All of the fruit that is at our market is from local farms. We are so fortunate to have so many orchards in our region. Red Fire Farm, Rainbow Harvest Farm, and Riverbend Farm all bring fruit from farms other than their own. Outlook Farm brings only their own fruit.
If organic is important to you, ask the farmer if the fruit is organic. It is extremely difficult to grow organic apples for example.
Many farmers use as few chemicals as possible on their fruit, or anything that they grow. Many of them use IPM which stands for Integrated Pest Management. They will use “good” bugs to eliminate pests. They also use other things that will get rid of pests.
We have a winter market that begins in mid November. It is the 2nd and 4th Saturdays in each month, except in December it will be the 2nd and 3rd Saturdays. We will be back in the old monkey house.
We would like to have a hot dog vendor for that market so that folks can grab lunch while at the market. Or soup; something that is easy to eat on the run.
Some Things to do to Have a SaferHome—Living and Dining Rooms
• Furniture is placed to allow free passage
• Before bedtime, furniture placement is checked for orderliness to prevent collisions in the dark.
• Fireplace screen fits snugly
• Rugs are fastened or laid on nonslip pads.
• Rugs are kept from curling at their edges.
• Fire in fireplace is extinguished at bedtime.
• Candles are in stable holders and carefully extinguished after use and before bedtime or leaving home.
What’s Fresh? Everything.
Corn and tomato season will be coming to an end soon, so enjoy them now. If you’ve never made fried green tomatoes (a Southern specialty) buy some and make them. They have a mild taste, not sour at all. You pan fry them.
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 other items from the market.
3-4 medium zucchini, unpeeled
3-4 large carrots, pared
1 medium onion
1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese
3 large eggs
1 ½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1/3rd cup flour
½ tsp. baking powder
1 cup dry fine bread crumbs
¼ cup butter, melted
Grate zucchini, carrots, and onions. Mix everything but butter and bread crumbs together. Mixture should be thick. Pour into a well-greased casserole and top with buttered bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees until top is nicely browned about 1 ½ hours.together; it should be thick. Pour into a wellgreased casserole and top with buttered bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees until top is nicely browned.
Green Bean Casserole
3 Cups fresh green beans, or frozen, cut
1 Cup celery, slivered and cut slantwise
½ cup onion, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced water chestnuts
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ tsp. (or more) curry
salt and pepper
Cook beans, celery and onions until al dente.
Drain. Add water chestnuts. Mix in sour cream, mayonnaise and curry. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into shallow casserole. Bake until hot. Run under broiler to brown if desired.
Boston Public Library
In 1947, self-made millionaire John Deferrari donated over $1 million to the Boston Public Library to express his gratitude to the institution he credited with his success. The son of poor Italian immigrants, he used the library’s
resources to transform himself from a hardworking fruit peddler into a wealthy, if eccentric, investor. When the BPL was established in 1848, it was the first publicly supported municipal library in America. It soon introduced a truly revolutionary idea: it allowed
people borrow books. Other innovations followed. In 1870, it opened the first branch library in the U.S. In 1895, it was the first to establish a room specifically designed for children.
Looking to Volunteer?
Have you ever thought of becoming a court appointed special advocate? Hampden County CASA is part of a nation-wide program that relies on volunteers of the Court in cases of child abuse and neglect. Appointed by a juvenile court judge, a specially trained
volunteer advocate gathers information in order to advocate for the interest of a child both in the courtroom and in the community. A child’s CASA also becomes a consistent presence in the child’s life and focuses uniquely on this child’s needs and well-being.
Beginning on October 16, 2019, Hampden County CASA is offering an 8-week volunteer training program to well-qualified individuals training program to well-qualified individuals who must be at least 21 years of age, able to
communicate effectively verbally and in writing, and pass a criminal records’ check.
Upon satisfactorily completing CASA’s training program, a volunteer is ready to be sworn in by a juvenile court judge, and to experience the challenges and rewards of being a court appointed special advocate. If you would like to help CASA
reach every child, please go to firstname.lastname@example.org and submit your completed application. If you have questions, please call 413-781-CASA (2272).
This ‘n’ That
• Do NOT put plastic bags into your recycling bin. They clog up the sorting machines at the recycling plant. Bring them to a grocery store that has special bins for them.
• Fill out a voter registration form if you have turned 18, moved, or changed your name since the last election. We have them at the market table.
• Bring cookbooks that you no longer want to the market and put them in the bin at the market table.
• Register your phone at mass.gov/donotcall or call 1-866-231-2255 and sign up for the do not call registry. Hopefully it works.
• For Springfield residents—Household Hazardous Waste Collection Depot— Saturday September 28th, and October 26th. Call to make an appointment—886-5111.
• Of the 7,241 farms in Massachusetts, 517 farms annually produce more than 7.3 million pounds of tomatoes on 569 acres with a value of approximately $13.6 million.
Fried Green Tomatoes
Sliced green (unripe) tomatoes
Flour or corn meal
Salt/pepper/Old Bay, paprika (Old Bay has salt in
it, so be careful.)
Oil or butter
Slice tomatoes, dip in beaten eggs, then in flour or corn meal. Put into medium-hot frying pan with oil or butter. Be careful they don’t burn. Serve with sriracha mayonnaise. (Add sriracha to mayo to taste.) Or add hot sauce to some sour cream and, or ranch dressing and hot sauce.