Take a Break!!! 8/29/2014

Work. It’s just another four letter word. There are many four letter words in the English language with strong emotional attachments, love, hate, and more, some of which I dare not use here. While some might not think the word “work” falls into this category, I certainly do. In the course of history, people have laid down their lives to defend their rights in the workplace, and entire civilizations have evolved or collapsed because of work or the lack thereof.

Work is a good thing for those who are fortunate enough to labor in a decent work environment. While many of us were fortunate enough to be born into a world where the love and resources were available to make it possible to pursue our passions or follow our dreams, many, unfortunately, weren’t and have to make tough choices in their lives, doing things for work that you or I might find difficult, unsafe, unhealthy, or unappealing. In a place where workers aren’t respected and treated well, it can be pure drudgery, a shackle that keeps many bound to poverty, indebtedness, and even slavery; we all need to work toward changing this.

So, it stands to reason that we all need to be kind, thoughtful, and respectful to all workers, everywhere, not just this Labor Day but always. Remember, the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker; it’s all good.

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Should be an interesting at the Music Tent this week. We’ll be having Troy and Austin Snyder preforming on the Banjo and flute, an interesting combo, to say the least. Wish I had more info about them to pass along but, alas, I don’t. Can’t wait to hear what they do with these two great instruments.

If you’re in the area, stop at the MGM booth, say hello, and check out our stash of goodies.  We’ll be hawking the new 2014 t-shirts in different colors and styles. We’ll also have older MGM T-shirts, aprons, and MGM $5.00 GIFT CERTIFICATES that can be used at any vendor booth (great gift idea). All proceeds from sales and donations go to making the MGM work. You’ll also be able to enjoy great freshly brewed cup of coffee, on the house, courtesy of our friends at the Night and Day Coffee Shop, just up the street. They keep the wheels rolling for some of us folks at the MGM.  Thanks!

If you or someone you know has something of interest that you/they would like to share with the community, such as art, books, music, hobbies, nature studies, etc., please contact us at mgmpainfo@gmail.com to be considered for hosting a booth at the market. We also welcome non-profits of all sorts for consideration. In most cases we will supply you or your organization with a tent , chairs, tables, and electrical power if needed, all at no cost.  All you’ll need to do is bring your info to share with the community; sounds like a win/win to me.

Here’s a list of scheduled vendors and their products for the week:

The Herb Corner, barring any unkind act of nature, (it’s been a tough year for these folks ), will have green & red tomatoes, lettuce, swiss chard, peppers & eggplant. They might even have a few French Fingerling potatoes and should still have a good assortment of cut herbs and flowers. If you’re ready for those gorgeous fall mums, now’s the time, and here’s the place to pick them up. Get them while Diane and Phil still have a great selection of colors. They’ll also have a few hanging baskets with two colors per basket.mums

Hillstone will be back this week with their quality beef, other meats, and great hot-dogs, just in time for the long weekend. Stock up on these dogs; you won’t find this type of anything like them in any store. They will also have SWEET CORN; come and get it!

Basically Bagels will also be here this week with great bagels and more, including bags of bagel chips and great BIG chocolate chip cookies.Basically Bagels

Keeney Farm will have new potatoes, cukes, peppers, some string beans, MELONS, and summer squash.They will not have sweet corn this week but their next planting should be ready for next week. Their tomatoes aren’t quite ready yet but will be very soon. With over 500 plants they’ll have plenty for canning when they do get ripe. You may want to get on their waiting list for tomatoes and other veggies for canning, pickling, and/or freezing.sweet corn

Yorkshire Meadows will have Lemon Curd , Strawberry/Rhubarb, Triple Berry, Concord Grape, and Strawberry/Kiwi Jam. Try one of the large Shortbread Cookies dipped in chocolate. Cakes, Crunch Desserts and assorted Scones will also be available. Lightweight crocheted necklaces in all colors can be had there and would make a great gift.They easily fit inside a Birthday card, making it easy to mail them. Why not sign up to take a Spinning or Knitting Class at Liz’s shop this summer?

Between Two Rivers will be leaving a bit early so if you need to get some great maple syrup or other maple items, get there before they take off at 5 P.M.100_0544

Lee’s Bees will be here this week with all of his great honey products. His bees have been busy the summer and now we all get to reap the benefits.

Udder Merry Mac will be here this week with his great selection of lettuces, basil, English cukes, and other great hydro produce.

Andy, from Spring Meadows Farm will have lots of pastured eggs and produce.

Running Bear will bring lamb and chicken products, and a large assortment of summer produce.

