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Posted 6/30/2014 5:31am by Tuesday Market.

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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

 

 

 

Posted 6/23/2014 5:12am by Tuesday Market.

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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?

red fire's summer spreadMany 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.

old friends farm flowers

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.

berkshore

We will also have Christa Joy returning to play music. And The Gluten Free Bakery will be back.

See you there!

gluten free bakery

 

christa joy's accompaniment last year

Christa Joy's accompaniment last year

 

 

Posted 6/16/2014 2:14pm by Tuesday Market.

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!

Posted 6/8/2014 5:20pm by Tuesday Market.

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Hey Market Friends --

hosta hill goodies 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!

mikey sweetThanks Mikey Sweet for the great tunes!

 

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Andrew from Red Fire with the first Cherry Tomatoes!

 

 

Posted 6/1/2014 8:29pm by Tuesday Market.
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Hey Market Friends --
black birch vineyard
 
A few weeks ago Mary from Black Birch Vineyard told me that the story of how Black Birch got started was a good one so the following week I cornered her at the end of market. She told me that she would tell me the honest truth even though it's embarrassing.
Ed, she said, had purchased a few books about starting a vineyard a few years back. He'd read them through. Ed, she inserted here, is proud of himself no matter what he does which is hard to live with some times. So after purchasing these books and deciding against the vineyard, Ed needed knee surgery. It laid him up for months -- and despite his vehement opposition to TV before surgery, he became a 24/7 watcher and got a little hooked on American Idol.
In the midst of this long recovery, Mary decided to invite Michelle and Ian (the other partners in Black Birch but just friends at the time) over to watch American Idol with them. They alternated weeks watching at each others' houses, sharing meals and having a great time. Such a good time that when the next season of American Idol rolled around in 2010, Mary tried to recreate the ritual. But Ian was done with the show and wandered off mid-episode and to peruse the bookshelves. He found Ed's 3 books about starting a vineyard and asked him what themary and michelley were all about.
I read them and thought about it, said Ed, and decided against it.
Twenty minutes later, Ian called out to Ed, Hey Ed, do you want to do this? Two and a half weeks later there were 100 grape vines in the ground and the hobby of it was born. Michelle and Mary drank white wine in the shade of a maple tree that summer watching Ian and Ed work. The next summer they bought equipment, and it became a business that pulled all of them in (in addition to the day jobs they all work).
 
A few weeks ago with help from many people, including Hana from Town Farm and Dalton from Mockingbird Farm, the Black Birch crew planted 3 acres (over 2000 vines) of grapes on their Southampton land. Those grapes will make 12,000 bottles of wine, Mary and Ed's daughter piped in.
This week at market:
Kate Payne, writer of The Hip Girls Guide to the Kitchen, will be demoing a quick pickle made from salad turnips and signing her book.
Mikey Sweet who recently played at The Parlor Room and the Iron Horse will be playing music.
See you there!
 
black birch bottles
 
 
Posted 5/25/2014 8:05pm by Tuesday Market.
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Hey Market Friends --
reusable bagsWe are so excited to launch a Bag Sharing program at the market this season. What does this mean? It means that we're hoping to phase out single use plastic handle bags at the market as many cities and towns across the country have been doing. In place of plastic bags, we plan to have reusable bags that you can borrow and then return. To launch this program, we need your help to start with at least 500 bags. Amy Stamm is hosting two bag making parties at her house next week (Monday June 2nd and Wednesday June 4th both 7-9 pm) where she's got multiple sewing machines and donated fabric. Here's a more detailed invite. Or donate reusable bags to the market. If you can't make it to market to donate them, email back to this newsletter, and we'll see if we can pick them up.
 
yoyo boy
Hope you caught the riveting free-style yoyo-ing at market last week. If you didn't, there's more to come in a couple weeks at Easthampton and Northampton venues. http://a-two-z.com/ZGames/
 
And here's the link again to join FarmFan (our new rewards program). Sorry it didn't work for many of you last week. It should work now. Or just come by the market tent to sign up.
 
See you at market!
 
more yoyo
 more yoyo
 
And what Kristin Nicholas from Leyden Glen made while you were wandering around market!
the other things our vendors make
Posted 5/19/2014 11:04am by Tuesday Market.
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Hey Market Friends --
 
We're trying something new at market this season. Our website provider has developed a rewards program for farmers markets called FarmFan. When you sign up to be a Tuesday Market FarmFan, you sign up for customer with textone weekly text message reminder. You'll receive one to two hours before the start of market. The message will let you know what's special at market that week, and sometimes let you know about specials that are just for FarmFans. Also as a FarmFan, you are able to earn points that will add up to market rewards. There are a couple of rewards listed on our FarmFan site right now, and more will be added as the season progresses. Thanks to the 25 of you that signed up last week at market!
 
How do you earn points? At the moment, you earn 10 points just for coming to market and checking in at the purple market tent. There will be more ways to earn points as the season progresses.
 
How do you sign up?
You can click on the this link to sign up. Or you can text tue459 to (506) 799-0586. Or you can come by the market tent on Tuesday and sign up.
 
What if I don't like getting the text?
You can easily unsubscribe at any time by texting back to any message 'unsubscribe'.
We hope you'll join us in this new adventure!
 
This week A to Z's Yo-Yo ers will be Yo-Yo ing at market around 3:30pm. Come check out the crazy things they can do with a double disc and a piece of string. Right after that, some members of Circus Smirkus will perform a few short circus acts. Circus Smirkus will be doing a a full-on circus performance later on in the summer so this is to give us a taste of what's to come.
 
See you at market!
 
 
Posted 5/12/2014 4:52am by Tuesday Market.

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 Tuesday Market.

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)

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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 Tuesday Market.

 

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

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.

Tuesday Market September 1st, 2014

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

3 Great Quotes About Tuesday MarketAugust 25th, 2014

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

Tuesday Market and Grow Food NorthamptonAugust 17th, 2014

Hey Market Friends -- I want to tip a hat this week to Grow Food Northampton and the Northampton Community Farm and all of you that continue to help make those projects possible. As I look around the

Spin Again! May 9 at Tuesday Market (click to watch the video)

Spin Again

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This spring's Maple Syrup from Justamere Tree Farm

Shaved Ice and Ice Pops 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 from Red Barn Honey

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 Red Fire Farm, Crabapple Farm, Crimson and Clover Farm, Old Friends Farm, & Town Farm

AND MUCH MORE!

 

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