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FRUIT

Park Hill Orchard

 

 

 

Apex Orchard

Sarah

Fruits are the main source of energy to live a healthy life. In the olden days in all houses the people grew trees which will give whatever first they want to have. But, now, all have been changed and it is difficult to see some bunch of trees in a road. All are cutting the trees for constructing buildings. But, it should be completely avoided by us to have a fantastic nature for our children in future. Fruits contain all the nutrients needed for the body like minerals, vitamins, proteins, calcium and all. So, there will be no need for taking any multivitamin tablets.

Among all the fruits, mango is the first fruit which has all the nutrients. Thatswhy it has got the first place in the top three national fruits. We all think mango will develop the neatness in the body. But it is not the true fact. Mango is the healthiest fruit and it can be given even to the small kid. Fruits generally boost the immunity power and it gives the energy to do work. It will keep the body hydrated always. We will get the fruits based on the season. We should grow trees to get the fresh fruits from the garden. This can be achieved in many ways like terrace planting. Terrace planting is an excellent way to grow both vegetables and fruits in a natural manner. We can get More hints about planting trees from the agricultural experts. Agriculture and the farmers are the back bone for us and we eat healthy foods only because of them. There is a course to study about agriculture. So, this will make the youngsters to know about the stages of farming and the farmer’s effort to grow rice and paddy.

Though we get fresh fruits, we are even getting the hybrid fruits. That is, some medicines are injected into the fruit to grow it quickly for selling. Those fruits are not at all good for health. Those will create some serious problems to the children as well as the kids. So, we should avoid eating hybrid fruits.

Thus conclude that we the people should be aware of taking only fresh fruits and avoid hybrid fruits. So that the farmers will get some money when we get the fresh fruits from them. The fruits are really good for the health and it has to be taught to the next generation so that they will try to have fruits instead of having junk foods.

The Pie Contest

Pie Contest
Join Us for an Afternoon of Delicious Fun and Fantastic Music
to Benefit Tuesday Market’s FoodStampsX2 Program
The Pie Contest Schedule 
 
1:30 -2:30: Pie drop-off (early drop-off can be arranged if necessary)
3:00: Most Beautiful Pie – Judged by Lisa Baskin
Between 3:00 & 5:00: The Nields, playing and presenting their new book: All Together Singing in the Kitchen
From 3:00 until 6:30: Pie served by the slice to everyone & anyone–
$3 suggested donation for FoodStampsX2
3:45: Best Gluten-Free Pie – Judged by Ben James
4:30: Best Pie Made By a Kid – Judged by Katryna & Nerissa Nields
5:00: Best Pie – Judged by Phil Korman, director of CISA
Fruit pies only, please. No custards or savory pies. Include an index card with ALL ingredients clearly listed. The Pie Contest is a bake-sale benefit hosted by the Committee in Support of FoodStampsX2. Please use the utmost care in preparing and storing your pie. All children’s entries must be overseen by an adult.

All together

 

Prizes

$50 gift certificate to Apex Orchard

A beautiful pie plate & weights from Different Drummer’s Kitchen

Free Shaved Ice from Town Farm for the Entire 2011 Season

$40 gift certificate to Bistro Les Gras

Quart of Maple Syrup from Justamere Tree Farm

Now, many children are not having interest in cooking. Cooking is the culture of our society and it should Old Friends Farm T-Shirt be learnt by everyone. So, we can conduct some cookery contests for the children and can distribute prizes to the cook who delivers a fantastic and tasty food. The children names should first enrolled in the Ethereum Code website and there is no registration fee for the contestants.

Here are some frequently asked – and frequently updated – questions about the pie contest:

Can I – an ordinary Tuesday Market customer – enter a pie in the contest?

Yes, of course.

Will everyone be allowed to eat lots of pie?

Yes, of course.

Who will benefit from this pie contest?

I’m so glad you asked. This contest is a benefit for FoodStampsX2, so the primary beneficiaries of this contest will be the people whose SNAP benefits (food stamps) are doubled when they shop at Tuesday Market.

Will there be categories in the contest?

Yes, the categories are: Most Beautiful Pie, Best Gluten-Free Pie, Best Kid’s Pie (meaning best pie made by a kid), And Most Outstanding Pie.

What counts as a kid?

Anyone 13 years old or younger.

