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Posted 5/12/2014 4:52am by Grow Food Northampton.

Hey Market Friends –

Click on the wheel to watch a great video from last week's market.

Spin AgainHere's the update on our bag share bag-making parties:

Amy Stamm who lives in Leeds has generously offered her space for bag-making. She's one of the founders of the bag share programs across the valley, so we are excited for her veteran experience, the donated fabric on hand, etc... In fact, we might even get some bags from folks out in Cummington to help us get our project up and running. And if you have canvas bags that have piled up in your house and you'd like to donate them to our bag share program, please bring them by the market tent.

So if you want to help make bags (and don't worry if you don't use a sewing machine, there are many jobs that don't include sewing) here are two dates we have planned: Monday, June 2nd and Wednesday, June 4th both 7-9 pm. Email back to this newsletter to let us know that you want to come and which day you'd like to come. Thanks in advance.

Last week, Tevis from Crabapple Farm provided content for a quick poem. I forgot to tell Ben to take his picture, so here's his daughter Anona with her precious shaved ice to represent.

Anona of Crabapple Farm

 10 Minutes

It's all about babies right now / 6 calves born to our beef herd last week

Moth mullein grew from the crack of the floor of the old dairy barn / Purple flowers and I've always liked it -- doesn't grow that many places / Watched it grow up and make seeds / Last fall and took them / They germinated well

Wildcrafted jerusalem artichokes? There was a patch on the farm when we bought it

Tomatoes ready to go in? / I wouldn't / plant tomatoes right now, but if people can't help themselves / I'll sell them / That tomato / They're all grown with seed we saved

Ground cherries can grow up here? They're always volunteers in the garden that / Ripen in August but you can put them in a container and get them started / Earlier

I'm out of top roast at the moment. Got a top round and an eye round.

That's the natural color of our sheep's wool / We send it off to Vermont to get spun.

The panoramic view of a farm in Chesterfield / the gaps between / the work of it all / Distilled into things to touch, plant, eat, imagine

All with a story

Thanks, Tevis. Thanks, everyone. That's all for now. See you at Market!
Emmett of Abundance Farm Throwing Bowls
Thanks to Emmet Leader and Abundance Farm for the awesome bowl turning demo last week! Their work party and ground breaking is this coming Saturday, May 18th. 
 The Bowls
Closeup Throwing
Sawmill Farm
Silas Sets Up Town Farm Stand

Asparagus is finally here!


Tuesday Market is located next to the parking garage in downtown Northampton. We are open from 1:30 - 6:30. We have dirt on our knees and great big smiles.

Posted 5/4/2014 7:37pm by Grow Food Northampton.

Hey Market Friends --

Dick and his honey

It was 3 am last Sunday night at Dick Connor's place off of South St. in Northampton. Dick heard a clattering and crashing of his bee equipment in the back yard. Stumbling out of bed, he grabbed a pot and a metal spoon and dashed out the back door clanging it loudly to the night sky. There they were: a Mama bear and 3 cubs, huddled around the empty hives and supers, digging for morsels of wax and honey. 

Dick has hives on farms all over the Valley -- Town Farm, Park Hill Orchards, Red Fire Farm and more. It's a nice symbiotic relationship for the vegetable and fruit growers and the honey guy. But he's learned his lesson after the break-ins at his own place in town over the past three years. He only keeps equipment at his house and no live hives. Still, that didn't deter the Mama and her 3 cubs last Sunday.

Dick's also used to all the news-worthy things getting in the way of his bees thriving. There are mites. There are pesticides and herbicides drifting over from neighboring farms. There are cold snaps where there's not enough nectar.  And there are BEARS -- they can smell that honey from miles away it seems. That's why you see "mini Ft. Knox's" of electric fencing strung up around brightly painted hives.

Luckily Dick's boys stayed asleep that raucous night, but the next door neighbor was roused as the Mama bear ran through her yard and set off the motion sensor light. Mama bear rose up on her back legs and fled back down into the South St. meadows, and Dick went back to sleep picturing what he'd have to build the next day to protect his equipment and his sleep. Here's a picture.

protecting the equipment


OK, that's all for now. We'll see you at Market!


patrick and his coffee contraption

Patrick's Contraption on his New, Custom, Mobile, Coffee-Making Island

Red Fire's Diversity

The Diversity of Red Fire Even in April (they even have frozen berries for smoothie season)

start planting your garden

And plants to get your garden or window boxes or fire escapes growing


Tuesday Market is located next to the parking garage in downtown Northampton. We are open from 1:30 - 6:30. We have dirt on our knees and great big smiles.

