Newsletter for July 21st

Thank you for your patience while the Medford Farmers Market “shouts from the rooftops” about how we can now accept EBT/SNAP at the market.  I’ll say no more if you promise to read the last email from us!
Fruitfully yours, 
The Board of Directors of the Medford Farmers Market
  Susan Fairchild, President
  Michael Quinn, Treasurer
  Heather S. Hannon, Clerk
  Syrah McGivern
  Marc Gurton   

Let Us Entertain You This week’s entertainment and events

If you missed it last week, free chair massages are back again from local bodyworker Don Cox.  Don is an Asian Bodywork therapist specializing in shiatsu, acupressure and reiki, and will have his chair at the market from 3 to 5pm.
This week we’d like to welcome Ezra Morrison and Vivian Montgomery to our Medford Farmers Market Stage.  Ezra is a jazz and klezmer clarinet, and a wild-minded teenage improviser who plays in jams, public spaces, and for events around Boston.  Vivian plays accordion (and Ezra’s mom), is known nationally as an early keyboardist (harpsichord and fortepiano) but feeds her soul with the swell of bellows on Eastern European, Jewish, and Celtic music.
If you’d like to sing, dance, lead an activity, or otherwise capture the spotlight at our market, send us an email.

News Bites
by Meghan VanStry and Isabelle Thibault
Ever wonder what whole grain actually means? Does it mean healthier? More nutritious? More fiber? Carbs? Calories? Whole grain actually means what is sounds like, a grain that is whole! Grains are born with three parts: the bran, the germ and the endosperm. A grain that still has these three parts when you eat it is considered a whole grain! The bran contains important antioxidants, vitamin B, and fiber. The germ contains necessary proteins, mineral and healthy fats. The endosperm, the largest part of a grain, contains carbohydrates and proteins. All of these are important in a well-balanced diet, so try to get as much whole grain as possible. Even if you eat products that are cracked, split, or ground they can be considered whole grains as long as the proportions of the three parts are still intact. Try eating whole grain products such as bread, rice, pasta and cereal!

Notes from the Market Manager A weekly rundown of your farmers market 

Brigham Farm’s Market stand
This week is threatening to be a scorcher, but we’ve got all sorts of delicious fruits and veggies available that will help to keep you cool.  I’ve been digging Mark Bittman’s popsicle matrix and have made some of my own delicious market-inspired pops.  If that isn’t enough for you, we’ve got two places you can buy iced coffee and one where you can buy ice cream sandwiches and chilled kombucha!
This week’s market has 17 vendors.  In addition to the treats above you can expect to find tomatoes, lettuce, kale, radishes, carrots, beets, rhubarb, honey, and an array of baked goods.  For those of you that purchased goods from The Energized Body during the first week of the market, you’ll be pleased to know that she’s back this week!  For a complete list of this week’s vendors, check out our website.

Bruschetta A great no-heat-needed recipe to keep you cool as a cuke. 
This is a great way to get in some of your whole grains and make use of those heirloom tomatoes you just bought!
1 loaf of whole wheat bread 
2 cloves of garlic
1 tbs olive oil
3 or 4 large ripe tomatoes
6-10 basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2.  Dice tomatoes, chop garlic and basil.  Combine with olive oil, season with salt ab pepper and set aside.  
3.  Slice bread, and coat one side with olive oil. Toast for 5 or 6 minutes until it is golden brown and toasty.
4.  Spoon generous helpings of the tomato mixture on to the bread and serve. 
Get creative with your tomato toping!  Add cheese to make it more of a pizza, or pine nuts to make it more of a pesto.  With good ingredients (like you’ll find at your Medford Farmers Market) its hard to go wrong!