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Posted 9/30/2013 4:03pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

Ben and I headed to Ithaca, NY this weekend on our now annual farmers market R&D(research and development) trip. The Ithaca Farmers Market is 40 years old and more than 3 times as big as our market and inspiring. They have an amazing open-air, 3-season structure that was put up in 1989 largely with vendor labor and using local, rough-cut lumber. We got to taste and bring home some of the latest apple varieties just out of Cornell's Apple Program from Black Diamond Orchard -- look out for Crimson Crisp and Snapdragon in the future. And the vegetable growers out there are top-notch and know how to display their produce beautifully -- the size of the garlic bulbs was impressive. We were also inspired by their zero-waste iniative and plan to implement some new strategies next year.

And yet along with all that, they do the same amount of SNAP/Food Stamps business at their market that we do at our market every year. That reminded us again how significant our FoodStampsX2 program is. There's one week left to contribute to our Indiegogo campaign and to spread to the word about it to people you know in Northampton or beyond who care about good food being for everyone. Thanks to all of you who have already given so generously!


Some photos from market last week:

Chanterelle's Goodies

Lauren and Her Jams and Other Goodies

Susan from Sawmill with Herbs

Susan from Sawmill with Medicinal Herb Bunches


Dancing to the Farewells!

Pumpkin Head

Pumpkin Head!

See you at market!

Posted 9/23/2013 3:01pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Friends --

It's fall! The nights are chilly. The days are mostly warm and sunny (amazingly). Market keeps going until NOVEMBER 12th this year so don't let that weather fool you into thinking that it's time to be inside. Winter squash is back to make all kinds of yummy dishes from. We've been liking squash pancakes and squash lasagna and squash smoothies. If you've never tried a Delicata Squash before, grab one this week. They are sweet like candy, and you can eat the yellow and green skin along with the flesh.

winter squash

What else is in store?

Boston-based The Farewells will play music. Sawmill Farm will be back with their medicinal herb bunches. Taproot Threads will be back with their beautiful clothes with plant designs. Bug Hill will have raspberries. Paul will have amazing mushrooms. And Town Farm's 7 year old family member, Silas James, will be at market with pumpkins from his garden.

We're more than a third of the way to our goal of raising $15,000 for FoodStampsX2 for next season thanks to many of you! We just have 2 more weeks left in our campaign. Help us get to $6,500 by the end of this week by contributing or spreading the word. Any amount, really, any amount, gets us closer.


See you at market!


denise and zapatista

Last week, we had paintings of amazing global women heroes at market made by Denise Beaudet. This one stands for all the Zapatista women in Mexico.

Posted 9/16/2013 2:20pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

Thanks for a great Pie Contest last week! We raised about $1600 to support our FoodStampsX2 Program at the market which, along with generous donations from businesses, will allow us to keep doubling SNAP benefits for the rest of this market season!

In case you were wondering who actually won the contests, here's the short list.

First place in the Most Beautiful Pie category went to Abby Rieser with this amazing hand-cut Apple Tart.

1st place most beautiful pie

And here's Abby holding it.

Abby and her tart

First place in the Best Gluten Free Pie category went to Alex Fisher for her Chocolate Tofu Silk Pie.

First Place in the Best Pie Made by a Kid (under 13) went to Jaden, Caelen, and Nolen Finnie fore their Apple Pie.

And finally, first place in the Best Pie category went to Anne McGarry for her Raspberry-Blackberry Pie. Anne is a Hampshire College student from Chapel Hill, NC who showed up at the end of market to collect her pie dish completely surprised that she'd won.

37 pies were made and entered and every last slice was eaten. The morning downpour of rain didn't keep you all away. For more Pie Contest photos, go to our Facebook page.

We had awesome volunteers especially Risa Silverman for being volunteer coordinator extraordinaire; Sarah Buttenwieser and Jennifer Jacobsen for working with all the judges and behind the scenes to make it all happen; Mary Cowhey for being an amazing ongoing supporter of the FoodStampsX2 program in so many ways; members of the Key Club from Northampton High School for serving out lots of pie and more of you.

Our judges were also great and thorough and poetic. Special thanks to Stephen Kulik for being a stalwart supporter of farmers and agriculture and for judging Best Pie. Here he is saying how great our food stamps doubling program is because it increases people's buying power at the market.

stephen kulik speaking to the crowd

If you missed the contest and you still want to contribute to our FoodStampsX2 program or if you had a great time at the contest and want to help more, here's the link to our Indiegogo Campaign. We are raising funds to support the program through all of next year and have great market products to thank you for your contribution. 

