From the Market Manager
I would like those of you use HIP to know that we did not design it. We have nothing to do with it other than having it available at our market. So, if you get frustrated because you don’t understand it, don’t take it out on those of us who run the market.
You do NOT purchase wooden coins to use HIP. You go directly to the farmer who sells produce who is a participant. Read the information that I put into this newsletter EVERY WEEK to clarify how it works. You purchase the coins to buy dairy products, maple products, honey, meat or poultry, bread and other baked goods, and produce from non-participating HIP vendors.
HIP is ONLY for produce, and ONLY from the participating farmers.
WIC and elder coupons can be used at any farmer that sells produce. HIP and these coupons are not connected in any way. If it sounds as though I am yelling, I am.
We got lucky with the weather last week although it was HOT. It didn’t start to rain until 6 o’clock. Thanks to everyone who came out in the heat. It’s important to support our vendors.
They work whether or not it’s hot or rainy, so inconvenience yourself a little and shop when the weather isn’t ideal.
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, and no matter how much you get from SNAP. Even if you only get $15 a month, you still get $40 in HIP.
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. Maple Corner Farm doesn’t take HIP, but they do accept WIC for their blueberries. All of the vendors who sell produce accept WIC and elder coupons.
You should walk around and see who has what and what the prices are before you shop. Each vendor sets their own prices.
WIC coupons are NOT HIP coupons. Not everyone who is eligible for WIC qualifies for SNAP benefits.
WIC Farmers’ Market Coupons and Elder coupons can be used whenever you like through the end of October. Both HIP and the WIC and elder coupons are ONLY for produce.
Highland Foundation Free Fridays—August 17th
The Highland Foundation sponsors free admission each summer for 10 weeks to many museums, etc. throughout Massachusetts.
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum— Boston
New England Historic Genealogical Society--Boston
Fort Devens Museum--Devens
Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees--Harvard
Old State House--Boston
Museum of the First Corps of Cadets--Boston
We have market t-shirts for sale for $10 each, just $1 more than we pay for them. We have all sizes including some children’s sizes. Come to the market table to get one. When you wear one, you are helping to advertise our market.
Gazpacho is liquid salad. If you look for recipes for it, you will find many even some with watermelon. This is how I make it, AND I never make it until all of the vegetables are local. Don’t keep it around for more than a day or two because the vinegar that is in it will change
the flavor. How much you use of any vegetable is entirely up to you.
Tomatoes, sweet peppers, cucumbers, onion, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper and hot sauce or hot pepper flakes if you like it spicy.
Puree some tomatoes, put into a bowl. Cut up the next ingredients and more tomatoes, and chop them in the food processor until they still have some texture to them.
Add vinegar and olive oil to taste. Put into the fridge to chill for a few hours. Take it out about 15 minutes before serving.
Different colored tomatoes, purple onion, different colored sweet peppers, garlic cucumbers, white vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Puree some red tomatoes, then chop other ingredients and follow the same procedure as above. This is a milder gazpacho due to the white vinegar. I call it confetti due to the many colors that are in it.
This ‘n’ That
Don’t forget to get your car inspected. It is for your safety. Also, if you get stopped, it is an expensive ticket plus it goes on your record.
Put readable numbers on your house. Too small, or painted over numbers are worthless.
Do you give back to school gifts to teachers? How about some honey or maple syrup? It doesn’t spoil, and everyone likes them.
There are lots of things at our market that can be placed into a gift basket including tie-dyed items from Maple Corner Farm.
Organic, Conventional, Natural?
First off, understand that if a product is advertised as being natural, it doesn’t mean anything. The terms freerange and hormone-free mean something.
Organic food is grown and processed according to USDA organic standards, and are the only foods that can be labeled as such.
To use the phrase 100% organic, the products must be either completely organic, or made of all organic ingredients. Products that contain at least 70% organic ingredients may say “made with organic ingredients” on the label, but may not use the seal from the USDA.
Organic products must be at least 95% organic to use this term.
Are organic foods more nutritious? Probably not, but the answer isn’t yet clear. A recent study examined the past 50 years-worth of scientific articles about the nutrient content of organic and conventional foods. The researchers concluded that organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs are comparable in their nutrient content.
Many factors influence the decision to choose organic food. Common concerns:
1. Pesticides. Conventional growers use pesticides to protect their crops from molds, insects and diseases. When farmers spray crops, it can leave residue on produce. Some people buy organic food to limit their exposure to these residues.
2. Food additives. Organic regulations ban or severely restrict the use of food additives, processing aids (substances used during processing, but not added directly to food) and fortifying agents commonly used in nonorganic foods, including preservatives, artificial
sweeteners, colorings and flavorings, and MSG.
3. Environment. Some people buy organic food for environmental reasons. Organic farming practices are designed to benefit the environment by reducing pollution and conserving water and soil quality.
4. Taste. Some people say they can taste the difference between organic and nonorganic food. Others say they find no difference. Taste is a subjective and personal consideration, so decide for yourself.
KUDOS TO THE FOLKS WHO PUT ON THE JAZZ AND ROOTS FESTIVAL THIS PAST WEEKEND.
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