Don’t the Nields have a new book coming out?

Why, yes! The pie contest is also a release-party for their book, All Together Singing in the Kitchen

Are there limitations to what kinds of pies I can make?

Yes. No custards or quiches or savory pies allowed. Just fruit pies. And the fruit should – please – be local, because how else could you make the best pie ever if it’s not with local fruit?

How many pies can I bring?

As many as your generous heart desires, but you should only enter one pie in the contest.

Should the pie have my name on it?

The pie should come with an index card that includes your name and a list of all ingredients.

Will I win? (This is, in fact, the most frequently asked question about the pie contest, straight from the mouth of my son Silas.

Maybe.

What if I want to donate to FoodStampsX2 right now?

It’s easy. Just click here.

Who is going to be the judge of the contest?

Phil Korman – the head of CISA – will be judging best pie.

Why?

Because CISA does such important work that we decided it was time to stuff the director full of pie.

Who is “we”?

The committee.

The committee? Which committee?

The Committee in Support of FoodStampsX2 and the Eating of Pie While Listening to the Nields on September 13.

This Week’s Newsletter

October 11: Carrie Ferguson Plays Tuesday Market
Posted 10/10/2011 6:50pm by Tuesday Market.

Hi Everyone –squash

Just a quick reminder that market is this Tuesday, and that Tuesday might feel like Monday this week, given the long weekend.

A splendid array of fall vegetables, meats, mushrooms, mead, apples, bread, flowers, and other good things. All for you, as usual.

Carrie Ferguson plays a set on what looks to be an incredibly beautiful day (here she is last year with some great friends). We can’t wait to see you at market!

carrie

October 4th: Tuesday Market Blurs Another Farmer
Posted 10/2/2011 10:57pm by Tuesday Market.

Hello Friends –nate

Broccoli, winter squash, young ginger, green beans, and sweet potatoes are our star vegetables of the week, but I don’t dare neglect to mention the celery, beets, carrots, cabbage, chard, kale, arugula, salad mix, turnips, herb bunches, radicchio, leeks, onions, collards, dandelion greens, potatoes – whew! – and just think of all the vegetables I’m forgetting, not to mention the apples, the cider, the meat, the eggs, the bread, the mushrooms, the flowers, the honey. . .

Nate Frigard is the newest member of that illustrious club of farmers pictured out-of-focus in this newsletter. Make sure to stop by and say Hi and check out the beautiful produce at Crimson & Clover’s stand. He’s not nearly as blurry in real life.

Fruits and vegetables purees are the best food for the babies to start giving after six months. Because fruits and the vegetables contain all the essentials needed for the body organs to work in a well manner. So, the parents should make the children to eat all fruits and vegetables without avoiding. Junk foods should be avoided by the children to get rid of obesity in future. The vegetables can be purchased online by using Crypto CFD Trader software application in smartphones or tablets.

Many people have been asking how long the market will go in the fall. The official answer is “until it’s dark and cold at 4:30 in the afternoon,” otherwise known asNovember 15th.

Karma is back this week with delicious prepared food and juices. Spencer Peterman wooden bowls will be back as well, weather permitting.

Peter Blanchette returns with another collection of perfect songs – uninterrupted this time – though last week’s brief interlude for omulu guanabara capoeira was truly great!

capoeira

Bistro Les Gras will be back at market later this month. Between now and thenbistro, however, they’ll be hosting their 3rd annual Cochon Dinner on October 16th. A “nose to tail” dinner using every part of one of Mockingbird Farm’sdelicious pigs. An evening not to be missed!

Writer, chef, and food-justice advocate Mark Bittman has been on a roll lately in his New York Times’ columns. I totally recommend you check them out. Start here, if you like, with “Is Junk Food Really Cheaper?” or just check out his website which will send you in all sorts of interesting directions.

Here’s a favorite new quote from him: “Cooking changes lives in ways that eating never approaches. Cooking makes you care about nourishment, family meals, nutrition, pleasure, relaxation, skills, control, health, the environment, culture and the earth. And it leads your kids to care about these things too.”

