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Posted 8/13/2012 11:52am by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Tuesday Market Friends --

pie contest announcement

So the big news of the week is: We're having a raffle to benefit the FoodStampsX2 Program! Our wonderful and generous vendors at the market have donated all sorts of goodies. You can't go wrong with market coupons to Old Friends Farm or a cheese gift certificate to Sangha Farm or maple syrup and a turkey wing whisk from Justamere plus 2 skeins of yarn from Crabapple or a wheel of Maggie's Round cheese from Cricket Creek. Here's the current list of raffle items -- more will be added later this week. Raffle drawing will happen on September 11th at our 2nd Annual Pie Contest. Tickets are $1 each or 25 for $20 and are on sale at the purple market tent. 

Here's all the information about the pie contest -- we hope you'll bake a pie. We know you'll come eat pie.

copia heirloom tomato

This is the time of year when it's so easy to eat only from the market. Last night our family had tomato soup with big, fat heirloom tomatoes and cheese toast and a big salad with feta on top. Then we had peaches and blueberries for dessert with some maple whipped cream. So come on by and search out the delicious husk cherries and the Jimmy Nardello Peppers and the Copia Heirloom tomatoes and the bluefish and the kimchi and the plum cardamon cupcakes. You won't be disappointed. Here's a list of all the vendors at market this week.

Our recipes this week are Grilled Eggplant with Pomegranate Molasses, a Tempeh (instead of Tuna) Salad, and a Rainbow Pasta Salad. You won't find cards for these at market this week -- they are just on our website.

Spark Art Share will be back at market this week talking up their wonderful structure (inspired by Community Supported Agriculture) to support artists in our community. Shiprock and Anchordog, songs and skits that tell the tale of two traveling dogs who leave their home in the desert to go out into the world on a quest for food security, will be singing their tunes. Some of you might know them from the camp they put on for elementary school kids this summer at Kitchen Garden Farm.

See you at market!

husk cherries

                                                         Husk Cherries!

Plums

                                                                 Plums!

Anona with thyme

                                   A beautiful bunch of thyme from Crabapple Farm

Posted 8/7/2012 10:52am by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Tuesday Market Friends --

 

 

Bill with Gigantic BeetLast week, Bill Karparis from Green Meadow Farm brought a gigantic beet to market – the kind the river bottom soil of Northampton can grow in the heat of a perfect summer. Too big for anyone but the expert grandmother beet picklers and kvass makers (or a serious juicer) to do anything with. And then – Bill being Bill – he decides to give the beet to a sweet, young family for who knows what? Make borscht? Dye some clothes? Cut into many tiny pieces and throw at one another? Or maybe just to do a single, stellar beet-inspired dance on the plaza...  

Family Dancing with Beet

 All right: click here to see the vendors of the week. I've heard there will be tons of outrageously sweet watermelons and canteloupes and Red Haven peaches. And isn't it amazing that Bug Hill has had strawberries for the past few weeks? Go find out how she does that.

And lucky you! It's the Week of the Green Bean. We have two great recipes -- Breaded and Baked Green Bean Fries and Turkish-ish Green Beans and Lamb. And if you snagged one of our blank recipe cards last week, bring them on back so we can get inspired by your kitchen.

The Farewells will be playing -- they "mix acoustic pop, folk, rock and a pinch of electronica and poetry to form a vista of dark twang and sunny pop." And Tiffany Hilton will be bringing her beautiful and functional pottery to market. Popcorn will be popping. 

See you there for an August afternoon. 

lisianthus flowers

Old Friends Farm Special Special Lisianthus Flowers (and sunflowers below)

 

Sunflower

 

Tess from Beehive Sewing

We loved having Beehive Sewing at the market last week talking up their great new sewing space on Pleasant St.

Manou of The Black Rebels

Many thanks to Manou for last week's music

Posted 7/23/2012 8:21am by Grow Food Northampton.

 

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Hey Tuesday Market Friends –

Park Hill Berries

What wonderful markets we've been having this season! Again and again we hear from customers remarking on the liveliness of the market, the variety of products, the fantastic new vendors. We are so excited to be part of it all!

Here's the link to all the vendors at market this week, with some highlights below.

Apex Orchards will be there with peaches and plums! We've been gobbling them up all week and look forward to more. Next Barn Over Farm in Hadley will be making a guest appearance with their own POPCORN, freshly popped on-site. Come snack on it! GRUB and Bistro are bringing their ever-popular peanut sesame noodles and lobster rolls.

Baron Collins Hill will be strumming the strings this week, and Katie Cavacco will bring her fiber creations.

