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Market Newsletter ~ October 1, 2019

October 1, 2019

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Market Newsletter ~ October 15, 2019

October 15, 2019

From the Market Manager

One of the things that makes my job as market manager so special, is that I get to know many people that I would otherwise not get to know. A few years ago, a couple who were and are regulars at the market, came to tell me that they were going to have a baby; they wanted to tell me first before I heard it from someone else.

Sometimes I get gifts as I did last week. The week before I commented on a shirt that someone was wearing,telling her that I liked it. Last week she gave me one just like it. Because I’ve been the manager since the market’s inception, I’ve met lots of nice people. Also, I’ve seen many children grow up going from infants to college graduates.

A farmers’ market IS special, and it’s thanks to you our wonderful vendors and customers that has made this one so successful.


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.


How to Have a Safer Home—Stoves, Furnaces, and Heaters

• Stoves are located away from windows to avoid setting fire to curtains.

• Stove and furnace pipes and flues are inspected and cleaned at least annually.

• Gas burners are properly adjusted and free from leaks.

• Water heater and all small gas or oil room heaters are equipped with vent pipes or flues to carry combustion gases outside the house.

• Water heater or boiler has a safety valve and is checked annually.

• Flames of gas burners are protected from drafts.

• An insulating shield protects woodwork within 18” of furnace, stove, or heater.

• Burnable materials are kept well away from stoves, furnaces, and heaters.

• An appropriate-size crescent wrench is stored near the shutoff valve of outside gas line.




Recipe—Cannellini Bean and Spinach Salad


Start with dry cannellini beans and this simple dish will be sensational. Canned beans might be too mushy.

2 cups cooked cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper, roasted, peeled and finely chopped
6 oil-cured black olives, minced
3 cups loosely packed fresh spinach
1 T. extra virgin olive oil

juice of 1 lemon
1⁄2 tsp. ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste



1. In a mixing bowl, combine the beans, peppers, olives and spinach. In a separate bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice and cumin. (you may want to add more of these)

2. Pour the dressing evenly over the bean mixture and mix well. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature.


Lentil Salad with Minced Vegetables


2 whole cloves
1⁄2 onion
1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
3 fresh sage leaves minced, or 1 T. crumbled dried sage
1⁄4 cup red wine vinegar
2 cups water
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
2 leeks, white part only, washed and chopped
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped, or 1/23 small fennel bulb without fronds



1. Stick the cloves into the onion half. Place them in a heavy medium saucepan. Add the lentils, sage, vinegar, and water. Cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until the lentils are tender, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the leeks, carrots, and celery or fennel until softened, about 10 minutes.

2. Place a sieve over a bowl and strain the lentils reserving the cooking broth.

3. Place the lentils on a serving plate, and spoon the vegetables around them. Drizzle 2 T. of the cooking liquid over the top and serve warm, or at room temperature.


Mercy Hospital Van

Stop by the van and get your blood pressure checked. They also have other health information to hand out.


Something Special for Children


This week, and the week after (if we don’t use up all the pumpkins this 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 buy 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.

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