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Market Newsletter ~ August 27, 2019

August 26, 2019

From the Market Manager

 

There are still a few people who haven’t repaid us for the wooden coins we gave them when our terminal wasn’t working in June. Please, if you are one of them, pay us back. We are still owed $213.

 

The other day I sat on my deck and watched the bees at work. I have lots of flowers in my yard, so I keep them busy. Although my neighbors may think I’m a little looney, I thank them for being there. Last week I had a monarch butterfly flying around my yard for the whole week. I do have some milkweed in my garden that they lay their eggs on, so perhaps this one was from one of those eggs.

 

Although the bees at work may seem like a simple thing, when you think of the whole process of visiting different plants, pollinating, and what that does for our world, it’s not so simple.

 

I don’t use any poison in my yard, only Miracle-Gro for fertilizer, so it’s a safe place for them.

Please remember that we are a rain or shine market. Unless the weather is horrible, we are here.

 

Every so often I am contacted about the possibility of joining our market. I always ask them what they offer, and if we can use them, I say yes. I was just contacted by another produce farmer, but I had to say no. If our farmers who bring produce couldn’t satisfy our customers, I would say yes, but they can, so we don’t need another produce farmer. Sometimes someone contacts me and I say yes, and then never hear from them again. Guess they weren’t really interested in the first place.

 

I know that this is too late for this year, but consider having an on-farm vacation next summer if you have young children. I did that when my children were 4, 7, and 8 and we all loved it. You can get information about farms that provide this online.

 

 

 

Register to Vote and VOTE!

 

We have registration forms at our market table. You only have to fill it out and send it in to your city or town’s election office. They will let you know where to vote. Please register and then vote. It is a privilege to vote, and too many people take it for granted. People in our own country have died for trying to get the vote. One hundred years ago women got the vote, but not before being beaten and imprisoned for trying to get the privilege. If you have a member of your household who will be 18 by election day, they can register when they are 17 ½

 

Some Things to do to Have a Safer Home—in the Bathroom


• Tub and shower are equipped with strong handholds.


• Tub floor has nonslip surface.


• Poisons are clearly marked, sealed shut in the original container with adhesive tape, and kept out of reach of children, and stored in childproof containers.


• All cabinets and drawers that contain medications are locked.


• No one takes medicine in the dark; lights are turned on and labels read.

 

What’s Fresh?


Just about everything. This is the time to put up vegetables and fruit. Canning isn’t difficult. Some things can be frozen also. For canning you need special jars. If you are going to freeze something, just make sure you don’t overfill your containers or they will break.

 

When cider season begins, freeze some for the winter; it freezes perfectly.

 

Highland Foundation Free Fridays,August 30th, Last week

 

• Old Sturbridge Village—Sturbridge
• Museum of Natural History—Brewster
• Capron Park Zoo—Attleboro
• EcoTarium (science museum)—Worcester
• Griffin Museum of Photography—Winchester
• Hull Lifesaving Museum—Hull
• Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary—Topsfield
• Mass MoCA—North Adams
• Museum of the First Corps of Cadets—Boston
• Osterville Historical Museum—Osterville

 

Since 2009, Free Fun Fridays has drawn more than 900,000 visitors to venues throughout the Commonwealth. The program has grown to include participating venues in every corner of
the state, helping them open their doors for free to the community.

 

Wooden Coins


When you purchase wooden coins at the market table, you are buying money. All of our vendors take them. You don’t use coins for HIP purchases, it is used at the vendors who accept
HIP. They are:

 

Rainbow Harvest Farm
Red Fire Farm
Riverbend Farm
Urban Artisans Farm

 

If you purchase $25 or more in red coins (debit or credit) we charge $1 to help pay for the terminal which costs us about $1,000 a year.

 

All of our produce vendors accept WIC and Elder coupons. They are ONLY for produce, you don’t exchange them for wooden coins. They are used directly at the farmer’s stand. Our
honey vendor does not register with the state, so he can’t take the elder coupons for honey.

 

Recipe—Cantaloupe Soup


1 very large cantaloupe
½ cup orange juice
1 cup Greek yogurt
¼ cup honey, or to taste
1 T. white wine vinegar
Salt, to taste
Orange wedges for serving
Basil or mint sprigs for serving.

 

1. Cut the melon in half and remove all the seeds and fibers. Slice and peel.


2. Cut into ½” cubes and place in a large bowl.


3. Add the orange juice, yogurt, honey and vinegar.


4. Puree with an immersion blender, or use a food processor or regular blender in batches until smooth.


5. Adjust the sweetness with honey and add a pinch of salt to taste. Serve garnished with orange slices and basil or mint springs.

 

ANOTHER RECIPE 

 

Coconut Melon Soup


5 cups packed cantaloupe or honeydew chunks
1 T. honey
2 T. fresh lime juice
½ cup unsweetened light coconut milk
½ cup store-bought coconut sorbet
2 T. chopped fresh mint, for garnish.
1. Combine the melon, honey and lime juice in a food processor, puree until smooth.
2. Add the coconut milk and pulse to incorporate. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, and up to 2 days.
3. To serve, ladle the soup into shallow bowls. Place a scoop of the coconut sorbet in the center of each portion, the top with the chopped mint.

REMEMBER TO WASH THE MELON BEFORE CUTTING INTO IT.

This ‘n’ That
• Using one-half of a dryer sheet is sufficient.
• Only 5% of the corn grown in our country is for human consumption.
• If you have cookbooks you don’t want anymore, bring them here and put them in the bin. Someone will want them.
• Get the second shingles shot; Walgreens at the X has the vaccine.
• Steve Cary, Velma’s Kettle corn, is hoping to be here twice in September and twice in October. He is recovering from spine surgery.

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