Newsletter V9-Wk13

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Vol.9 Wk. 13 September 5, 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

Mr. T's Italian Ices has finished for the season. Thanasi returns to his job with the school district as the new school year starts up. He plans to be back next year. He said that the crowd is not as large at the Monroe Village Market as it is at other venues, but the shoppers are appreciative and interested in buying more ices for themselves, or their children, as they shop or hang-out.

Our other vendors say the same thing. In fact, last week, Sunscape and Timber Buck Maple nearly ran out of almost everything. Fabiola of Aguilera had to tend to her main job at the last minute, so she couldn't set up the stand at our Market. Sunscape and Timber Buck covered the demand for fresh fruits and vegetables very effectively.

GG Bakes also nearly sold out of its inventory for the afternoon.

We are one of the smallest markets in the County. Some people wish we had more vendors, but the market still serves nicely as a convenient pop-up urban supplier of very fresh baked goods, goat's dairy products, eggs, fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

And the Market also serves effectively as a community focal point in the middle of the week. Shoppers enjoy listening to the musicians for a few minutes and talking to the vendors, their neighbors, and the staffers at the ever changing Community Table.

The number of shoppers has remained steady, and even grown slightly, so far this year. More lawn signs have brought more people. As our current vendors experience solid demand for their products, it will be possible to attract more vendors later in the season or next year. It is a bit of a chicken vs. egg scenario, whether more shoppers bring more vendors or more vendors bring more shoppers, but the market is stable at its current small size.

Don't hesitate to stop by the information table to talk with Market volunteers. Pick up a lawn sign (there is no such thing as "too many lawn signs" in a neighborhood), or talk about how you might be interested in helping to advertise the Market or how you can help during Market Days on Wednesday afternoons!

Thanasi unloads his truck and sets up the italian ices stand.

Flowers, onions, garlic, eggs, potatoes, and more at Timber Buck Maple.

Neighbors take a moment to catch-up.

At the Community Table, Jessica served stir-fried vegetables from Timber Buck Maple and Sunscape and discussed food nutrition.

A regular shopper tasted the snack from the Community Table.

Matthew Corey entertained under a blue sky. He didn't want the tent on such a beautiful day!

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

Apples, plums, peaches, cucumbers, 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

Several varieties and sizes of tomatoes for mixing and matching, some salad greens, potatoes, pattypan squash, free range eggs, garlic scapes, honey, maple syrup.

GG Bakes, Rochester

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

MUSIC THIS WEEK

Matthew Corey

Inspirational, bluesy, soul-rock singer and musician based in Rochester.

COMMUNITY TENT THIS WEEK

Goodwill, GoodGuides®

At our Community table this week, learn about the successful national youth mentoring program GoodGuides® Goodwill of the Finger Lakes is bringing this program to our area in an effort to assist youth in high-risk situations to make a better life and better career planning choices.

Goodwill’s GoodGuides® program serves youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who want to learn about careers and prepare for success.  Each young participant is paired with an adult mentor from our community who helps steer the young person onto a good path. To make the program as effective as it can be, GoodGuides® needs mentors. Any interested community members willing to be a mentor are asked to contact (585) 683-1381 or email goodguides@abvi-goodwill.com.

RECIPE FOR THIS WEEK

Selected by Maxine Manjos

David Lebovitz's Easy Pickled Carrots

adapted and modified from Epicurious

Makes one pint jar.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 g) carrots, peeled
  • 1 1/4 cups (310 ml) water
  • 1 cup (280 ml) cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, lightly-crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fennel, dill, or anise seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 2 bay leaves

Preparation

  1. Cut the carrots into stick approximately the size of your fourth finger. Bring a medium-sized pot of lightly-salted water to a boil. (Use a non-reactive pot.)
  2. When the water boils, drop the carrots in and simmer for one minute. Remove the carrots and rinse them under cold water. Drain thoroughly.
  3. In the empty pot, add the vinegar and remaining ingredients. Heat to boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for two minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add the carrot sticks. Cool until room temperature, then put into jars and chill.

RECOMMENDATION: Carrot sticks should be made at least one day in advance. They will keep for up to four weeks in the refrigerator.

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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