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Posted 9/10/2013 9:45am by Tuesday Market.

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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. 

http://www.indiegogo.com/project/badge/465671/3957363

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 Tuesday Market.

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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.

http://www.indiegogo.com/project/badge/465671/3957363

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

Blackberry

Bug Hill Solo Blackberry

Peppers

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 Tuesday Market.

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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 Tuesday Market.

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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!)

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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!

 

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Posted 8/12/2013 7:36pm by Tuesday Market.

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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

plums!

PLUMS!

the frustrated shopper

We all know this feeling

Posted 8/5/2013 6:49pm by Tuesday Market.

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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.

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market fashion a la bill cunningham

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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 Tuesday Market.

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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!

Posted 7/22/2013 9:36am by Tuesday Market.

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Hey Market Friends --

In case you haven't been following the Farm Bill debates down in Washington recently, one of the heated topics of conversation has been the SNAP/Food Stamp benefits and their place in the farm bill. Our Congressman Jim McGovern is a strong supporter of SNAP and has made multiple impassioned speeches to save the program from his seat on the House Agricultural Committee. (Here's an informed editorial from the Gazette.) Along party lines, representatives from large agricultural states to the west believe that farm subsidies should remain but SNAP should disappear. Out here, where our farms are smaller and more diversified, farmers qualify for far fewer subisidies. In fact, the SNAP program (and especially a doubling program like our FoodStampsX2 program) benefits the farmers at local farmers markets much more directly, in addition to diversifying the food options of the low income members of our community. Please tell Rep. McGovern thanks for his hard work to preserve SNAP at his office on Pleasant Street or in an email. 

Now, if you're looking for summer cooking inspiration, Deanna Cook, our visiting cookbook author, will be at market again this week with small samples to taste and recipes for you to take home and try for yourselves, packed full of seasonal market ingredients. Welcome back, Deanna!Deanna Cook

Here’s a sneak peek:

Fish Tacos!  Deanna will share a recipe card for fish tacos using the wonderful fish from Berkshore. 

Salsa Fresca and Chipotle Slaw: Learn how to make a fresh salsa and an easy Mexican inspired coleslaw as additions to the tacos.

Vanilla Maple Pudding with Fresh Blueberries: Yes, the sweet, ripe blueberries are in season! Learn how to make a simple summertime dessert.

And if your kids like to cook or if you are a kid (meaning under 18 here) and you like to cook and make up your own recipes, Deanna, in collaboration with CISA, is hosting a kids recipe contest this month. You could be featured in Deanna's next cookbook if you win!

Finally, there will be great Irish fiddle tunes this week from Kira Jewett and Friends. Come dance a jig.

See you there!

Posted 7/15/2013 4:18pm by Tuesday Market.

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Hey Market Friends --

It seems like every year about this time, some hot days roll through our valley. When I go back through market records, I find "hottest day of the year" scrawled on papers just about every mid-July. So here we go. 

Our musicians have said they're bringing their fans (both people and appliances). This week they are The Witt Sisters -- you might know Mary Witt as the singer from the awesome local band The O'Tones. Her sister Elise Witt from Atlanta will be joining her this week -- a singer in her own right.

Our farmers will have their cold sprayers of water ready to keep the vegetables spry -- ask them for a spray if you want one. Our purveyors of cold drinks (Try the Rhubarb drink over at Bug Hill!) and shaved ices and ice pops will be ready to cool you down. Our neighboring shade trees have space for you under them.

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Come get raspberries or blueberries for your smoothies. Cheese for your bread. Granola for your mornings. Crisp hard cider for your evenings. Come eat a pizza dinner.

And get ready for next week, July 23rd. Deanna Cook will be back and ready to show us all how to make some more delicious dishes with farmers market food.

P.S. It's taken a few false starts, but for real, this week Queen Bee Cupcakery will be at market with raspberry lemon cupcakes and a couple other flavors. And it's Bear Root Herb Farm's last market until a couple in October. So if you've been hankering to get some plants in your containers or your garden, this is your moment.

park hill raspberry sign

Posted 7/8/2013 6:47pm by Tuesday Market.

Hey Tuesday Market Friends --

park hill berries

It's hot, right? Okay, maybe not for you southern transplants but for us northern wimps, it is. And when it's hot, fruit ripens and gets sweet and full of sunshine. This week, we welcome back Park Hill Orchard with their delicious raspberries and blueberries to truly welcome in the sweet heat of summer. Their boxes of mixed berries are so beautiful, too, it makes you want to take a picture.

Also this week, we have a couple of special guests: Ben Clark of Clarkdale Farm in Deerfield makes a cameo appearance with his sour cherries at the Beaumont's Berries stand, and Sarah from Apex Orchards will be at market as long as her first round of apricots last. Come early.

If you come to market for the entertainment, the Ephemeral String Band will be there doing one of their favorite things -- playing music outside. And Harvest Made will come with their awesome and funny silkscreened clothing and cards (check out this picture).

Need some cooking ideas for a hot night? We've been cutting a heart of romaine lettuce in half and either quickly grilling it or keeping it cool and turning it into a caesar or regular salad. Here's Martha's version.

And we had an awesome Tuesday Market meal the other night for all of you that want to meet the challenge of making a meal from ingredients from 8 different vendors and are looking for ideas. Lamb kabobs from Leyden Glen marinated in a little Noiret from Black Birch (plus wine in our glasses, too). Thinly sliced and roasted beets. Onion and Zucchini and Cherry Tomato kabobs. A big salad with Hosta Hill Crimson Kraut on top. Okay, so that's probably 6 vendors...

Just like last year, if you bring someone new to Tuesday Market during the rest of the month of July, come introduce them to us at the purple market tent, and we'll give YOU a $5 token to spend at market and ask them to sign up for our mailing list. Thanks for being our awesome word spreaders!

See you at market!

jenna with cheese

Ask Jenna why the Cricket Creek butter is so amazingly yellow!

town farm raspberries on the cane

Ready to pick and eat Town Farm raspberries

Take a Chance at Tuesday Market!April 22nd, 2014

Hey 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.

Tuesday Market in Flight!April 15th, 2014

  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

LAST WEEK OF MARKET UNTIL APRIL!November 11th, 2013

  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.  Inc

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Reisling and Chardonel from Black Birch Vineyard

Goat Cheese Truffles from Sangha Farm

Prepared Food from Bistro Les Gras

Herbal Honey and Ghee from Goldthread Organic Herb Farm & Apothecary

This spring's Maple Syrup from Justamere Tree Farm

Shaved Ice from Town Farm

Home-made Jam from Beaumont's Berries

Bedding Plants from Bear Root Herb Farm

Artisinal Cow Cheese from Cricket Creek Farm

Pasture-Raised Poultry from Mockingbird Farm

Honey Wine from Green River Ambrosia

Tempeh & Kim-chi from Hosta Hill

Wild Mushrooms from New England Wild Edibles

Black Currant Cordial from Bug Hill Farm

Hard Cider from Carr's Ciderhouse

Organic Ginger & Flowers from Old Friends Farm

Pastured Lamb from Leyden Glen Farm

Whole-Grain Bread from El Jardin Bakery

And the freshest vegetables available anywhere from Enterprise Farm, Crabapple Farm, Green Meadows Farm, Old Friends Farm, & Town Farm

 

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