Posted 4/27/2014 8:10pm by Grow Food Northampton.


Pete Grilling up Big Red

So I feel a little uncomfortable starting the second newsletter of the season writing about breeding, but that was the story that Pete from Mockingbird Farm had to tell me last week. And this time of year with peepers calling for their mates all evening long and birds making nests for their eggs in nooks and crannies, it just seems fitting.

Pete had an infertile boar this spring, and he didn't know it until he knew it. His last boar, Big Red, did his job well, and the new boar, Ziggy Stardust (or was it Piggy Stardust?), seemed to all outward appearances to be doing fine, too.

It turns out that wasn't the case.

"He was shooting blanks," Pete said, clearly frustrated. "The breeding schedule for the whole season is off with 40 piglets missing from the plan."

Now Mockingbird is borrowing Pig Floyd from Simple Gifts in Amherst. I guess you can tell something about the musical tastes of these pig farmers from what they name their swine. Pete says Pig Floyd has got the look of a good boar -- before he even got off the ramp of the truck he was mounting the sows. He's got a great masculine body shape, Pete said, and then Pete and Dalton kind of laughed at themselves for how they assess the value of the pigs by their body shapes (I won't go into the details). The breeding pigs at Mockingbird are Berkshire and Tamworth sows and some Berkshire Large Black crosses. I'll never look at pigs the same way again!

Nice new signs, too, Pete. He said he pulled some late nights in the last week making them all. And while I was standing there, a customer walked up with her empty plate to tell Pete the Sweet Italian sausage was delicious. I can vouch for the Spicy Chorizo myself.

Pete from Mockingbird

Here's a big thanks to everyone for showing up last week for the opening market! Tell your friends that the season has started. Tell strangers on the street, too, if you're inspired.

Little did we know - when we brought our new carnival spinning wheel to market last Tuesday - how quickly we'd be confronted by some basic questions about the nature of probability. For instance, how likely is it that the first three out of five spinners would win a gift certificate to Old Friends Farm? How likely is it that none of the dozens of spinners last Tuesday would win maple candies from Justamere Tree Farm? We would welcome any mathematicians to weigh in on these concerns. For now, however, we are happy to report that many prizes were given away, much food was brought home, and that at least a couple compliments were given to complete strangers. Tuesday Market endorses all of these activities! So come down this week, make a donation to FoodStampsX2, and give our wheel a spin!


Family with Honey Sticks

Family With Honey Sticks


Mayor Narkewicz wanted to introduce Lieutenant Governor Kerrigan to some of the nicest folks in Northampton, so he brought him to Tuesday Market!


Tuesday Market is located next to the parking garage in downtown Northampton. We are open from 1:30 - 6:30. We have dirt on our knees and great big smiles.

Posted 4/22/2014 9:22am by Grow Food Northampton.

OwlHey Tuesday Market Friends –

What a great response we got to our plans to reduce waste at market by starting a bag-share program. Thanks to all of you who volunteered to host a bag-making party. We'll get back to you shortly, and soon we'll announce dates for a couple parties in May. Anyone who's interested in participating can sign up at the market tent or email us here.

We're so excited to see all of you tomorrow! It's been a long winter, hasn't it? For years now we've been talking about making a carnival spinning wheel loaded with prizes from all our Tuesday Market vendors. All winter I was supposed to build the thing. Then it was mid-April, and still no spinning wheel. But the sun came out, the snow melted, and the kids were ready to be out on the driveway using hand-saws to cut pallets in half. I seized the opportunity to get to work, and as long as I can manage to pick the dang thing up, you'll see it at market tomorrow. Give it a spin for a chance to win a free truffle from Sangha Farm (for example), a free shaved ice from Town Farm (for example), and discounts on products from many other market vendors. (Every spin requires a donation of any amount to Tuesday Market's FoodStampsX2 program.)

spinning wheel


We are thrilled to let you know about some new vendors at the market this season. Northampton's own Tart Bakery will be selling bread and other baked goods. Beets and Barley  is a great new vegetarian catering company in town. Goldthread Apothecary is back after a year's hiatus. And Red Fire Farm – the amazing certified organic farm based in Montague and Granby that grows almost everything you can grow around here – will be coming to market every week this season. Not all of these new vendors will be at market tomorrow, but keep your eye out for them over the next few weeks. 

As always, if you need to know whether a particular vendor or product will be at market on a particular day, shoot me a text or give a call – I'll be happy to answer any questions. 413 262 5489.

Well, that's all until tomorrow. See you at market!


