From the Market Manager
I know that I often repeat things in this newsletter, but sometimes it probably takes a few times reading something to have it sink in.
I hope that you all try different items from the market, especially if you have young children. It’s important to have a varied diet, and if you introduce a variety of foods to children, they are more likely to continue to eat them as they go through life. I like most vegetables, but didn’t like mushrooms when I was a child. It may have been the texture that I didn’t like. But, as an adult, I like them. That’s why I will often say to someone who tells me that they don’t like something to try it now that they’re an adult. I didn’t like curry either, but came to enjoy it as an adult. There are many different curries available. Some are hot; it’s the cayenne pepper in the mixture that
makes it hot. Not all curries are hot.
We are fortunate that we have many ethnic stores in the area so that we can try different things. What’s the worst thing that can happen if you don’t like something? You either give it away, or throw it away.
Each week the market is different. Because we have access to things from all over the world in our grocery stores, some people don’t know when they will find this or that at our market. Everything here is local, and we live in New England, so you won’t find strawberries before June, nor summer squash before then either for example. Some products to my way of thinking, are so superior when they’re local, that I don’t buy them until they are.
Lots to do
Stanley Park in Westfield has begun its Sunday night band concerts. They are at 6 PM each Sunday for a couple of months. Chairs are available, and you can either bring your own food, or purchase something there. The pavilion is covered, so this is rain or shine.
If you haven’t been to the Amherst Cinema, you should go. You can get their information online at amherstcinema.org. In addition to special events, they show current release films on their 4 screens every day.
The Yiddish Book Center has several upcoming film screenings this summer. From June 16th to August 25th. To view the full calendar and event details, and to purchase tickets visit yiddishbookcenter.org/events
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 (off Sumner Ave.).
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 the FP 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 after 5:30 and get in free. Concerts are FREE.
As of the writing of this newsletter we still can’t process EBT transactions to buy wooden coins. 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.
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.
Thank you to our Donors
Robyn Newhouse, Fred Basile, Glenmeadow, Vivian Miller, Reggie Springer, Carol Sakowski Lynch, United Bank, and Concerned Citizens for Springfield.
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.
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.
• Take down tag sale signs
• Check on your elderly neighbors to see if they need anything.
• Try a new recipe each week.
• If you have leftover wine, save it and put it in a stew.
• 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.
Some Important Numbers and Tips from the Police Department.
• Emergency # 911
• Police non-emergency numbers:787-6302 or 03
• To request special attention such as if you’re going on vacation, too much noise in the neighborhood, paying attention to problems that have cropped up etc.
• Text-a-Tip: Text the word CRIMES, then type SOLVE, and the crime information.
• Get alerted about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for their Emergency Alert Program. Member.everbridge.net/index/8928077367254 65#/signup.
• Lock all doors and windows of your car and your residence.
• Don’t leave your motor vehicle unattended while the motor is running.
• Always be aware of your surroundings and the individuals around you, especially in parking lots.
• Look out for your neighbors and your neighborhood at all times.
• Take photos and record serial numbers of valuable items such as computers, televisions, jewelry, and power tools.
• Install a house alarm and use it.
Recipe—Spaghetti with Collard Greens and Pancetta
¾# collard greens
2 T. olive oil
2 oz. pancetta, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8th tsp. red pepper flakes, or more if you like it spicy
8 oz. spaghetti
¾ cup freshly grated pecorino Romano cheese
1. Cut away the tough rib and stem on each collard leaf. Stack the leaves together, a few at a time, and cut crosswise into ½” wide ribbons.
2. Put 1 T of the oil and the pancetta in a 10” skillet. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until the pancetta begins to crisp, 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add the pepper flakes and set aside.
3. Put the remaining 1 T. olive oil and a large pinch of salt in a serving bowl and put in a low oven.
4. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente. About 5 minutes before it is done, add the greens, stirring them down into the water until they wilt. Drain the spaghetti and greens well. Transfer to a warmed servingbowl. Add the contents of the skillet and toss to separate the greens and coat everything with oil. Add the cheese and toss again. Enjoy.
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