From the Market Manager
A friend and I went to Portland, Maine this past weekend. I was immediately impressed with how clean it was. As we drove around during the weekend, I marveled at the many beautiful old buildings that have been preserved.
There is an organization in Springfield called the Springfield Preservation Trust. I recommend that you go to their website and see the many things that they do to preserve our city from destruction. After you see what they do, become a member.
As far as cleanliness, please, please, please pick up litter when you are out and about. Don’t throw cigarette butts on the ground; the filters don’t decompose. My grandmother always used to say that if everyone did a little, no one would have to do a lot. If you patronize a business that needs to clean up, say something to the manager.
A visitor’s first impression may well be how clean or messy a place is. Leaving a mess around has a message that the person who has the home or business doesn’t care about it, or you, a customer, if it’s a business.
I realize that we’re not a seaport, so we don’t have the water or the boats to enjoy, but we have some beautiful homes and buildings that can certainly make an impression when someone sees us for the first time. We are in this together, so let’s all do what we can to show our pride.
It was fun to see so many children decorate a pumpkin last week. There are some very creative children who come to this market.
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. If you have friends or family who have SNAP, ask them if they’re using their HIP benefits, and if not, encourage them to do so.
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
The market is happy to reimburse you $1 if you come in the Sumner Ave. or Rte. 5 entrances, but if you use the Trafton Road entrance, there is no fee. Also, that is the entrance you should use for the winter market as the building that we are in is the second one on the left as you come in that way. You won’t have to drive around the park to find us.
Start buying some gifts for the upcoming holiday season. I can tell you that old folks like me (your manager) like getting things that we can use up like maple products, honey, goats milk soap, fancy olive oil and vinegar, seasonings, essential oils, jam, relishes, and more. You can also purchase some wooden coins or a gift certificate that can be redeemed for coins.
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.
We do this for the winter market also.
I know that there is nothing new about apple pie, but I made this recipe recently, and it was terrific. The only things in it that were different, were molasses and apple brandy.
Pastry for 2 crust pie
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 T all-purpose flour
½ to 1 tsp. cinnamon
dash of nutmeg
dash of salt
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup applejack brandy or bourbon
6 or 7 apples good for pie
2/4 T. butter
1. Combine sugars, flour, spices, salt, molasses and applejack together.
2. Pare and core apples, slice thin, then add sugar mixture stirring well.
3. Fill bottom crust with apple mixture, dot with butter, and cover with top crust. Vent the top,
sprinkle with sugar to sparkle, and bake in 400- degree oven for 50 minutes or until done.
Chicken Simmered with Tomatoes, Fresh Herbs, and Red Wine
Aka hunter’s style chicken.
3 T olive oil
1 chicken, about 3 pounds, cut up
1 onion, chopped
1 (or more) garlic cloves
¾ cup dry red wine
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 or 2 green bell peppers (can use red)
1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp. chopped fresh marjoram
salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add the chicken, onion and garlic and sauté until the chicken is golden brown. Pour in the wine and let simmer uncovered, about 10 minutes.
2. Stir in to tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, herbs and salt and pepper to taste/Cover and simmer about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is tender.
3. Serve with pasta or rice.
Baked Cherry Tomatoes with Ricotta and Basil
3 T. olive oil
2 pounds cherry tomatoes, yellow and red, stemmed
¼ cup fresh bread crumbs
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
½ cup chopped fresh basil
¾ tsp. salt
1 tsp. or more ground pepper
1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
2 T. flour
4 T. heavy cream
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Choose a shallow baking dish just large enough to hold the tomatoes snugly packed in a single layer.
2. Oil the bottom and sides of the dish with 2 T. of the olive oil. Add the tomatoes, rolling them around to coat them with oil.
3. Combine the bread crumbs, garlic, 5 T. of the basil, 1/4 tsp. of the salt and the pepper. Sprinkle half of the mixture over the tomatoes.
4. Combine the ricotta, the remaining basil and ½ tsp. salt, the eggs, flour and cream. Pour over the tomatoes. Sprinkle with the remaining bread crumb mixture and drizzle with the remaining 1 T. olive oil.
5. Bake for 15 minutes
6. Serve hot or at room temperature.
Make fresh bread crumbs in your food processor. If you aren’t going to use them right away, store in the freezer otherwise they will get moldy.
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