Always Somethin’ Farm will have the regular goat milk soap and cream products, tomatoes, garlic, and garlic braids as well. These braids make wonderful gifts and sell out rather quickly so make sure you stop by and check them out, ASAP! While you’re there check out the  photo of Mike’s “award-winning garlic” from the Tioga County Fair this summer.

100_0708So take a break from all of that work, whatever it might be, and come on down to the MGM and spend a little time with us this Friday, 3-6 p.m. We won’t put you to work, I promise.

Hope to see you at the MGM located at the Saint James Episcopal Church located in Mansfield, Pa. on Wellsboro Street, one block east of the downtown light. Look for our signs.

David Brown,

Market Manager

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Come on Down! 8/22/2014

We’ll be having a couple of special events this week at MGM.  Come join us while you shop for all your summer goodies! Even though it’s been a bit cooler then usual, we’ll still have some great summer veggie treats available at the MGM this week. Maybe not by the bushel just yet, but I expect we’ll have a good amount for your table; come on down and check it out.

Get your best yodeling voice ready! We’ll be having a Harp and Voice Sing Along at the MGM this week. Our very own Cheryl Hein Walters, a very gifted and talented harpist will be leading this special event. She’ll be making it all happen between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m., at the MUSIC TENT. Come and enjoy; be part of something special.

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We’ll be having another special event at the ART TENT this week. Have your ever been interested in the art of FELTING? If you have and haven’t pursued it for any reason, now’s the time to take action!  Kathleen England, a local sheep farmer, wool producer, and artisan will be making felt balls (dryer balls) with any kids who want to try. She’ll be using wool from her farm, will talk about the different things wool is used for, and how felt was the first man made fabric. The young ones, and perhaps some of the older ones as well, will be encouraged to join in the fun by doing hands on work during the felting3demonstration. As stated above, these felt balls can be used in the dryer instead of a tennis ball to keep your clothes fluffy.  They also make great playthings for young ones, can be used for decorative displays, and much more. This event will also be happening between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m.felting2felting1

The Market Cafe and the hot cart will both be absent this week.

If you’re in the area, stop at the MGM booth, say hello, and check out our stash of goodies.  We’ll be hawking the new 2014 t-shirts in different colors and styles. We’ll also have older MGM T-shirts, aprons, and MGM $5.00 GIFT CERTIFICATES that can be used at any vendor booth (great gift idea). All proceeds from sales and donations go to making the MGM work. You’ll also be able to enjoy great freshly brewed cup of coffee, on the house, courtesy of our friends at the Night and Day Coffee Shop, just up the street. They keep the wheels rolling for some of us folks at the MGM.  Thanks!

If you or someone you know has something of interest that you/they would like to share with the community, such as art, books, music, hobbies, nature studies, etc., please contact us at mgmpainfo@gmail.com to be considered for hosting a booth at the market. We also welcome non-profits of all sorts for consideration. In most cases we will supply you or your organization with a tent , chairs, tables, and electrical power if needed, all at no cost.  All you’ll need to do is bring your info to share with the community; sounds like a win/win to me.

Here’s a list of scheduled vendors and their products for the week:

Hillstone assures me that they will finally be back this week after a few weeks of not being able to make the market with their quality beef, other meats, and great hot-dogs, just in time for the grilling season. Stock up on these dogs; you won’t find this type of anything like them in any store. They will also have SWEET CORN; come and get it!

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Basically Bagels will also be returning this week with great bagels and more, including bags of bagel chips and great BIG chocolate chip cookies.

Keeney Farm will have new potatoes, cukes, peppers, some string beans, and summer squash.They will not have sweet corn this week but their next planting should be ready for next week. Their tomatoes aren’t quite ready yet but will be very soon. With over 500 plants they’ll have plenty for canning when they do get ripe. You may want to get on their waiting list for tomatoes and other veggies for canning, pickling, and/or freezing.

Yorkshire Meadows will have Lemon Curd , Strawberry/Rhubarb, Triple Berry, Concord Grape, and Strawberry/Kiwi Jam. Try one of the large Shortbread Cookies dipped in chocolate. Cakes, Crunch Desserts and assorted Scones will also be available. Lightweight crocheted necklaces in all colors can be had there and would make a great gift.They easily fit inside a Birthday card, making it easy to mail them. Why not sign up to take a Spinning or Knitting Class at Liz’s shop this summer?

Yarn from Yorkshire Meadows, a 2011 vendor.

Yarn from Yorkshire Meadows, a 2014 vendor.

This week The Herb Corner will be bringing Mums to market; there will be many colors available. They will also have Cut Flowers, Herbs, Zucchini, Eggplant, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, and Tomatoes.

