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Posted 9/22/2014 4:24pm by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --
This is a quick and easy newsletter. It's going to be a BEAUTIFUL day tomorrow so don't miss the market because you're off climbing a mountain or walking by a river or picking apples or something. The food is too good to be missed.
Thanks to all you market goers who journeyed to NYC for the Peoples Climate March on Sunday. There were 310,000 people in the streets (some say 400,000 strong)! Here's where Ben and Silas were for most of the march -- holding a parachute that said We Can Build The Future.

In other pictures, in case you missed, it was so nice to sneak a peak at new baby Old Friends Farm last week.

And the calf from one of Our Family Farms. Did you taste that awesome maple milk made with real maple syrup?

See you at market!


Posted 9/14/2014 4:07pm by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --
Fall has arrived bringing with it broccoli and cauliflower and winter squashes and honeycrisp apples and ginger and pears and amazing chicken of the woods mushrooms. It's time to make soup and tea and roast a chicken and then make more soup and broth and applesauce. Don't worry, you can still get shaved ice and ice pops and cider slushies and lots of greens for salads and tomatoes and talk about how the equinox isn't here yet so it's not really fall. You can do that, too. 
I made Ben take a couple photos of this amazing chicken of the woods mushroom that Paul brought to market last week for all of you out there that missed it or saw it once it already had pieces missing. No guarantee that there will be another one like it this week.
more chicken of the woodsPaul hanging out with the amazing woods mushroom flower
old friends farm gingerDid any of you make it to the Farm Fancy Ginger Inspired dinner at Old Friends Farm? Yum.
park hill pearsLove the Park Hill Orchard crisp pears
Many thanks to Erin McKeown and Mary Witt for the great music last week

And in case you missed it in the Daily Hampshire Gazette or circulating on Facebook, here are Ben's thoughts about climate change and farming and raising kids in this time and the People's Climate March this coming Sunday September 21st (the equinox) in NYC. He and Silas hope to see you there!

See you at market!
Posted 9/8/2014 9:46am by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --
 eating corn at Jean Tallon
A few weeks ago our family journeyed north to Montreal. Our children were thrilled to drive to Canada and, although it was hard to connect with French-speaking children on the playgrounds, Silas would now like to learn French so he can go back and understand.
On the food front, Ben and I were struck by the quality of herbs and fruits and vegetables even in pretty generic grocery stores. There were also so many different percentages of cream for different uses, garlic scape pestos in the refrigerated sections, and other fats and meats and cheeses you would never find on supermarket shelves down here. One breakfast we ate out arrived with a mini-glass of smooth-y and a beautiful sprig of rosemary laid across the scrambled eggs.
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Our most fun food journey was to the Jean Tallon Market right in the city. There are incredible bike paths on many of the city streets (better than any other city we've ever been to) so we all headed out on our bikes to find this large public market that's open every day. Overall, the kind of producer-only farmers markets that are the norm here were absent from the city, but this large public market was amazing and overwhelming. I think we walked by every stand, but I'm not sure. Many of the vendors aggregate produce from local farms and from all over the world. We bought some mini-red grapes from vendor who proudly said they were from the USA. Lucky for us, it was still strawberry season in Quebec and the sweet corn was flowing, too.
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There was one organic (biologique) stand that 6 farms provided produce to. And beyond produce, there was whole line of meat vendors including a stand with 6-8 different kinds of oysters being sold. Ben kind of fell in love with the market and imagined what it would be like to live in such a bikeable city in close proximity to the kind of market. I, sadly, had the remnants of a stomach bug that day so I had a visual and sensual experience of the day. I loved watching the mostly middle aged and older women with their wheely suitcases full of food.
This week at market: Mary Witt of the O'Tones will be making music for us with a surprise guest on the jazz guitar. You don't want to miss this duo. Here's what Mary has to say: Mary Witt and surprise guest (yes, it really is a surprise til that day, but you should come check her out, she is awesome and quite famous!) will be singing and playing a fun mix of music while you shop for food and goodies at the wonderful Tuesday Market behind Thornes by the parking lot.
Carr's Ciderhouse's Cider Vinegar and Cider Syrup have been nominated for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards -- Bottled, Jarred and Canned. Martha has good taste. You can share this news on Facebook through our page.
Another reminder that Old Friends Farm Farm-Fancy Dinner is this Sunday, September 14th. You can buy tickets at market for this ginger-themed dinner at their beautiful farm.
Apex Orchards is bringing WRSI/The River back to market for the next 6 weeks. Say hey to Joan Holliday on Tuesday.
See you at market!
Posted 9/1/2014 12:48pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