Tuesday Market is located next to the parking garage in downtown Northampton. We are open from 1:30 - 6:30. We have dirt on our knees and great big smiles.


Posted 4/15/2014 8:40pm by Grow Food Northampton.



Hello Friends –

All winter we watched the snow accumulate upon our wonderful market plaza, and all spring we've been wondering whether the pile would actually melt in time for our first market. It's not that we don't love snow, of course, but the layer of concentrated grime visible yesterday on the top of the knee-high pile hardly felt like a new beginning. Well I'm happy to report that today's rain finally took care of it, and a week from today – on Tuesday, April 22nd – our new season starts! Your favorite vendors (plus a few new ones). Your favorite musicians (plus a few new ones). All of us thrilled to see you so soon!

This winter I had the pleasure of working with Nicole DeBarber of the Beehive Design Collective up in Maine. When Nicole took on the project of illustrating this year's market poster, we started with the idea of a great horned owl in flight, with scenes from our market tucked into the spread of the wings. I described Tuesday Market to her. I sent pictures of the Holyoke Range and downtown Northampton. And through draft after draft the poster took shape, until finally it felt as if we had this year's market – in all of its wildness and weirdness and poise – set down on paper, an early version of all the goodness that's to come.  So here's a huge thanks to Nicole for her artistry. You can click on the image above to see the poster closer up. And bring your kids to opening day, where they'll get a chance to color one of the posters themselves to hang on your fridge.

This season we are committing to producing less waste at Tuesday Market! I'll tell you about our new recycling and compost trailer in next week's newsletter. Right now I have a question. Who among you loyal Tuesday Marketers would like to get together for a bag-making party for our new bag-share program? And who among you might like to host such a party? (Anyone who hosts gets a 10% discount at the market all season long!). What better way to start off the season than by helping to eliminate the need for plastic shopping bags at market? Please let us know if you're interested.

That's all for now. Make sure to remind all your friends that market starts next Tuesday. We can't wait to see you there!


 melting pile


Posted 11/11/2013 3:21pm by Grow Food Northampton.


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Hey Market Friends --

This is the last hurrah for 2013 -- and what an amazingly bountiful last hurrah it is this year. There is so much food and other good stuff at market right now. 

Including Gold Rush apples newly arrived last week. The word on the street about them is that they are amazing storage apples so if you've got a cool dark basement, you can store some away and they will only get sweeter with time. Right now they have a hint of concord grape flavor. And if you stop by Park Hill's stand where they are bountiful, you can also grab some hot cider and cast your vote to help resolve the family apple feud. Goldrush or Fuji?

Also if you come to market this week, stop by Justamere Tree Farm and get a free maple candy as a thank you for a great market season.

Bug Hill will be back with a great multi-purpose reusable gift box. It's a traditional cedar seedling box with Bug Hill preserves and paperwhite bulbs in it. It also comes with instructions to plant the paperwhite bulbs in the box for the winter. And come spring, you can get some seeds going in it early as "Maine hortoculturists have been doing for decades."

I can't believe that Mockingbird's turkeys aren't totally sold out yet. If I didn't have an enormous turkey in my chest freezer that we raised a couple years ago, this is where I would get my turkey. Pete says he has about 30 left and that number is probably smaller after the Saturday market last weekend. Get your turkey from someone you know!

Finally, check out Yard Birds cozy alpaca socks and felted inserts for boots. Who doesn't need something warm this time of year?

Many of you asked last week about the winter market -- in fact, so many of you asked that Niki said that the Northampton winter market manager Andrew Lacasse should have been standing at our market tent answering questions. Winter markets are awesome and we are incredibly lucky to have 4 in our 3 county area that run all winter long. Many of our vendors will show up at one of these markets this winter so go search them out. 

Northampton Winter Market opens this Saturday the 16th -- the location has changed from the Clarke School and will most likely be at Smith Vocational High School. Questions? Email nohowintermarket@gmail.com.

Amherst Winter Market opens Saturday December 7th and runs every week -- 10-2 at the Amherst Regional Middle School -- the outdoor Amherst Saturday market ends on November 23rd.

Greenfield Winter Market runs once a month 10-1 at Greenfield High School. It will be the 2nd Saturday in December and from there on out the first Saturday of every month.

Finally, the Springfield Winter Market that's normally on Tuesdays switches to Saturdays and runs 2nd and 4th Saturdays 10-2 in Forest Park Monkey House in the winter. 

You will also find goods from our vendors at River Valley Market.

Thank you all for supporting Tuesday Market all season long! We look forward to seeing you in April again or around town during the winter.

