From the Market Manager
This past weekend I attended what probably is the last high school reunion that my class will have. I graduated from Longmeadow High School in 1959. Ours was the first class to go all the way through the school. Because none of the classes were large in those days, we combined our classes (’57-’60) for reunion purposes a few reunions ago. A few of us from each class have been meeting a few times a year in between reunions. It’s been nice to keep in touch. Longmeadow was a small town, and many of my classmates had lived there since they were very young, myself included.
We didn’t have a 50th reunion so we also billed this one as a collective 75th birthday party.
It was most enjoyable. By this time of life any baggage we’ve been carrying around should be gone.
Our class had a book of essays from most of the classmates that are still alive, and information about some of the ones who have died. Almost everyone has had some difficulty in their lives. That certainly isn’t a surprise.
The father of one of my classmates died while my classmate was in high school. I hadn’t known that. My classmate became a doctor so he could help others not to go through what his dad did. Another classmate had a
second career as a minister. Lots of us have grandchildren which gives us great pleasure. It was nice to catch up.
It’s strawberry season. I hope that if you have never made jam that you will try it this year. It’s easy. If you have enough freezer space, you don’t even have to can the jam after it’s made; you can keep it in the freezer.There are different brands of pectin; I like the Ball pectin best. Make sure that you follow the directions exactly, otherwise it may not jell.
Get some heavy cream from Trinity Farm for your strawberry shortcake. Why not use the very best you can for such a fabulous dessert? Make your own shortcake also.
If you have cookbooks you no longer use, bring them to the market to give away. We have a blue bin at the market table to put them in. Bring cooking magazines also.
Each time you use your SNAP/EBT card at our market for $10 or more, you will get a bonus of $10 plus a $2 token from us. The $2 token is only to be used for produce,nothing else. The other EBT tokens can be used for food, or for plants that will grow food. We don’t sell seeds here, but you can use EBT for food seeds also.
This vegetable is very popular in Europe, less so here. It is a member of the brassicas family that includes broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, cabbage, etc. It is eaten raw or cooked. It is very crisp so it’s terrific on a vegetable platter to be used with a dip. The flavor is a combination of broccoli stems and a mild turnip. You peel it and then go from there.
1 ½ to 2 pounds kohlrabi
1 T all-purpose or gluten-free flour
salt to taste
2-4 T. neutral oil
chili powder, curry powder, ground cumin, or paprika to taste.
1. Peel the kohlrabi and cut into thick sticks, about
1/3rd to ½” wide and about 2” long.
2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy skillet. Meanwhile, plate the flour in a large bowl, season with salt and quickly toss the kohlrabi sticks in the flour so that they are lightly coated.
3. When the oil is rippling, carefully add the kohlrabi to the pan in batches so that the pan isn’t crowded. Cook on one side until browned, about 2-3 minutes. Then, using tongs, turn the pieces over to brown on the other side for another 2-3 minutes. The procedure should take only about 5 minutes if there is enough oil in the pan. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle right away with the seasoning of your choice. Serve hot.
Kohlrabi, carrots, scallions, cider or rice vinegar, Asian sesame oil, soya sauce or salt.
1. Peel kohlrabi and carrots, shred. Add scallions. Mix vinegar and sesame oil together, add soya sauce to taste. Mix with vegetables. Don’t drown the vegetables.
We have printed up some gift certificates that you can purchase. We don’t have the amount printed on them, so you can get one or more and we’ll write in the amount when you get one. You can also buy tokens and give those instead.
New Century Theatre begins its 26th season this week on the 16th. They have 4 adult plays and one kids’ play. The plays are held at Smith College at the end of Green Street. Go to newcenturytheatre.org for details.
Stanley Park in Westfield has begun its Sunday summer concert series. They are held at 6PM in the new Beveridge Pavilion and are free. The park has many other programs also, so go to their website for their details—stanleypark.org.
The Majestic Theater in West Springfield also has a full summer schedule. Their schedule includes 3 plays for children. They have a café, so you can grab lunch or a light supper before the performance. Their website is majestictheater.com.
WIC and Elder Coupons
We accept these coupons at our market. The elder coupons are distributed through senior centers, so call the one you have in your neighborhood and find out if you can still get some. There are never enough for everyone who wants them, so it’s important to call a senior center.
Please make sure that if you have any left over from last year that you throw them away; they expire at the end of October and aren’t good the next year.
A Poem—What Will Matter?
By Jerry Van Voorhis, Class of ’59, LHS
Our wealth, fame, and temporal power will one day vanish.
It will not matter what we owned, or what we are owed.
Anything we harbor or yet need to make good will finally disappear.
So, too, hopes, ambitions, plans, and to-do lists Expire.
Wins and losses that once seemed so vital—they will pass away.
It won’t matter from where we came, or on what side of the tracks we lived.
It won’t matter whether we were beautiful or brilliant, or our gender, or skin color.
What will matter are our days—their value will be measured
Not by what we bought, but what we built, not what we got, but what we gave.
Not by our success, but our significance.
Not what we learned, but what we taught.
Not our competence, but our character.
Not our memories, but those others have of us.
Not our circumstances, but our choices.Not our sacrifices, but our every act of integrity.
“To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
Alfred Lloyd Tennyson
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