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Market Newsletter ~ October 1, 2019

October 1, 2019

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Market Newsletter ~ October 1, 2019

October 1, 2019

From the Market Manager

What a difference it makes when we have good weather at the market. Today makes 6 weeks of no rain. (at least I hope this is so.) Rain and high temperatures keep people away from our market. I wish it didn’t, and I know that we have some folks who come no matter what. I always encourage folks to come even when the weather is less than ideal. The crops grow, animals are milked and fed, and life on a farm goes on no matter what the weather is.


Although I have enjoyed picking some fruit and vegetables for my own use, I have never wanted to work as hard as any farmer does. We are so fortunate to live here where we still have quite a lot of agriculture nearby.

It’s apple season. If asked how many varieties of apples there are in the world, even when told to guess high, everyone guesses way too low. There are thousands of varieties of apples in the world. It is thought that they come from China. You probably all know that some apples are better for cooking than others, and some are better for cooking pies than others also. Try different varieties. I use a variety when I make applesauce.

The apples that are at our market come from all over the Valley. The only vendor who brings their own apples is Outlook Farm. I’m not sure if any at our market are organic because growing apples organically is very difficult.

If you’ve never been apple picking with your children, do so this year. It’s a lovely activity and it will give your children an idea of what’s involved in growing some of their food.
We would like to have a hot dog vendor for next year’s market. It’s good to have a couple of choices as far as lunch food is concerned. If you know of anyone, let me know please.




This ‘n’ That


• If you feed ducks, don’t give them bread at all. It isn’t good for them.

• Do your children a favor and teach them how to cook, do laundry, sew a little, pick up after themselves, and do other things that will make them independent as they go through life.

• Even if you live in an apartment, grow some vegetables in pots. If you have a yard, have a garden. It is so exciting to see how things grow. Also, studies have been done that show that children who garden, eat more vegetables.

• Try different recipes. Some you’ll like, others not, but if you vary your diet, your children might be better eaters.

• If you aren’t registered to vote, pick up a form at the market table, fill it out, and we will send it in for you. It is a privilege to vote, so don’t throw it away.

• Take a plastic bag with you when you go for a walk and pick up some litter.

• According to the Environmental Protection Agency, leaves and other yard debris account for more than 13% of the nation’s solid waste, or 33 million tons a year.

• Many moth and butterfly caterpillars spend the winter in fallen leaves before emerging in the spring.


Recipe—Italian Plum Pie Crisp (the small purple plums are Italian prune plums)

One 9” ready-to-bake pie crust

1 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 T. cornstarch
1⁄4 tsp. salt
1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp. ground nutmeg
4 cups pitted and quartered Italian plums

1 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. butter, melted
6 T. butter at room temperature

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.


2. Bake the pie crust until it begins to brown, 10-12 minutes. (you may want to blind bake the crust first.)


3. Combine 1⁄2 cup of the sugar, 1⁄4 cup of the flour, cornstarch, salt,cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Stir to mix. Add the plums, lemon juice, and 2 T. melted butter.
Stir to mix and set aside.

4. Combine the remaining 1⁄2 cup sugar, remaining 3⁄4 cup flour, and 6 T. butter in a small bowl and mix until crumbly. 

5. Pour the plum mixture into the crust. Sprinkle the topping over the plums. Bake for 10 minutes, reduce the heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 20-30 minutes or until bubbling and brown. 

6. Cool slightly, then serve.


How to Have a Safer Home—Bedroom

• Smoke alarm has fresh battery or secure electrical connection and is tested regularly.

• Carbon monoxide detector has fresh battery or secure electrical connection and is tested regularly.

• Furniture is placed to allow clear passage between bed and door to avoid collisions in the dark.

• Light switch or lamp is within easy reach from bed.

• A night-light illuminates bedroom or hall.

• Bureau and dresser drawers are closed when not in use.

• A bar across bunk beds helps prevent falls.

• Children are taught not to lean against windows or screens.

• Low-sill windows are sturdily screened to prevent children from falling out.

• Smoking in bed is prohibited.

• Gas and electric heating devices are turned off at bedtime.


Winter Market

It will be back in the monkey house this year. For those of you too young to know, or for those of you who didn’t grow up here, it’s called the monkey house because Forest Park used to have a different zoo, and this building WAS the monkey house. It used to stink. Once in a while, someone who did grow up here will ask me if it still stinks. Of course it doesn’t. It hasn’t been used that way for way over 30 years.

It’s the second and fourth Saturdays, in November, second and third in December, and then second and fourth for the rest of the season; 10-2.

Last year the fresh greens were very popular, so much so that they were often sold out very early. To keep that from happening again this year, we will limit how many bags anyone can purchase at one time. We want to be fair to everyone.

Come in the Trafton Road entrance just as you do for the outside market; the MH is the second building on the left.

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