From the Market Manager
Big news! Our winter market that starts on November 10th will be in a new location here in the park. Come in the front entrance (you won’t have to pay) and take your first right. It’s right behind the tennis courts. Go around until you come to a brick building; that’s where we will be. We will have more space, the heat works all the time, and the bathrooms are clean and modern.
Our hours are from 10-2. In November, because of Thanksgiving, we are having the market on the 10th and 17th, then the second and fourth Saturdays through April. HIP will work through the 17th.
I have been having a grand time making applesauce with a variety of apples. I give most of it away to family and friends. If you don’t want to can it, store it in the freezer; it keeps for a long time.
Outlook Farm brings apple cider to the market; it is fabulous. Some winter squash soups have cider in the recipe. It’s also good hot with a little cinnamon added. I think adding some to a sweet potato dish would be terrific especially if someone has a lactose intolerance and can’t eat any dairy. Outlook’s apple festival is October 15th; it starts at noon.
Someone asked me whether Chicoine Family Farm has beef tongue. I forgot to ask them. One week we cancelled, another week they didn’t come due to the rain, so I finally asked. I can’t remember who asked me, which is why I’m putting it in here. They do have it and Bill Chicoine brought it today.
You have only until October 17th to register to vote here in Massachusetts for the November 6th election. I sincerely hope that everyone who is eligible votes. It is a privilege to be able to vote; don’t throw it away. Many people have died here in the U.S. during the suffragette period and the civil rights era fighting for that right. Every vote counts; don’t think it doesn’t. Several elections through the years have been decided by one vote. We have forms for registering at our market table.
I remember what a thrill it was for me to register to vote. It was the day before my 21st birthday. I have missed only one primary election because I was in the hospital having a child and New Hampshire didn’t have any absentee ballots for primaries at that time.
If you don’t vote (shame on you) don’t complain aboutanything having to do with government; you forfeit the right.
HIP was funded for this fiscal year, however, we have received notice that they will suspend it just before Thanksgiving, and start up again in the spring, so use it if you have SNAP benefits. Many things that you can buy in the fall stay fresh for a long time like apples, winter squash, onions, potatoes, turnips, beets, and I can’t think of what else.
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 gone.
You get $40 if you have 1-2 people in your family; $60 if you have 3-5, 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. 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.
This ‘n’ That
• You can freeze apple cider. Don’t fill your container all the way to the top; leave some room for expansion.
• A great gift is some of our wooden coins that can be purchased at the market table. They don’t expire.
Learn how to Avoid Scams and how to Protect Your Privacy
Jewish Family Service is having an educational presentation on Wednesday October 10th on how to avoid online scams, prevent identify theft, and spot skimming devices found at gas stations and ATMs. It is free and open to the public. Please pre-register at 413- 737-2601, or go online to Jewish Family Service. It is from 1-2:30. It will be held at the JFS community room at the
Jewish Community Center on Dickinson Street. Park in the back.
ETHNIC MARKETS IN OUR AREA
1. Zonin’s (inside La Fiorentina)
236 Shaker Road, E. Longmeadow
883 Main St., Springfield
90 William St., Springfield
159 Shaker Road, E. Longmeadow
3. AC Produce
489 Main St., Springfield
988 Main St., Springfield
5. Mom & Rico’s
899 Main St., Springfield
1. Food Zone Supermarket (has lots of Latino foods also)
355 Belmont Ave., Springfield
2. Saigon Market
531 Belmont Ave. (new location), Springfield
3. Asian Market
19 Pomona St., Springfield
4. 5 Star Market (in a shopping center)
780 Boston Road, Springfield
Spices of Asia
3 Central St. (one block north of W.Springfield Library)
front is on Central, side is on Elm St., W. Springfield
1. Victory Market
573 Union St., W. Springfield
2. Imperial Grocery Store
1072 State St., Springfield (also Latino products)
405 Armory St., Springfield (behind McDonald’s)
2. (forgot the name of this one)
532 Main St., W. Springfield
3. Inter Produce at the intersection of White
St., and Belmont Ave. has lots of Middle Eastern products.
If you know of others, please let us know.
Kale and potato soup
About 1 # of kale
2 # boiling potatoes
2 quarts vegetable or chicken broth
1 tsp. salt
Optional: 1 garlic sausage
Extra virgin olive oil
Remove the stems from the kale, wash the leaves and cut them into a chiffonade. You should have about 6-8 cups.
Peel the potatoes and chop them very fine. Bring the stock to a boil with the salt. Add the chopped potatoes, return to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes, covered. Add the
kale and cook for 2 minutes more; taste for seasoning. If desired, serve with garlic or another flavorful sausage heated briefly in the soup with a splash of olive oil. If the
potatoes are cut into bigger pieces, it will need to cook a little longer.