And this is the 2nd to last week to bring a new person to market and receive a $5 token to spend at the market.

Recipes will return next week. In the meantime, make some yumy food and email us the recipes or the links or the cookbook page number.

See you there!

apex peaches

Cricket Creek


Posted 7/15/2012 8:34pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Tuesday Market Friends --

It's going to be a hot and exciting week at market! Hot as a cayenne pepper, hot as the mid-day sun in mid-July, hot as a wood stove. In fact, to top it all off, there will be a mobile wood-fired pizza oven at market this week. The Laughing Tomato makes its debut at Tuesday Market with 4 kinds of pizza featuring market ingredients: Three Cheese - Mozzarella, Provolone & Maggie's Round; Vermont Smoked Pepperoni; Arugula, Sweet Sausage & Shiitake Mushrooms; Spinach/Sweet Basil Pesto, Eggplant & Feta. My mouth is watering. What better place to grab a late lunch or dinner? And if you can't make it this week, they will be back on July 31st.

red barn honey

You might have noticed Red Barn Honey arrived last week. They have 3 kinds of honey right now: a light Spring Wildflower from hives at Town Farm in Northampton, a darker Alfalfa Honey coming from hives at Next Barn Over Farm in Hadley, and the popular Summer Wildflower from last year's stock. Come and taste them all! Maybe go home with some honey sticks to snack on or some honey to make the Berry Tart this week.

Hosta Hill returns this week and will now be coming every week for the rest of the season. Black Birch is taking a week off to meet their first grandchild being born in Montreal. And here's a link to a complete list of all the vendors at market this week.

Our recipes of the week are Quick Pickles and a luscious Berry Tart to help you enjoy all the berries flowing in.

Baron Collins Hill will be strumming and plucking the strings this week with a lovely fiddler in tow. Debby Reelitz returns with her expertly calligraphied tshirts with simple, good messages (that's not one of hers down below, but that is Baron and Band).

Baron and Band

And remember, 3 more weeks to bring someone new to market. Bring your friend by the purple market tent, have them sign up for our mailing list, and you get $5 to spend at market.

Finally, in case you forgot, we double the value of SNAP/Food Stamps up to the first $10 every week. Many of our farmers accept WIC/Senior Farmers Market Coupons. And, new this year, some of our farmers accept WIC Fruit and Vegetable Checks. You can ask at the market tent if you want to know who accepts what.

OK, come on by. We'll be sweating, you'll be sweating.

Ben didn't have a moment to take pictures at market last week. Luckily, this was what was happening outside our front door the next morning.  Farmhands


Posted 7/8/2012 9:07pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Tuesday Market Friends --

We realize that some of you might be wondering if the Special Monday Market with Jacques Pepin is eclipsing Tuesday Market this week and the answer is, "TOTALLY NOT!" There will be a good showing of Tuesday Market vendors in the Armory Lot Monday (Tomorrow) 10-4 pm, schmoozing with Jacques and grooving to the music so come say hello there, too, if you'd like. But we will also be ready and waiting for you on Tuesday with sunflowers, tomatoes, eggs, raspberries, our own music, etc... Here's the link to all the vendors at Tuesday Market this week.

Beets!

It's the Week of the Beet at market -- here's a Roasted Beet Salad recipe to celebrate the earthy, magenta wonder. Never eaten a beet before or not since your mother forced you to as a kid? Be brave this week. Also, here are some great DIY popsicles to experiment with on these hot hot days.

Bistro Les Gras/GRUB will be bringing Summer Banh-Mis. What's a Banh-Mi? (I didn't know) -- they are Vietnamese sandwiches packed full of vegetables and roast pork or tofu. Yum. Cakery Dauphine will be making delicious cakes and cupcakes that feature Park Hill berries. BerkShore will be back -- they had some vehicular difficulties that made them have to cancel last minute last week so sorry if that inconvenienced you.

And lovely, dashing Tina and Her Pony are joining us again from 2-4 pm to play some Bad-Ass Ladygrass. I ended up with both of their great CD's the last time they came through because I liked them so much. Katie Ray Arts is bringing beautiful glass works and metal sculptures -- some of which are very inspired by the farm she lives on in Hadley.

Come make tissue paper flowers! Come turn your hands red eating ripe raspberries! Come get some ideas for what the heck to cook for dinner!

See you there.

