This Week's Newsletter
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.
See you at market!
Oona Coy, Market Manager
Last minute band, Intuitive Compass and friends from Portland, OR, played last week
The band's friend Antonio clowns around, framed by signs for the Climate March
Lilly Lombard and daughter Madeline talking up the People's Climate March
Hey Market Friends --
Here 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.
This 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!
Hi Everyone –
Silas is writing this week's newsletter. Here goes:
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:
Long Island Cheese
Musque du Provence
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 at Market
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!