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Posted 4/26/2015 4:36pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Have you noticed, amidst the cacophonous noise of the spring peepers, that high trill: the mating call of Anaxyrus americanus? In marshes and field edges across the Pioneer Valley, the American toad is singing this song, the females laying their eggs in ponds and pools. And unlike frogs (whose eggs are clumped together in sacks), the eggs of the American toad are strung together in long ribbons of jelly, wrapped around twigs and reeds and rocks so they can't be easily washed away.

This year more than ever I've noticed how the mating call of the American toad erupts during the very same weeks all of our markets are starting up. The Greenfield Farmers Market, the Amherst Farmers Market, The Farmers Market at Forest Park, the Springfield Cooperative Farmers Market, the Northampton Farmers Market, Tuesday Market, and numerous others in our cities and towns.

Picture these markets, if you will, like a string of toad eggs stretched across the valley, threaded through its various habitats and municipalities. Consider the life of this place, the fertility of our soils, the determination of our farmers and food-makers, and how all of that fecundity is displayed and dispersed from the makeshift space of these markets. How precarious it is, how temporary, how abundant.

Tuesday Market opens this week, our numerous stands full of food and the people who made it. And we cannot wait to see you there.


Did you know Tuesday Market was voted Best of the Valley 2015?
Remember this great video from a couple years ago?
Thanks again to all of you for making this great market possible!
Tuesday Market is open every Tuesday, 1:30 - 6:30
We are located next to the parking garage in downtown Northampton
Posted 4/15/2015 5:18pm by Grow Food Northampton.

Hello Friends!

The peepers are singing in marshes and field-edges all over this valley. Trays of seedlings are sprouting at farms in Northampton and Amherst and Chesterfield and Granby. Lambs are cavorting in Leyden, and hens everywhere are pecking at whatever green sprouts they can find. The beastly mound of snow has almost melted from our market plaza, and we will be so thrilled to see you again after this long, long winter. Tuesday Market starts in two weeks, on April 28th! We cannot wait to see you there...

crabapple beans

 Crabapple Farm's Bean Breeding Project!

Old Friends

Old Friends Farm Human Breeding Project!

Old Friends Salad Mix

And here's salad from Old Friends Farm, getting ready for opening day...

Posted 2/2/2015 2:23pm by Grow Food Northampton.
Hey Market Friends --
Hello from the depths of a snow storm!
I wanted to let you know that Tuesday Market and Grow Food Northampton are throwing a Seed Swap. February 28th, 10am -1pm at Smith Voke High School (same place 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!
Go here for more information about what a seed swap is and what to bring and what will be happening. And go here to register (it's free -- we would just like to know who's coming). 
Hope to see you there!
More to come soon about when the first Tuesday Market of 2015 will be....
Posted 11/10/2014 2:54pm by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --
Last Tuesday Market of the season! Come gather goods for your Thanksgiving table and your holidays. Come wish us all restful winters of planning for next year. Come use up your Tuesday Market tokens before you lose them in your piles of things. Come get some bulk bags of carrots, onions, potatoes, ginger, apples, etc... to store up. Or a gallon of maple syrup or a couple pounds of honey or meat for your freezer or beans for your pantry.
wild mass cranberries
Gluten Free Bakery will be      back for one last time with their biscotti and tea cakes and bread. Bug Hill will be back one last time with gift boxes and wild Massachusetts cranberries (yum!). Mycoterra will be there with their beautiful mushrooms.
Thanks for coming to market all season long. We'll be back in late April ready to feed you.
And although they aren't on Tuesdays, our TWO (we are so lucky!) great weekly winter farmers markets will start up soon.
Here are the details.


Northampton Winter Farmers' Market

Every Saturday 9am - 2pm

November 15th through April 18th

Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School

30+ vendors most weeks

Accepts SNAP



Amherst Winter Farmers' Market

December 6th through March 28th (except 1/17)