Tina and Her Pony

Tina and Her Pony Rocking Out

berries

                                                  Bug Hill Black Raspberries and Raspberries

flowers on the bike

                                                     Old Friends Flowers Going Home on a Bike

tissue paper flower

                                                              Art Project of the Week      

Alana Chernila

                                                             Last week's Special Guest

Posted 7/1/2012 7:54pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Tuesday Market Friends --

veggies in a handbag

Honestly, fireworks scare me unless I'm a good distance away, but I love a good outdoor meal on a hot, sweaty night. And this year, lucky you, the market is the day before the 4th. So you can come and gather some super fresh ingredients to make coleslaw or asian coleslaw (thanks to our friends at Kitchen Garden Farm for these 2 recipes), a good green salad, hot dogs from Cricket Creek Farm, hamburgers or lamburgers, grilled zucchini, bluberries and raspberries with whipped cream, cherry tomato and sweet corn salad. Make some lobsters or scallops picked up from the boat that morning. Come and get a blueberry pie made with blueberries from Woodstar's own Sapphire Sky Farm. There's maple syrup to make some rockin' lemonade or Bug Hill Syrups to make your own spritzers. Ginger Libation from Green River Ambrosia if you like to get tipsy or just add a little to the lemonade or spritzers. And here's the link to all the vendors at market this week.

If you still want more ideas, try one of our recipes this week, a simple Chopped Salad with cucumbers and tomatoes or Tandoori Zucchini Kabobs with a tasty sauce.

We welcome back Bill and Doreen Caparis from Green Meadow Farm right here in Northampton. They'll be bringing their first of the season sweet corn -- Woohoo! Bill says that, for real, this is his last season growing vegetables so come enjoy him and his vegetables this year.

Baron and Band

Baron Collins-Hill and Band are back -- I think they boldly played on 2 rainy days in May, so I'm glad they get a sunny, hot one.

Cara Taylor will have her simple and elegant porcelain vessels and jewelry. Just looking at them makes me want to put one on my table with some flowers in it.

And finally special guest Alana Chernila will be at market this week signing and talking about her awesome book HOMEMADE PANTRY 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making and her blog Eating From the Ground Up. Come pick her brain, buy her book and get inspired.

The Food Bank will NOT be at market doing SNAP applications this week. We will let you know which Tuesday in July they will be there in our next letter.

And that's all. See you there!

P.S. Remember, if during the month of July you bring someone to market that's never been before, come by the purple market tent, and we'll give you a $5 token to spend at any vendor.

last week's art project

 Art Projects Every Week (Penguin Finger Puppet)

Jazer Giles Jazer Giles Roaming the Crowd

 

Posted 6/25/2012 2:43pm by Tuesday Market.

Hey Tuesday Market Friends --

Do you have a friend who you think needs a little inspiration? A little flowersrelaxation? A little, um, beta-carotene? For the next six weeks, if you bring someone to Tuesday Market that's never been here before, you will receive a $5 gift certificate to use at any vendor at the market! And yes, you can share that coupon with the friend you've brought, or even give it to them if you're feeling warm and fuzzy. Just come to the market tent and introduce us to your friend to receive the coupon. How do we know that your friend has truly never been to the market before? Oh, we know.

The heat wave of last week and the warmer temperatures all spring have hurried along some of this season's crops so much that this week, even to their disbelief, Apex Orchards will be bringing the season's first APRICOTS! They probably won't last the length of the market, so come early if you can.

Park Hill Orchard will also arrive at market for the first time this season, loaded raspberrieswith BERRIES -- raspberries, black raspberries, blueberries and a berry medley that's great for eating while you hang out at market. Here's the list of all the great vendors at market this week along with any special dishes they're bringing.

It's time to make raspberry fool (we don't add the liqueur, but you can) or a yummy sangria with Black Birch Vineyard's Epic White or Mt Nonotuck Red or any of those fruit recipes in your cookbook that usually seem out of season. That said, in our family, we usually just end up with fruit on or in our pancakes, in our cereal, or just eaten up while we sit by a good swimming hole.

The Tuesday Market recipes of the week are the June Pizza (fennel, garlic scapes, Sangha Farm Cheese, and bacon if you eat it) and a Simple Grated Roots Salad to eat with rice on a hot night. Garlic scapes and fennel are fleeting early summer specialties, so make sure to seize the moment.

baby

School's out and babies and kids abound at market. I know for a fact that there was at least one 4 day old baby there last week. We have great weekly art projects between 2:30 and 5 pm, and room for running around and being an airplane if you need to get out of your house. Or come see the kids run around if that makes you smile. We're there even when it's rainy.

Stay tuned for the upcoming recipe swap...

