From the Market Manager
There have been articles about recycling recently in the New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. As part of a broad anti-pollution campaign, China has refused to take “foreign garbage.” Some waste managers already send their recyclable materials to be processed domestically, or are shipping more to other countries, others have been unable to find a substitute for the Chinese market. Consequently, much of what we recycle is going into landfills.
What to do? Some waste managers are concerned that if they tell people to stop recycling, it could be hard to get them to start again.
Contamination of recycled material can ruin a load, so you must wash all containers that go into recycling. Don’t recycle pizza boxes, nor disposable coffee cups, yogurt containers, or colored plastic.
Throw glass away; it is worthless for recycling. If it breaks it contaminates whatever it is with.
Single stream recycling is supposed to make it easier, but too many people put the wrong things in the bins, so it isn’t efficient. The other day when I went to put something into my big blue bin on pickup day, I found that someone had put some of their stuff in it. A p
plastic bag, plastic cups with straws and lids, and some other things that can’t be recycled.
The best thing that we can all do is to reduce our waste, re-use what we can, and then recycle. Until markets open up, or until businesses know how to re-use what we recycle, it will continue to be problematic.
The Jazz and Roots Festival will be held on August 11th in Court Square in Springfield. Go to springfieldjazzfest.com for information on how you can volunteer. This is its 5th year. They also would like to have more sponsors.
HIP is funded for this fiscal year, so use it if you have SNAP benefits. Make sure you have some money in your EBT account so that the vendor can swipe your card to take money to pay for your HIP produce. Keep about $10 in your account. Remember, the money you spend goes right back into your account, so it’s not as if it’s gone.
You get $40 if you have 1-2 people in your family; $60 if you have 3-5 people in your family, and $80 if you have more than 5 people in your family. You can spend it over the course of the month, or all at once; it’s up to you.
If you check your EBT balance, the HIP money doesn’t show up. Just know that it is there from the first of the month, no matter when you get your benefits.
We have 5 vendors who accept HIP. New England Wild Edibles, Rainbow Harvest Farm, Red Fire Farm, Riverbend Farm, and Urban Artisan Farm. They all have signs saying that they take HIP. Outlook Farm and Phuong’s Asian Vegetables don’t take HIP.
You should walk around and see who has what and what the prices are before you shop.
WIC Farmers’ Market Coupons will be distributed July 17th here at the market. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SPEND THEM THAT DAY; YOU CAN SPEND THEM AT OTHER TIMES UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER.
Both HIP and the WIC and elder coupons are ONLY for produce.
This ‘n’ That
There are 2 products in the dairy case at Big Y and Stop & Shop by Wewalka that I think are terrific. Bistro pizza dough is round and comes rolled up in parchment paper that you use to bake the pizza on; it makes a thin crust.
The other product is puff pastry, both are easy to use. They aren’t frozen and they last quite a while in your fridge.
Save your plastic bags and bring them to Big Y or Stop and Shop and put in the containers specifically for that purpose. They are melted down and more plastic bags are made from them. Never put plastic bags in your recycling bin; they gum up the machinery.
Don’t put hangers in your recycling either.
If you cut corn off the cob, put the cobs in water and boil them for about 10 minutes. The water will be good to use for soup (vegetable or corn chowder). You can freeze it also.
Majestic Theater Summer 2018
Beach Boys Tribute—July 12th, 7:30 PM
The Russell Brooks Revue—July 13th, 8 PM
Frank Manzi: Family and Friends—July 14th, 8 PM
The American Longboards, July 19th, 7:30 PM
Go to majestictheater.com for the full listing of their programs.
A Little Night Music
Each Thursday evening in July, Trinity United Methodist Church (big church next to Forest Park) has a musical performance and then dinner. The music, at 6PM, is in the church and it is free, and dinner is outside (weather permitting) for a contribution, $5 suggested. Everyone is welcome.
Highland Foundation Free Fridays—July 13th
Edward M. Kennedy Institute—Boston
Charles River Watershed Association—Weston
Larz Anderson Auto Museum—Brookline
The Telephone Museum—Waltham
Venfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum—Lenox
The Sports Museum—Boston
Children’s Museum at Holyoke
International Volleyball Hall of Fame—Holyoke
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center—Great Barrington--
Mathemagic at 11AM, a program for children
Cream of Summer Squash Soup
Onions, summer squash (any kind), chicken or vegetable broth, whole milk or cream, curry, salt and pepper.
Sauté onions until soft, add cut up squash, cover with broth, cook until soft. Let it cool a little before pureeing, then add dairy and curry, salt and pepper to taste. This is good cold or hot.
This is a basic recipe and can be used with many other vegetables. Winter squash is very good in this soup.
Elvis Presley Pound Cake
A woman who worked for him said that he loved this cake. Read the directions carefully because this is made a little differently.
3 cups cake flour (all-purpose is fine also)
2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened
3 cups sugar
7 large eggs at room temperature
1 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
1. Butter and flour a 10” tube pan, or 2 9x5x3” loaf pans.
2. Sift flour twice.
3. In another bowl with an electric mixer beat butter and sugar until mixed well.
4. To butter mixture add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat half of flour into batter and beat in cream. Beat in remaining flour and beat on high speed 5 minutes.
5. Pour batter into pan and put into a cold oven. Set oven temperature to 350 and bake cake 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes (loaf pans will take less time) or until a sharp knife inserted in center
comes out clean. Cook cake in pan on rack for 5 minutes. Remove cake from pan and cool completely. Freezes perfectly.
Asian Cucumber Ribbon Salad
2 seedless cucumbers (or take seeds out of a cuke that has seeds) halved lengthwise unpeeled
¼ cup rice vinegar (seasoned or not)
½ teaspoon Asian sesame oil
2 T. sesame seeds, toasted lightly and cooled
2 teaspoons finely grated peeled fresh gingerroot
¼ cup chopped scallion greens
a pinch of sugar
1. With a mandoline or other manual slicer or vegetable peeler, cut cucumbers lengthwise into thin ribbons.
2. In a bowl toss cucumber ribbons with remaining ingredients and season with salt and pepper.
Chill covered until cold at least 15 minutes and up to one hour.
As always, if you want more of anything in this recipe, add it. Recipes like this are guidelines.