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Eli, a young man of impeccable taste.

Udder Merry Mac will be here this week with his great selection of lettuces, basil, English cukes, and other great hydro produce.

Andy, from Spring Meadows Farm will have lots of pastured eggs and produce.

Running Bear will bring lamb and chicken products, and a large assortment of summer produce.

Always Somethin’ Farm will be there with their wonderful goat’s milk products, garlic and GARLIC BRAIDS. These braids make wonderful gifts and sell out rather quickly so make sure you stop by and check them out, ASAP!

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Shannon and Erin will be at the Glenfiddich booth with lots of baked goods—breads, cookies, biscotti, etc. They may also have fresh salsa (red and green). If you like a good cup cake or cinnamon bun, stop by their booth, say hello and purchase yourself a wonderful treat.

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Hope to see you at the MGM located at the Saint James Episcopal Church located in Mansfield, Pa. on Wellsboro Street, one block east of the downtown light. Look for our signs.

David Brown,

Market Manager

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Aug. 15, 2014: Taste Summer All Year Long

 

A Word on Preserving the Harvest:

It’s that time of the year again. I just got back from the garden and while some things are slow coming in this year, beans, cukes and a few other crops are coming on like a freight train. So, it’s the same old yearly dilemma for some of us gardeners– what to do with the excess? Food preservation is one great way to deal with it; it’s been around for ages in many various forms.

When I was a young’un in rural Alabama, my mama made a late summer family production out of canning. We canned wash tubs full, about three million quarts (or so it seemed) of assorted veggies, fruits and meats. If it grew or moved, my mama canned it! So as a full fledged adult who moved back to the land after many years of city living, the thought of canning food was not the most pleasant thing to cross my mind. Well, it’s a bit different today; we have these wonderful things call freezers, food dehydrators, solar dryers, modern stoves and those good ol’ fashioned pressure cookers to make it all much easier.

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So, now’s the time to start taking thinking about putting up some of the excellent produce available at the market this season. Most of the growers will have bumper crops of certain items, and a few of them sell those items in larger quantities as they become more available. If you don’t see a sign at their booth, just ask. Some are taking custom orders. Most of the meat /poultry vendors are taking custom orders as well. Peppers, blueberries, and tomatoes, for example, freeze just fine without a lot of work. Slice them, if need be, throw them in a bag, and put them in the freezer, no heating or blanching needed. Beans and corn, no problem, a few minutes in boiling water, cool them down in cold water, bag them, and freeze them. You might even want to make refrigerator pickles or try your hand at lacto fermentation. There are so many possibilities! Think about how healthy and tasty it’ll all be later on. Better than anything you’ll buy at the store and certainly more economical.

If you’ve ever wanted to try it and never have had the opportunity to do so, don’t fret, there’s tons of info on the web and in many good books to guide you. I recommend the site below. Just cut and paste or Google it.

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If you need more inspiration, or, even if you don’t, here’s one of my favorite singer/songwriters who expresses it so well. Give a listen; it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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Our entertainment this week will be Drowsy Maggie, a  wonderfully creative and talented group playing celtic/folk style music. This is a group you’ll want to sit and listen to for an entire set.

Most of the produce vendors will have the following: tomatoes, beans, new potatoes, peppers, summer squash, cukes, onions, herbs, and celery. The list below highlights some of the items or features that certain vendors will have that might be a bit more unique. 

We’ll be having a new vendor this week. Sharon Dimichele from Rose Valley Naturals will be here with her hand-made soaps which are carefully created with a cold-processing method to preserve the healing ingredients of natural vegetable and essential oils.

Keeney Farm: CORN, green tomatoes, and produce.

Running Bear: TOMATOES, tomatillos, beets and produce. LAMB in the form of cuts, roasts, legs, and ground. Chicken and turkey parts.RB produce

Spring Meadows:  pasture soy free eggs and produce.

Liz at Yorkshire Meadows will have her usual assortment of fine goods, jellies, jams, scones shortbread and woolen products. She will also be taking orders for larger jars (think quarts) of her wonderful lemon curd. Great gift ideas here!

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We missed Hillstone last week but we hope to see them back this week,  with quality beef and pork products.

Also look for baked goods from Basically Bagels, garlic and goat milk products from Always Somethin’,  hydroponics lettuce, basil, and other types of produce from Udder Merry Mac, and Bernie from Inn to The Seasons with his assorted delights. Who knows, there may even be more!

The Friday Market Café will be serving up some of their special culinary delights for your dining pleasure. This week their specials will be a meatless Indian Veggie Masala and, there will be two summer soups; Chilled White Gazpacho made with cucumbers and Pureed Zucchini, spiced up with peppers and cilantro. Stop in for a snack, beverage, or a full meal.