Now onto this week! So much beautiful food at market and the perfect weather for cooking and stewing and baking and preserving.

We will have Mary Witt from the O'Tones singing and playing with Annie Patterson of Rise Up Singing fame. And local artist Denise Beaudet will be bringing one of her life sized portraits of a woman changemaker along with postcards and smaller prints of the big piece. Could be this one of Chouchou Namegabe.

See you there!

kids with their pie

Who knew that 6 kids could make a pie?

Posted 9/10/2013 9:45am by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

We're here! Pie Contest is tomorrow. If you're entering a pie, please drop it off between 1 and 2:30 -- yes, you can have someone else drop it off for you and, yes, you can drop it off a little earlier than that if you absolutely need to and yes, if you can't get your pie there by then, bring it later. It won't be entered in the contest necessarily, but it will get eaten! Remember to bring a list of ingredients. If you're planning on coming and just eating pie, pie and Herrell's ice cream serving starts at 3:00, but you can buy your tickets starting around 2 pm. A slice of pie is $5 -- ice cream is an additional $1.

We're excited to give out great market prizes to our winners -- Best Pie gets 1 pound of Cricket Creek's amazing butter along with a pizza of your choice from Laughing Tomato, a dozen eggs from Mockingbird, $15 of produce from Crimson and Clover and a cordial from Bug Hill Farm. We're excited to give a honey stick to every kid that enters a pie. We're excited to have State Rep. Stephen Kulik judging Best Pie. We're excited to raise money to keep our FoodStampsX2 program going. We're excited to hear the Rambling Kind play wonderful bluegrass tunes. We're excited to see all of you enjoying yourselves. We're excited to see the amazing pie creations of our community.

And don't forget that this is amazing harvest time as well -- the market is overflowing with incredible food.

Thank you to all of you who have given generously to our FoodStampsX2 Indiegogo campaign. We have almost raised $3,000 of our $15,000 goal in the past week! Please keep spreading the word and give if you can. Also if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, come ask us for details about that at the market tent. 


People have started to ask how late in the year Tuesday Market goes -- just so you know, NOVEMBER 12th is the last market day this year. Still plenty of time all fall to get delicious food.

See you tomorrow!

fresh cheese from cricket creek

Delicious Fresh Cheese from Cricket Creek Farm

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Park Hill's Gorgeous Apples and Signs (made my first applesauce of the season today!)



Posted 9/2/2013 7:05pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

Today we launched our online Indiegogo fundraising campaign for FoodStampsX2!

As Tuesday Market friend and Jackson St. School teacher Mary Cowhey says, “If you believe in the importance of eating fresh, local food -- not just for you but for all your neighbors in the community -- this is a way you can make that happen." Watch the great video below to get a more in-depth sense of the program and why we're asking for your support.


For the next month, please contribute and spread the word. Thanks to the awesome Stephen Richardson from Landry Communications for helping us tell the story of FoodStampsX2 in video form. Let us know what you think of it -- what questions you still have -- why you think this program is great. And help us keep running the program through 2014 by donating to our campaign and/or by passing the word on to other people.

Pie Update!

If you're a pie maker, stock up on your pie ingredients this week to make your best pie for the pie contest next Tuesday, September 10th. If you're a pie eater, buy your ticket this week or clear your schedule for next week.

If a kid friend of yours wants to enter and, like our boy, is stuck on winning, let them know that every kid under 13 that enters a pie will get a honey stick from Red Barn Honey just for entering. The winner will get a jar of honey of their own plus husk cherries and lunchbox peppers from Old Friends Farm and Deanna Cook's multicultural kids cookbook.

If your gluten-free friends are saying, I don't eat pie. Tell them that there will be gluten-free entries at the bake sale as well. Best gluten-free pie will receive a package of gluten free pancake mix and a pint of maple syrup from Justamere Tree Farm. 

Most beautiful pie will get a special bouquet made just for you from Old Friends Farm.

And the best overall pie will get a bag of market goodies from multiple vendors.

All runners up get bags of apples from Apex Orchards and all 3rd places get a special goat cheese truffle from Sangha Farm. Yum.

Apex will have loads of peaches this week to help you in your pie making capacity -- utility ones for canning or pie making -- in addition to picture perfect ones.

