Newsletter V9-Wk9

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Vol.9 Wk. 9 August 8, 2016
Open Every Wednesday, 4pm to 7pm
Mid-June (Jun 15, 2016) through Mid-October (Oct 12, 2016)
Blessed Sacrament Parking Lot
726 Monroe Avenue (the Corner at Rutgers Street)

PREVIOUSLY AT THE MARKET

For urban dwellers, the dry summer has been delightful. We know that farmers in our area are having a very tough time. We need more rain to grow the food we all need. Farmers are irrigating as much as they can; include the ancient prayer for rain in your daily thoughts!

An extra twenty lawn signs were posted last week, and the Market had the second largest crowd this season. It could have been just a normal random fluctuation, the good weather could have drawn a few more hesitant souls, or maybe lawn sign advertising works very well! Of course, it is probably a combination of all three factors. Inquire about joining your neighbors and become a lawn sign host!

Despite the small size of the Market, the farmers and the vendors are nearly selling out every week. Shoppers come to the Market specifically to stock-up on fresh products in the middle of the week. They also like to maintain a connection with the suppliers and catch-up with their friends and neighbors. Many times, it is a nice short errand to run with a spouse or children.

Our Market is a small urban market with a loyal following.

Fabiola helps a customer at Aquilera Farms. In the background, Lori and Scott of Timber Buck Maple talk with a regular customer.

Coralie keeps the table fully stocked at Sunscape Farms..

Tessa of Clover Meadow Creamery introduced the baby goat to a curious young girl . . .

. . . who tried to feed it some grass.

At the Community Table, the Weavers' Guild attracted a lot of attention with some great demonstrations.

A young boy gets a lesson on the loom.

Joan Burch's music attracted a lot of attention and compliments.

FOOD and CRAFTS THIS WEEK

Sunscape Farms, Penfield

Corn, Green beans, zucchini, large tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, peppers, cut flowers, potted flowers, and herbs.

Aguilera Farms, Williamson

Cherries, peaches, lettuce, radishes, tomatoes, green and yellow squash, onions, and basil plants.

Clover Meadow Creamery, Lyons

Bread, Goat milk, goat yogurt, goat cheese and herbed cheeses, and bakery goods (honey oatmeal bread, whole wheat bread, white bread, dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, and stick buns).

Timber Buck Maple, Bloomfield

Assorted salad greens, free range eggs, garlic scapes, honey, maple syrup.

GG Bakes, Rochester

Fruit pies, spicy ginger snaps, oatmeal and French macaroons.

Mr. T's Italian Ice, Rochester

Cool, refreshing italian ice in 4 fruit flavors.

MUSIC THIS WEEK

Allen Hopkins

Allen Hopkins plays folk music: American traditional, Celtic instrumental, a bit of Yiddish, blues, bluegrass, old timey, and contemporary. Intimacy is one of the things that he has always loved about folk music—the lack of distance between performer and audience. Here, in the paradoxical one-on-one closeness of our impersonal electronic community, we can talk directly.

With varying degrees of expertise, he plays guitar, banjo, mandolins of all sizes, Autoharp, English concertina, harmonica, bass (acoustic and electric), Dobro, Appalachian dulcimer, ukulele, and other odd instruments from tiple to kalimba.

COMMUNITY TENT THIS WEEK

Monroe Branch Library

Please stop by the Monroe Branch Library Community Table. Pick up free books and magazines. Make a special craft. Find out how to become a member of the library and what it offers you.

There will be a special STORYTIME at 5:00 PM for children visiting the market.

Remember, the Monroe Branch Library is just steps away from the Market at 809 Monroe Avenue, next door to the Monroe YMCA. It is open on Wednesday Market Days until 8:00 PM.

RECIPE FOR THIS WEEK

Selected by Maxine Manjos

Feta and Eggplant Pasta Salad

courtesy of thekitchn.com

Serves 4 to 6 as a main course

Ingredients

for the salad:

  • 1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound orecchiette pasta
  • 4-ounce block feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves 

for the vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

Preparation

for the salad:

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Place the eggplant on the baking sheet, drizzle with the oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Roast until golden, tender, and caramelized, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the pasta.
  3. Add the pasta to the water and cook until just tender. Drain and run briefly under cool water to cool the pasta down. Drain well again.

for the vinaigrette:

  1. Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  2. Place the eggplant on the baking sheet, drizzle with the oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Roast until golden, tender, and caramelized, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook the pasta.
  3. Add the pasta to the water and cook until just tender. Drain and run briefly under cool water to cool the pasta down. Drain well again.

EBT, SNAP, FOOD STAMPS

The market has always welcomed shoppers in the various State and Federal supplemental nutrition programs. Farmers at our Market accept tokens and some coupons. See the Market-Day supervisor; bring your EBT card.

See USDA SNAP guidelines for more information.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER!

Looking to give back to the community this summer? We can really use your help! You can commit up to one hour this summer, or a few weeks, any help is appreciated! Contact the Market Manager, Allen Krisiloff at allen@triptar.com for more details.

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