From the Market Manager
Check out CISA’s website—buylocalfood.org to find locations where you can pick apples. We are blessed with many orchards that allow this. If you have one of their Buy Locally Grown magazines, you’ll find listings in there.
It’s easy to make your own applesauce. Use seconds, no need to use perfect apples for sauce. If you have a food mill, you can just wash them, cut them, and after they get mushy run them through the mill skins and all. I add a little sugar and cinnamon. I freeze mine because I have the room, but you can keep it in the fridge for quite a long time, or can it.
We are fortunate to live in an area that has many ethnic stores and bakeries.
Italian—Milano’s, Main St., South End; Mom and Rico’s, Main St., South End; La Fiorentina, bakery, Main St., South End; Frigo’s, Main St., South End, AC Produce, Main St., South End Frigo’s and La Fiorentina, bakery, Shaker Road, E. Longmeadow Cirrato’s, bakery, Elm St., W. Springfield Asian—Food Zone, Saigon Market, Belmont Ave., Springfield. Asian Market, Pomona St., Springfield Star Market, 780 Boston Road, Springfield Middle Eastern—The Cedars, 405 Armory St, Springfield Elsafi Supermarket, 532 Main St., W. Springfield There is another Middle Eastern market on Main St. in W.S. South Asian—Spices of Asia, Elm St., W. Springfield next to the library. In several of these places you can get prepared food to go.
Gifts and Gift Certificates
Start buying gifts for your holiday giving because many things at our market are non-perishable, and who doesn’t like getting something local? We can also print up a certificate for you for the recipient to get wooden coins at our market table.
HIP stands for Healthy Incentive Program. It is new this year. It is a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Department of Transitional Assistance is the agency that got the grant and who supervises it. Our market has nothing to do with it other than being a farmers’ market that has vendors who take HIP. It is up to the individual vendor as to whether or not they take HIP. Some do, some don’t. It is only here in Massachusetts.
We know that it is frustrating for many of you to understand HIP; it is for those of us at the market table also. The purpose is to help folks who have SNAP benefits to eat healthier food.
You do NOT use your HIP benefits at our market table; you use them ONLY with the participating vendors.
HIP is only for produce also. Several things to pay attention to with HIP: You MUST have a balance in your EBT account, or you can’t use HIP. You must use it each month, or you lose it for that month; it doesn’t carry over to the next month. It goes from the first of the month to the last of the month; it doesn’t matter what date you get your SNAP benefits which is why it’s important to have a balance on your card. Even $10 because they can swipe your card more than once after the amount has gone back on your card. You will NOT see the HIP benefit in your SNAP balance until AFTER you have used it; it doesn’t show up before you use it. I know it’s confusing, but you’ll get used to it. HIP will be accepted at our winter market also.
We have 4 participating vendors.
1. Rainbow Harvest Farm
2. Red Fire Farm
3. Riverbend Farm
4. New England Wild Edibles
Taste the View
Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA) is having its major fundraiser on Thursday September 28th at Quonquont Farm in Whately. It’s from 6-9 and includes food from Local Hero farms. They also have an auction. Contact Jennifer at buylocalfood.org for more details or to purchase tickets.
The Mass Department of Agriculture (MDAR) has lots of information on their website. They have a map that’s a treasure trove of information for where to locate farms, wineries, pick your own places and much more. Mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr.
This ‘n’ That
Bring us cookbooks that you don’t want anymore. Someone will want them. We’ll take cooking magazines also.
Faith Church on the corner of Sumner Ave. and Ft. Pleasant Ave. will have its monthly concert on Sunday, September 17th at 4PM. The concert is free, but they ask for a free-will offering in order to donate to a charity. This month’s is Shriners’ Hospital for Children. They also have a free monthly luncheon on the last Saturday of the month at noon. There is clothing available also for anyone who needs any.
Check out the Jewish Community Center aka the J. They have programs and activities from babies to senior citizens. They are located at 1160 Dickinson St. in Springfield. This month they are celebrating 10 years of having programs for children with special needs. The J also has medical equipment that has been donated that is loaned out free of charge.
Check out the Agawam Cultural Council’s website for lots of programs for the next several months. Agawamcc.org. All free.
Did you know that several of our local libraries have cookbook “clubs?” Once a month a cookbook is chosen, recipes are made, and then there is a gathering where what is prepared is shared. It’s fun.
Hazardous Waste Collection
Saturday September 23rd, and October 28th for Springfield residents only. No businesses. Call 787-7840 to make an appointment and for instructions.
Landlord and Tenant’s Rights Workshop
A workshop with Milagros Johnson, of the Springfield MOCI will be held on Friday, September 15th from 2-3PM at the West Springfield Library. This is free, but preregistration is required as space is limited. For more information, or to register, call 736-4561, ext. 3.
If you run out of money while you’re at the market, just come over to the market table, use your credit, debit, or EBT card, and purchase wooden coins that you use just like cash. They don’t expire, and they can be used at our winter market also. They can, however, only be used at our market, no others.
Springfield Primary, September 19th
If you aren’t registered to vote, please pick up a form at the market table, fill it out, and either have us send it in, or you can send it in yourself. The League of Women Voters campaigned for many years to have the Motor Voter Law enacted so that we could register to vote this way. Voting is a privilege; don’t throw it away.
A primary for school committee and city council will be held on September 19th. Please vote.
Recipe—Breaded Goat Cheese
Cut plain goat cheese into slices. Dip in beaten egg, then panko crumbs. Sauté gently in olive oil. Serve on top of a small amount of marinara sauce, and decorate with some basil. Your guests will lick the plate.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Slice the tomatoes about 1/2” thick. Dredge in flour then egg mixed with some milk then into a 2 to 1 mixture of corn meal and flour, more flour than cornmeal that you have seasoned with salt and pepper.
Sauté in about ½” vegetable oil until the tip of a paring knife goes in very easily; don’t crowd the tomatoes. Keep these warm in the oven until you are ready to serve.
You can serve these with a sauce or just by themselves.
Sriracha sauce—mix mayonnaise with Sriracha sauce to taste. Add chili garlic sauce also if you like.
Creamy horseradish sauce—sour cream, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, horseradish (white only) salt and pepper. Make this to your taste of course.
Ranch dressing sauce—ranch dressing, sour cream, hot sauce to taste.
The Kitchen Garden’s Chili Fest
This weekend, September 16th & 17th from 12-5 PM at Mike’s Maze, 23 S. Main St. in Sunderland There is a fee. This Is lots of fun.
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