This Week's Newsletter
Hi Friends –
Last week – fresh on the heels of our announcement that funds are running low for the FoodStampsX2 program – Tuesday Market received a wonderful surprise.
You might already know the name Rachel Levitt, the girl who, as an eleven-year-old, ate lunch with Barack & Michelle Obama after her recipe for an olive tapenade and goat cheese sandwich won her a visit to the White House. You might also remember her as an illustrious judge at the Tuesday Market pie contest a couple summers ago. Well, here's a simple fact: Rachel Levitt cannot be stopped, and her latest foray into the world of food & nutrition might be her most impressive yet!
At her Bat Mitzvah back in June, Rachel spoke to her guests about the joy of eating good food and the importance of making such food accessible to people of all incomes. And last week Rachel arrived at market with an envelope containing over $1,000 in donations to Tuesday Market's FoodStampsX2 program!
Needless to say, we were overjoyed by the donations. Even more, however, I felt blessed to be able to witness Rachel at this moment of her coming-of-age, to see her happiness, her grace, her thoughtfulness, her ambition, and her ease of being in the world. We wish great things for Rachel, and we are so pleased to get to be in her presence as she grows up.
And Rachel's not the only kid we feel that way about. One of the total joys of running Tuesday Market is to see so many of your kids growing up from month to month and year to year (I usually see them on the other side of the shaved-ice machine, waiting for their treat with eagerness and anticipation and joy). So, thanks for bringing them along!
This week Youssou Sidibe joins us at market to play his traditional African kora. He is an extraordinary musician who has traveled the world, touring with Charles Neville and other stellar musicians. Don't miss him.
And NEXT week, for the launch of our new recycling trailer/musical stage/bagshare program, we are excited to welcome Stephen Katz and his cello to market. More about that in next week's newsletter.
See you at market!
P.S. If you feel inspired by Rachel's efforts and would like to help make good, local food accessible to everyone, you can find more info about FoodStampsX2 here. Or just come by market and talk to Oona or Nikki (under the purple awning) anytime.
Here's Wes from Berkshore with a live scallop!
Hey, some new things are afoot at Tuesday Market!
First of all, we're thrilled to announce the launch of our new bagshare program, which will make reusable cloth handled shopping bags available to anyone who's forgotten to bring their own to market. Through this program we intend to phase out all use of plastic handled shopping bags at Tuesday Market.
The making of these bags (nearly 1000!) was a mighty undertaking, accomplished entirely by volunteers at The Bagshare Project. I am in awe of their organization and their collective abilities. There's no way to thank them enough for the effort and goodwill they've put into this project (although one way to honor their effort will be to both use the bags and return them for a future customer to enjoy.)
So in two weeks, on July 22nd, make sure to bring your reusable bags like you always do, right? BUT, if you forget, there'll be several hundred glorious, newly sewn bags for you to choose from.
Which brings me to the second announcement. The bags will be housed and distributed from our new Tuesday Market recycling trailer, which is also a mobile stage, and also a work of art in its own right. It'll be launched along with the bagshare on July 22nd, but here's a glimpse of the trailer most of the way to completion, shown with its builder, Stephen Yoshen. More praise and more info to come!
Finally, one announcement that we are not so pleased to make is that funds are running a bit low for our much-loved, much-used, much-needed FoodStampsX2 program. For this reason, we will be reducing the amount that we double from $10 per customer per week to $5 per customer per week. This won't at all affect our ability to serve SNAP recipients at market. It only affects the amount that Tuesday Market is able to supplement those benefits. Still, since every dollar makes a difference when trying to keep healthy, delicious food on the table (and dedicated, small farmers employed) we encourage you to donate now to this great program. Here's more info on the program and how to donate. We are also working with some other markets to create a regional program. If you're interested in getting involved in that effort, let us know.
That's all for now. Hope to see you at market!
Enjoying a loaf from El Jardin!
Cherry tomatoes from Old Friends Farm
Syrups & Shrubs from Bug Hill Farm
Awesome Matt Lorenz/Suitcase Junket will be playing this week!
Hey Market Friends --
Exciting happenings at market this week along with strawberries, tomatoes, sugarsnap peas, and other awesome foods.
This year at market, we are working to connect with more local artists especially artists that create works around food or food justice or climate change. Kelly Silliman/the tinydance project along with Liv Fauver are the first of those artists and will be doing three short performances of "veins in the stones we carry" at 3, 4, and 5 pm this Tuesday at market on their mobile, bicycle-transported stage. Read more here about their project.
If you haven't discovered them yet on your own, Mi Tierra corn tortillas, made with GMO free Hadley corn, are at market being sold at the Old Friends Farm stand. You may remember that Mi Tierra restaurant, formerly in Hadley, burned down last fall. They are working towards reopening the restaurant but for now you can eat their delicious tortillas and help support the rising of the new restaurant out of the ashes.
Big thanks to Mary Reilly of Edible Pioneer Valley and her Bluefish cutting and cooking demo last week. This week we welcome back Beaumont's Berries, the best jams around.
See you at market!