If you've been using your SNAP benefits at market this season, we ask that you please use all your tokens up by the end of market tomorrow. This makes a big difference in terms of bookkeeping and our ability to know how much money we need to raise next season to double SNAP. Thanks!

And if you donated to the FoodStampsX2 campaign and are waiting on a perk, they will get to you by early December. Thanks for your patience.

Below are some "best of" photos from this season.

brothers with shaved ice

Brothers and shaved ice

bring your mustache to market

Bring a mustache and a superhero to market

boy and strawberries


market scene

Market Scene

tuesday market kids

Market Kids



most beautiful pie

Most Beautiful Pie

alex's shopping list

Alex's list

deanna cook

Deanna Cook getting ready to get people cooking

end of market rainstorm

Packing up in a rainstorm

See you in the spring!

Posted 11/4/2013 4:12pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

Just 2 more weeks of the market season! Wondering what we do when it gets dark at 5 pm? We're still there until 6:30 looking like this.

little lights on stand

This is your moment to grab some great things for your Thanksgiving table or gifts or good things to store away in your kitchen after the market is done. 

Here's my short list (okay it's not really short) of favorite market items that I want mostly for myself but will also share with other people (because they're so good):

Cider Syrup from Carr's Cider -- delicious syrup and beautiful bottle and graphics, too.

Riesling from Black Birch (red wine makes my cheeks turn red) -- also check out the video they made of pressing grapes and making wine this fall.

Maple Sugar and Grade B Maple Syrup from Justamere -- I also love giving brooms for presents.

Peach Jam with Lemon Balm from Chanterelle, if they still have some -- if not, I'd try another jam.

Chaga Latte (I think that's what it's called) from NE England Wild Edibles to drink like chai -- this is Paul's last week at market so go grab it!

A pound of scallops from Berkshore to put in my freezer and make a quick awesome meal from deep in the winter.

Ginger Libation from Artisan Beverage Cooperative to add to a hard cider from Carr's for a great warming drink.

Plus a bunch of ginger and turmeric from Old Friends to stick in my freezer and then grate into any dish I want -- you don't even need to peel it.

Carrots from Town Farm because they'll keep in my fridge for weeks and weeks and are the sweetest things ever.

Potatoes and Shallots and other roots from Enterprise to store in a cool dark place for months.

El Jardin Granola -- some of the best around.

Cricket Creek grass fed butter to freeze and savor when there's snow and ice everywhere.

Beaumont's Berries Raspberry Blueberry or Nectarine Blueberry Jam -- Yum.

Pork Sausage from Mockingbird to make awesome Korean and Thai inspired food (remember you can also order your Thanksgiving Turkey from here, too).

Kimchi from Hosta Hill to go with above Korean food.

Lamb chops (grass fed!) from Leyden Glen -- also check out this winter squash and lamb stew recipe that they just created.

Spitzenburg, Macoun and Honeycrisp apples and maybe some more bags of 2nds apples to make applesauce with from Apex along with some Pine Hill Cider.

Whatever apple has the best homemade artistic sign at Park Hill Orchards.

A big old jar of Summer Wildflower Honey from Red Barn Honey to keep colds and sore throats at bay.

crabapple beans and wheat

Yarn and Dry Beans from Crabapple to make a hat and a chili in the slow cooker.

Any ravioli from Fior D'Italia for another easy meal.

My last Sangha Farm goat cheese truffle of the season -- Pumpkin Spice if they've got it.

My last pizza of the season to be eaten right on the premises from Laughing Tomato.

And maybe my first cup of Western Woods Coffee ever but I'm not sure because coffee makes me crazy and stay-up-all-night creative and I've heard his is the real deal.

Bug Hill will not be at market this week but back next week with their awesome wooden boxes filled with Bug Hill goodies -- perfect for gifts.

The Northampton Winter Market will open Saturday, November 16th at the Clarke School for the Deaf's Gymnasium off Round Hill Rd., Northampton. 9-2pm every Saturday through April. Several of our vendors will be there including (but not limited to) Mockingbird Farm, Apex Orchards, Crabapple Farm and more.

See you at market!

Posted 10/28/2013 12:42pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

3 more fabulous weeks of market to go with new products still arriving at market each week. The last market of the season will be November 12th. We've had an incredible stretch of frost-free, sunny warm weather this fall that has made for a longer season for vegetable growers so come enjoy the bounty. Or come and listen to Justin Eck play music and keep your hands warm around a Western Woods cup of coffee. Or think ahead to the upcoming holidays and gather up gifts and treats.

