From the Market Manager
I am sure that many of you have had the experience I had yesterday; my sink backed up. Since I put in the new disposal several years ago, I haven’t had a problem, but I guess I overdid it while preparing for my holiday dinner for 17. The last time this happened was at a Thanksgiving. It never seems to happen when there isn’t a time crunch. Fortunately most everything was done, so as annoying as it was, it wasn’t a major crisis. And, frankly, I do try to keep things in perspective; having a stopped up sink isn’t a crisis.
This week begins the Jewish new year of 5777. Who knows how they kept time all those years ago, but we say it’s 5777, so that’s what it is. As with any new year, no matter what your religion is (or isn’t) there are wishes for a healthy year, a peaceful year, and a prosperous year.
So, even if you aren’t Jewish (and most of you who read this aren’t) I wish you a healthy, peaceful, and prosperous year.
Including this week, we have only 4 more weeks of this farmers’ market season. Despite the difficult conditions that our farmers had to endure this year, they still managed to bring us superb products, and, if you didn’t know that there was a drought, you wouldn’t have known from our market. Everything was gorgeous and plentiful.
Last week Bill Chicoine was at our market, but he had to leave early because some of his cows had gotten loose, and there was no-one else available to round them up. Another joy of farming that those of us who don’t raise animals don’t think of.
This ‘n’ That
Don’t forget the Springfield hazardous waste collection dates—October 8th and 22nd. Call 787-7840 to make an appointment. This is just for Springfield residents, and it is for home waste only.
Outlook Farm will be having barbecues each Sunday from now to the end of October at their location on Rte.
66 in Westhampton. 12-3.
You can give our wooden market coins as a gift, or you can ask us for a gift certificate that can be redeemed when they come to the market.
You can also start stocking up on non-perishable items to give as gifts.
We are giving out a children’s cooking magazine at the market table. If you have a child that is 7 or up, stop by and pick one up. We have ordered the winter edition also which we’ll have at the winter market at some point. Our winter market starts November 12th. Because of Thanksgiving, and then Christmas, our first two months will be on the second and third Saturdays of each month. In January we’ll be back on the second and fourth Saturdays schedule. The hours are from 10-2.
If you have WIC or Elder market coupons, you MUST use them by the end of October; they do not carry over to the winter market, or next year.
Check out the Amherst Cinema; they have unusual movies and sometimes the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre are streamed from where they were performed.
Buy Life Insurance
If you have people dependent on you, you need life insurance unless you are so wealthy that any of their needs can be taken care of without anything extra. Since that isn’t the case for most people, the rest of us need life insurance. Wealthy people need life insurance as part of their estate planning, but that isn’t what I want to address today.
I read the obituaries since I grew up here and often know someone who has died, or a family member. Very often when a young parent dies, there is a request to make contributions to an education fund for their children. Unless the death is as a result of a tragedy that makes the news, most people aren’t going to receive much in the way of contributions.
I was widowed young; I was 32. My husband had more life insurance than most men his age at that time, but it wasn’t enough for the long haul. We struggled financially for years.
If your family doesn’t have to worry about money at the same time that they are grieving your loss, you will have given them a gift.
Life insurance has gotten less expensive as people are living longer, and many medical conditions (think high blood pressure) are better controlled these days.
Mercy Medical Van
Thanks so much to Mercy Hospital for sending their van to our market each week this season. If you haven’t had your blood pressure checked, or taken some of the information they have available, do so. They will be here until the end of October.
Salsa in a Snap
(all of the ingredients except the lime juice can be
purchased at our market)
4 large tomatoes, halved and seeded 3-4 hot green chile peppers (like jalapenos) with stems and seeds removed 1 small red onion
¼ cup (packed) cilantro ¼ cup fresh lime juice
Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until finely chopped, but not liquefied.
Red Pepper Sauce
2 sweet red bell peppers, pared
1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar
¼ cup sugar
1. Place the peppers in a food processor or blender and process until finely chopped, but not liquid.
2. Combine the peppers, vinegar, and sugar in a medium saucepan. Simmer (slowly bubble) over medium heat, stirring often, until thick, about 15 minutes.
3. Chill thoroughly.
This is good on fish, or with chicken, or use with cream cheese on a cracker.
Paring peppers is tricky. Score the skin (don’t cut into the pepper) and plunge the pepper into a saucepan of boiling water and hold it underwater with a wooden spoon for about 45 seconds. Immediately plunge pepper into ice cold water. Carefully slip the tip of a paring knife under the skin and pull the skin off in strips. If necessary, return the pepper to the boiling water and ice water. Don’t leave the pepper in the water too long; you’ll cook it.
Need a Transponder
By now you all know that the MassPike will be all electronic after the end of October. You won’t be able to pay your toll in cash. If you get a transponder, you will be able to automatically have your toll paid. You will have to have either a checking or savings account because that’s where the money for the tolls comes from. Friday, October 7th, from 10-2, the Jewish Community
Center (aka the J) will have someone from the Mass Department of Transportation there to hand out FREE transponders; bring your account information with you. The J is located at 1160 Dickinson St. While you are there, take a tour; it’s a wonderful facility.
Springfield Public Forum
The Forum is the oldest FREE forum in the country. Each year speakers come to inform us on a variety of topics. This week, Nancy Lublin, CEO of Crisis Text Line, and the creator of Dress for Success, will be the speaker. He topic is “How Tech and Big Data Can Save Lives.”
It is at 6PM at Symphony Hall. The next two are October 25th and November 10th. Check out their website— springfieldpublicforum.org for the details.
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