Ordering for Mass Local Food begins Nov 20th & runs til midnight Nov.30th. Pick up will be Fri. Dec. 4th. As always, we would love some help on sorting/distribution day. If you are available from 1pm - 3pm or longer, let Kelley know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pick-up in Westminster will be at the Finnish Farmers' Coop Building from 3PM to 6PM.
Pick-up in Sterling will be in the parking lot at the Town Hall from 5PM to 6:30PM.
Pick-up in Berlin will be at the Eco-Village from 5PM to 7PM. classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui>
To open your shopping cart and start ordering, go to: http://www.massfoodcoop.org/shop/
Massachusetts Local Food
We moved to our new home this past month….the historical building that once housed
the Westminster Finnish Farmers Coop. What fun it was to use this little gem of a building and how much easier than lugging & setting up pop-ups, tables, chairs, coolers, the freezer,
With most of the local farmers’ markets closed now, you may find it increasingly harder to locate the fresh, nutritious, tasty fare we all have begun to crave. Of course, you still have to eat and you deserve farmers’ market fresh. However, if, like Sheryl, you didn’t or couldn’t take the time to freeze or can things when they were at their peak, you may want to stock up on as many root vegetables as you can get your hands on this month for storing in a dry, cool place or roasting, pureeing & freezing (it takes time, but is soooo worth it!). At least, when you pull out frozen corn or bagged spinach for supper, you can pair it with a Central MA vegetable & local meat. Then, adding one or more of the many other products from MLF to your menu you can create a meal you feel good about serving to your family. In addition, keep in mind that it is your patronage that keeps our producers producing. The reason that you are able to find such great food at our cooperative is simply because you shop through us! Keep up the good work!
Sheryl & Kerrie use bones and meat most of the time but Sheryl uses a combo of left-over vegetable cooking juices when cooking for vegetarian family and friends. Kerrie’s broth this week went into a Beef Barley soup (you can get the beef & barley from MLF). This meal was a huge success among her four children. They loved the flavor and could not figure out if the barley was rice or pasta. She modified the recipe to use her own broth instead of
bouillon. In addition she added a beef shank to the broth instead of using the more expensive chuck roast. She also used vegetables that she had on hand rather than a frozen bag of vegetables. And she substitutes brown sugar instead of white whenever she makes a tomato base for anything because she likes the more complex flavor combination. So, this recipe is a great starting point and the tomato in the broth gives the soup a thicker richer flavor than what you are used to finding in cafeteria style Beef Barley soup. Sheryl
says she did manage to puree & freeze a bunch of roma tomatoes and thinks she might try substituting a couple of cups of that instead of the 28oz. can of stewed tomatoes.
It’s not that far away now! You still have time to order a few Christmas gifts for our December delivery day. Some ideas are: live plants, holiday table arrangements, yarn, note cards, baby alpaca handwarmers, mohair caps, bottlecap or scrabble tile necklaces, frames and dog treats. Also, use some of our many edible products or some of our soaps, candles, lip balms, tinctures, solid perfumes, etc. to make scrumptious or uniquely personalized one-of-a kind gift baskets. If you have holiday parties planned, don’t forget to order extra of our wonderful baked goods …..many even freeze well. Shop ahead at MLF for a more relaxed holiday season!
FYI Good 4 You Tea is taking the month off….don’t worry her products will be back soon.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!!!!Happy local eating.
Kelley, Sheryl & Kerrie