Here's a quick list of what's special right now:

Fior D'Italia has beet and winter squash ravioli.

Mockingbird Farm is doing pre-orders of amazing heritage breed Thanksgiving turkeys humanely raised on pasture.

carr's ciderhouse

Carr's Ciderhouse has cider syrup and cider vinegar -- brand new products at market the next couple weeks.

Town Farm has big stalks of Brussels Sprouts.

Yard Birds (a new vendor for these last 3 weeks of market) has beeswax body care products and alpaca wool products.

It's Crimson and Clover's last week at market for the season! Come gather up some roots from them for great roasted roots dishes or for beet and carrot juice making.

If I haven't nabbed you to sign a petition to support small, beginning and oganic farmers in the face of the new food safety modernization act, hopefully I'll find you this week. If you've been meaning to write a letter to the FDA, now is the time. November 15th is the deadline. If you've written a letter to the FDA, but don't know where to send it, bring it to me at the market tent. I'll make sure it gets to the right place.

See you at market!

Posted 10/21/2013 2:47pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hi Market Friends --

There's nothing I love more than jars full of beautiful colors stacked on my pantry shelves. I stand and stare at them and get excited about the winter when I will eat my honeyed apricots and applesauce and paste tomatoes and sour cherry jam. Jars full of color are also having their time at the market right now and want to go home to your pantry shelves or be stored away for holiday gifts. 

nectarine blue

My boys and I love this Nectarine Blueberry jam from Beaumont's Berries (LS means low sugar).

rosehip jelly

Ellen from Bug Hill Farm keeps coming up with new amazing products. Rosehip Jelly, Really Red Syrup and Cranberry Ginger Syrup are hot off the presses.

My other passion at market right now is Food Safety Regulations. The comment period for these rules, which will significantly impact small-scale and organic and beginning vegetable farmers, lasts until early November. Here's the skinny on them and what you can do. 

Two years ago, President Obama passed the Food Safety Regulations which then became part of the FDA. These regulations were in response to outbreaks in fresh produce -- remember spinach and jalapenos and more. All of that is a good thing except that the rules that they've created would disproportionately effect small, organic and beginning farmers. Please consider signing this petition that CISA has created or, even better, write a letter to the FDA. Here's instructions to guide you through letter writing whether you're a consumer or a farmer. We need to comment so that these rules are revised and become more supportive of the awesome local agriculture that we all love and rely on around here. I will have a table at market again this week with more information and letter writing supplies.

Finally, there's a great band, Littlest Birds, this week. We've been listening to their CD's for months. Cello and banjo and great harmonies. They're west coasters out here on tour. What a treat.

See you at market!

red barn honey

Check out Red Barn Honey's darker Summer Wildflower Honey this week

chanterelle's jars

Chanterelle's Jars of Many Things

park hill apple family feud

Park Hill's Family Feud



Posted 10/14/2013 11:14am by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

Thank you all so much for contributing to our FoodStampsX2 program and for spreading the word about it over the past month. Special special thanks to Sarah Buttenwieser for tirelessly helping with the campaign. We raised an amazing $9065 through Indiegogo with more small and larger donations made right at market! And last week, we had the most SNAP transactions at market that we've ever had. If you missed the campaign, but still want to give -- come by the market tent or write a check out to Tuesday Market and mail it to Tuesday Market, 1 Venturers Field Rd., Northampton, MA 01060. If you want your gift to be tax-deductible, reply to this email, and we'll give you the details.

One great story I heard: A regular market customer gave to the campaign and then was volunteering at the Northampton Survival Center a couple weeks later and heard people raving about the FoodStampsX2 program at the market. She was so excited that she gave again.

5 more weeks of market!

Are you ready for some cider slushies this week?


Or just plain awesome cider from Park Hill?

park hill cider

Or cauliflower to roast?

town farm cauliflower

Or celeriac to soup or make remoulade (one of my grandmother's favorite dishes)?

celery root crabapple

Or some tunes from local great Carrie Ferguson and friends?

Well, they will all be there.

Thanks to Catalyst Dance Company from PVPA for the dance appetizers last week, too. 

catalyst dancers

catalyst dancers take 2

And one last thing: For the next 3 weeks, I will have materials and information for people to write comments to the FDA about the upcoming Food Safety Guidelines which could dramatically impact small farms in our area. I will say more next week, but feel free to come ask me questions this week. Here are 3 organizations working hard to get these rules changed to work better for small and beginning farmers: CISA, National Young Farmer Coalition, and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. They all have links with more info and some have sample letters ready to go.

See you at market!





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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

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