I have no story for you this week. Only other people's stories. A few weeks ago, this article Don't Let Your Children Grow Up To Be Farmers ran in the NY Times striking a nerve for many people -- consumers and farmers alike. Then Joel Salatin of pastured animal fame wrote this reply back and then a few days ago another reply on the Huff Post by Ken Cook, the head of the Environmental Working Group with other contributors. Collectively these articles make me think about our economy, about the challenges facing farmers, about being an engaged consumer, and about what pieces of our food system needs to shift to make it more possible for more people to make a living farming. I also came away deeply respecting the farmers I know around here who use a mix of pluck, stamina, and wide reaching knowledge to make their farms work financially and otherwise. We are also lucky to live in a place where organizations like CISA do all kinds of amazing work behind the scenes that allow farmers to thrive. And we have farmers in this area who exemplify each of the profiles laid out by the writers above.

We've crossed into September and new foods keep arriving at market. This week Red Fire Farm will have Butternut Squash and Cauliflower. Apex and Park Hill will keep having new delicious apple varieties. Goldthread Apothecary has been experimenting all summer with a line of yummy herbal drinks that are now bottled up and ready to take with you from their stand. They will now be at market every week for the rest of the season to quench your healthy thirst.

And finally, Missy and Phillip from Old Friends Farm had their baby! Otis Peche Bahret was born a few weeks ago. Here they all are.

missy phillip and familySee you at market!

Oona Coy, Market Manager

intuitive compassLast minute band, Intuitive Compass and friends from Portland, OR, played last week

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The band's friend Antonio clowns around, framed by signs for the Climate March

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Lilly Lombard and daughter Madeline talking up the People's Climate March

Posted 8/25/2014 10:35am by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

tiny and her pony on stageHere are three great things we heard at market last week.

From Quetzal, The Pony of Tina and Her Pony: "That's a bitchin' stage!"

From Mrs. Anderson of Mizzanye's Produce, "This is the most sophisticated market that I go to, and I've been to a lot."

From a family visiting from DC with their Smith Art Museum stickers on their shirts at the shaved ice station, "We found it!" Their friends the night before at dinner had told them that they had to find the shaved ice at Tuesday Market.



climate kids and grownupsThis week, a crew of kids and parents will be at market telling you why they're going to The Peoples' Climate March in NYC on September 21st. Multiple buses are going down and back to NYC -- leaving and coming back the same day on that Sunday -- and you'll be able to sign up for a bus at market. Some of us met up a couple of weeks ago at Town Farm to make signs and stencils. 

See you this week for all the great end of summer deliciousness. JMPT quartet will be playing tunes from all over the world.

And if you're hankering for a delicious Farm-Fancy Dinner at a beautiful farm, Old Friends Farm will be a hosting a ginger-inspired one September 14th. You can buy your tickets at their stand at market for the next few weeks.

See you at market!