Hopefully this will be enough to tempt you to come to the market this week, check out the goods, fill your trunk full, and make a move on stocking up for those winter months ahead. Again, it’s easier than you might think.

Remember, Yes we can! Or, better yet: yes, we can!yeswecan

See ya at the market!

David Brown

Fridays 3-6:00 PM

St. James Episcopal Church
Rt. 6 one block east of Main St.

 

 

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Waiting For Summer!!!! 8/08/2014

Sorta like waiting for a slow train. I know, we’ve had a few great days and some good ones as well, but I want SUMMER. I want to see sweet corn and tomatoes by the bushel, not this piddling around we’ve been seeing. I want to see days on end of hot summer weather, the stuff that makes us sweat and makes the veggies take off. I don’t swim a lot but Claire sure does, and she’s missing not having the opportunity to take dip in the lake and I want her to be healthy and happy! Come on sun!

Even though it’s been a bit cooler then usual, we’ll still some great summer veggie treats available at the MGM this week. Maybe not by the bushel, just yet, but I expect we’ll have a good amount for your table; come on down and check it out.

Market cafe will be open this week with their regular menu of culinary delights, thirst quenching beverages, and weekly specials. As always, they try to purchase and utilize as much product from the MGM growers in their food preparation as possible. Farm to table, it’s all about staying local.

The music tent will be featuring Matt Noldy for his last engagement of the season. He’ll be playing some of your favorites, as always.

If you’re in the area, stop at the MGM booth, say hello, and check out our stash of goodies.  We’ll be hawking the new 2014 t-shirts in different colors and styles. We’ll also have older MGM T-shirts, aprons, and MGM $5.00 GIFT CERTIFICATES that can be used at any vendor booth (great gift idea). All proceeds from sales and donations go to making the MGM work. You’ll also be able to enjoy great freshly brewed cup of coffee, on the house, courtesy of our friends at the Night and Day Coffee Shop, just up the street. They keep the wheels rolling for some of us folks at the MGM; thanks guys.

Donna and Larry are two of the dedicated volunteers who help make the market possible. The banner above lists all our generous sponsors.

Donna and Larry are two of the dedicated volunteers who help make the market possible. The banner above lists all our generous sponsors.

If you or someone you know has something of interest that you/they would like to share with the community, such as art, books, music, hobbies, nature studies, etc., please contact us at mgmpainfo@gmail.com to be considered for hosting a booth at the market. We also welcome non-profits of all sorts for consideration. In most cases we will supply you or your organization with a tent , chairs, tables, and electrical power, if needed, all at no cost.  All you’ll need to do is bring your info to share with the community; sounds like a win/win to me.

Here’s a list of scheduled vendors and their products for the week:

Hillstone will be on hand with their quality meats and great hot-dogs, just in time for the grilling season. Stock up on these dogs; you won’t find this type of anything like them in any store.

Basically Bagels will be selling great bagels and more, including bags of bagel chips and great BIG chocolate chip cookies.

Keeney Farm will be at the market with a great assort of summer produce, including SWEETCORN.sweet corn

Yorkshire Meadows will have Lemon Curd , Strawberry/Rhubarb, Triple Berry, Concord Grape, and Strawberry/Kiwi Jam. Try one of the large Shortbread Cookies dipped in chocolate. Cakes, Crunch Desserts and assorted Scones will also be available. Lightweight crocheted necklaces in all colors can be had there and would make a great gift.They easily fit inside a Birthday card, making it easy to mail them. Why not sign up to take a Spinning or Knitting Class at Liz’s shop this summer.

The Herb Corner will be bringing Norland red potatoes & Russian banana potatoes all fresh dug this week. They’ll have a limited amount of lettuce & swiss chard and will be bringing eggplant, zucchini, fresh cut herbs & flowers. If the sun keeps shining they should have a few vine ripened tomatoes.

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Going Green

Between Two Rivers will be there with products all derived from the great acer saccharum, better know as the common sugar maple tree. Great syrup, sugar, cream, and other items.

Andy, from Spring Meadows Farm will have lots of pastured eggs and produce.

Running Bear will bring lamb and chicken products, and summer produce.

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Always Somethin’ Farm will be there with their wonderful goat’s milk products, garlic, and wonderful pole beans.Chris soap

Shannon and Erin will be at the Glenfiddich booth with lots of baked goods—breads, cookies, biscotti, etc. They may also have fresh salsa (red and green). They often do. If you like a good cup cake or cinnamon bun, stop by their booth, say hello and purchase yourself a wonderful treat.