10am - 2pm

Amherst Middle School, 170 Chestnut Street

Featuring 35 vendors every market

Accepts SNAP



Finally, there were a great many new things at market this season that made us excited.
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Red Fire Farm joined the market.
gluten free bakeryTwo new bakeries, Tart and Gluten Free Bakery, brought popular, delicious baked goods of all kinds.
beets and barleyBeets and Barley brought yummy noodles and salads and cookies.
nuestras farmers
Rentas Family Farmers from Nuestras Raices Farm in Holyoke joined the market.
We made a stage that also happens to transport all market supplies.
bag share sewers
With the help of many, we started a bagshare program.
What will happen next?
See you tomorrow for the warmest day of the week.
Posted 11/3/2014 12:00pm by Grow Food Northampton.
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bear root garlic braidsTuesday Market is still going strong for THIS WEEK AND NEXT WEEK! The range of products you can find is as amazing as ever. These are beautiful garlic braids from Bear Root Herb Farm. Tell friends and others to come soak up the market before we all go inside to winter markets and winter farm planning. 
Come get wine or hard cider for your Thanksgiving meal -- last week one woman walked away with her 6 bottles of Black Birch wine for the big meal.
In other news, daylight savings has happened, but your trusted vendors bring lights and sparkle up the whole scene, and there's always The Laughing Tomato's roaring fire.
laughing tomato fire
old friends turmericOld Friends Farm Turmeric and Turmeric Leaves (Good for soups, rice, grated over salads, and more)
the stories of crabapple's wheat flour
I told you Crabapple's flour had names and stories -- these are heirloom wheat varieties from France and Eastern Europe
hot cider and lights!
Hot Cider and Lights at Park Hill Orchards
Tuesday Market (tuesdaymarket) has joined Instagram and Twitter in case you do those things and want to follow us there.
And for those of you DIYers, the next Valley Food Swap is this coming Saturday November 8th at the Lilly Library in Florence. Former Tuesday Market intern Corrin Meise-Munns and CISA's Claire Morenon are the organizers this time round.
See you at market!
Posted 10/26/2014 6:50pm by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --blueberry pie
My love of food and cooking largely comes from my mother and from her mother. My almost 95 year old grandmother loves watching The Barefoot Contessa on TV and, although she doesn't cook as much as she used to, she now inspires her caregivers to bake for the first time ever and make Tate's Chocolate Chip and Toffee cookies from a TV recipe and then distribute their cookies far and wide. These cool, fall days inspire me to bake again, too. For Ben's birthday this weekend, I made a blueberry pie from frozen Benson Place blueberries and Justamere Tree Farm maple sugar. And today, for a potluck, I made baked apples from some Apex Macintoshes with more maple sugar and Cricket Creek butter. In case you haven't found it yet, Crabapple Farm has their own wheat flour freshly ground at their stand. Ask them about the varieties they grow because they all have a story.
baked apples
This week Carr's Ciderhouse will be at market -- sorry for anyone who got confused by my photos of their beautiful new labels last week. And rumor has it, Rodrigo y Gabriela will be making an appearance at market to play us some of their amazing flamenco rumba music before their performance at the Calvin on Tuesday. Firecrow Handwovens will also be back with their beautiful scarves and other textiles.
beautiful crimson and clover fennelBeautiful Fennel from Crimson and Clover
Tuesday Market's Own Prince Charming -- the shoe was recovered
Tuesday Market's Own Prince Charming -- the shoe was recovered by her owner!
Town Farm's fall produce
Fall Foods at Town Farm
See you at market!
Posted 10/20/2014 7:50pm by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hi Market Friends --
I was away last week and missed seeing all of you. I heard the music was great and the weather warmtown farm brussels sprouts and everything went smoothly. I was visiting friends in California, getting inspired by madrone trees and Mohawk skunk beans and rusty brown colored cotton and recycled fences built by immigrant farmers from Vietnam in a city park and trees loaded with persimmons and one of the first rains after months and months. I came home grateful for our plentiful rains (except when they're too plentiful) and the true beauty of the vendor stands at Tuesday Market. We are so lucky to have such good farmers and gatherers and producers right here in our valley. Not only do they grow and make delicious food but they display it in beautiful ways -- no plastic green turf grass thrown over tables.
Despite frosts and darkness and colder temperatures, Tuesday Market is still here for another 4 weeks. November 11th is the last market followed soon after by the first Northampton Winter Market at Smith Voke High School on Saturday, November 15th. Andrew at the Red Fire Farm stand manages that market so if you've got questions head over there to ask him.
This week is also Taproot Threads last market for the season.
See you there!
apples!Apex Orchards Apples
carr's ciderhouse syrup and vinegar
mia's peppersDear Eddy Farm Pepper Creations
Posted 10/12/2014 10:59pm by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --brussels sprouts