i'm here for justice

making signsnate and jen and melon and babe

Posted 8/17/2014 7:45pm by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --
I want to tip a hat this week to Grow Food Northampton and the Northampton Community Farm and all of you that continue to help make those projects possible. As I look around the market, three of the four farmers that lease land from GFN are selling their beautiful and delicious food here and making Tuesday Market more dynamic and bountiful and rooted locally.
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Back in June, I talked to each of them about what stood out to them about their relationship with Grow Food Northampton and the Northampton Community Farm in Florence. 
For Jen at Crimson and Clover Farm, the super rich interaction of people and the land that she gets to see all the time at her farm is just what she dreamed of. She and Nate looked for land for so long and the land that they could afford wouldn't have necessarily been in the place that they would have made their community. "I can't believe that I'm allowed to farm in Northampton," she told me.
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For Pete at Mockingbird, it was hard to find enough grazing land near his land in Easthampton, so having his cows in the Northampton Community Farm has allowed him to have 21 animals instead of the 8 (tops) he can have at his own place. On top on that, he likes having his manure help out the other farms, "turning their cover crops into something even better." And baseline, Pete says, "It's fun for me to have people tell me how much they like having cows around." And by the way, that's not Pete in the picture, but it's a nice view of his stand and of Dalton, who was helping him out this spring.
For Sawmill Farm, who are renting 2.5 acres at the Northampton Community Farm this year, renting there made it so they didn't have to look for land. Instead of spending
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time on that often grueling search, they can instead focus on getting better at growing their salad mix and herbs and getting better at running a business. In addition, they're able to rent Crimson and Clover's tractor on the weekends and Mockingbird Farm's cows were grazing last year on the land they're growing on this year. Susan, one of the two growers at Sawmill, said that they would be more isolated if they had gotten land somewhere else. She sees all the other farmers driving by all the time. Sawmill is right next to the community gardens, too, so gardeners come over and ask for advice all the time, which she's come to really appreciate. 
So many of the things that make it hard for new and young farmers to start their businesses or grow their businesses are being supported by the work of Grow Food Northampton. They are modelling ways that farmers can share equipment, rotate crops with crops or livestock that they don't raise (but other farmers do), and protect and utilize farmland in more densely populated areas.
This week Tina and Her Pony will be back at market and Renta Family Farm from Nuestras Raices will be back with their special Puerto Rican peppers called Aji Dulce and possibly recipes for Sofrito. Here's an online recipe for now (not sure anyone at market is selling culantro!).
See you there!

Posted 8/11/2014 7:36pm by Grow Food Northampton.

Hi Everyone –

Silas is writing this week's newsletter. Here goes:

silas in tomatoes

I, Silas, son of Ben, and my little brother Wiley, will be selling vegetables (me) and flowers (Wiley) from 2:30 - 4:00 at Tuesday Market. You'll be able to recognize us. We're only kids. I will have extremely delicious and healthy cherry tomatoes – and carrots – and onions – plus one other thing that I do not care to eat one bit but you might like very much (hint - it's green).

40% of all sales will be donated to stop climate change by planting trees.

Plus, Wiley will have beautiful flowers that only cost 50 cents (but he likes tips).

Also, I will have pumpkins for sale in September and October. Buy them at market, or get them delivered by bike! I will have these varieties:

Cinderella (delicious)
Long Island Cheese
Jack Straw
Baby Pam
Musque du Provence
White Pumpkins
Blue Pumpkins (delicious)

You can sign up now if you want a pumpkin delivery. I'll let you know when they're available. Deliveries to Northampton are $1.00 and to Florence are $1.50.

Wiley and trailerWiley at Market


 Hey, Tuesday Market is 1:30 - 6:30 every Tuesday, and Town Farm is always there.