Jazer Giles plays banjo this week with a take 2 from the Hootenanny Singers (their director had laryngitis last week). Spark! Art Share, an innovative community supported membership model for artists, will be selling their goods and telling you about how they do things.

And finally, Mizzanye Anderson is one of our all-time heroes. If we're still kicking (and cultivating) in the 2050s the way she is now, we will consider ourselves incredibly blessed. Check out her callaloo, her scapes, her gooseberries, and – of course – her umpteen varieties of specialty garlic!

Mizzanye

See you soon!

first squash

Prize for first squash of the season goes to Crabapple Farm (and of course to all the people who got to eat the squash).

Greg Watson

Check it out – Massachusetts Agricultural Commissioner Greg Watson makes a stop at Tuesday Market (along with Phil Korman from CISA).

maple cream

Marian Welch's Maple Cream is as good as it gets. Find it at Justamere Tree Farm.

Posted 6/24/2012 8:52pm by Grow Food Northampton.

Hey Tuesday Market Friends --

Do you have a friend who you think needs a little inspiration? A little flowersrelaxation? A little, um, beta-carotene? For the next six weeks, if you bring someone to Tuesday Market that's never been here before, you will receive a $5 gift certificate to use at any vendor at the market! And yes, you can share that coupon with the friend you've brought, or even give it to them if you're feeling warm and fuzzy. Just come to the market tent and introduce us to your friend to receive the coupon. How do we know that your friend has truly never been to the market before? Oh, we know.

The heat wave of last week and the warmer temperatures all spring have hurried along some of this season's crops so much that this week, even to their disbelief, Apex Orchards will be bringing the season's first APRICOTS! They probably won't last the length of the market, so come early if you can.

Park Hill Orchard will also arrive at market for the first time this season, loaded raspberrieswith BERRIES -- raspberries, black raspberries, blueberries and a berry medley that's great for eating while you hang out at market. Here's the list of all the great vendors at market this week along with any special dishes they're bringing.

It's time to make raspberry fool (we don't add the liqueur, but you can) or a yummy sangria with Black Birch Vineyard's Epic White or Mt Nonotuck Red or any of those fruit recipes in your cookbook that usually seem out of season. That said, in our family, we usually just end up with fruit on or in our pancakes, in our cereal, or just eaten up while we sit by a good swimming hole.

The Tuesday Market recipes of the week are the June Pizza (fennel, garlic scapes, Sangha Farm Cheese, and bacon if you eat it) and a Simple Grated Roots Salad to eat with rice on a hot night. Garlic scapes and fennel are fleeting early summer specialties, so make sure to seize the moment.

baby

School's out and babies and kids abound at market. I know for a fact that there was at least one 4 day old baby there last week. We have great weekly art projects between 2:30 and 5 pm, and room for running around and being an airplane if you need to get out of your house. Or come see the kids run around if that makes you smile. We're there even when it's rainy.

Stay tuned for the upcoming recipe swap...

Jazer Giles plays banjo this week with a take 2 from the Hootenanny Singers (their director had laryngitis last week). Spark! Art Share, an innovative community supported membership model for artists, will be selling their goods and telling you about how they do things.

And finally, Mizzanye Anderson is one of our all-time heroes. If we're still kicking (and cultivating) in the 2050s the way she is now, we will consider ourselves incredibly blessed. Check out her callaloo, her scapes, her gooseberries, and – of course – her umpteen varieties of specialty garlic!

Mizzanye

See you soon!

first squash

Prize for first squash of the season goes to Crabapple Farm (and of course to all the people who got to eat the squash).

Greg Watson

Check it out – Massachusetts Agricultural Commissioner Grteg Watson makes a stop at Tuesday Market (along with Phil Korman from CISA).

maple cream

Marian Welch's Maple Cream is as good as it gets. Find it at Justamere Tree Farm.

Posted 6/18/2012 10:36am by Tuesday Market.

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Hi Tuesday Market Friends --

We are happy that this Tuesday will be cooler than Wednesday and Thursday, so come get your goodies before you hole up in AC or under a good shade tree for a chunk of the week. 

This week we welcome back Beaumont's Berries -- the scrumptious jam business run by Devon Whitney-Deals. Devon wears many hats in this Valley including market manager of the Greenfield Farmers Market and Program Director of the Local Hero Program at CISA. So go chat her up and taste her honey-sweetened freshly made strawberry jam, plus strawberry-rhubarb and rhubarb jams with more sugar to temper that sour rhubarb. Devon grows her own fruit or sources it locally. Not all of us can make and preserve our own jam, but there's nothing like it on morning toast or an afternoon rice cake. Devon will be at market for the rest of the season. Go here to see all the other vendors at market this week. 

rosemaryMan, there are beautiful plants at market these days. You may think you've missed the window to put plants in your garden, but you haven't. You might get your fruits or leaves or whatever a little later, but all your friends will be jealous because theirs will have already gone by. All of us production-oriented farmers are still hustling to get plants in the ground, too. Most of the plants at market will start to taper off once July arrives so seize the moment!

