From the Market Manager
September already! 9 more weeks to go for our market. Where does the time go?
I hope those of you who have never preserved anything for later on will do so this year. Try it, you’ll probably like it, and you’ll feel so good when you use something from the summer or fall in the winter.
We still have several people who owe us money. I have the names at the market table, so if you are one who was loaned some wooden coins when our terminal didn’t work, and haven’t paid us back, please do
Several people and organizations have donated money to us to help keep our market viable. If you’d like to donate something to us, we won’t say no.
Let your children help you in the kitchen. If they learn how to cook, they’ll be way more self-sufficient later on.
Sector H monthly police meeting is on the first Wednesday of each month usually at Sinai Temple, 1100 Dickinson St. in Springfield at 6PM. Forest Park, and E. Forest Park residents are all welcome
Some Things to do to Have a Safer Home—Attic and Basement
• Ladder is strong, solid, and sturdily constructed.
• Stairway is sturdy and well lighted.
• Children keep skates and play gear in a specific place.
• Walls and beams are free from protruding nails.
• Fuses or circuit breakers are the proper size.
• Rubbish and flammable materials are kept in covered metal cans until they’re disposed of.
• Wastepaper is kept away from furnace and stairs—stacked neatly in a box or bag, and clear of possible basement seepage.
Just about everything. If winter squash isn’t at our market this week, it will be soon. Butternut squash makes a lovely soup.
Buy some tomato seconds and roast them. 350-400 is a good temperature. Drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle with some kosher salt. You don’t want them to get brown, so be careful that you don’t bake them too long. When they’ve cooled off some, puree them in a blender or food processor. Freeze. This is good all by itself such as on top of stuffed peppers, or as the beginnings of a sauce.
CISA’s Eat the View Coming up
Every year CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture) has a lovely fund raiser called Eat the View. This year it is on September 19th at Valley View Farm in Haydenville. It is being catered by Wheelhouse using lots of locally sourced food; music by New City Five. Go to CISA’s website for additional details and to purchase a ticket.
We have market t-shirts in many sizes at the market table. We sell them for $1 more than what we buy them for. They make a good gift along with items from the market.
1# firm ripe fresh plum tomatoes
1 medium onion
6 pitted green or black olives
2 medium cloves garlic
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 T. finely shredded fresh basil or ¾ tsp. dried
2 tsp. capers
½ tsp. paprika, ¼ tsp. dried oregano or fresh
1¼ tsp. dried oregano or fresh if you have it
1 T. red wine vinegar
1 T. red wine vinegar
½ cup olive oil
1# uncooked spaghetti
Thoroughly mix. Refrigerate covered at least 6 hours or overnight.
Just before serving, cook spaghetti in a large pot until al dente, 8-12 minutes. Drain and then pour tomato mixture over hot spaghetti. Serve at once.
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 HIP. They are:
Rainbow Harvest Farm
Red Fire 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.
HIP—Healthy Incentive Program
It’s hard to comprehend, but even though the DTA has tried to notify everyone in Mass. Who has SNAP benefits, there are still some people who say that they don’t know about it, and haven't used it yet.
We have some brochures at the market table that explain the program well. Please remember to keep about $10 or more in your EBT account so that when you go to use your HIP benefits, the vendor can swipe your card for your purchases. If you don’t have enough in your account, they can’t do that. So, if you have $2 in the account, they can’t be expected to swipe your card multiple times to take care of your purchase; they’re too busy.
Also, please remember, as written above, when you buy wooden coins, you are buying money; it isn’t the HIP program. The coins don’t expire.
This ‘n’ That
• Don’t return milk bottles to Trinity Farm with the caps on; they don’t reuse them.
• Make sure the numbers on your house are very visible from the street.
• Offer a friend a ride to our market.
• The non-emergency number for Springfield Police Department is: 787-6302.
• A large egg weighs 2 oz. Most recipes for baked dishes such as custards and cakes are based on the use of large eggs.
• The average hen requires 24 to 26 hours to produce an egg. They produce all year, but shorter days result in lower productivity. Many farmers use lighting systems to boost egg production during winter months.
Building Department: 797-6031 between 7:30 4:15, or emailspringfieldcityhall.com/COS/housing/code enforce.php to report outdoor auto repair at autooriented businesses, junkers, or hulks stored outdoors at auto-oriented businesses, illegal signs (too big, on sidewalk, too many, unpermitted banners) cars parked in front yards, illegal apartments or businesses, illegal home-based businesses, construction work being done without a building permit, among others.
Hampden County Housing Court: Citizens may bring to Housing Court any matter having to do with housing including failure by a landlord to make necessary repairs to a house or apartment,failure of a property owner to maintain land and
buildings in a safe and sanitary manner, failure of residents to conduct themselves in a law-abiding and respectful manner. Using Housing Court is often effective, but it requires being wellorganized, clear about what you want the Court to tell the person to do, and having your paperwork in order. It also takes time and sometimes money for filing fees.
Housing and Litter: Problems in yards such as trash, litter, overgrown grass and bushes, icy and snow-packed sidewalks, trash and bulk items put out before next day supper time, un registered cars on residential property. Call 787-6730 between
8:15 and 4:15 to report.