From the Market Manager
I hope that most of you came to the market early last week, as we did close early due to the impending storm. Although we have had storms in the past, most of them haven’t had the dire predictions that this one had. It’s a good thing that we did close, because not too long afterwards we had a strong thunderstorm. Not too far south of us they had very high winds with lots of damage.
Normally we are a rain or shine market, but not when the potential weather could be hazardous.
One of the things that farmers have to deal with over which they have no control is weather. If you recall, 2 years ago we had almost no peaches in New England. That was due to an extended period of very cold weather that February that killed the buds on the peach trees.
This past January we also had extended very cold weather, but evidently it was early enough so the trees weren’t damaged.
It isn’t uncommon for other fruit trees to be affected in the spring when they have started to blossom and then we have a frost that damages the blossoms which of course are potential fruit. We’re okay this year. We didn’t have warm temperatures followed by a frost. We fortunately don’t have a drought which also affects growth.
Outlook Farm is bringing their hard cider and wine to our market now. In past years Mt. Warner has been here with their wine, but they are only going to be selling wholesale from now on.
I saw a movie this weekend, “RBG” about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. What an inspiration that woman is. It’s at the Amherst Cinema and the Bow Tie Cinemas in Hartford.
Sometimes we get asked for items that aren’t in season yet. FYI, strawberries begin in June, blueberries in July, peaches and other stone fruit in August, early apples also in August, and later apples in September and October.
All of the items at our market are local, so we don’t have them until they are in season.
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Remove mail promptly from your mailbox. If you’re planning on being away from home, and can’t pick up your mail, call the post office at 1-800-275-8777 to ask for a vacation hold.
Destroy all credit card and ATM receipts and do not discard them at banks or retail establishments.
Farm to Cafeteria/Schools
More schools and businesses are recognizing how valuable it is to purchase locally grown/raised products for their students and employees. It is win-win for everyone. The food is fresher thereby more nutritious, it is purchased locally, and the local economy benefits.
Water Conservation and Protection
• Work with your family to set a water conservation goal.
• Purchase flow-restrictor aerators for faucets.
• Use the lowest water pressure necessary to get the job done and keep the water turned on only when needed. Check and repair any dripping faucets.
• When replacing an old toilet, purchase a low flow model.
• Always run full loads of laundry and dishes.
• Sweet street gutters, drains, and paths instead of using water or a blower.
• Plant native shrubs, flowers and trees; they will require less water and maintenance than nonnative plants.
• Consider installing a “greywater” or waste water system in your home that captures shower and sink water for reuse on the lawn or garden.
• Use a rain barrel for watering outdoor plants.
• Protect our water by using nontoxic cleaners and always disposing of hazardous materials properly.
You can wrap this filling in phyllo dough, puff pastry, or fill a baked pie shell.
1# fresh spinach, cooked, drained, and chopped
1# feta cheese
1 16 oz. container ricotta cheese
several scallions, white and green parts, chopped
dill weed, or seeds, or mint fresh or dried
2-3 eggs if using pie shell
Sauté scallions in a little olive oil or butter
Combine spinach, ricotta, feta, dill or mint and scallions.
Mix well. If using the baked pie shell, add the eggs to the mixture. You don’t need eggs if using phyllo or puff pastry.
If using phyllo, you can make either small or large triangles, or use several layers of phyllo with melted butter in between in an 8x8” or 9x9” pan. Put a layer of filling in, then some more phyllo, then more filling, and top with more phyllo making sure to brush each layer with melted butter.
You can put some sesame seeds on top to make it a little fancier. If using puff pastry, roll it out a little and cut the pastry in half horizontally and put a strip of the filling on the pastry and wrap the pastry over the filling making sure to seal the ends. Put an egg wash on top and bake at 400 until golden.
If you can purchase fresh phyllo dough, it is easier to work with than previously frozen phyllo. I get mine at Milano’s in the South End of Springfield.
You can freeze this unbaked.
Look in these stores first before you go traipsing off to Whole Foods or buying something online.
List of Ethnic Stores in the Area
1. Cedars, 405 Armory St., Springfield (Behind McDonalds at the rotary across from the Boland School.)
2. Elsafi Supermarket, 532 Main St., W. Springfield RUSSIAN/POLISH, ETC.
3. Victory Market, 573 Union St., W. Springfield ITALIAN
4. Milano’s, 968 Main St., Springfield
5. Mom & Rico’s, 899 Main St., Springfield
6. Zonin’s, inside La Fiorentina bakeries, 883 Main St., Springfield; 236 Shaker Rd., E. Longmeadow
7. Frigo’s,90 William St., Springfield; 159 Shaker Rd., E. Longmeadow
8. AC Produce, 489 Main St., Springfield ASIAN
9.Food Zone Supermarket (has lots of Latino foods also.) 355 Belmont Ave., Springfield:
10. Saigon Market, 308 Belmont Ave., Springfield:
11. Asian Market, 19 Pomona St., Springfield:
12. 5 Star Market, 780 Boston Road, Springfield. SOUTH ASIAN
13. Spices of Asia 3 Central St. (one block north of W. Springfield Library) front is on Central, side is on Elm St. W. Springfield
I’m sure there are more stores that I don’t know about.
They will be distributed here at the market sometime in July. Those of you who receive WIC can get them then.
You don’t have to spend them the day you receive them although you can. They are good until the end of October. Elder coupons are usually distributed in June.
Call your senior center and ask to be placed on a list.
Highland Street Free Fridays
For the 10th year, the Highland Street Foundation is underwriting Free Fun Fridays. For 10 weeks, 10 different museums and other venues will be open each week to the public free of charge. It begins on June 29th. Go to HighlandStreet.org or call 617-969-8900 for more information.