Hope to see you at the MGM located at the Saint James Episcopal Church located in Mansfield, Pa. on Wellsboro Street, one block east of the downtown light. Look for our signs.

David Brown,

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Got Blood? 8/01/2014

 

If you’re reading this, the answer is obvious. And, for most of us, if we’re lucky, will never have a need for more then we were born with. However, it doesn’t always work that way. Sometimes, in many peoples’ lives, there comes a time went they may need to depend on another person for one of the very things that gives life itself, blood. It’s that simple folks. We all have the gift of life flowing through our veins and arteries, so why wouldn’t one wish to perform one of the greatest acts of kindness possible and share that miracle of life? I would encourage you to think about what a difference you can make in the world and in the life of another human being by becoming a blood donor.

Lora and the crew from The Community Blood Bank, a LOCAL  concern, will be in the St. James Parrish Hall this Friday and they’re hoping that you’ll stop in with any questions or concerns you might have about the process, make a donation, and start a lifelong habit. They’ll treat you with TLC, crack a few jokes, give you a snack, and send you on your way. You’ll be a pint lighter, but somewhere, someone will have a better chance of surviving an accident or an operation because of you and that one simple act of kindness.

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The music tent will be featuring Jessica Crumb this week. This will be her third and final appearance of the season. She’s a young and talented solo act doing some original tunes and great covers. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to say we knew her when. Come down and check her out.

The folks from the Market Cafe will be cooking for your dining pleasure this week, using locally grown and produced products when available, as usual. Stop in and forget about making dinner tonight; let them do it for you. They’ll have their usual menu plus their specials of the week.

Stop at the MGM booth, say hello, and check out our stash of goodies.  We’ll be hawking the new 2014 t-shirts in different colors and styles. We’ll also have older MGM T-shirts, aprons, and MGM $5.00 GIFT CERTIFICATES that can be used at any vendor booth (great gift idea). All proceeds from sales and donations go to making the MGM work. You’ll also be able to enjoy great freshly brewed cup of coffee, on the house, courtesy of our friends at the Night and Day Coffee Shop, just up the street. They keep the wheels rolling for some of us folks at the MGM; thanks guys!

Carolyn will be at the Art Tent this week helping the older kids make Gods Eyes and working with the little ones at free art, come join in the fun!!

Here’s a list of scheduled vendors and their products for the week:

A big welcome back to Keeney Farm! Cheryl will have cucumbers, summer squash, green beans, SWEET CORN, green tomatoes, and garden onions. This is a sure sign of summer and a sure sign that summer produce will soon be in abundance from all the growers.sweet corn

Hillstone will be on hand with their quality meats and great hot-dogs, just in time for the grilling season. Stock up on these dogs; you won’t find anything like them in any store.

Lee’s Bees will be back with their regular honey items plus honey kissed chai cookies, honey wheat bread, AND, if we’re lucky, maybe some blueberries. Need a little sweetness in your life? This would be a great place to start.

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Udder Merry Mac will be here this week with his great selection of lettuces, basil, English cukes, and other great hydro produce.

Basically Bagels will be selling a great assortment  of wonderful bagels and more, including bags of bagel chips and great BIG chocolate chip cookies. Donna has informed me that she’ll also have BROWNIES this week. They’re dangerously delicious; use caution!

Always Somethin’  Farm will be there with their great assortment of goat milk soaps and lotions. Mike will also have small bulbs of fresh garlic, green beans and potatoes!

Yorkshire Meadows will have Strawberry/Rhubarb, Triple Berry, Concord Grape, and Strawberry/Kiwi Jam. Liz will also be bringing blueberry and gooseberry jam and lemon and lime curds.Try one of the large Shortbread Cookies dipped in chocolate. Cakes, Crunch Desserts and assorted Scones will also be available. Lightweight crocheted necklaces in all colors can be had there and would make a great gift. They easily fit inside a birthday card, making it easy to mail them. Why not sign up to take a Spinning or Knitting Class at Liz’s shop this summer. You might want to consider ordering wool sweaters or felted hats and mittens now to be picked up in mid September. It’s good to get a head start on Fall orders.  

