So,Whatta Ya Think? 9/19/2014

It’s a question that many of us frequently get asked, and, unfortunately, it’s quite often asked in a rhetorical manner. It can be frustrating, to say the least. Well, this time it’s different. We’re asking that same question here, but we really do want to know what you think—really, we do! Please consider following the link below to fill out the survey that has been prepared by New View Farm, a local grower with an interest in coming to market next season. At MGM we’ve been brainstorming with all the vendors recently and thinking about what we need to do to stay in tune with you, the consumer and supporter of the MGM, for the future. We’re hoping that most of you will participate in the survey since all of the collected data will be shared with MGM and will be helpful in helping us help you. Be assured that any info that you share will remain confidential; you will become just another statistic. Ha! Just what you wanted, right?

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SBRR9LZ

We will be featuring Ellis Callahan as our musical guest this week at the music tent. Ellis is a gifted and very talented performer with a number of recordings to his credit. He has appeared in the past as an advocate for HAVEN (Helping Abuse and Violence End Now), Tioga County’s only domestic and sexual violence center.  He was scheduled to do the same this year, but, unfortunately, Haven had to cancel; fortunately, Ellis will be with us. Do yourself a BIG favor, check out his website, listen to his music and get your butt to MGM this Friday to see this man in person.

http://www.elliscallahan.com/albums

To learn more about HAVEN and find out how you can help check out their website link below.

http://www.havenoftiogacounty.org

We’ll be having a Kids Art Tent again this week from 4:30-6 p.m. Kim Furry will be on hand to help your young ones make beautiful wooden bracelets made from tongue depressors. She has them already shaped ahead of time so the kids will be able to color them with markers to take home. wooden bands 

The Market Cafe will be open for business this week, serving up lots of good grub to delight your taste buds and fill your tummy. Stop in the Parrish Hall, say hello, grab a bite to eat, a liquid refreshment, or both.

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!

Shirts available at the MGM tent!

Shirts available at the MGM tent!

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.

After this week we will have only one more scheduled outdoor market before we move indoors for the fall season on October the 3rd. so we’re hoping that you’ll come join in the fun. We’ll have lots of locally grown meats, sausages, and summer and fall produce ready for you to choose from. There will be tomatoes, potatoes, melons, winter squash, onions, garlic, beets, kale, chard, peaches, pears and so much more.  Come pick up enough to stock up those root cellars, fill up those Mason jars, and freezers! If you need inspiration to do so, give a listen to this………….

                                           http://youtu.be/Nb-0ZCqga48

The Herb Corner, Yorkshire Meadows, and Udder Merry Mac will be playing hooky this Friday, but they intend to return next week.

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

The folks from Bohlayers Orchards will be returning after their first appearance at the MGM last week. You can stop at their booth, pick up PEARS, and see what else might be available. While you’re there, ask them about their operation and their natural growing methods.

Hillstone will be back this week with their quality beef, other meats, and great hot-dogs; you won’t find this type of dog or anything like them in any store.

Inn to the Seasons will have meat products consisting of pork, lamb, goat, and veal. They’ll be featuring their cheese products: Manicotti, Pierogis, Broccoli Cheese Crepes, Blintzes, Lasagna, and Cheese Cake, all made from goat’s milk. They’ll also have a few cheese spreads and one of the best fudges you’ll ever taste.

Bernie shows off his challa.

Bernie shows off his challa.

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

Keeney Farm will have potatoes, cukes, peppers, beans, MELONS, summer and winter squash, tomatoes and more.

Between Two Rivers will be bringing great maple syrup and other maple items.100_0565

Lee’s Bees will be here and it could be their last market of the season, soooo…..if you need to make a winter stash of honey or other honey products, be like a bee and buzz on down to the MGM this Friday. Just look for the bear.honey bee

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.

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

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

Always Somethin’ Farm will be bringing their regular goat milk soap and cream products, tomatoes,  prize winning garlic, and garlic braids.Screen Shot 2012-09-13 at 1.15.32 AM

So, come on down to the MGM and let us know what ya think, we’re always ready to listen to almost anything.Mr.NaturalSitting mrnatural

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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Oh My Fur and Whiskers, I’m Late, I’m late, I’m Late!!! 9/12/2014

Yep, just like the White Rabbit, I’m late. So much to do and so little time, I’m sure that many of you can relate. Given the fact that Alice in Wonderland was written so many years ago and the “I’m Late” stuff was already in place suggests to me that it’s not exactly a modern day distress. But hey, then again, it’s better late than never, so the saying goes.

                                         http://youtu.be/ZOLpCWlsCjw

This will be one of the last few remaining outdoor markets before we move indoors for the fall season on the first week of October so we’re hoping that YOU wont be late in coming down and joining us in the fun. We’ll have lots of summer and some fall produce ready for you to choose from, come and stock up those root cellars, fill up those Mason jars, and freezers! If you need inspiration to do so, give a listen to this………….

