From the Market Manager
HIP (Healthy Incentive Project) is back for the season as of today, May 28th. However, you MUST have money in your EBT account. Not just a few dollars, but $10 or more so that the vendor can swipe your card properly. They do not have time to swipe and swipe and swipe if you have almost no money in your account. If you need to know how much money your account has left in it, come to the market table and we can get that balance for you. Last week our terminal didn’t work, but we got a new one, so you can get that information from us.
Please, if you bought wooden tokens last week, stop by the market table so we can swipe your card and remove your name from our list.
You can use your EBT/HIP benefits for plants that grow food and herb plants as well.
Thanks to Fred Basile for his generous contribution. It’s to help pay for new signs.
In the last 3 months, since HIP was temporarily suspended, we gave out almost $1500 in wooden EBT coins to those who have SNAP benefits. That has ended since HIP has restarted. That money came from United Bank, Concerned Citizens for Springfield, and our treasury.
This past Sunday I attended a funeral for the daughter of a friend. She was only 51, and had had breast cancer for 14 years. She is the same age as my daughter and I had known her since her birth. Although I hadn’t seen her in several years, I was in touch with her mom.
I know that it is the nature of human beings to take many things for granted. But, I think it is extremely important to take stock of your life and of your loved ones, and to be grateful. Go out of your way to tell someone that you love them. Show your gratitude in small ways; sometimes those are the most important.
I remember after my husband died many years ago, I could steel myself for his birthday, mine, anniversaries, holidays, etc., but the little things used to rise up and bite me on the behind. We had landscaped our yard, and in the spring, 3 or so months after he died, I walked around our yard and started to cry when I saw a rhododendron starting to bloom thinking that he hadn’t even lived long enough to see them bloom even once.
Although I don’t live in a fancy house, and never have as much money as I need, I still have it better than billions of people in the world.
A few years ago, I toured the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side of New York City. The tenements are just as they were in 1935, the last time anyone lived in that building. They had running water for a sink, but had to go to the first level to use a privy. And, the apartments were very crowded. I came home to my house and said that I live in a palace by comparison. I am grateful.
Are you Interested in Becoming a Master Gardener
Although the 2019 session has ended, you can still get information on becoming a Master Gardener. Visit wmmga.org to learn more. We thank them for coming to our market on occasion. They are a very good resource for all things gardening.
Before you buy a Product Think!
• Check the ingredients listing. If there isn’t sufficient information to make an informed decision, contact the manufacturer, DEP, US Food and Drug Administration or Consumer Product Safety Commission.
• Check the warnings and hazards listed to see if the product is hazardous to you or the environment.
• Find a less toxic or nontoxic alternative. If there are no alternatives, select products that say “caution” versus “warning” or “danger.”
• Buy the right product for the job.
• Buy only the quantity you need. Some products can lose their potency, vaporize, or corrode their container.
• Identify the protective equipment needed.
• Determine if product can be safely stored in your home.
• Determine if product can be safely disposed of in your community.
IF YOU LIVE IN SPRINGFIELD AND YOU HAVE HAZARDOUS WASTE TO DISPOSE OF, CALL 886- 5111 TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT FOR JUNE 22ND TO DISPOSE OF IT THROUGH THE DPW.
Here are some options for getting to our market if you don’t have your own vehicle:
Tri-Town Trolley—For Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, and Hampden residents. The cost is $2 each way for out of town transportation. To schedule a ride, call 525-5412
48-72 hours ahead of when you want the ride.
PVTA—Van service: call 739-7436, 1 to 7 days before you need the ride. You must be dropped off by 4:30, so plan accordingly. I think the cost is $2.50, and it’s for elderly, or disabled.
JCC—call 24 hours in advance to 372-9754. It’s $3 each way. The hours are 9-2, so you must make sure that you’re back home before 2 which is when the driver is done for the day.
We will pay for one way of your transportation; just come to the market table for your reimbursement.
Become a Sponsor of the Market
Most of the money for our market comes from vendor fees. We have raised the fees several times over the 22 years that we’ve been in existence;
We do accept contributions, but now we are going to try for a different level of contributors, mainly sponsors.
Although we’d love it if someone offered us thousands of dollars, we’re realistic and know that that is not likely to happen. However, perhaps some of you could donate $500, or you could ask the business for which you work if they would be willing to do so. Our sponsor, Concerned Citizens for Springfield is a nonprofit. The market is a program of theirs.
AARP Safe Driving Course
If you are older you may wonder why a safe driving refresher is important to you.
Here’s what you need to know:
• Our abilities are changing.
• Our cars are changing.
• Our roads are changing.
• Our state laws are changing.
Here’s what you can do with this information:
• Adapt to personal changes.
• Remember simple safety strategies.
• Apply safety strategies in all driving situations.
• Plan for the future.
• Keep your driving knowledge and skills current.
• Adopt strategies to help reduce your chances of becoming involved in a crash.
T-shirts and Other Gifts
We have t-shirts at the market table for only $10. We have many sizes available. We are selling them for only $1 above what we pay for them.
Gift giving season is upon us. Give a gift from the market (honey, maple products, tie dye stuff, hot sauce, other sauces,) the list goes on. Or, buy some tokens and give those so that the person to whom you are giving them can choose their own gift.
Most of us have too much “stuff”, so receiving a gift that doesn’t have to be washed, polished, dusted, or cleaned in any way is welcomed. Look around, there’s lots to choose from.
PLEASE TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT OUR MARKET.
Recipes—Glazed Green Onions
12 to 18 well-developed green onions (scallions) including tops, trimmed and cut into ¾” pieces
3T butter or bacon grease
3 tsp. sugar
½ cup water
salt and pepper
1. Place all the ingredients in a skillet over medium heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until the liquid is gone and the onions are glossy.
2. Serve warm as a side dish garnish for meat or vegetables.
1 pound red radishes, preferably with tops
2 T. butter
2 T. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt, pinch black or white pepper
½ cup heavy (whipping) cream
1. Trim the tops off the radishes, leaving a little of the green stem attached. Cut the radishes lengthwise in half and place in a medium pot with 1 cup of water; bring to a boil and simmer
over medium heat until pierce able, but still firm, about 5 minutes. Drain, set aside.
2. Melt the butter in a pot or sauté pan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk to smooth. Stir in the salt, pepper, and reserved water. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened,
about 1 minute. Whisk in the cream and continue cooking until thick again, 1 minute more. Stir in the radishes and reheat. Serve warm garnished with the radish leaves, if using.