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The Herb Corner will have zucchini, eggplant, fresh onions, and leeks They’ll also have plenty of cut flowers and a good assortment of fresh cut herbs. If you’re going to need basil to make pesto, fresh and/or for the freezer, contact them and get on they calendar. If you need Dill for pickles, they have plenty & it is starting to head up. You’ll need to order it ahead of time by stopping by their booth or, call them by Wednesday for Friday market pickup. (570-537-2793)

Running Bear has eggplant, cucumbers and summer squash coming on. They have lots of kale and greens, as well as some chicken and all of their lamb sausages. They’ll have freshly dug varieties of tender fingerling potatoes, edible flowers, celery, onions, beets, carrots, and shallots. A very extensive variety of fresh and dried herbs, brown eggs, and prepared frozen tomato sauce, pestos, and Spanish sofrito are also available. They’re taking fresh turkey orders for Thanksgiving, as well as duck orders for end of August. Their next chicken batch will be processed August 16,17,18. Let them know if they can custom cut some chicken for you, or reserve a whole bird!

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Roosting Tree is scheduled to come to market this week with great soy free EGGS, local artwork, and homemade jams and jellies. Susan’s hot pepper jellies have been quite a hit. Stop by her booth for a taste sample and find out why.

Between Two Rivers will be there with products all derived from the great acer saccharum, better know as the common sugar maple tree. Great syrup, sugar, cream, and other items.

Andy, from Spring Meadows Farm will have eggs, some chicken, tomatoes(mostly green), yellow squash, chard, kale, and celery. 

Shannon and Erin will be at the Glenfiddich booth with lots of baked goods—breads, cookies, biscotti, etc. They may also have fresh salsa (red and green). If you like a good cup cake or cinnamon bun, stop by their booth, say hello, and purchase yourself a wonderful treat.

So come on down and consider taking a little extra time for stopping at the Community Blood Bank and making a deposit. With all that sweet corn, summer produce, and other goodies available you’ll be able to build that blood back up in no time.

Hope to see you at the MGM located at the Saint James Episcopal Church located in Mansfield, Pa. on Wellsboro Street, one block east of the downtown light. Look for our signs.

David Brown,

MGM Manager    

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What’s Cooking? (BLUEBERRIES!!!)7/25/2014

Cooking? It’s something that affects all of us in so many ways. For many of us it’s often a big, and hopefully, rewarding part of our day. I know that many of you, just by the very fact that you’re reading this MGM newsletter and come to the market, already incorporate the art of cooking into your lives. Wherever and however you choose to get your daily caloric input to keep this incredible machine we refer to as the human body running, choose well. Ironically, many of us tend to treat some of our material possessions far better then we do our bodies. Would you put water in your gas tank? Of course not. We need to get smarter about our bodies, in some cases by learning to cook real food for ourselves. I’m not suggesting anything radical here, I’m only suggesting that we get back to the basics.

If you’re new to cooking, you might want to find some easy recipes with simple and locally available ingredients for some of your first dishes. It’s important to not become overwhelmed or discouraged early in the game. Try a few one dish recipes such as black beans with rice or an easy stir-fry. Omelets are quick, tasty and easy, and many side dishes can be a snap. Whatever you choose, never be apologetic for what you put on the table, and, if you’re a guest, your part is to eat it. If it’s not up to your standards, and you really feel a need to comment perhaps a polite, “This is interesting” will suffice, depending on how well you know the cook, of course. 

Remember, cooking can be an enjoyable art form for some and just another daily task for others. Recipes are just roadmaps to get us started on the way to where we want to go. Some might want to stay on the beaten path while others might prefer to bushwhack the entire way. Whatever choices we make, we all tend to get to where we need to be: fed. It’s all good.

You’ll be able to purchase plenty of fresh produce and meat items at the MGM this week to start you on that great adventure of cooking magic. Lots of summer produce and perhaps some free cooking advice from many of the vendors will be available. So, what are you waiting for? Get cooking.This might be the perfect time to start cooking since the Market Cafe will not be open this week and our hot-cart is currently out of service.  Sorry about that.

The music tent will be featuring one of my faves, Folk Spirit. Come down and enjoy some fine homegrown music from the great local talent, Folk Spirit.DSCF3715

Stop at the MGM booth say hello, and check out our stash of goodies.  We’ll be hawking the new 2014 t-shirts in different colors and styles. We’ll also have older MGM T-shirts, aprons, and MGM $5.00 GIFT CERTIFICATES that can be used at any vendor booth (great gift idea). All proceeds from sales and donations go to making the MGM work. You’ll also be able to enjoy great freshly brewed cup of coffee, on the house, courtesy of our friends at the Night and Day Coffee Shop, just up the street. They keep the wheels rolling for some of us folks at the MGM; thanks guys!

Here’s a list of scheduled vendors and their products for the week:.

Hillstone will be on hand with their quality meats and great hot-dogs, just in time for the grilling season. Stock up on these dogs; you won’t find anything like them in any store.

Udder Merry Mac will be here this week with his great selection of lettuces, basil, English cukes, and other great hydro produce.

