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Notes from the Market
Two questions. One: Are you following us on Instagram? Two: Does it feel like summer officially began? Based on last weekends' market we are going to go with a resounding "yes".
With that in mind a few notes if you'll indulge us...
-The Market is busiest between 11-11:30. If you want to avoid the crowds come down before.
-We have compost, trash, and recycling at the Market. Make sure you're putting your waste in the correct buckets. It saves us some sticky arms and loads of work at the end of the Market. These are for the items you purchase at the Market, like tacos, egg sammies, etc...please don't bring your compost from home. To learn more about home composting check out this article.
-Please use public parking located throughout GB, and not reserved spaces when you come to the Market. Better yet, carpool with friends so you can stroll together!
This week we have Lenny and Roger playing some tunes. VIM will be at the community table. The Fresh Air Fund will be running the family tent with activities for littles. Librarian Laurie will be signing kids up for the summer reading program. So much to do, so much good food, see you there!
-Your Market Managers
Kate & Bridgette
Oh my, we are loving
This week Carr Cider
brought in 2.5 acres of hay the old fashioned way- no baler here! Of course, we kept hydrated by chugging a lot of Switchel- it isn’t called haymakers punch for nothing! We are also happy to announce that we have improved the recipe by adding more ginger and it is so GOOD! We will have plenty on hand at the market this weekend, along with wild fermented hard cider, cider syrup, raw cider vinegar, and SNOW CONES! Come try your first Paw Paw snow cone - you won’t be sad you did. Can’t wait for the weekend!
There's good stuff going on out there
Maine did it, can Massachusets be next?
The Sweetish Baker
has a savory galette in the works...Be sure to snag one of these delicious treats with Basil Pesto and Monterey Chèvre (courtesy of Rawsonbrook Farm, also available at the market)!! Delicious with soup, salad or by itself, the savory galette is bound to be a palate pleaser.
We want to give you a chance to get to know our vendors better. We've asked them a few questions and are excited to share their answer with you throughout the season. Kicking it off is Maddie Elling of Hosta Hill. Enjoy!
Hi, can you let us know who you are?
Maddie Elling, co-founder of Hosta Hill
Can you imagine yourself doing anything else? If so what?
Yes! I've always wanted to be a DJ, spinning for dance parties (still a goal in life). Also, an outdoor education teacher sounds fun and challenging.
What are some of the barriers you've faced in growing your business and how did you deal with them?
Finding an affordable space that was fitting to our needs was a huge barrier. We operated out of a hole-in-the-wall basement kitchen space for more than 6 years. We made it work for all that time and it was great because our overhead was low. Last summer we moved into a larger facility to fit our needs for growing our business. It's an exciting time for the business and we are in the process of expanding all areas of the business.
What's your Market morning breakfast go to?
Scrambled eggs with cheese, salt and pepper, on Mi Tierra tortillas with mayo and curry kraut
Can you give us a snapshot of an average day in February? Now an average day in August?
Feb: Office work! Hashing out production needs for the 2019 processing season, communicating with farmers and setting up vegetable contracts for the year, researching equipment for processing our vegetables more efficiently. Minimal kitchen work; packing jars, packing orders up to be delivered.
August: Lots of kitchen work, receiving pallets of vegetables, processing those vegetables into barrels to ferment for a few weeks, packaging the various products, going to market each week, sending out orders throughout the week.
Go to podcast/music?
Many! Podcasts; Savage Lovecast, The Daily by NY Times, Here Be Monsters,Love + Radio. For music, I like a wide range of eclectic music, lately, my go-to are Elder Island, Joni Mitchell, and Mountain Man.
Do you have a farm dog? What's their name? Can we pet it?
We do have a dog, his name is Oso, he's from Mexico and you can definitely pet him.
What are the things you do to take care of yourself?
Lots of walking in the winter, swimming in the summer. Visiting with friends and family and making yummy food.
Do you ever work with other farmers? in what way?
Yes, our work with farming has been varied and evolving since we first started Hosta Hill. For a few years we collaborated with the Abode Farm CSA in New Lebanon, we worked on the farm in exchange for vegetables to use in our processing. We have also been growing on our own for the past few years but still needed to buy vegetables in to meet our production demand. Last year we took the year off from farming to focus on scaling up our production and won't be farming again this year, so now we work closely with farmers in setting up vegetable contracts in advance of the growing season to supply our vegetable needs for the coming production season. This year we are in contracts with MX Morningstar Farm, Markristo, Atlas Farm, Kitchen Garden Farm and Winter Moon Roots for our cabbages, carrots, radish, garlic, peppers, and onions.
What do you hope to see for the next generation of farmers?
Well, hopefully, we can take measures to slow down climate change because the seasons just keep getting more intense-with rains, heat waves and cold snaps. On a positive thought my hope for the next generation is more business and profit to farmers; perhaps through overcoming the challenges for more individuals/businesses/institutions to buy and source locally grown foods and curb our food waste and feed more people!
What product/tool/resource do you wish was available or made locally?
Butter and commercial composting
Is excited to welcome back some of our favorite vendors along with some newbies!
Moho Designs/Petit Pilou
JK Custom Furniture & Design
First Flower Farm
Breakout Press Co.
Codo Ceramics + Textiles
Dai Ban Studio
La Boa Brava
MX Morningstar. Good News
from our farm. Although we have been a week or two behind with weather-related issues and general 'moving a farm' shenanigans we will be picking summer squash for market this Friday! This will be your chance to score the very cute & very petite first fruit set of the season! (I promise they will be bigger than the ones I'm holding in my hand)
See you on Saturday
Also here are pictures of cows with a blowout...yes, you're welcome
We are looking for Market Sponsors. Is your business interested? Send us an email and let us know.
Just a few ways sponsorship helps us...
double SNAP, WIC, and Senior FMC
provide special events
replace old equipment
maintain our website and newsletter
Our Sustaining sponsor and Market Fairy Godmother
Our SNAP doubling Sponsors
Thank you for supporting the businesses that support the Market!
Vegetables & Fruit
Double Decker Farm
Indian Line Farm
Mill River Farm
Pioneer Valley Organic Farm
Bread & Baked Goods & Sweets
The Sweetish Baker
Berkshire Mt. Bakery
Crooked Stick Pops
Our Daily Bread
Meat & Dairy
Off the Shelf Eggs
North Plain Farm
Pura Vida Fish
Ciders & Coffee
No. Six Depot
Farm Country Soup
Cricket Creek Farm
Personal Care & Craft
Green Meade Farm
Justamere Tree Farm
Question-Are you following us on Instagram and Facebook?
Tip-You can see all the upcoming Market Special Events, like music, kids event, and book signings, here!