Finally, we are super lucky to have the acoustic duo Sweet Wednesday at market this week. They're from the Boston area but tour extensively and found us somehow.

Here are some great photos from last week.

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Tina and Her Pony Crooning Away


Bug Hill Solo Blackberry


Pepper Time at Crabapple

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Berkshore's Ocean Offerings (they aren't at market this week, back on the 10th)

See you at market!

Posted 8/26/2013 2:26pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

Welcome back if you've been away for the summer. Welcome new students and teachers and the wave of new people we are lucky to get in this valley. If you know someone who's new in town, send them over to Tuesday Market.

Countdown central over here. 

1 week until the launch of our online fundraising campaign through Indiegogo for FoodStampsX2!

2 weeks until Pie Contest and Bake Sale! I know that Crabapple has fresh ground flour for pie crusts this week. Park Hill and Apex have great early season apples and peaches. Blackberries and fall raspberries are still flowing our way. And come on by and purchase your Pie ticket at the market tent tomorrow so you don't have to wait in 2 lines on September 10th. Here's a facebook invite for you to spread far and wide if you do that kind of thing.

Pretty soon there will be a lot of people to thank for supporting FoodStampsX2. I'll start this week with a big thank you to Florence Savings Bank for 3 years in a row of support for FoodStampsX2. And to the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation for a new grant this year.

Here's what we saw last week.

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Town Farm's Vegetable Abundance

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Mary Cowhey Working the Kids Counting Book Sales (She'll be back this week!)

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Market Artist

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Market Art

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Market Friends

See you tomorrow!

Posted 8/19/2013 7:36pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Friends –

There's so much I want to tell you about, starting with the fact that the little counting book I mentioned months and months ago has finally been finished. That's right, Our Kid's Count – a joint project of Tuesday Market & Families With Power – will be available at market this week, so come check it out and talk to Mary Cowhey, the 2nd-grade math teacher at Jackson Street School who dreamed up the idea. There's lots more info about the book and FWP in this Gazette article. Mary will be there from 3:00 - 5:30. Books cost $10 and all proceeds go to Tuesday Market's FoodStampsX2 program.

Have we mentioned that nearly seventy individuals and families make use of the FoodStampsX2 program every single week? Have we mentioned what a difference it makes in the lives & kitchens of numerous people here in the valley? We'll say more soon, when we launch our first Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds for FoodStampsX2. But more about that in the next couple weeks, because now I want to tell you about how you can best prepare for the delirious glory of the 2013 Tuesday Market Annual Pie Contest & Bake Sale (and if you think that was a mouthful, wait til the contest on September 10th!)

good for one slice

Here's how: Pay for your pie-slices ahead of time! That way you'll only have to wait on one line! That way the pie is on your plate so fast! Like magic! But only if you have one of these fine tickets, and the way to get ahold of a ticket is to find Oona or Nikki at the purple market tent, and to smile, and to give them five dollars, and to say a phrase that involves the word pie.

OK, so huge thanks to the JMPT Quartet, who've graced the market with their wonderful music for four years in a row. Their next show is August 24th at The Porter-Phelps Huntington House. Go check it out.

This week we welcome back Shanti Star & Members of Gaia Roots. Yay, Shanti!

This week we also welcome back Zestar apples from Apex Orchard, and Halona cantaloupes from Town Farm. What a wonderful seasonal guest an apple or melon can make on your countertop, no? Especially when it has a name.

See you at market!


jmpt quartet


Posted 8/12/2013 7:36pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

pie day 2012

We're in that mid-August transition when kids (at least our kid) start to anticipate the beginning of school with excitement and dread and do all kinds of weird things to adjust. I imagine that all you teachers and parents and other students out there start to anticipate this shift in schedule, too, with a range of feelings attached. We, at Tuesday Market, at the same time, start to anticipate PIE -- lots of pies and lots of people eating pies.

Here's a scene of pie day from last year.

So you have some time -- Tuesday, September 10th is the date. We hope that you will either: 1.Bake a pie or 2.Come and eat pie or 3.Bake and eat pie or 4.Come and watch it all unfold. Every slice of pie that gets sold at the Tuesday Market Bake Sale Committee's Pie Contest and Eating Fest (there will be prizes) directly benefits our FoodStampsX2 program at the market. We will say more about that program in the days to come. You can also come by the market tent anytime to pick up a card with details about the pie contest on it or ask us any questions directly. If pie crowds aren't your thing, we will be letting you know about other ways to help the FoodStampsX2 program thrive soon.