Basically Bagels will be selling great bagels and more, including bags of bagel chips and great BIG chocolate chip cookies.

Yorkshire Meadows will have Strawberry/Rhubarb, Triple Berry, Concord Grape, and Strawberry/Kiwi Jam. New for this week, Liz will be bringing blueberry and curdgooseberry jam and lemon and lime curds.Try one of the large Shortbread Cookies dipped in chocolate. Cakes, Crunch Desserts and assorted Scones will also be available. Lightweight crocheted necklaces in all colors can be had there and would make a great gift.They easily fit inside a birthday card, making it easy to mail them. Why not sign up to take a Spinning or Knitting Class at Liz’s shop this summer. You might want to consider ordering wool sweaters or felted hats and mittens now to be picked up in mid September. It’s good to get a head start on Fall orders.   

The Herb Corner will have, Zucchini & Eggplant, fresh onions, and scallions. They’ll have plenty of cut flowers, a nice assortment of hanging baskets for your front porch and a good assortment of fresh cut herbs. If you’re going to need basil to make pesto, fresh and/or for the freezer, contact them and get on they calendar and, if you need Dill for pickles, they have plenty & it is starting to head up. You’ll need to order it ahead of time by stopping by their booth or, call them by Wednesday for Friday market pickup. (570-537-2793) NEWS FLASH: Lee’s Bees will have BLUEBERRIES available at Herbs Corner, come & get them!!

The "Bob Hope Eggplant" from a couple weeks back. Who knows which celebrity eggplant will show up this time!

The “Bob Hope Eggplant” from a couple weeks back. Who knows which celebrity eggplant will show up this time!

 

Running Bear: Eggplant, cucumbers and summer squash are coming on.  They have lots of kale and greens, as well as some chicken and all of their lamb sausages. They’ll have freshly dug varieties of tender fingerling potatoes, edible flowers, celery, onions, beets, carrots, snow peas, and shallots. A very extensive variety of fresh and dried herbs, brown eggs, and prepared frozen tomato sauce, pestos, and Spanish sofrito are also available. They’re taking fresh turkey orders for thanksgiving, as well as duck orders for end of August. Their next chicken batch will be processed August 16,17,18. Let them know if they can custom cut some chicken for you, or reserve a whole bird!

Roosting Tree is scheduled to come to market this week with great soy free EGGS, local artwork, and homemade jams and jellies. Susan’s hot pepper jellies have been quite a hit. Stop by her booth for a taste sample and find out why.

 Between Two Rivers will be there with products all derived from the great acer saccharum, better know as the common sugar maple tree. Great syrup, sugar, cream, and other items.

Andy, from Spring Meadows Farm will have lots of pastured eggs and produce.DSCF5347

Shannon and Erin will be at the Glenfiddich booth with lots of baked goods—breads, cookies, biscotti, etc. They may also have fresh salsa (red and green). If you like a good cup cake or cinnamon bun, stop by their booth, say hello, and purchase yourself a wonderful treat.

Ready to cook? Come on down and pick up some fine products and maybe some free advise to start you off in the right direction. The rest is up to you, but, remember, have fun on the way!

Hope to see you at the MGM located at the Saint James Episcopal Church located in Mansfield, Pa. on Wellsboro Street, one block east of the downtown light. Look for our signs.

David Brown,

MGM Manager    

 

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It Takes a Village. 7/18/2014

 

We will be hosting a very special group of brave and dedicated folks this week at the market. HAVEN (Helping Abuse and Violence End Now), Tioga County’s only domestic and sexual violence center, will be here to share a wealth of important information about their services and their mission.

HAVEN is a small, non-profit organization that depends heavily on the support of the community to provide emergency temporary housing, legal and medical assistance, preventive education, and other services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Domestic violence and sexual assault can happen to persons of all sexual preferences, ages, genders, races, and to people at all income levels.HAVEN

HAVEN will be providing information and speaking to folks about some of the things that we, as a community, can do to assist them, and therefore ourselves, in supporting their mission. Stop at their booth, say hello, thank them for their wonderful work, and find out how you can be a part of it. There are many opportunities to get involved as volunteers and providers of financial support of any amount.

As a community this is something that affects all of us in some way. We cannot fully have the healthy, vibrant community we wish for without having an awareness of these issues and taking some type of action. Remember, “It takes a village.”

If you or someone you know has something of interest that you/they would like to share with the community, such as art, books, music, hobbies, nature studies, etc., please contact us at mgmpainfo@gmail.com to be considered for hosting a booth at the market. We also welcome non-profits of all sorts for consideration. In most cases, we will supply you or your organization with a tent , chairs, tables, and electrical power, if needed, all at no cost.  All you’ll need to do is bring your info to share with the community; sounds like a win/win to me.

