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!

Spring Meadows Farm

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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Bees Rock My World!!! ( and yours too!!! ) 7/11/2014

 

For all they do, bees of all types, with honey bees leading the pack, win the Gold! The Ancients realized long ago that they could domesticate these little critters for their own benefit and the rest is an interesting history in apiary management. Since then bees have worked hard for humankind, sharing their bounties, pollinating our crops and flowers, and not asking for much in return except to take the winters off, rest up, and retrench. No health benefits, no retirement or vacation packages, no golden parachutes, hell, not even a minimum wage. Pretty sweet deal for us, don’t you think?

One thing’s for certain; we haven’t been very kind to our winged buddies in recent years. Like so many other of our relationships in nature, this one has gone awry, and I’m sad to say that it doesn’t seem to be getting any better, yet.  There’s lots of nasty stuff being used by too many people in too many places and it’s taking its toll. These little guys have enough to do without us trying to kill them. We’re headed for BIG trouble if we don’t do something to turn it around. We all need to make sure that we’re each doing all we can do to stop their demise. Buy local food that hasn’t been sprayed with poison, don’t use poison sprays ourselves, and do a little research to see if what we’re doing in our daily lives might be harmful or helpful to bees. If it’s harmful, think about stopping; if it’s helpful, do a lot more of it and ask all your friends and neighbors to do the same. If we want real food and not something from a test tube, grown in a lab, or worse, we’ll need to have bees around to do their magic through pollination.

The farmers might have put away the DDT, but methinks they may have picked up something just as nasty and evil, or worse. I’m with Joni; give me the spots on the apples, but please, please, leave me the birds and bees.

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One way you can start to help is to come down to the MGM this week and see what our growers have on hand that has been produced in a bee friendly environment. We love bees. And honey, and healthy food, and flowers, and, the list goes on and on. Remember, it all starts with bees, let’s try our darnedest to keep them safe.

Carolyn was a big hit a few weeks ago with lots of little ones, all having a blast at the Art Tent. I think Carolyn enjoyed it as well; I sure had a lot fun watching. Carolyn will be back again this week from 4-5 P.M. with more interesting art projects. Bring your young ones and see what’s in store! It’s features such as this that help make the MGM a diversified event for the entire community. Music, food, conversation, and fun, we have it all!

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 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. This week they’ve cooked up a couple of interesting sounding vegetarian delights: a Broccoli Pesto Pasta served with leaf lettuce salad and garlic bread, and a Thai Summer Squash Vichyssoise, served chilled.

The music tent will be featuring Matt Noldy for his return engagement of the season. Hope ya bring better weather this time, Matt!  He’ll be playing some of your favorites.  As always, welcome back, Matt.

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.

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

Lee’s Bees: Since I’m creating a lot of buzz about bees this week, it’s only fitting and leesbeesproper that I give the lead to Lee and Kathy Wright, the bee-folks themselves. Let’s all welcome Lee’s Bee’s back for their first MGM appearance of the season. They’ll be featuring honey and honey products. This is the real thing folks, local honey, produced by local bees, not a cheap import from God knows where containing God knows what. If you think all honey’s the same or that all honey is even honey, Google it; it’s frightening. Welcome back, Lee and Kathy.

http://youtu.be/crUfbSrNMv8

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 or anything like them in any store.

Udder Merry Mac will be here this week with his wonderful selection of lettuces, basil, 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 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. Herb Corner with veggie plant starters

The Herb Corner will have, Zucchini & Eggplant, in limited amounts; they’re just starting to pick. They will also have fresh onions, scallions, and limited amounts of lettuce, spinach, and Swiss chard. 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. You might want to make lots of pesto and freeze some for a quick and easy meal. It tastes great any time, especially in the dead of winter. Here’s a link for a simple but great tasting pesto recipe.

http://www.organicgardening.com/cook/pesto-presto

 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 lots of spring greens of different varieties, lamb and chicken products, PLUS, a limited amount of early Summer Produce.beets

Always Somethin’ Farm will be there with their wonderful goat’s milk products, garlic scapes, and fresh early summer radishes.

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, be like a bee, get busy and buzz on down to the MGM this Friday and find a little sweetness.

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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Happy 4th! 7/04/2014

Just in case you missed last weeks newsletter, we will not be at MGM this Friday, the 4th of July. I hope you all have a great holiday, find time to relax a bit, enjoy your activities, friends, and families. mgm-logo.jpg If you have young ones in your life and missed last week’s Art Booth with Carolyn, don’t fret, we’ll do it again on the 11th of July and other future dates. There are also plans in the works for different types of activities in the near future, stay tuned.

Lastly, if you need products from some of the vendors for the holiday please contact them directly. Most of them on on FaceBook or have web sites. Many of them will be going to the Wellsboro Market on Thursday and will be passing thru town. Perhaps they can drop something off, if you make arrangements.

Be safe, we want to see you back at MGM when we return July 11, 2014.