Mary Reilly from Edible Pioneer Valley cutting and cooking up a Bluefish from BerkShore
Hey Market Friends --
I just spent the weekend at my 97 year old great-aunt's farm north of Baltimore, MD and was reminded of the power of land and farming across generations. I walked under huge linden, black walnut and beech trees that my great-uncle planted. I looked out at the corn, wheat, just harvested clover and hay fields full of round bales that my dad's cousin Jonathon grows. I admired the stone farm buildings from the 1830's and the perfectly pruned grape vines growing grapes for thousands of bottles of wine at their vineyard, Boordy Vineyards (if you're ever in Maryland, you should go by for wine tasting and music!). I heard my dad's other cousin Rob toast his new daughter-in-law for marrying his son despite the fact that he has the curse of loving land. He also reminded us all how the farm is the spiritual center of our family, a place we return to. Although I'm not in the immediate family and it had been about 10 years since I'd been there, I felt that connection again -- to my cousins, to my long gone great-uncle, to the land, to the war years when my grandmother joined her sister on the farm, to the summers my dad worked on the farm as a teenager, to my own learning to drive a car on the hay fields and finding rows of corn to run down. We are all not many generations removed from a family farm. Where is or was yours? Have you been back recently?
Many summer vegetables have arrived -- peas, summer squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and others that you might not have tried yet -- kohlrabi and dandelion greens. So many possibilities. Want to make someone in your life feel awesome (or yourself for that matter)? Get some flowers from Old Friends Farm -- they will last all week or longer. They even have salad mix with flowers in it, too.
And this week: Mary Reilly, publisher of Edible Pioneer Valley, is working with BerkShore Native Seafood to offer fish butchery and cooking demonstrations at the market. Join us this Tuesday as Mary takes us through the technique of breaking down a whole fish. She will also offer some cooking tips and techniques for getting the most out of the fish BerkShore sells. Mary will be doing three demos, at 2:45, 3:30 and 5:00, and will be available in between sessions to answer your questions about what to cook for dinner! If you haven't gotten a copy of the new Edible Pioneer Valley publication in your hands, find one. Stories include a short piece about the origins and vision of Tuesday Market.
We will also have Christa Joy returning to play music. And The Gluten Free Bakery will be back.
See you there!
Christa Joy's accompaniment last year
Hey Market Friends --
STRAWBERRY! Come take home the sunshine in the berries from Red Fire Farm, Crimson and Clover Farm, Town Farm and now Bug Hill Farm. Make a strawberry rhubarb pie or strawberry lemonade or a batch of jam without pectin (my weekend experiment) or a greens salad with strawberries. There will be samples of this salad with Old Friends Farm greens and strawberry shrub at the Bug Hill stand this week.Dancing Bare Soap will be around. The new Edible Pioneer Valley publication will be available. And our long time market musicians, The Ephemeral String Band, will be strumming and clawhammering.
There's one more bag sewing day at 18 Chestnut Ave. in Leeds, this Wednesday 7-9pm if you want to join. Stay tuned for the great bag share launch in July. Below are some images of the bag sew earlier this month.
Sewers at work
A bag made from Fly By Night upholstery samples
See you at market!
Hey Market Friends --
A few weeks ago, Maddie from Hosta Hill Provisions was in Somerville using her new delivery van to stock up a small store with her krauts and ferments of all kinds. She was just getting the boxes out of the front seat of the van when her keys slipped out of the van and down into a concrete storm drain grate and splashed into the water at the bottom. She was hours from home in the Berkshires and just about to head home and those were her only keys.
She took a deep breath and, although she was freaking out on the inside, headed into the store with her goods and calmly told the owner what had just happened outside. He was excited to get out of his office and help -- he grabbed a kind of claw tool (who has one of those hanging around?) and headed out to fish for the keys, but that tool wouldn't fit through the holes of the grate. He went back in and found a long stick and attached a magnet to the end of it. Obviously this guy really needed to get out of his office....That contraption fit through the grate but they couldn't tell if they were even getting close to the keys. Had the keys floated away in the water at the bottom? Were they even still there?
In that moment of doubt, a stranger walked by and asked them what they were doing. He wanted to give it a try. He took the stick with the magnet and reached down into the depths of the grate and on his first try pulled up the keys. Amazing. Turns out he's a musician -- gotta love those curious and sometimes idling artists -- and had just played a gig in Maddie's hometown. Now he's got a place to stay whenever he's out there.
This week at market, lots and lots of strawberries. Come eat them, come take them home to make shortcake, come take them home to make jam (it doesn't take that many to make a batch). Here's a quick recipe, in fact.
Taproot Threads will be selling their great tshirts and other clothing. A sweet banjo and guitar duo, Them Travelin Birds, will be rolling into town on their cross-country adventures. And a new Gluten Free Bakery from just over the border into NY State will be joining the market. And for those of you that tweet and follow tweets, Tuesday Market has joined many of our vendors on Twitter.
See you there!
There's still time to plant most things!
Thanks Kate Payne for showing us how to pickle turnips!
Thanks Mikey Sweet for the great tunes!
Andrew from Red Fire with the first Cherry Tomatoes!