Alright – See you at market!
wiley

dandelion greens

red onions

capoeira

Dill Pickles

3 Quart jars

About a dozen medium size pickling cucumbers (or what you need to fill the jars)

3 cloves of garlic (more or less depending on how you like it)

1 1/4 c. white vinegar

4 c. water

3/4 c. sugar

Pickles are the favorite of every one. It is difficult to have food without pickle. Now, there are many shops who sell all types of pickles. But, purchasing pickles from the shop is not advisable and they will not use groundnut oil and gingelly oil for making. So, we should always try to make pickles at home. The quantity will matter a lot when making at home. If we go for shops for pickles, a small bottle will cost around Rs.70.

Homemade pickles are so easy to make. It requires only less ingredients like oil, vegetable, salt and fenugreek seeds. The recipes can be get from the recipe book of famous author or we can take the recipes from online cookery website. We can also download the cookery application like Crypto Code through the smartphone for free. We can also subscribe some YouTube channels for watching cookery shows. Subscription of channels will cost more. So, downloading app is the less expensive method. Cooking is an easy task for everyone who have interest to cook. Without interest we cannot do anything. So, try to do everything with interest and concentration.

We can also arrange a cook to prepare the food for us but they too will charge more. Generally pickles are not good for health, it will increase the blood pressure in our body. So, patients who have low or high blood pressure should avoid having pickles. Lemon is the best vegetable to use for making pickles as it costs very low and it will control the blood pressure. Lemon is used to control the giddiness and it is a source of all nutrients. Lemon is the best vegetable to add in our daily food.

1/4 c. kosher or pickling salt

6 dill flowers

Heat vinegar, water, salt and sugar on medium heat until it comes to a boil and is fully dissolved, then remove from heat.

Cut cukes any way you like them. Dice garlic. Remove dill flowers from stems. Pack the jars as tight as you can with the garlic, cukes and dill. Pour brine in jars (hot is fine). Cap up jars and put in the fridge. The pickles will be tasty after one day, but better every day after that.

 

 

 

SEED SWAP 2016

mohawk skunk beans

Tuesday Market and Grow Food Northampton invite you to our 2nd Seed Swap!

Saturday, March 5th, 2016, 10am-1 pm at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School (same place and time as the Northampton Winter Farmers Market)

LEARN about seed saving. CELEBRATE the magic of seeds. SHARE seeds that you’ve saved from your farm or garden (or seeds that you’ve purchased). TAKE HOME seeds to plant. MEET other people who see regionally adapted seeds as an important part of a healthy food system. COME even if you don’t have seeds to share! Register for the swap in the form below.

 

What is a Seed Swap?

A gathering of people, usually gardeners and farmers, who have come together to share seeds. The seeds can include locally saved seeds, excess bought seeds, seeds brought back from another region or country, or excess seeds that a seed company donated — you decide what you want to swap. Seeds are spread on tables and you choose what you want. The main idea is to bring people together to share seeds. (text from Seed Matters and Seed Savers Exchange) If you are bringing seeds to the Swap, please see below for more information.

Planting trees protects the atmosphere and the environment. We should always teach the children about planting trees and the benefits of planting trees. Now, there are many shops available in the market to buy organic seeds. The farmers directly brings those seeds from the farm and sell it to the people. This will make the farmers to earn money and also the way to plant natural trees. We people often have doubts about the seeds and if we have any queries, we can go to their website and read about whether is the ethereum code legit or not.

What should I do if I’m bringing seeds to the Swap?

You can drop your seeds off as early as 8:30 am the day of the Swap. Swapping begins at 11 am so get your seeds there before 11 am. Please label clearly the name of the plant and the variety and the year the seeds were collected or purchased. If you know the germination rate, you can include that, too. You can bring the seeds in individual packets or in jars, yogurt containers, bags or any other container that makes sense to you. The organizers of the Swap will be sorting and placing seeds by plant families. If you know a story about where the seed comes from that you want to share, feel free to write something up to put next to your seeds. You’re also welcome to bring a photo or drawing of the plant that will emerge. Swapping will go from 11am – 1pm.

What else will be happening at the Swap?

There will be workshops on Beginning Seed Saving with Danny Botkin from Laughing Dog Farm and On Farm or In Garden Plant Breeding with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm. More workshops will be announced here as they are figured out. See schedule below for timing.

