N E W S  / s e p t e m b e r 17
Please Indulge Us . . .
. . .  for our erstwhile photographer's computer has crashed and we have no photos to share from the September 10 market. We'll catch up with the photos in next week's hfmarketmatters, hopefully.
     In the meantime, the photo of the potatoes. After last week's issue was finished, long-time vendor and the always very helpful Jeanette MacKenzie sent us the article on potatoes you will find below. Jeanette's tips are always very good (see earlier this season on how to preserve berries).
Cody Callahan of Oakdale Farm has asked us to share information on winter CSAs. No photo, but info below.
Important Notice for
Next Week
Next week, Saturday, Septembeer 24, the Hingham Farmers Market Hingham Farmers Market will meet at Station Street and not at the Hingham Bathing Beach. Same hours - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - and same great vendors.
Vendor News
Rotating vendors this Saturday, September 17
* Alex's Ugly Sauce
* CP's Bakery
* Vermont Syrup Company
* Karleen's Quilts
* B's Wax

* Musician Jon Waterman

Next Week at the HFM at
Station Street

September 24
* Pies by Moira

* Cross Street Flower Farm
* Karleen's Quilts
* The Sandpiper

* Musician Fred Meltzer
* CS&E - Hull Artists
Vendor news is current at the time hfmarketmatters is delivered to market-goers.

Is Your Potato Poisonous?
Here's How to Tell if it's Toxic
     Potatoes might be one of the most versatile, inexpensive, filling and nutritious  
     foods on earth. But while you might not think twice about just cutting up a
     potato and cooking it, there's actually one important thing you should be paying
     attention to first: the color. Specifically, the color green.
          The presence of chlorophyll in a potato means that a glycoalkaloid poison
     named solanine is also present. A defense against insects, this nerve toxin
     (which is in the nightshade family) can result in headaches, vomiting, diarrhea
     and even paralysis if ingested in very high amounts. So never eat potato leaves,
     stems or sprouts, and it's probably wise to avoid eating any potatoes that have
     a greenish tint.
          But we're not trying to fear monger here. If you eat that odd green potato
     chip or end up mashing up a slightly greenish potato into your Thanksgiving side
     dish, nobody's going to get sick. According to Snopes, a healthy adult would need
     to eat more than four pounds of green potatoes in one sitting in order to have
     any neurological side effects. Children, however, due to their smaller size,
     are more susceptible.
          So be on the lookout for any green in your potato, which can come from
     excessive light, cold or heat. You are not going to die if you eat it, but you
     will be ingesting trace amounts of a nerve toxin.
Jeanette MacKenzie 
Consider a Winter CSA
     Many people are familiar with CSAs* but generally shares are available in the
     spring, the start of the farming season.
Oakdale Farm, however, is now offering
     shares for 12-weeks of winter produce.
          Oakdale Farm is a sixth-generation working vegetable and fruit farm. The
     winter crops are all naturally grown in their fields and greenhouses in Rehoboth,
     Seekonk, Dighton and North Attleboro.
          What is a winter share? Depending  on the month, you may receive squash,
     tomatoes, cabbage, potatoes, onions, broccoli, carrots, spinach, kale, lettuce,
     Brussels sprouts, radishes, beets, turnips, parsnips and eggs. Imagine all that
     fresh produce in January! In addition, Oakdale works with other nearby farms to
     include items they do not grow so that a member's share will have a good
     variety of produce each month.
          A full share is $400 for 12 weeks, $200 for six weeks; shares are limited and a
     $100 deposit must be received by November 1. Pick up is at the Hingham
     Bathing Beach (site of the HFM) November 5, 12 and 19; November 26 to
     January 28 at the Station Streeet parking lot.
          Interested market-goers are encouraged to contact 
Cody Callahan
at Oakdale Farm: or check out for lots more information. 

     *What is a CSA? 
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.
     The purpose is for consumers to invest in a farm at the start of a growing
     season. By purchasing a "share" of the harvest, CSA members then receive part
     of the farm's freshly picked produce each week for a designated period of time.

     *Why join a CSA? CSA programs connect people with their community. It is a
     great way to be connected to the land where food is grown and the farmer who
     grows it as well as helping to save family farms and preserving the rural
     community. By becoming a CSA member, people are helping protect local
     farmers against loss simply by agreeing to take what ends up growing rather
     than a predetermined selection or quantity. 
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