From the Market Manager
There is a lot going on in the neighborhood this month. Illumination Night is a long-time event in the Forest Park neighborhood, usually held on the Saturday before Father’s Day on a terraced street. This year it will be held on June 15th on Magnolia Terrace. Festivities start at 6:30. You can walk around and enjoy decorated porches, there is a children’s bike parade, and then at 8PM the music starts. During the evening, you can purchase lemonade and/or strawberry shortcake and raffle tickets. Everyone is welcome; you don’t have to be a resident of this neighborhood. Bring a chair.
Band Concerts will be held on Thursday evenings in June, (6th, 13th, 20th and 27th) inside Forest Park at the amphitheater. The starting time is 6:30. You can enter either through Trafton Road or the Rte. 5 entrance.
Concerts are FREE.
We are sorry, but we can’t process any EBT cards to purchase wooden coins this week. The new terminal doesn’t accept EBT cards, and we are trying to get that resolved. You can use debit or credit cards, but no EBT. You CAN use HIP with the vendors.
HIP—Healthy Incentive Project
HIP (Healthy Incentive Project) is back for the season as of the end of May. 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.
You can use your EBT/HIP benefits for plants that grow food and herb plants as well.
We have a blue bin at the market table that has cookbooks in it. Bring cookbooks you don’t want anymore. Also, take one or two to bring home. If you don’t like what you take, bring it back.
I noticed that Outlook Farm had fresh cider a couple of weeks ago. If they still have some, buy extra and freeze it to have until the new cider arrives in the fall.
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,
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, we are also 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—National Driving Statistics
More than 90% of crashes are preventable.
• About 30% of fatal crashes involving drivers age 65+ occur at intersections; this jumps to about 40% for drivers age 85+.
• Adults age 65+ are over-represented in the number of traffic deaths compared to the rest of the U.S. population.
• Crashes cost the U.S. more than $230 billion annually in productivity losses, property damage, medical costs, legal costs, emergency services, insurance costs, and costs to
If involved in a crash, older drivers and older passengers are more likely to be killed than younger persons because of their increased fragility.
TYPICAL CHALLENGES FOR OLDER DRIVERS:
• Making left turns at intersections especially when there is no traffic signal.
• Failing to yield the right-of-way.
• Merging into another lane.
• Operating a motor vehicle on a high-speed roadway.
• Driving at dusk or dawn.
• Driver distraction.
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.
Recipes— Spinach and Fruit Salads
Spinach and Strawberry Salad
1# fresh spinach leaves, stems removed, washed and spun dry
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
¾ cup Kentucky salad dressing
KENTUCKY SALAD DRESSING
¼ cup salad or olive oil
¼ cup cider vinegar
¼ to ½ cup sugar (to taste)
½ T. minced onion
2 T. sesame seeds
1 T. poppy seeds
Dash of Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Place the oil, vinegar, ¼ cup of sugar, onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, and Worcestershire sauce in a food processor and mix until homogenized. Taste and add
additional sugar if needed. Use right away or store in the refrigerator.
SPINACH SALAD WITH PEAR, RASPBERRY, AND CHICKEN
3 cups small spinach leaves, washed and spun dry
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese (Sweet Pea Cheese has it)
¼ cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
½ cup sweet and tart vinaigrette (recipe follows)
1 ripe, but still firm pear, halved, cored, and thinly sliced1/2 cup raspberries (can use strawberries)
Place the spinach feta, nuts, and chicken in a large salad bowl. Add half the dressing and gently toss to mix.
Arrange the pear slices and raspberries over the top and pour the remaining dressing over all Serve without tossing again.
SWEET AND TART VINAIGRETTE
2 T. minced red onion
2 T. sugar
¼ tsp mustard powder
½ tsp. salt
3 T. red wine vinegar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
This ‘n’ That
• Jewish Family Services, 15 Lenox St. would be pleased to accept lightly used household goods (bedding, appliances, furniture, etc.) that they will use for newly arrived immigrant families.
Contact Maxine Stein, or Sara Bedford at 737- 2601 to make arrangements.
• Get your car inspected each year; this is for safety reasons. Pay attention to the sticker on your car. If you get stopped, you may get a ticket that is expensive.
• The color of an egg shell depends on the variety of chicken that lays the egg.
• Pick up some litter every day. Every little bit that you do helps.
• One of the recipes in the newsletter uses poppy and sesame seeds. Store those in the freezer as they tend to spoil easily if they aren’t used up quickly.
• Welcome a new neighbor. Maybe bring them something from our market.
• I shop at Costco. They have a 2 1/2# package of boneless, skinless rotisserie chicken that is vacuum packed. It’s terrific if you have to make a lot of chicken salad for a crowd. In the meat
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a lot of chicken salad for a crowd. In the meat case.
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