that part of the state and beyond, and Steve became the Velma’s owner here. They have been part of our market for the last 9 years.
Steve has a full-time job as a videographer, but he makes time for our market. In the summer you will see his children, Nolan, Julia and Bridget helping out. His wife Kelly, a mental health nurse, also helps out on occasion.
Steve likes to joke with his customers telling them that the kettle corn is free-range, organic, low-fat, boneless, dolphin-safe, fair-trade, gourmet, microbrew and chardonnay-compatible kettle corn.
It takes 5-7 minutes to make a batch of kettle corn, and everything you buy from them at the market is very fresh.
On the weeks when Steve isn’t there (he actually takes a vacation in the summer) there are many disappointed people walking around.
Steve literally married the girl next door, and they live in the same Forest Park neighborhood in which they grew up.
The Boston Globe had an article in Sunday’s paper about farm vacations. It’s a wonderful way to spend a vacation, especially with children.
When my children were 4, 7, & 8, our family went to Rockhouse Mountain Farm in Eaton Center, NH. We were living in New Hampshire at the time, so it wasn’t that far away. While there are all kinds of farms that offer vacations, this one grew hay, had horses, and provided a relaxing way to vacation. They had a lake nearby with a beach. The older children stayed in a bunk house, and everyone else stayed in the main house. Families ate breakfast together, but children and parents ate separately for dinner.
At the time, 1972 & 73 they had no TV, nor phones in the rooms. Of course times have changed, but I’d bet they still don’t have a TV in the common living room.
We played games, some played musical instruments, we sang, and generally enjoyed each other’s company; it was lovely.
We only went twice because my husband died in December of 1973 and I just couldn’t bear going to a place so soon after his death where we had had such fun.
You can look on the Mass Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) website for farms that do this in Mass. Check out the Globe also. Farms that do this are all over the country and Canada as well.
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