Posted 8/11/2014 10:20am by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --
Paul with a shroomIf you've never talked to Paul Lagreze from NE Wild Edibles, you're in for a treat. I can never predict what he's going to talk to me about when we get chatting but it's always interesting. This week, he started talking about the woods in Colrain, his big backyard that he wanders through using mostly the sun as his guide. Pretty much all the other signs don't work so well -- lichen and moss can grow all around a tree not just on the north side, he told me. So last week on his wanders which he always wishes he had more time for, up in a beautiful spot where you can see the mountains 360 degrees around, Paul found some bear scat. And then he found some more and some more. It was like Goldilocks, there was the mama bear scat, the middle sized bear scat and the baby bear scat, he said. Paul realized that this beautiful place was the bears' bathroom. Now I know that a farmers market full of food we eat doesn't necessarily match up with bear poop in the woods in our minds or our senses, but Paul, like all good farmers and foragers, is a deep observer of the natural world. And when we as farmers stumble upon something amazing, we want to share that with you all.
In other news, last week we had a farmer at market who is a great-grandparent (Mizzanye's Produce) and another that's a great-great grandparent (Juan Renta from Renta Family Farm). That is amazing to me. Below are Juan's daughters selling his produce that he grows at the Nuestras Raices Farm in Holyoke.
renta family farmThis week the summer bounty is flowing in. It's been a cool late July and early August, but even so, things are ripening and sweetening up. It's so easy to cook a whole meal with market ingredients right now. Send us a photo if you make a good one. We had broiled pollock from BerkShore, delicious red gold potatoes from Crimson and Clover and a salad with Town Farm lettuce, cherry tomatoes and a tomato/thai basil salad dressing for dinner last night. For the dressing I only had thai basil so I substituted it and did less than a cup and only did 1/2 cup of olive oil -- 1 cup seemed like too much!
Tiny and Her Pony, a favorite band of ours from Taos, NM and now Asheville, NC with family roots in our valley will be at market this week and next week.
And Red Fire Farm is gearing up for their Tomato Festival on Saturday, August 23rd. Run in their 5K Tomato Trot (you need to register for it on the link above), taste a huge range of tomatoes, and listen to some of Tuesday Market's favorite musicians.
See you at market!
the rambling kindThanks to The Rambling Kind for great tunes last week
watermelon helmetWatermelon hat!
eggplant and tomato danceTown Farm eggplants with arms and noses
eatin peachesFamily peach eating
Posted 8/3/2014 4:28pm by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --
Two weeks ago Devon from Beaumont's Berries rolled into market a little late and apologized to me for being late. Some of you might know Devon from the other hats she wears around this Valley. She's the Local Hero member coordinator for CISA and the Market Manager for the summer and winter farmers markets in Greenfield, along with making the most delicious low-sugar, honey sweetened and sugar-free jam around (my fave is the nectarine blue). All of that to say, she's a little busy in the summertime. So busy a couple weeks ago that starting at 8 pm until 2:30 am Monday night, Devon was out picking berries at her home place by headlamp. Then she made jam from 2:30 - 7 am. And then she went back out and picked more berries before coming to market. She wasn't at market last week because the berries needed to be picked again, but she'll be there this week. With that kind of devotion to picking when the berries are ready, you know that jam is going to be good. Another fact I learned from Devon earlier this
summer is that she's second to the youngest of 13 kids and all the girls' names start with D.
I'm happy to say that Apex Orchards is arriving this week for the rest of the market season. I know there will peaches and maybe plums and apricots, too.
Beets and Barley will also be back this week for good on-site eating.
And The Rambling Kind will be playing their full-on bluegrass tunes this week. The two following weeks, we'll welcome back Tiny and Her Pony, a great acoustic duo currently from Asheville, NC.
See you at market!
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Posted 7/28/2014 2:07pm by Grow Food Northampton.
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Hey Market Friends --
Thanks to all of you that came and admired the stage last week -- as Mark Lattanzi from WRSI said, "It's the Swiss army knife of stages."
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We were lucky to have Stephen Katzand his cello inagurating it.
bagshare womenAnd the BagShare women sewers and organizers on hand delivering even more bags. We have over a thousand now! So if you forget your bag, visit the back of the stage to find one. There are smaller bags to use for produce items and bigger shopping bags. When you bring a clean bag back, there's a spot to return them to as well.
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We also had a little bit of a surprise visit from the AEIO Ukes, our local ukulele group. Thanks to Joseph Blumenthal at Downtown Sounds for making that happen.
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This week, the fruits of our labors are pouring into market. For all of you peach lovers, next week, the first week in August, Apex Orchards will be back and will stay for the rest of the season. For now we have currants, gooseberries, blueberries, raspberries and the first melons and watermelons of the season.
currants and gooseberries
Also this week, Art and Soul, a local, collaborative arts project will be setting up at the market and asking you to contribute to their community-wide gathering of people's stories about Forgiveness. They may also bring their Story Suitcase. 
See you at market!
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