This Week's Newsletter
Hello Tuesday Market Friends-
Tomorrow is the day! Tuesday Market returns!
Signs of Spring are everywhere with the warmer weather taking hold. Our fertile Valley is waking up and ready to provide us with all the food we need. Starting tomorrow you will need to go no further than the plaza behind Thornes Marketplace to find all the best local food. Every Tuesday from now until November 8th, from 1:30-6:30.
We can’t wait to see you again!
Tomorrow will be a special day as Mayor Narkewicz joins us with Phil Korman from CISA at the start of market to honor Tuesday Market founders, Oona Coy and Ben James for the tremendous impact that their hard work has had on food access, community building and the vibrancy of the city. We will also celebrate the new chapter of Tuesday Market’s life as a program of Grow Food Northampton.
We are proud to be starting the year knowing that we will be able to provide a $10 match to all SNAP customers throughout the entire season. Thanks to CISA’s ambitious fundraising and implementation of the SNAP and Save program throughout the Valley, we are one of many markets who will be matching $10. We have so much gratitude for CISA’s efforts to make shopping at the farmers market affordable for all. Help us spread the word by telling your friends and family about this program or stop by the purple market tent and we will be happy to provide more information.
The Hampshire Regional YMCA will be joining us this week with some kids activities to promote their programs. Apex Orchard will be making a special spring appearance with a deal on cold storage apples. Cricket Creek Farm will be trying something new- making grilled cheese sandwiches with their own cheese and bread. Old Friends Farm will have microgreens, pea shoots, spinach, braising kale, carrots, spices & spice blends, ginger syrup, turmeric honey (all are made with their ginger and turmeric) and Market Cards. Old Friends Farm Market Cards make a fantastic Mother's Day gift! Justamere Tree farm will have this year's maple syrup... And so much more!
You’ll find all your favorite vegetable farmers with more variety than you ever thought possible on April 26th. We’ll have a couple new vendors and as usual you can plan to see something you’ve never seen before!
Happy Spring, Friends, thanks for making us part of your Tuesday!
See you at market,
Niki Lankowski, Market Manager
Find all these folks at Tuesday Market this week:
Apex Orchards- Beaumont's Berries- Beets & Barley Catering- Crabapple Farm- Cricket Creek Farm- Hosta Hill- Justamere Tree Farm- Leyden Glen Lamb- New England Wild Edibles- Old Friends Farm- Red Barn Honey- Red Fire Farm- Sawmill Herb Farm- Sweet Birch Herbals- Sweet Spoken- Tart Baking Co- The Laughing Tomato Mobile Wood Fired Pizza- True North Granola- Wingate Farm
Hello Tuesday Market Friends,
Recently I was sorting through some market photos from back in
the fall of 2008, when Tuesday Market first opened. What an incredible thing it was to see the faces of so many people whom I’ve now come to know through this wonderful market: the families, farmers, musicians, and especially all of the kids who’ve spent most of the last decade growing up on carrots, cauliflower, and strawberry-flavored shaved ice…
Tuesday Market has seen plenty of changes during that time, as we’ve expanded to fill up our oddly-shaped triangular plaza (and as we’ve added to our array of delicious products), but I think the most palpable change is simply the strengthening of the market’s ties to the wider community. And nowhere is this more evident than in our commitment to making fresh, delicious, well-made food accessible to people of all incomes in the Pioneer Valley. Since 2010 our FoodStampsX2 program has matched customers’ SNAP funds in amounts that truly make a difference to those who care about cooking healthy, delicious food on a tight budget. And now it is with huge satisfaction that we watch CISA and Healthy Hampshire take the lead in making this possible -- through their new SNAP&Save program -- at numerous other markets in Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties.
Our farmers are cupping seeds in their hands as you read this,
rubbing them between forefinger and thumb as they drop them into hundreds upon hundreds of greenhouse trays. The seedlings are being watered, the fields disced and plowed. Lambing season is fully underway; cheeses are ripening. A winter’s worth of dust is being brushed off of market canopies, and everyone’s getting ready to appear on the plaza again. Opening day is April 26th.