But for now, here are the guidelines around what kinds of pies to bring so you can start brainstorming and finding the fruit for your creations. Gather your honey and maple sugar or syrup at the market. Splurge and make your pie with Cricket Creek butter, oh my. Be the ultimate locavore and get some wheatberries from Crabapple Farm and grind them into flour and make your crust out of that. Or make your grandmother's recipe for apple pie exactly the way she always made it. Or, like my boy's preschool, practice making a pie to enter in the Best Kids Pie contest. Or make the first pie you've ever made ever. And of course, there's the beautiful fruit that can be frozen now in all its beauty to wait until pie day.

We're excited for the celebration and hope you'll join us.

This week at market, we welcome JMPT Quartet for some lively instrumental music that always makes me want to dance. Maybe bring someone to dance with along!

Looking for a market related outing? Park Hill Orchard's Art in the Orchard opened this weekend. Head on over to their place in Easthampton to stroll through the orchards and be inspired by the sculptures.

And finally some fun pictures from last week.

See you at market!

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 Rachel from Crabapple with their gorgeous hot peppers

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Bug Hill's Creative Fruit Spread

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A guy with carrot tops training his rabbit to walk on a leash



the frustrated shopper

We all know this feeling

Posted 8/5/2013 6:49pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

What a beautiful set of August days we've been having -- perfect for ripening fruit, blooming flowers, getting the 2nd cut of hay in the barn and coming to Tuesday Market.

Apex Orchards will be rolling in Garnet Beauty peaches, 2 kinds of plums and lots of sweet apricots. Come eat them on the spot or take them home to make pies or smoothies or jam. Or share them with some friends -- our 5 year old cousin Sophie was seen doling out a bag of Apex apricots to friends the other morning with great pride.

Beyond fruit, here's one of my favorite new dishes of the summer: lettuce wraps. There are so many variations on the lettuce wrap, but here's a Thai one that you can make with ground pork from Mockingbird Farm. Or a Korean one that I would add Hosta Hill kimchi to and/or substitute their tempeh for the pork. In our house, we also add grated carrots to any wrap. 

Tiny and Her Pony, winding up an 18-month national tour will be gracing our market stage tomorrow, too. 

See you there!

international language institute students at market

Last week, the Fulbright scholars studying English just down the street at the International Language Institute came to market -- they come from every human-populated continent and brought Indonesian and Brazilian sweets. They were so friendly that they grabbed our intern Phoebe to join in their photo.

carr's ciderhouse

market fashion a la bill cunningham

old friends flowers

mayor and pie

Remember last year how we stuffed our Mayor full of pie when he was the judge of best pie at the Pie Contest? This year, Representative Stephen Kulik, a huge supporter of Massachusetts agriculture, will be judging the pies and eating a ton in the process. Tuesday, September 10th! We'll say more soon.

Posted 7/29/2013 2:47pm by Grow Food Northampton.

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Hey Market Friends --

Here are some great photos from last week's market.

farm kids at market

Recognize these kids? Sometimes they sell you produce or fish or meat or mushrooms or just make you smile. Sometimes they cry. Sometimes they run right in front of you. There was quite the gaggle of them last week.

old friends husk cherries and cherry tomatoes

Husk cherries from Old Friends Farm are in! Crabapple Farm usually has them, too. They make great market snacks or camp lunch items. If you haven't tried one yet, head over this week for a taste. 

deanna cook demos

Our musicians last week forgot that they were playing and we forgot to remind them, but you got to sample Vanilla Pudding with Blueberries and Maple Sugar instead and Fresh Salsa and Yummy Chipotle Slaw and take a Fish Taco recipe home with you instead. If you missed it, we have the recipes for all the above at the market tent this week. Thanks again, Deanna. And this week, The Rambling Kind will bring their bluegrass tunes to market.

shiitake log on the stroller

Have you always dreamed of growing your own shiitakes? Did a log seem too big to bring home from market? Maybe a stroller is the answer.

shaved ice monsters

Kids, are you fed up with your parents for only letting you get one shaved ice/sno-cone/slushy at market? Take it in your own hands, like this fine young girl, and bring your own wallet with your own money to get that 2nd ice and an ice pop, too.

See you there!

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