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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.