It's mid-October, and last week brussels sprouts arrived at market. Post-frost is the best time to start eating these mini cabbage wonders. This week, if there's a chill in the air, there will be hot cider at Park Hill Orchards and warm prepared foods at Beets and Barley along with the always-warm pizza from Laughing Tomato. If it actually is in the lower 70's, the warm weather food and drinks will keep coming. Will, Eli and Becca -- a talented crew of busking Hampshire College students will be playing tunes.
As the end of market season nears, I want to remind you to bring back your pile of Tuesday Market bagshare bags so we can continue the awesome program next year. No excuses, okay? Because last week we received a package with a bagshare bag in it all the way from Cincinnati, OH that some conscientious customers sent back to us.
bagshare return from OH
I love this rainbow chard woman whose clothes match the stems
rainbow chard womanThinking about planting some garlic this fall? Bear Root Herb Farm has seed quality garlic for you. Music is a great variety.
seed garlic from bear rootAnd finally, thanks to everyone who listened to our short but memorable vendor open mike last Tuesday. It lasted about 15-20 minutes. We hope to do it again but open it up to more people. Here I am below crooning some good farm and earth folk songs.
oona on the stageThe talented Bernie Conner (son of Dick at Red Barn Honey) playing a fiddle tune
bernie conner on fiddlePhillip from Old Friends Farm on the guitar with his daughter Mabel watching
mabel and phillip on guitarSee you at market!
Posted 10/6/2014 8:08am by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --
The last market of the season is November 11th, in case you were wondering! And pre-frost October is such an awesome time for fresh food around here (although some farms might have gotten the zap last night). Hakurei turnips are back and watermelon radishes have arrived. Ginger and winter squashes of all varieties are abundant. There are still green beans and tomatoes! The colors pop against the sky and the dim light especially on grey days. The food inspires you to go home and cook and warm your house up with roasted everything.
In last week's news, Tuesday Market has become a default location for visiting political candidates and people who hold political signs. Steve Kerrigan, the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, came and hung out at market on Tuesday along with the Mayor and some other city councilors (all in suits). I think that Silas (aka the pumpkin pusher) might have been the only farmer/vendor whose hand got a shake. Correct me if I'm wrong about that!
the pumpkin pusher shaking steve kerrigan's handI love this young shopper with flowers almost as tall as she and gold sandals to boot!
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The musical treat this week will be a few market vendors with musical talents playing some songs -- it won't last the whole market so hopefully you'll catch it.
See you at market!
Posted 9/29/2014 9:22am by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --old friends farm sweet potatoes
One of the best parts of my job is that I get to wander the market and talk to you and talk to vendors and see what's new and yummy every week.
Sweet Potatoes! from Old Friends Farm! I've eaten them and can attest to their sweetness.
Crabapple Farm's tomatoes that they have bred and saved seed from for years. Orange Zebra and a version of Black Pineapple and their cherry tomatoes (Honeydrop and a red one) that they sell seed from to Fedco Seeds. That's one of the things that's so magical about their farm.
crabapple tomatoes 
I also learned last week that Chanterelle To Go has catered 16 weddings this summer and fall along with many other events. So if you're looking for caterer who grows and knows the local food scene, give them a shout. And Max breakdances, too. This week Beets and Barley will be at Market with their vegetarian and gluten-free yummies (they are great local foods caterers, too).
So I'm starting to want to sing for some rain because it's getting a little dry in our parts, but I'm not complaining about another sunny day in the 70's for market. So come on by -- there will be women playing HARPS this week -- the real thing, not harmonicas.
This is the last week of the year for Dancing Bare Soap -- I know that I'm going to stockpile some of their shampoo bars. And if I'm smart, which I'm not every year, I also start to plan out presents for gift giving season right now. The market is an awesome place to gather edible, compostable, local, reusable gifts.
paolo freire students
Last week students and teachers from Paolo Freire Social Justice Charter School came by the market to ask questions about our EBT machine and why we sell at a farmers market. Then they all got shaved ice. And then they were in the paper the next day.
See you at market!

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Delicious pizza from Laughing Tomato Wood Fired Pizza Oven

This spring's Maple Syrup from Justamere Tree Farm

Shaved Ice from Town Farm

Home-made Jam from Beaumont's Berries

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Artisinal Cow Cheese from Cricket Creek Farm & Grace Hill Farm

Pasture-Raised Meat from Crabapple Farm & Cricket Creek Farm

Honey from Red Barn Honey

Tempeh & Kim-chi from Hosta Hill

Wild Mushrooms from New England Wild Edibles

Organic Ginger & Flowers from Old Friends Farm

Pastured Lamb from Leyden Glen Farm

Pastries and Breads from Tart Baking Co.

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