                                           http://youtu.be/Nb-0ZCqga48

We will be featuring Folk Spirits as our musical guests at the MGM music tent today. These folks are great, gifted musicians who play lots of original tunes, crack jokes and totally connect with their audience, guaranteed you will not be disappointed. If you are, we’ll give you a refund.1.bmp

The Market Cafe will be open for business this week, serving up lots of good grub to delight your taste buds and fill your tummy. Stop in the Parrish Hall, say hello, grab a bite to eat, a liquid refreshment, or both. This week they’ll be featuring a Meatless special, a soy glazed sweet potato with honey mustard and Brussels sprouts. Yummie!! Their Special Vegetarian Soup will be a Thai Butternut Squash soup. This soup sold out within the first 15 minutes in the spring!!!

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!

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:

First, we’d like to give a big welcome aboard to Heather and Dave, the folks from Bohlayers Orchards, making their first appearance at the MGM this week.You can stop at their booth, pick up pears, see what else might be available and welcome them to market. While you’re there ask them about their operation and their natural growing methods.

Here’s a bit of info suppled by Heather. “Do you enjoy canned pears? Do you loathe peeling all of those pears? Then we have great news for you! Pears may be canned WITH the peel on!!! Wash them well, cut them using an apple corer/slicer, then can as usual. This keeps the nutrition of the peel with the fruit. And we do not use harsh chemicals. This is a win, win, win situation!!! Stop in soon for Bartlett pears while supplies last!” pears

You might also want to check out their website for more info.

                                         http://www.bohlayersorchards.com/

The Herb Corner will have cut flowers, red & green tomatoes, lettuce & swiss chard, and fresh cut herbs. They will also be bringing fall mums so, 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.10562714_706098829478445_6104332990613359457_o

Hillstone will be back this week with their quality beef, other meats, and great hot-dogs; you won’t find this type of dog or 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.

Keeney Farm will have new potatoes, cukes, peppers, some string beans, MELONS, summer squash, tomatoes and more.produce2.jpg

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 bringing great maple syrup and other maple items.

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.

Shannon and Erin will be back at the Glenfiddich Farm booth this week with all of their great baked good and other delights. Stop in and welcome them back!!!!DSCF5337

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

Always Somethin’ Farm will be bringing their regular goat milk soap and cream products, tomatoes,  prize winning garlic, and garlic braids.

garlic

Remember what the dormouse said, “Feed your head,” but I like to think for one to do so one needs to feed their body first, so hop on down to the MGM and stop chasing those rabbits.

We’ve got all the healthy stuff you’ll need to feed your body.

                                          http://youtu.be/WANNqr-vcx0

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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Wha’ Happened?!!!! 9/05/2014

Dang! Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that I planted all those plants in starter flats and the veggie garden? They’re all like children to me, each and every one. With the exception of three eggplant plants from The Herb Corner and two pepper plants from my best friend and gardening buddy, Steve, I started every last one of them from seed; so you might say that I have had an intimate relationship with them all.

On a beautiful, warm, and sunny day such as this one, I will often take the dog, go out to the garden, and notice all the plants, the tilt of the sun going into the Southern sky, and the absence of so many migratory birds, long since departed. I’ll also notice the feelings that come as I remember when I planted each and every one of the plants or seeds, the promise of a new growing season, and the joy (still) of seeing a seed sprout forth to fulfill its simple but magical quest of new life. jackNo wonder Jack and the Beanstalk was one of my favs so many years ago. Lastly, I will be most appreciative of all the bounty that this season’s garden has offered and will continue to offer to my family, friends, neighbors, and to me.

I think it safe to assume that most, if not all, of the growers feel the same about what they grow or produce for the MGM. Bottom line is, unlike the big agribusiness boys, they too care about their products and have a relationship with the consumers of those products. It’s not always about the $$$. So remember, this is the time of the year when many of the growers crops are peaking for the summer season and the time for you to participate in that bounty, so come on down to the MGM and be part of it all.

The Market Cafe will be open for business this week, serving up lots of good grub to delight your taste buds and fill your tummy. Stop in the Parrish Hall, say hello, grab a bite to eat, a liquid refreshment, or both.

We’ll have Matt Noldy back at the Music Tent this week for his farewell performance of the 2014 season. Come down and catch his act.matt noldy

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.  

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 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.Herb Corner with veggie plant starters

Hillstone will be back this week with their quality beef, other meats, and great hot-dogs; you won’t find this type of dog or anything like it in any store. They will also have SWEET CORN; come and get it!sweet corn

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, summer squash, tomatoes and more.

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?

Roosting Tree is scheduled to return with their great soy free eggs, jellies, and local artwork.

Between Two Rivers will be bringing great maple syrup and other maple items.

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

Udder Merry Mac will be with us 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.cropped-100_0562.jpg

Always Somethin’ Farm will be taking the week off, but do not fear, they’ll be back next week with their regular goat milk soap and cream products, tomatoes, garlic, and garlic braids.

So put on your party pants and saunter on down to the market for one of the last remaining  days of summer.partypants4 partypants3

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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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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http://youtu.be/s76mkRRGPZA

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!

sweet corn

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.

A man of impeccable taste.

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!

garlic

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.

pickyourown.org

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb-0ZCqga48

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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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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