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Market Newsletter ~ October 1, 2019

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Market Newsletter ~ October 8, 2019

October 8, 2019

From the Market Manager

4 more weeks to go, and then we go inside on November 9th. I was in the old monkey house on Saturday for the Springfield Garden Club’s horticultural show, and it looks terrific. Quite a bit of renovation has been done.

Our vendors like being in the monkey house for the winter market because it’s bigger, and we can all be together. Come in the Trafton Road entrance for this market also; the monkey house is the second building on the left.

HIP will be usable during the winter market also. Remember to keep some money in your SNAP account so that you can access your HIP money even before your SNAP benefits are put into your account. Remember, HIP goes from the first of the month to the last of the month.

Last year, some people came early to the market, and purchased lots of greens, so much so that the farmers sold out very early. In order to prevent that from happening this year, we will ask them to limit the purchases to two bags of greens, especially early in the market. It isn’t fair to the folks who show up after 10:15 to not have them available. If the vendors have enough a little later on, then they can sell more to each customer.

Running a farmers’ market is a balancing act.


This ‘n’ That

• Take down tag sale signs
• Welcome a new neighbor with something from the market.
• Make your own salad dressing; it’s easy and inexpensive. Keep different vinegars and olive         oils in the house so that the flavors can be different each time you make a salad. Keep fresh       lemons on hand also to use instead of vinegar.
• Start buying holiday gifts at the market.
• Buy extra onions, potatoes and winter squash to have on hand; they store well.
• If you don’t have a food mill, buy one so that you can make your own applesauce; it’s so easy.


How to Have a Safer Home—Nursery

• Bars on crib are closely spaced so baby cannot slip head between them.
• Crib is approved by Consumer Products or similar consumer safety group.
• Crib is free from sharp edges or corners.
• Sleeping garments and covers keep baby warm without danger of smothering or strangling.
• Pillows are kept out of bassinet or crib.
• No thin, plastic material is in or near the crib.
• No toys or objects in the crib or within read are small enough for baby to swallow or insert in nose or ears. No toys have small parts such as eyes that can be removed.
• Children are taught not to give marbles, jacks, or other small toys to younger children.
• Toys are sturdy, do not come apart readily, and have no sharp edges or points.
• Nontoxic paint is used on baby furniture and toys.
• All house plants are non-poisonous.


Recipe—Shepherd’s Pie


This is my version, serves 6

Several potatoes (can’t have too many mashed potatoes)
One large onion
1# ground beef, preferably grass-fed
frozen or canned corn, one bag or can (if can, drain it)
one can of creamed corn
bouillon paste or cubes to taste
flour and water
butter and milk or cream

METHOD: Peel and cut up potatoes and cook until the tip of a knife goes easily into a piece, drain. Sauté cut up onion in a little oil, when soft add the ground beef. Cook beef until partially done, add bouillon, get that well mixed in, then add a slurry of flour and water to thicken the sauce. Check for saltiness. I usually don’t add salt since the bouillon is already salty. Put this into a 9x9” pan. Mix the corn together and spread over the meat mixture. When potatoes are cooked, drain and then mash them with butter and some milk or cream. Spread over the corn, then sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 350 degrees until the potatoes are a little brown around the
edges and the meat mixture is bubbling. This freezes well before heating, and it makes great leftovers. The grass-fed hamburger makes it special.



Many Thanks

There are many people and organizations that help to make our market successful. Thanks to Glenmeadow whose non-profit mission is to serve older adults, offering a continuum of care and services to help you stay independent, whether you live in your own home, or in one of the apartments on their campus. They can help you in the place you call home. To United Bank who has supported us for several years, to our sponsor Concerned Citizens for Springfield whose mission is to eliminate blight in the Forest Park neighborhood, to the Farm Credit Bank of Enfield, The Forest Park Civic Association, to Robyn Newhouse, Ginny White, Reggie Springer, Carole Lynch, and Juanita Martinez, and all of you who are customers. We can’t do it without you.


Also thanks to Mercy Hospital for having their medical van here almost every week.




Something Special for Children


Next week, and the week after (if we don’t use up all the pumpkins next week,) we are going to have pumpkins for children to decorate and take home. No cutting involved. Plan on being at the market a little longer so the kids can do that. This will be only for the children who are at the market.


Wooden Coins

Some of you don’t know that we sell wooden coins at the market table. We do this because, often, when someone comes to the market, they think they’ll spend $10, but find so much more to purchase that they need more money, or they didn’t get a chance to stop at the bank before coming to the market. The coins are money. When you purchase them, whether EBT or credit/debit, you are buying money. You don’t buy coins for HIP. The coins don’t expire, you can use them indefinitely. And, we don’t refund money for them. If you purchase more than $25 worth of them, we ask for a $1 contribution to help us defray expenses for the terminal that costs us about $1,000 a year.

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