August 25th Newsletter

Last week we kicked off a new initiative: 4 vendors are now donating their food at the end of the day to the Community Cupboard Food Pantry in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Medford!  We would like to thank these vendors, as well as our two dedicated volunteers, Peter Taylor and Dana Gallop, for making this possible.  Last year between 70 and 90 families received food from the Food Pantry, and we are glad that we can contribute to their important mission of reducing hunger in the Medford community.
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

We’d like to welcome back Singer/Songwriter Carrie Cheron. Carrie has graced ourstage in weeks past and this week we’re lucky to let her bring back her soulful singing and guitar playing.   Carrie will be on the Medford Market stage from 3 to 5pm.  Check out her website to get a taste of her 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 Van Stry and Isabelle Thibault
Honey, which is sold at our farmers market, is sweet, natural and delicious! But this tasty golden elixir is much more that something to be used on toast and in tea, the benefits of honey are infinite! For instance, honey is a natural energy booster: since it is loaded with carbohydrates, eating a tablespoon of honey before, after, or during a workout can be very beneficial. Honey is a great solution to a sore throat, so next time you start coughing treat yourself to a spoonful of delicious honey!  Honey is also great for your skin, and has properties that will naturally moisturize and hydrate your body.  To test the endless benefits of honey, trying make this smoothing skin lotion to create flawless skin.

Smoothing Skin Lotion
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Mix together honey, vegetable oil and lemon juice. Rub into hands, elbows, heels and anywhere that feels dry. Leave on 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.

This will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Enjoy!

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

What better way to enjoy the final weeks of summer than by strolling down to your friendly neighborhood farmers market?  Sit out in the sun for a spell to listen to our delightful musician, or come hang out with me at the market manager’s booth and draw a sidewalk picture or two. Usborne Books is back with us this week, just in time for you to pick up some back-to-school reading material.
Summer produce is still in full-swing but is starting to fade in to cooler season crops. Just a reminder to get it while you can! Also, in case you’ve missed it, Springbrook Farms is now selling beef from their stand, all the way in the back.  For a complete list of this week’s vendors, check out our website.

The Perfect Medford Market grill-down 
Summer might be drawing to a close, but there is still time to have a market-inspired cookout!

August is coming to a close, which means that there are only a few weeks left of summery weather before fall starts nipping at our noses.  What better way to celebrate the last weekend of summer than by having a cookout – with Medford Market produce, of course!  Below are a smattering of grill suggestions. 
Corn – peel back husk to remove silks, then return husks to natural position being

peaches hot off the grill

careful to cover as much of the kernels as possible, or remove husk entirely and cover in tin-foil.

Eggplant – slice in to 1/2 inch-think rounds, toss with olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette.

Onion – quarter onions and skewer, or hollow out a 1 inch pit in a whole onion and fill with a mixture of butter and fresh herbs.
Peaches – remove pit, halve and dress with honey and balsamic vinegar. Serve with ice cream or crumbled blue cheese for a sweet and savory desert.
Summer squash – slice lengthwise, toss with olive oil and place on grill
Tomatoes – cherry tomatoes can be skewered, larger tomatoes can be cut in half and grilled for a few minutes on each side. 
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