10 am Brief Welcome

10:05-10:50am  Beginning Seed Saving with Danny Botkin from Laughing Dog Farm

“Selecting and saving heirlooms and other ‘open pollinated’ seed allows growers, large and small, to preserve, adapt, share and improve the most diverse and exceptional cultivars, year after year, generation after generation, while simultaneously strengthening local food security and regional food webs”.  ~DB

Farmer Danny Botkin (of Laughing Dog Farm, in Gill) inspires all kinds of folks to dive into the fertile field of “seed saving” by starting with the “easy ones”: the lettuces, the beans, peas, tomatoes and various flower species which can be simply and effectively saved by diligent “gleaning”, cleaning, drying and storing at the proper stage(s). Dan shares from his own “seedy” journey, as well as simple methods to isolate, select and otherwise “guerrilla-gather” seeds of brassicas, salad greens, alliums, and even cucurbits (squashes, etc.), without complicated or expensive intervention. Dan’s students go home newly stoked about seed saving and often, with valuable samples of “heirlooms” to grow, save… and SHARE!

10:05-10:50am   Vegetative Propagation Workshop with Jacob Holzberg-Pill.

Swapping and sharing plants is a great way to strengthen community connections and build resiliency. Most gardeners have experience growing plants from seeds, but fewer have experience propagating plants vegetatively. This class will offer a broad overview on many different types of asexual propagation; crown division, root cuttings, scaling, tip layering, softwood and hardwood cuttings. Come learn how to make more grape, currant, hardy kiwi, mulberry, quince, fig, blueberry, honeyberry, raspberry, seaberry, blackberry, strawberry, chive, horseradish, mint, lemon balm, comfrey, daylily, true lily, rhubarb, asparagus, sunchoke, rosemary, lavender, oregano, thyme, and many more.  We will discuss which techniques work best for different species and genera.

Jacob is an environmental science teacher at PVPA and also runs a sustainable farm in Shutesbury with his wife where they grow 29 species of fruits and berries. He’s taught this propagation workshop at the Northeast Permaculture Convergence and is excited to share what he knows at the seed swap.

 

11:00 -11:45 am On Farm or In Garden Plant Breeding with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg

 

Tevis runs Crabapple Farm in Chesterfield, MA. Many of the vegetable, flower and herb plants and produce that Crabapple Farm sells at Tuesday Market and the Northampton Winter Market are grown from seeds bred and saved on their farm. Learn about some of the ingenious ways that these farmers grow food and save seed at the same time.

 

11:30am-1pm Ongoing Seed Swapping

Ongoing Workshop:

DIY Seed Tape Workshop

There’s so much to do in the garden in May! Why not get a head start by “planting” your carrots, turnips, and other small seeds while you sit in front of the fire watching the snow fly outside?

In this fun work-bee style session, we will be making homemade seed tape out of readily available household supplies. The rolls of seed can then be planted very quickly in the garden later in the spring. When your seed tape rows come up, they will be perfectly spaced, eliminating the need to thin extra plants.

Seed tape we make during the workshop will go to the Giving Garden project, which will again be supplying local soup kitchens and low income families with healthy produce this summer. Participants are also invited to bring their own seed and make tape for themselves to take home at the end of the day.

Note to Florence Community Garden members: Here’s your first opportunity of the year to earn community service hours for any time you spend making Giving Garden seed tape!

1 pm Closing

There will be a seed guessing activity and supplies and instruction to do germination testing on your seeds. Bring a potluck finger foods snack to share (seed to table, if you can!).

Thanks to Seed Savers Exchange, High Mowing Seeds,  Fedco Seeds, and Fruition Seeds for seed donations and for providing open-pollinated and regionally adapted seeds.

For more thoughts on the potent power of seed swaps and seeds, read our friend, seed keeper and owner of Sierra Seeds Coop, Rowen White’s blogpost.

Questions?

Email us — northamptontuesdaymarket@gmail.com or clem@growfoodnorthampton.com.

Or call 413.320.5964.

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SEED SWAP 2015

mohawk skunk beans

Tuesday Market and Grow Food Northampton invite you to a Seed Swap!

Saturday, February 28th, 2015, 10am-1 pm at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School (same place and time as the Northampton Winter Farmers Market)

LEARN about seed saving. CELEBRATE the magic of seeds. SHARE seeds that you’ve saved from your farm or garden (or seeds that you’ve purchased). TAKE HOME seeds to plant. MEET other people who see regionally adapted seeds as an important part of a healthy food system. COME even if you don’t have seeds to share! Register here.