And right now I want to fill you in on some big news. After starting the market and managing it for eight years, Oona and I have decided it’s time to pass the glory, challenge, and satisfaction of running Tuesday Market to someone else. We’ve treated the market like our own child, with our own particular versions of both helicoptering and neglect. The child has matured quickly and well, with dirt on its knees and kale between its teeth. And now we are excited to place this rambunctious mainstay of regionally-based commerce and open air collaborations into new hands.
And who better to take up responsibility for the market than the incredible folks at Grow Food Northampton? When we learned that this local non-profit organization was interested in adding the market to its roster of programs, Oona and I were ecstatic and hugely relieved. We knew immediately that it was a great fit. Like Tuesday Market, Grow Food Northampton is dedicated to helping farmers succeed, and to helping people of all incomes eat healthy, local food. Like Tuesday Market, Grow Food Northampton is founded on the vision of building strong ties in our community between food producers, families, educators, artists, and civic leaders. I cannot imagine any organization better poised to take up the ongoing project of keeping the market as great as it is, while also continuously helping it to become something new.
In the next few weeks you’ll hear from Clem Clay, director of Grow Food Northampton, as well as Niki Lankowski, who managed the market last year (and assistant managed for the two preceding years) and will continue managing the market this year. They’ll convince you that the market won’t change except for how it’s going to be even more awesome than ever, which is absolutely true. For now I just want to remind you that Tuesday Market opens April 26th, and that I, for one, cannot wait to see you there.
Here are some pictures of our many, many market kiddos from the last eight years. And also this great short video made by Stephen Richardson a few years ago.
A huge thanks to each of you!
– Ben and Oona
Hey Tuesday Market Friends --
Tuesday Market is rising again! The seed of the market is just getting planted in potting soil and will be ready for you on Tuesday, April 26th. There will be old vendors, new vendors, and all kinds of other good things to look forward to. But before that.....
Come to another Seed Swap or come to your first one! Tuesday Market and Grow Food Northampton are again hosting a Seed Swap on Saturday, March 5th, 10am - 1 pm in the same place at the Northampton Winter Market, Smith Voke High School, Northampton. You're invited!
What do you do at a Seed Swap? LEARN about seed saving. CELEBRATE the magic of seeds. SHARE seeds that you've saved from you 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 and climate adaptation. COME even if you don't have seeds to share! There will be some great workshops to take part in. See the link below for more details.
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Here's some great writing about what's in a seed swap and what's in a seed by Akwesasne Mohawk seed keeper and teacher, Rowen White.
Here are some images from last year's swap. Hope to see you there!
Beans bred and saved at Crabapple Farm
The crowd swapping seeds
Tevis teaching about on-farm or in-garden breeding of new varieties
My kids guessing the seeds in the seed guessing game
I believe this is our fourth summer in a row of catching Tina & Her Pony on their New England tour. We are thrilled to have them back! Come on down and join us for some summer music and some fantastic summer food. See you at market!
Tina & her Pony
Paul's Awesome Mushroom
Mrs. Anderson's Garlic
Tuesday Market is open every Tuesday 1:30 - 6:30
Next to the parking garage in downtown Northampton
My apologies. It is only one of our many vendors who will be done with strawberries this week. Crimson and Clover, Red Fire Farm, and others will have berries today and into the future, along with -- of course -- all the fantabulous summer greens and fruits that are coming into season. We can't wait to see you at market!
Jen from Crimson & Clover farm
Market is in full swing: the tables laden with strawberries, mounded with every type of salad green. I even saw the season's first tomatoes and basil at Red Fire Farm! And I know you know this, but market is open rain or shine. See you there!
Tuesday Market is open every Tuesday 1:30 - 6:30
Next to the parking garage in downtown Northampton
Last week my son and I got to roam the countryside of southern France, which of course included visiting every single market we possibly could. It was such a thrill to experience markets so fully embedded in the life of their region. It was a step into another world, and at the same time it was not too different from home, from our own dear Tuesday Market, brimming with the particular bounty of our own, as they say, terroir. And now I am so glad to be back as strawberry season gets fully underway (we could not under any circumstances miss strawberry season). There is really nothing as good as a pint of strawberries picked in the hours and days before arriving at market.