From the Market Manager
This market ends at the end of October every year. If you have WIC or Elder coupons, you must use them by then; they don’t carry over.
I made the red pepper pasta sauce the other day and thought it was missing something, so I added a can of tomato soup to it, and it was perfect. Not sharp, not too sweet.
Outlook Farm has their pumpkin festival coming up on October 22nd in the afternoon. There is a pig roast and BBQ, live music and a community tag and craft sale to browse or sell at. They are located on Rte. 66 in Westhampton.
If you go to other markets that use wooden coins, please be careful when paying with coins at our market. Sometimes a coin from another market makes its way into our vendors’ coins and they don’t get reimbursed for them.
Please use your HIP benefits. Many people do, but some others are very blasé about them. If you found $40-60, or 80 on the ground, you would pick it up. This program is found money for those of you who depend on SNAP benefits to help make ends meet.
4 things to remember about the new HIP program:
1. You MUST have a balance in your EBT account or the vendor can’t swipe your card. The money goes back on the card when your HIP transaction is done.
2. It goes from the first of the month to the last of the month. It doesn’t matter when your benefits are applied to your account.
3. The HIP money you don’t use does NOT roll over to the next month. If you don’t use the benefit during the month, it’s gone for that month.
4. It’s automatic; it doesn’t show up in your EBT balance.
Winter Market in Old Monkey House
This market is also held here in Forest Park. Enter through the Trafton Road entrance. The old monkey house is the second building on your left. The hours are 10-2, twice a month on Saturdays usually the second and fourth. Our first one is November 11th. The wooden coins are used at this market also. Also, HIP will be available, and we expect to have more produce than we did last year. We will have vendors who will have prepared food, so you can have lunch there.
This ‘n’ That
Put Cider Days in Franklin County on your calendar. It’s the first full weekend in November. You can find all kinds of information on their website. You’ll be amazed at the many varieties of apples you’ll see. It’s throughout Franklin County.
An easy way to scrape corn kernels off the cob is to use a tube cake pan, put the pointed end of the cob in the opening, and cut away. The corn falls into the place where the batter goes, and the opening holds the cob steady while you cut.
To get cabbage ready for stuffing, put it in the freezer. When it is frozen solid, take it out, let it defrost, and then the cabbage leaves will be very pliable.
The wooden coins you purchase here at the market don’t expire; they can also be used at our winter market.
There is one more hazardous waste collection in Springfield coming up. It is on Saturday, October 28th from 8-noon. Call 787-7840 to make an appointment.
The Springfield Preservation Trust has a Voices from the Grave Cemetery Tour coming up on October 15th.
The tour of Oak Grove Cemetery will visit graves of interesting 19th century Springfield residents where costumed interpreters will speak about that person.
Hour-long walking tours will depart every 15 minutes starting at 3 PM from the former chapel at Oak Grove Cemetery, 426 Bay St. Enjoy the wonderful autumn season with this truly one of a kind event.
You can purchase tickets online from Springfield Preservation Trust, or at Flowers, Flowers, 758 Sumner Ave. (corner of White St. and Sumner Ave.).
The Central Library in Springfield has lots of programs planned. One that they are having each Wednesday evening starting at 5:30 PM is Game Night for Grownups.
It’s free, just show up. Sounds like fun.
Apple Scones—King Arthur Flour Recipe
Scones are biscuits. They are very easy to make.
2 3/4ths cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3rd cup granulated sugar
¾ tsp. salt
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. apple pie spice or ground cinnamon (you can make your own spice mixture. It’s usually some nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon with a dash of ground cloves.)
½ cup cold butter
¾ cup chopped fresh apple in ½” pieces, skin on if you like
¾ cup cinnamon chips (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
½ cup applesauce, unsweetened preferred
3 T. coarse white sparkling (sanding) sugar can use granulated.
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1. Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and spice.
2. Work in the butter just until the mixture is unevenly crumbly. It’s ok for some larger chunks of butter to remain unincorporated.
3. Stir in the chopped apple and cinnamon chips if using.
4. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and applesauce.
5. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until all is moistened and holds together.
6. Line a baking sheet with parchment. If you don’t have parchment, just sprinkle a little bit of flour on the pan.
7. Scrape the dough onto the floured parchment or pan and divide it in half. Gently pat and round each half into about a 5” circle about ¾” thick.
8. Stir the coarse sugar and cinnamon together.
Brush each circle with milk, and sprinkle with the topping.
9. Using a knife or bench knife that you’ve run under cold water, slice each circle into 6 wedges.
10. Carefully pull the wedges away from the center to separate them just a bit; there should be a bout ½” space between them at their outer edges.
11. For best texture and highest rise, place the pan of scones in the freezer for 30 minutes, uncovered. While the scones are chilling, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
12. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until they’re golden brown. When you pull one away from the others, it should look baked all the way through; the edge shouldn’t look wet or unbaked.
13. Remove from the oven and cool briefly on the pan. Serve warm.
14. Yield 12 scones.
ReGreen Springfield will be hosting an event to celebrate the harvest at Appleseed Orchard on October 21st from noon to 3PM. This season has produced apples, pears, blueberries, and cherries. They will be harvesting apples at the event and will have additional fruit from local orchards for eating and sharing.
Appleseed Orchard is located at Johnny Appleseed Park at the corner of Rifle and Locust Streets.
They will also be having a community tree planting field day on October 25th from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM. It will be held on Middlesex Street in the Upper Hill area of Springfield. It will include the planting of over 50 trees, a box lunch, community engagement and lots of fun.
Contact regreenspringfield.org/planting for more information.
Dementia/Alzheimer’s Caregiver’s Support Group
Baystate Brightwood Health Center is having a Spanish language support group for caregivers the second and fourth Fridays from 11:30-1PM at the center located at 380 Plainfield St. in Springfield. Please call lea Stein or Liz Santos at 794-2815, or 302-4348 to respond. It’s free.
Donate Cook Books
If you have cookbooks that you’re not using any longer, bring them here and put them into the blue bin. What you don’t want, someone else might. You can bring cooking magazines also. No other types of books please.
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