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Market News – June 12, 2012

June 20th, 2012 Posted in Newsletters

From the Market Manager

I have been making lots of strawberry jam this past week; it is so easy and, of course, delicious. I like to make the freezer jam because it tastes like fresh berries. A friend gave me some rhubarb, so I’ll make some strawberry/rhubarb jam, and I’ll freeze some so that I’ll have the makings of a rhubarb crisp later on. I do love being able to make something with seasonal local food especially during the winter. I don’t do it because I have to, but because I want to. Fortunately I have 2 freezers, so I have plenty of room to do this.  If you don’t have the freezer space, do some canning. There is renewed interest in this. Go online and you can find all sorts of information. Also libraries have lots of books that will tantalize you with their pictures.

When you use your debit or credit card at our market table for wooden tokens, we ask you for a small fee to help defray our expenses for the wireless machine that we use. Just this past month alone, our costs were $96.00. We pay a monthly fee and each transaction costs us something. Since the market is a non-profit, all contributions are appreciated.

Pick up a copy of what’s going on at the Bing Arts Center this summer at the market table.

Outlook Farm Strawberry Festival

This coming Sunday, June 17, Outlook Farm in Westhampton will have the first of the 3 festivals that they are having this year.

From 9-3 there will be a community tag sale; from 1-3 there will be music, and a pig roast/ barbecue. Their ice cream shack is open.

There is a cost for the pig roast/bbq. Outlook is located on Rte. 66 in Westhampton. The easiest way to get there from here is to take 91 North, get off at Exit 17B toward Easthampton. In the center of Easthampton take a left. After Fleury Lumber you will see a sign on a pole that says “Westhampton, 6 miles.” Take a right there and go until you have to take a right or a left. That’s Rte. 66.

Take a left and Outlook will be on your left a little way up on your left.

Hickory Dell Farm is off Rt 66 in the other direction. There is a blue sign telling you where to turn. It is on West Farms Road.

They have a store at their farm.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Depot

One more opportunity in Springfield to bring hazardous waste for disposal this season. June 16 from 8-noon. Call 787-7840 as this is by appointment only.

Illumination Night

This Saturday evening, June 16  will be the 23rd Illumination Night held in the Forest Park neighborhood. This year it is on Bronson Terrace which runs between Dickinson St. and Trafton Road. There is a children’s parade at 6:30, social hour at 7, and music at 8. Refreshments are sold, and many people decorate their porches.  This event is open to everyone, whether or not you live in our neighborhood. Except for the refreshments, it’s free. Bring a lawn chair (and bug spray) and some friends and hang out on a beautiful terraced street for a nice old-fashioned evening.

Businesses I Like

Please let me know which businesses you like, and I’ll list them. I think that folks who do good work should be rewarded with referrals.

Community Electric—

782-4885 or

Joseph Chapdelaine & Sons—

kitchens, bathrooms, etc. Remodeling or brand new houses. 525-2526

Dan Ducharme—

Lawnmower/snowblower repairs or used machines. 786-7969

Security and Vacuum Engineering—

security, sound, fire, and central vacuum systems. 734-4400

Inside Out—

repair and maintenance

(household). Tim Zabek. 583-3660. Cell—204-0351

Country Glass & Mirror—


Gifts, Gifts, Gifts

Most schools are closing this week or next, so purchase a unique teacher’s gift here at the market. If the teacher lives locally, purchase some market tokens so that they can use them whenever they’d like to. Or, buy something non-perishable. Maple products, jams/jellies, sauces, plants, honey, salsa, relishes are all available for purchase.

3 Berry Crumble—Delicious

Don’t be tempted to increase the sugar; with these proportions, the berry flavor shines, and the contrast with the sweeter topping just adds to the appeal. If you don’t have one kind of berry, add more of another, or put in some rhubarb. Nuts are optional.

2 cups (1 pint) blueberries

2 cups (1 pint) strawberries

2 cups (1 pint) raspberries

½ cup brown sugar

1 tsp grated lemon peel (or a little more)

2 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. cornstarch

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees—butter a 9 x 13” pan or 2 quart baking dish

Combine berries, sugar, & lemon peel in a large bowl. Stir juice and cornstarch in a cup until smooth. Stir into berry mixture. Pour into baking dish.


1 cup oatmeal

1 cup walnuts

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup flour

1+ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup butter (one stick)

Combine all topping ingredients in a medium bowl and mix until crumbly with pastry blender or fingers. Sprinkle over berries. Bake about 45 minutes, or until bubbly around edges.

Rachel’s Table

Rachel’s Table is a central food distribution service to help feed the hungry. Its mission is “To relieve hunger in Greater Springfield, and to reduce waste of our food resources.”

It is a project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Springfield, Inc., and WWLP-TV22. Any surplus, unserved food in good and safe condition prepared in a licensed facility is eligible to be donated. You can’t donate food that has been prepared in a home kitchen. Wrap foods in secure, transportable packaging, freeze foods if appropriate, or chill all perishables to 40 degrees F. Call Rachel’s Table 24-hour food donation line: 733-9165.  Volunteers will arrange pickup and delivery to a local emergency feeding program, Sunday 9AM-noon and Monday through Friday, 9AM to 3PM.

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