Good Day Sunshine 6/06/2014

 

Wow!!! It doesn’t get much better than this. Beautiful weather for days running and still more to come. Hot weather crops being planted IN the gardens, and so many spring greens coming OUT of the gardens that we can’t eat them all. Yep, this is what we’ve all waited for. BRING IT ON! No wonder the ancients worshiped the sun; hey, some of us still do.

A spot of sunshine for your listening pleasure.

http://youtu.be/vL7YxIxHepI 

Why not bring yourself and your sunny disposition down to the MGM this week and share some time with us.  We always look forward to seeing you. You’ll find your favorite vendors and might even see some of your old friends and neighbors enjoying the wonderful weather while shopping for locally grown and produced goods. While it may be a spell before the hot weather crops are ready for market, there’s still a wide selection of great spring items available. This warm weather’s enabling the growers to bring more produce to market.  It changes a little each week, come down this week and see what’s new!   market crowd 2010

The Market cafe returns 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 they’ve cooked up a cream of watercress soup using watercress from Spring Meadows Farm. There will also be a meatless special, a roasted fennel and shallot salad. 

Matt Noldy will return for his second performance of the season this week. If you missed him last time here’s your chance to catch him in the act, and a very good act it is. He begins at 4:00 and plays until the end of the market, at 6:00.

As always, the MGM booth will be open with the usual gang of folks and lots of info, shirts, aprons, MGM gift certs, and more. Stop by for a visit, get on our email list, ask about our wonderful employment opportunities with excellent benefits, and enjoy a free cup of great coffee, high test only, courtesy of Night and Day Coffee Shop, which is just up the street.  

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.

A couple of quick notes:

I’d like acknowledge all the folks that participated in helping the Mansfield Free Public Library in their successful basket raffle. Thanks to all the people who for bought raffle tickets, the MGM vendors and friends who contributed market gift certs and other gift items for the market baskets, and to all of the friends and volunteers who made it work. Congrats to all the winners, and we hope to see you at the MGM throughout out the season using those gift certs. Please take the time to introduce yourselves to the vendors, and consider giving them a kind word of thanks for their generous donations.

painting by Rick Packer

painting by Rick Packer

I know that it may be a disappointment to some folks, but Hillstone informed me last week that they will not be able to return to the market until 6/20/2014. Meanwhile, you might want to consider trying some of the other vendors for different types of meat cuts.  Cliff, from Running Bear, and Bernie, from Inn to The Seasons, both have quality meat products.

Before we get to the vendors list and product availability for the week, I’d like show you why Diane, Phil, and the folks that work at The Herb Corner Farm have such a great attitude and healthy starter plants. Check out the link below for a glimpse of their operation. Looks like a great place to work. I wonder if they’re hiring.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/29/freaks-garden-planet-sale-music-video_n_5413207.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false#sb=240724b=facebook

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

Those hot rocking folks from The Herb Corner want to have a fun time at their booth this week, so they”ll be featuring chive flowers. They’ll be available for both tasting and sale, the chive flowers, that is. They’re great in salads, with eggs, and for flavoring a great marinade or vinegar. I’m sure you’ll be able to find many other uses for them. I personally think that they make a beautiful floral arrangement. They still have a good selection of herbs left, and they’ll bring some flowers and whatever vegetable plants they have left. Their fresh produce this week will include lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, and onions.

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.

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

Basically Bagels booth will be selling, what else? Bagels! And, much more, including bags of bagel chips and great BIG chocolate chip cookies.Basically Bagels

Udder Merry Mac will to be on hand with his great selection of lettuces, basil, and other great hydro produce.

Roosting Tree is scheduled to come to market this week with great soy free eggs, local artwork, and homemade jams.  

Andy, from Spring Meadows Farm will have lots of pastured eggs and wild watercress this week.

Running Bear will bring lots of spring greens of different varieties, lamb and chicken products, and a limited amount of frozen plain basil pesto, in 1/2 pint containers. It contains only fresh basil, garlic, and olive oil.

Always Somethin’ Farm will be there with their wonderful goat’s milk products and maybe something else. You never can tell, but it’s always something with Always Somethin’.

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.

Come on down to the MGM this Friday.  The weather’s fine, and we’re all in a somewhat humorous mood. I am, at least!

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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