I found a sign last week in one of El Jardin's bread basket's talking about their local wheat loaf. There's a small renaissance of farmers growing grain in our valley, including our very own Crabapple Farm.  

Another piece of good news: BerkShore will be at market every week from here on out -- so no need to try and remember which week of the month it is. 

local wheat

Recipes this week are our version of the infamous Massaged Kale Salad and a Fennel, Chard and Cheese Pie made with filo dough. Our apologies to anyone who made the Scallion Pancakes last week and wondered why they were the wrong texture -- there's an updated version of the recipe now. And here's a recipe from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle for Eggs in a Nest that one of the Town Farm crew regularly makes for his breakfast. 

To follow on the heels of that awesome music last week, we have Dave Dersham this week. As Club Passim in Cambridge says, “Dersham taps hopeful, bluesy melodies and reverses lyrical expectations at every turn... exudes a brand of humane charm that sets him apart from every other songwriter you’ll see this year.” There will be a brief intermission of Dersham's tunes for the wee Hootenanny Singers to bust out their songs for less than a half hour starting at 4 pm. What's better than small children singing? 

Free Ramblin', the artisan of the week, will be bringing their upcycled from sweaters kids' booties, tooth ferry pillows, and other very cool crafts.

See you there!

nasturtium

Nasturtiums from Bear Root Herb Farm

beets

waiting for shaved ice

This Family is Waiting for Shaved Ice

got their shaved ice

This Family Got Their Shaved Ice

cucurbit

Cucumber Starts from Enterprise Farm

guy w/ flowers

Nice Smile, Nice Flowers from Old Friends Farm

Posted 6/10/2012 8:14pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Tuesday Market Friends --

Eating Strawberry Dessert

Thank you to all of you that contributed to our strawberry dessert party last week by making, serving, organizing, or eating -- we raised $350 for our FoodStampsX2 Program, and I, for one, had a delicious slice of strawberry apple torte with whipped cream. A little later in the season we will be working to raise more of the funds that we need to support this wonderful program and, in turn, will be telling you more about it. Every week we are thanked multiple times by the families, elders, and others who receive SNAP benefits so here's some of that thanks back at you.

In case you haven't found your way to Bug Hill Farm this season, I encourage you to go over and taste their amazing spreads -- black currant, rhubarb, beet -- and their cordials. Unless you make your own concotions, I can't imagine a better gift for yourself, a friend or someone you're staying with. They also have currant plants for sale right now.

Bug Hill Spreads

 

Here are some of the things I'm excited to see and find at market this week. (For a complete list of all the vendors at market this week with links to their websites go here.)

Butter from Cricket Creek Farm.

Cricket Creek Butter

Lobster and Scallops and other ocean treats maybe from BerkShore (Last week there was a limited amount of cod.) Wes updates his Facebook page regularly with what will be available at market and reminders about pre-ordering.

In the same vein, Bistro Les Gras' lobster rolls that you've been waiting months for will be back this week right next door to Cakery Dauphine's strawberry and marscapone cupcakes (oh my!).

The strawberries keep coming (and the garlic scapes have arrived).

I can't wait to see what the next round of flowers from Old Friends Farm will bring our way. Last week's cathedral bells (I think that's what they're called) are still livening up our house. I believe that flowers do really lift us up when they come in and live on our kitchen tables or in our bedrooms for a week or two. And in my opinion, Old Friends' flowers are the best around.

Cathedral Bells

Recipes this week are scallion pancakes and a Caesar salad. These recipes will only be on our website and not on cards at the market this week.

A rocking band (not too loud, don't worry) most recently out of Taos, New Mexico called Tina and her Pony will be hitting the market this week as part of their east coast tour playing their "bad-ass lady-grass." Our friends at Next Barn Over Farm met them last winter and sent them our way, so come enjoy them with us.

Dragonfly Designs will be selling beaded insects, cuddle puppies, market bags and other awesome and ecletic crafts.

And that's all. See you there, rain or shine 1:30-6:30 Every Tuesday. 

Crimson and Clover with Strawberries and Garlic Scapes

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