David Brown,

MGM Manager

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Arts ‘R Us!!! 6/27/2014

Looks like we’re in for some fine weather at the MGM this Friday! This week we’ll have our first art booth of the season for young ones hosted by Carolyn Smith, starting at 4:00 pm. The theme this week will be centered around the 4th of July holiday and we invite all children from 2 years and up to participate. This will be a time for young ones to express themselves, be totally creative, and have lots of fun in the process. Be prepared for the possibility of them getting a bit messy, but, not to worry, we’ll have plenty of water and towels to clean ‘em up.

One teaspoon of New Horizons ice cream will cure your summertime blues. Or maybe I need two teaspoons . . .

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Some of you might remember Carolyn from the Mansfield University Childcare Center.  She’s full of energy and totally psyched about taking this on. She intends to do a number of these during the season, and we’ll make you aware of the dates as soon as we get them worked out. We feel fortunate to have her in our lineup of great volunteers that make the MGM work so well. Welcome aboard, Carolyn!

A little ditty to welcome all the young’ns to the market.You older folks might like it as well; hey, we’re all young at heart, aren’t we?

http://youtu.be/cgPqmRNjoTE 

We’ll have great music at our music tent and excellent food prepared by the crew from Yorkholo Brew Pub at the hot-cart. The Market Cafe will be taking a well earned rest this week. There will also be plenty of fresh produce, herbs, flowers, hanging baskets, baked goods, eggs, jams, jellies, meats, woolen goods, art work, and other items.

1.bmpThe music tent will be hosting Folk Spirit this week, a group of gifted local musicians that play a great mix of homegrown originals and well done covers of old favorites. They’ve played the MGM music tent many times in the past and are always a hit. Come on down, welcome them back, and enjoy some great music from 4-6 pm; you’ll be glad you did.

As mentioned above, Yorkholo will be at the hot-cart doing the cooking this week so you won’t have to. They’ll be having pulled pork sandwiches and a delicious vegetarian option. As of press time they’re not quite sure what that option may be but they never disappoint. Chase it all down with their homemade root beer or lemonade.

So with all that’s happening this week at the MGM, why would you not want to come down, bask in the great weather, grab a bite to eat, enjoy the music, say hello to old friends, make new acquaintances, and let you and your young ones be entertained? PLUS, you’ll have the opportunity to go home with great locally grown and produced goodies; what’s not to like? Come share the festive atmosphere, fresh air, sunshine, and camaraderie with us. The vendors are waiting to greet you!

While you’re there, 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.

The MGM will be closed next Friday, on the 4th of July, so plan accordingly while you’re making your purchases this week. Speak with the vendors and try to make other arrangements if you need fresh produce or baked goods next week. Some of them may be in the area the day before the holiday and  might be able to supply you with what you need. Don’t be afraid to ask!

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 at the market this week with quality beef, pork, and their fab hotdogs, just in time for that July 4th cookout.

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. They’ll also have a few cheese spreads and fudge.

Running bear will have broccoli, fennel, cheddar cauliflower, chioggia golden beets, salad mixes, and baby greens for this week’s market. In addition, they will also have their usual varieties of kale, beet and mustard greens, and quality chicken and lamb products.

This week The Herb Corner will be pulling the first of the Cipollini onions to sell. These DSCF5012onions are sweet and pungent. They will also have beautiful cut flowers, including the first of their big lilies, food for your soul. Their hanging begonia baskets are starting to fill in and blossom, so they’ll be bringing an assortment of colors. They still have a few herb plants & eucalyptus for sale. Look for them to bring a good assortment of fresh cut herbs and greens.

Always Somethin’ Farm will be there with their wonderful goat’s milk products and GARLIC SCAPES. If you’re a garlic lover and not familiar with SCAPES you’ll want to check them out. I love to make pesto with them. They’re great in stir-fries, sautéed with eggs, and many other ways; just look on line.

Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for making pesto. Pesto has been a winner at our house for many years. It’s easy and inexpensive to make, freezes well for long periods of time, takes up very little room, and can be used in so many ways. It’s traditionally made with basil, olive oil, salt, cheese, garlic, and nuts, but the Garlic Scape version is gaining popularity. Try it and you’ll know why. Nothing better than a quick dish of pasta with a dollop of pesto, topped with chopped fresh or sun-dried tomatoes, sliced black olives, and roasted sunflower/pumpkin seeds when you’re baffled and too tired to think about dinner. Try it with frozen green peas and a salad, and you’re set!

Garlic Scape and Almond Pesto

10 garlic scapes, chopped

1/3 – 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan (to taste and texture)

1/3 cup toasted almonds, chopped

About 1/2 cup olive oil

Optional basil 

Sea salt to taste

Put 1/2 of the oil and all of the other ingredients in food processor until you have a paste; add more oil until you get the texture you want. It may be too garlicky for some; add more cheese, if you like. I personally like to add basil to mine until it’s just the way I like it. That’s the beauty of cooking; recipes should only be a basic road map to start you on your way to your final destination. There are many ways to get to where you want to go. Experiment and have fun!

