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.
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 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 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!!
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.
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.