From the Market Manager
I mentioned last week that Mark Kaufman, owner of Wild Mountain Farm, won’t be back at the market this year. He has cancer and is being treated at Dana Farber. If you would like to send him a card, here is his address—96 New Braintree Road, West Brookfield, MA 01585-3215.
Mark’s sister said that they have beefalo to sell. Not much hamburger, but other cuts. Also, they have 3 chest freezers, and one upright freezer that they are selling. If interested in either meat or freezers, let me know and I will put you in touch with her.
Last week’s art project was fun. We had 50 children decorate a flowerpot, and then fill it with dirt and a flower. Thanks to Leslie Hager who helped out and to all of the children who participated.
By now many of you know that a lot of the food that we eat travels about 1500 miles to reach us. But, not when you buy at a farmers’ market.
The longest distance that any vendor travels to reach us is within 50 miles. Often fresh produce at our market is picked the day of the market. Unless you have your own garden, it doesn’t get fresher than that.
All of our farms, even the bigger ones, are small farms by national standards. Small production farming is more costly than large production farming. Remember that when you question the price of something.
Also think about the costs involved in farming. Many of them are similar to what we who aren’t farmers have to pay. Fuel, health and other types of insurance, wages, equipment, maintenance, etc. Just as prices rise for us, they rise for the farmers. Everyone is entitled to earn a living wage.
Gifts and Gift Tokens
There are many items at our market that make wonderful gifts. You can put together a beautiful basket yourself. Or, purchase tokens and give them to someone so that they can come to the market and purchase what they’d like. You can use cash, debit, or EBT.
Friends of the Farmers’ Market
This year we are giving everyone who contributes $5 or more a lovely pin that looks like a sunflower. As you know, it takes money to do anything, and our market is no exception. The pins are at the market table.
Library Book Sale
The Storrs’ Library in Longmeadow is having a book sale on May 16th, 17th, and 18th. The 16th is for Friends of the Library from 4-8, Friday the hours are 10-5, and Saturday (the library part is closed due to Long Meddowe Days) the hours are 11-5.
Cook and Gardening Book Giveaway
Please bring any unwanted cook or gardening books to the market. You can take any that you’d like that someone else brings, or take none. We’ll continue doing this throughout the season. Even if you don’t bring any books to give away, you may take one or more.
PVTA Van Transportation
I know that I’m repeating myself, but I really want folks to know that we will reimburse anyone who takes the PVTA van to our market for the cost of the ride. It isn’t as easy to access our market since we moved inside the park, so this is a way to make it easy for some of our customers. Spread the word please.
This ‘n’ That
Adopt a traffic island, or a stretch of road that doesn’t have homes on it, or some spot that doesn’t have someone who regularly cleans that area. You will make a difference.
Drive down any street and look for house numbers. Are they easily readable from the street? How about yours? Remember, if you call for emergency service, it is important that your house number can be read from the street; you want someone there as quickly as possible.
Usually in a family one person handles the bill paying, etc. That’s fine, but it is really important that all adults in the family know how to do this. Also, they need to know where all of the important papers are kept. Everyone should have a letter of instruction letting your family know what you do, so they won’t have to guess about some things.
Are you superstitious? Do you think that if you buy life insurance you will die? You are going to die someday whether or not you have life insurance. (You heard it here first.)
Here are a few comments I heard when I sold life insurance many years ago—“She can always get married again.” “I don’t want them
to have fun after I die.” “She can get a job.”
While my first inclination was to ask these people how stupid they really were, I kept my mouth shut, and always said that if their family didn’t have to worry about money at the same time that they were grieving, that that would be a gift to them. I knew that from personal experience having been widowed at age 32 with 3 young children.
Many farmers are land rich and cash poor. In one of the places I lived (Spokane, Washington) there were lots of farms. Estate planning for farmers was a big deal out there. Life insurance is part of estate planning because it becomes money right away. In farmers’ estates it meant that they could keep their income producing land because they weren’t forced to sell it to raise cash.
In many obituaries of youngish people, a request is made to give donations to an education fund for the deceased’s children. How much is realistically going to be raised? And, how far will a few thousand dollars go in educating any child? Life insurance is inexpensive today. Protect your family.
Getting rid of Moles from Judie Carpenter, Master Gardener
Moles are fatally attracted to the flavor of Juicy Fruit gum. Wearing gloves (if human scent is present this won’t work) unwrap the gum and roll up like a cigarette. Using a stick poke holes every 4-6” in the mole run. Drop in the gum. Moles will eat it, but they can’t digest it. Their activity should cease in a few days.
If this makes you uneasy, here’s another way. Mole-Med has been proven to repel moles. It has been tested at universities. The active ingredient is castor oil. Here’s a recipe that costs practically nothing to make. Mix 6 ounces of castor oil with 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid (one known for its degreasing capabilities) and one gallon of water, and apply. Water your lawn to a depth of ½” before applying. This will treat about 300’ of lawn.