Westminster Farmers’ Market Report from Maple Heights Farm
I KNOW they are predicting showers for Friday, but that has been the prediction every Friday for the past 6 weeks – and we have not had rain during the farmers’ market yet! So don’t be put off by the forecast!
Music this week by the talented Heidi-Jo Hanson! So don’t forget to lend an ear to our boom-box and listen to this local talent!
DON”T FORGET Father’s Day! He will love a gift package of beef and pork for summer grilling! For dinner, get a delicious steak and some sausage and try the meringue recipe below for dessert! Add some cut flowers too – this is the time of year you should have a nice fresh arrangement on your nightstand or in your bathroom. Peonies (which are far more beautiful and longer lasting than roses) are .25 per stem and you can put together a beautiful bouquet by visiting several vendors that also have cut flowers.
Coming next week (June 26th) Meghan (7th grade) is starting a fundraising endeavor by opening a coffee shop in the gazebo. She is serving root beer floats with HOMEMADE ROOT BEER along with Dean’s Beans coffee (organic, free trade and locally roasted) pecan rolls and donuts. So bring the kids, sit down and enjoy your afternoon snack in the gazebo. All proceeds will benefit Agriculture in the Classroom projects at all our local schools and also provide funding for the Green Movement projects at Overlook.
Salad greens are in at the market and you can select from several different and tasty kinds! Vendors still have Asparagus and Rhubarb. You can also find beef, pork, eggs, rhubarb crisp, rhubarb pie, breads (cinnamon, Finnish, English muffin, hamburger rolls), jam, cheese, soap, perennials…
I did get reports that last week’s pork chop and rhubarb recipe was delicious. I have a Father’s Day dessert for you to try and it will require you to stop by and get some of our Farmers’ Market fresh rhubarb and eggs. This is a meringue recipe and, you can use your store bought eggs, but you will be much happier with your meringue when using fresh eggs. I will ask our egg producers to prepare some half dozen packages for this week. Usually they sell for $3.50/dozen, and they are as fresh as you will ever get. If you haven’t made meringue yet, it is time you tried. It’s easy and you can impress your family and friends with your newfound ability. This recipe should only take 20 minutes to prepare! http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Rhubarb-Meringue-Dessert/Detail.aspx
In addition to these food items, we expect perennials, soaps and locations, hand creams, incense, hand painted tin pieces including Mailboxes and antique reproductions, ornaments, quilted items, tote bags, jewelry…
We, at Maple Heights Farm, are completely restocked on beef and pork. We have many top quality steaks and hamburg. We also have pork loin chops and three types of sausage. The sausage is much leaner than what you are used to, so you will have to skip the part of your recipe where it says, “drain excess fat”. There is usually just enough to sauté your onions after you brown the meat. You can go to www.mapleHeightsFarm.com to check out our prices (click on pricing on the main page).
Thank you to all who are participating in our trash reuse program. The egg cartons and nursery pots have been a big help to several vendors. Here are more items that we need: garden center pots, seed six packs, egg cartons, small/medium glass jars, coffee grounds, empty 50 lb brown paper sacks such as flour sacks or grain bags, unwanted coolers in good condition.
Please consider becoming a vendor. What are you going to do with your extra zucchini anyway? Selling it helps the farmers market – and you can put your proceeds towards those cool tomato supports and pea supports that you have been wanting for so long! You can obtain an application online at www.westminster-ma.org/farmersMarket_APP.htm. The fee is $2.00 for a table each week.