What is a Seed Swap?

A gathering of people, usually gardeners and farmers, who have come together to share seeds. The seeds can include locally saved seeds, excess bought seeds, seeds brought back from another region or country, or excess seeds that a seed company donated — you decide what you want to swap. Seeds are spread on tables and you choose what you want. The main idea is to bring people together to share seeds. (text from Seed Matters and Seed Savers Exchange) If you are bringing seeds to the Swap, please see below for more information.

What should I do if I’m bringing seeds to the Swap?

You can drop your seeds off as early as 8:30 am the day of the Swap. Swapping begins at 11 am so get your seeds there before 11 am. Please label clearly the name of the plant and the variety and the year the seeds were collected or purchased. If you know the germination rate, you can include that, too. You can bring the seeds in individual packets or in jars, yogurt containers, bags or any other container that makes sense to you. The organizers of the Swap will be sorting and placing seeds by plant families. If you know a story about where the seed comes from that you want to share, feel free to write something up to put next to your seeds. You’re also welcome to bring a photo or drawing of the plant that will emerge. Swapping will go from 11am – 1pm.

What else will be happening at the Swap?

There will be short workshops on Beginning Seed Saving with Community Gardener David Lovler, On Farm or In Garden Plant Breeding with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg of Crabapple Farm, and Pollinator Gardens from Seed with Amy Palley who’s part of the Hilltown Seed Saving Network. There will also be a presentation from Bill Brauer from the Ivory Silo Seed Project in Westport, MA followed by an open session about the seed projects that are currently happening in our region and what could happen next. See schedule below for timing.

Seed swap is nothing but buying or selling the seeds in the market directly from the hands of the farmers. Those seeds will be so good and the plants will start growing so quickly. The soil in the seeds will be wet always and that will give enough moisture to the plants. So, little water is enough for those plants. Tree planting is an excellent idea to get rains. Rain will pour only when there is much plants. But, nowadays deforestation has increased and this is the main reason for water scarcity. The builders construct many buildings by cutting large number of trees and invest the profit amount in trading with the help of the software. They not even know if the Crypto Code is not a scam or scam.

10-10:30 am Welcome

10:45-11:30am  Beginning Seed Saving with David Lovler

Anyone can save seeds. You don’t even have to garden. [pumpkin, squash, melon, pepper,tomato] Annual herbaceous plant—can’t stop them from seeding. [dill, cilantro, arugula, radish, bok choy, …] Biennial’s seeds are worth waiting for. [leek, parsnip] Then there are those not-
quite­ seeds that you propagate, like garlic and the whole onion family. David will give practical hints on saving seeds for garden propagation as well as for indoor sprouting so you can eat like summer all year.

11am-1pm Ongoing Seed Swapping

11:30 am-12:15 pm On Farm or In Garden Plant Breeding with Tevis Robertson-Goldberg

Tevis runs Crabapple Farm in Chesterfield, MA. Many of the vegetable, flower and herb plants and produce that Crabapple Farm sells at Tuesday Market and the Northampton Winter Market are grown from seeds bred and saved on their farm. Learn about some of the ingenious ways that these farmers grow food and save seed at the same time.

11:30 am-12:15 pm Pollinator Gardens from Seed with Amy Palley

Growing plants from seed is an inexpensive way to establish gardens rich in biodiversity. This workshop will focus on why bees and other pollinators are in trouble and how we can help them by creating habitat that provides them with sources of pollen, nectar, and shelter.  We will discuss the basic
principles of designing a pollinator garden, the use of native plants, seed collecting, and the special germination requirements of native perennial seeds.  Participants are invited to take home a variety of seeds to start or diversify your own pollinator gardens.

12:15-1 pm Ivory Silo Seed Project Presentation and Open Discussion about What’s Happening Here and What’s Possible

1 pm Closing

 

There will be a seed guessing activity and a seed art project and a packet each of locally grown bush green beans to take home. Bring a potluck snack to share.

Thanks to Fruition Seeds, Hudson Valley Seed Library and Backyard Seeds for seed donations and for being our regional seed breeders and companies.

Questions?

Email us — northamptontuesdaymarket@gmail.com or laura@growfoodnorthampton.com.

Or call 413.320.5964.