The music tent will be featuring the return of a great group, Drowsy Maggie. If you missed them a few weeks ago, here’s your chance to catch a class act, a blend of Celtic, folk and more. If you saw them, you already know how great they are.

Carolyn wasn’t able to be at the Art Tent as scheduled last week, but she’ll be back this week, and we hope that you’ll be able to bring your young ones to join in the fun. She was a big hit a few weeks ago, and everyone had a blast. The Art Tent will be open this week from 4-5 P.M. with more interesting art projects. Come and see what’s in store! 

Stop at the MGM booth say hello, and check out our stash of goodies.  We’ll be hawking the new 2014 t-shirts in different colors and styles. We’ll also have older MGM T-shirts, aprons, and MGM $5.00 GIFT CERTIFICATES that can be used at any vendor booth (great gift idea). All proceeds from sales and donations go to making the MGM work. You’ll also be able to enjoy a great, freshly brewed cup of coffee, on the house, courtesy of our friends at the Night and Day Coffee Shop, just up the street. They keep the wheels rolling for some of us folks at the MGM; thanks guys!

Donna and Larry are two of the dedicated volunteers who help make the market possible. The banner above lists all our generous sponsors.

Donna and Larry are two of the dedicated volunteers who help make the market possible. The banner above lists all our generous sponsors.

Here’s a list of scheduled vendors and their products for the week:

Hillstone will be on hand with their quality meats and great hot-dogs, just in time for the grilling season. Stock up on these dogs; you won’t find this type of anything like them in any store.

Udder Merry Mac will be here this week with his great selection of lettuces, basil, English cukes, and other great hydro produce.

Basically Bagels will be selling great bagels and more, including bags of bagel chips and great BIG chocolate chip cookies.

Yorkshire Meadows will have Strawberry/Rhubarb, Triple Berry, Concord Grape, and Strawberry/Kiwi Jam. New for this week, Liz will be bringing blueberry and gooseberry jam and lemon and lime curds.Try one of the large Shortbread Cookies dipped in chocolate. Cakes, Crunch Desserts and assorted Scones will also be available. Lightweight crocheted necklaces in all colors can be had there and would make a great gift.They easily fit inside a Birthday card, making it easy to mail them. Why not sign up to take a Spinning or Knitting Class at Liz’s shop this summer. You might want to consider ordering wool sweaters or felted hats and mittens now to be picked up in mid September. It’s good to get a head start on Fall orders.   

The Herb Corner will have Zucchini & Eggplant, fresh onions, and scallions. They’ll have plenty of cut flowers, a nice assortment of hanging baskets for your front porch, and a good assortment of fresh cut herbs. If you’re going to need basil to make pesto, fresh and/or for the freezer, contact them and get on their calendar. If you need Dill for pickles, they have plenty & it is starting to head up. You’ll need to order it ahead of time by stopping by their booth, or call them by Wednesday for Friday market pickup. (570-537-2793)

Always Somethin’ Farm will have their great assortment of goat milk soaps and lotions. Mike is still waiting to harvest his garlic, so you’ll need to be patient; no garlic before its time!Chris soap

Running Bear: Eggplant, cucumbers and summer squash are coming on.  They have lots of kale and greens, as well as some chicken and all of their lamb sausages. They’ll have freshly dug varieties of tender fingerling potatoes, edible flowers, celery, onions, beets, carrots, snow peas, and shallots. A very extensive variety of fresh and dried herbs, brown eggs, and prepared frozen tomato sauce, pestos, and Spanish sofrito are also available. They’re taking fresh turkey orders for thanksgiving, as well as duck orders for end of August. Their next chicken batch will be processed August 16,17,18. Let them know if they can custom cut some chicken for you, or reserve a whole bird!cropped-100_0562.jpg

 Between Two Rivers will be there with products all derived from the great acer saccharum, better know as the common sugar maple tree. Great syrup, sugar, cream, and other items.

Andy, from Spring Meadows Farm will have lots of pastured eggs and produce.

Shannon and Erin will be at the Glenfiddich booth with lots of baked goods—breads, cookies, biscotti, etc. They may also have fresh salsa (red and green).  If you would like a good cup cake or cinnamon bun, stop by their booth, say hello, and purchase yourself a wonderful treat.

Come on down and start eating your way through summer, the season of abundance!

Hope to see you at the MGM located at the Saint James Episcopal Church located in Mansfield, Pa. on Wellsboro Street, one block east of the downtown light. Look for our signs.

David Brown,

MGM Manager    

 

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