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

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. 

Udder Merry Mac is scheduled to return this week with a variety of hydroponically grown lettuces, basil, and possibly, cukes.

Shannon and Erin will be at the Glenfiddich booth with lots of baked goods—breads, cookies, biscotti, etc. They 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. Try their homemade granola; they have a few different ones, all great tasting and healthy for you!

Andy, from Spring Meadows Farm will have lots of pastured EGGS, chard, and kale. Check out his blog at http://springmeadowsfarm.wordpress.com/  for some very interesting and educational info on good animal husbandry and land stewardship.

Think about scheduling a chunk of time out of your busy life, come on down to the market and relax a spell. It’s Friday, take a break, SUMMER’S HERE!

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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,

MGM Manager

 

 

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Its Summertime!!!! 6/20/2014

 

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Well, not quite, but almost! We’re going to fudge it a bit by celebrating SUMMER one day early at the MGM this Friday! For all of my teaching friends, you’ve made it one more time! Being married to a retired teacher, I totally get what this time of the year means to you. So kick back, chillax, and mosey on down to the MGM, which might be, for some of you, the first time this season. We’ll have great music at our music tent and excellent food prepared by the folks at the Market Cafe, located inside the Parrish Hall.  Eat it here or take out. There will also be plenty of fresh produce, herbs, flowers, and veggie flats for planting, baked goods, eggs, jams, jellies, meats, and other items. We invite you all to the MGM. Come share the festive atmosphere, fresh air, sunshine, and camaraderie with us. The vendors are waiting to greet you.

Yep, it’s summertime and whether the living is easy or not, this song sure is. Like everything else at the MGM, it’s the real thing.

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The Market Cafe will be open this week with their regular menu of culinary delights, thirst quenching beverages, and their 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.This week their special soups are Broccoli Cheese and a chilled Rhubarb soup. The meatless special will be Lasagna and spinach rollups. Both will be using homegrown vegetables. They”ll also have plenty of Sylvia’s famous chicken salad, pulled pork sandwiches, and ultimate grilled cheese on Shannon’s sourdough bread. Celebrate the start of summer by treating yourself to some great vittles from the Cafe. It’s much too hot to cook.

The music tent will be hosting Lazy Mazy, a somewhat  eclectic group of gifted musicians leaning to the folksy side.They’ve played the MGM music tent in the past, and I’m always excited to welcome them back. We look forward to having them play from 4-6pm for your listening pleasure. Please join us.

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The MGM booth will be open but you won’t find Donna and Larry there this week. They’re taking a few weeks of R&R, but the rest of us, Joel, Ashley, Sharon, Cassie, and myself will be present to chew the fat and welcome you to the market. Stop by our booth and check out our stash of goodies. We’ll be hawking the new 2014 and older MGM t-shirts, aprons, MGM $5.00 GIFT CERTIFICATES that can be used at any vendor booth (great gift idea), and lots of other items. All proceeds from sales and donations go to making it all work. Stop by for a visit, get on our email list, and enjoy a free cup of decent grinds, 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. 

You’ll want to keep your eye open for the next newsletter when we”ll have more details about the first opening of the art booth this season for young ones. Carolyn Smith is excited to get started and intends to run a number of art programs throughout the season. The dates aren’t set yet, but we plan on the first one next Friday, June, 27th. Stay tuned and a BIG thank you to Carolyn and her assistants, Ian, Laura, and Liz.!

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 , if you’d like 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 you’ll need to do is bring the info to share with the community; sounds like a win/win to me.

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

Always Somethin’ Farm will be there with their wonderful goat’s milk products and GARLIC SCAPES. If you’re a garlic lover and not familiar with scapes you’ll want to check them out. I love to make pesto with them. They’re great in stir-fries, sautéed with eggs, and many other ways; just look on line.

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 jelly was a big hit last week. She sold out. I hope she brings more this week.

This week, The Herb Corner will be bringing: cut flowers, a variety of fresh cut herbs, spring onions,  their lettuce mix, and garlic scapes. They will also have a small selection of herb plants and a nice assortment of hanging baskets.

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

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.

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.

Shannon and Erin will be at the Glenfiddich booth with lots of baked goods—breads, cookies, biscotti, etc. They 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.

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, mapled pecans, walnuts, and other items.

Andy, from Spring Meadows Farm will have lots of pastured EGGS and spring greens.

Running bear will have broccoli, fennel, cheddar cauliflower, chioggia golden beets, salad mixes, and baby greens for this week’s market. In addition, they will also have their usual varieties of kale, beet and mustard greens, and quality chicken and lamb products.

So, put on you summer togs and meander on down to the MGM this Friday to help us celebrate the first days of SUMMER!

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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