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N E W S  /  j u n e 11
 
The good news is . . .
 . . . strawberries are back! Lucious, big, beautiful and juicy - only available during these early summer months. Think strawberry shortcake, strawberry - and rhubarb -pie, strawberries and whipped cream, strawberry jam, strawberry ice cream sundaes and the list goes on. (For tips on saving berries, see below.)
Photo above: These beautiful strawberries are from
Freitas Farm. The season is short - get them while you can.

And the BIG news is . . .
 . . . thanks to the unanimous vote of the Hingham Trustees of the Bathing Beach, the HFM is now able to showcase and sell wine at the market. Two vineyards - Coastal Vineyards and Westport Rivers - will join the market family of vendors. In fact, Coastal Vineyards will make their debut this Saturday.
     Coastal Vineyards, a premier boutique vineyard in S. Dartmouth, MA, produces small batches of fine creative wines, produced from their own estate-grown grapes. Check them out at
http://coastal-vineyards.com/ but better yet, stop by and welcome them to the HFM.
     Just a note: wines can be bought but not tasted at the Hingham Farmers Market. Thanks for understanding.

     
CS&E
Master Gardeners Return
Father Bill's on June 18

This Saturday welcome back the Master Gardeners for their June visit. An important time for home gardeners makes this the perfect time to ask an expert any and all early gardening questions.
     Next Saturday, June 18, we will be happy to see our friends from
Father Bill's & MainSpring. We are always pleased to welcome them back to the HFM; they are an organization committed to ending and preventing homelessness in southern Massachusetts with programs that provide emergency and permanent housing and help people obtain skills, jobs, housing and services.
     Additionally, the
Friends of the Hingham Farmers Market partner with Father Bill's in the "gleaning project:" at the close of each market, a Friend collects remaining produce and other food products and brings the goods to Father Bill's in Quincy - generally to be used for dinner that night.
     A worthwhile group, indeed!

     
Vendor News
This Week at the HFM
Rotating vendors this Saturday, June 11
* On the Edge Knife Sharpening -
  important second-Saturday-of-
  the-month reminder

* Coastal Vineyards 
- wine - new!
* Spritzal Cookies - cookies 
 
* Cove Lane Pottery - pottery - new!
* Alex's Hot Sauce - hot sauce
* Hola - flatbreads back!
* Dan Durkee will provide music
  for market-goers

* CS&E hosts a return visit of the
 
Master Gardeners
* Holly Hill Farm
 will make a one-time
  visit this Saturday to sell seedlings.
  They will also have information on
  summer student volunteer pro-
  grams: students can earn community
  service hours harvesting and
  delivering to local food pantries.

  
Next Week at the HFM
June 18
* Blendah Babes - smoothies 
 
* Boston Bonbon - French macarons
* Vermont Syrup Co. 
* West Elm Farm - sheep products
* Piper's Headbands - hair accessories
* Dan Coyle will provide music
  for market-goers

* CS&E will host a return visit of
  Father Bill's & MainSpring

Vendor news is current at the time hfmarketmatters is delivered
to market-goers.


A Warning - and a Note - 
on Parking

A word of caution from Hingham's Harbormaster: vehicles parked in the boat ramp parking lot - by the "Victory" (Iron/Bronze Horse) statue - and not engaged in maritime activities, will be ticketed $100. He is most concerned by the vehicles parked in spaces reserved for boat trailers and while he would like not to ticket, he has no other recourse. This is a state, not local, regulation since the boat ramp and lot were funded by public funds.
     Handicapped parking: patrons with handicapped stickers should bring their vehicles to the HFM main entrance. Two spaces have been reserved immediately to the right of the entrance with orange cones with the blue and white handicapped logo.
     We know that at times parking at the HFM can be a challenge; however, most visits to the market are short and even in the busiest of times people are leaving at about the same rate as new arrivals, so parking spots free up. The good news is that in time we will see an expansion in the number of available parking spaces.
     Thanks for understanding.
 

     
Opening the Market
     Melissa Hux, a market mainstay of Foxboro Cheese, rang the bell to signal the start
     of the June 4 market. Foxboro Cheese is a small farmstead cheesemaker operated
     by
Ed and Nancy Lawton on Lawton's Family Farm, owned by Ed's family for nearly
     300 years in Foxborough, MA. The cheese room and aging cave (see below) is located
     in an 1830s hand-hewn timber-framed barn; the cheese - Asiago and Fromage
     Blanc - is made from the grazing herd of Ayrshire cows on the farm. Stop by and say
     hello to Melissa and try some delicious cheese.         
Save the Berries!
     Berries are delicious but they are also delicate. Raspberries in particular seem like
     they can mold before you get them home from the market. With fresh berries just
     starting to appear at farmers' markets in the area, here's a hint on how to keep
     them fresh.
          When you arrive home with the berries, prepare a mixture of one part vinegar
     (white or apple cider work best) and 10 parts water. Dump the berries into the
     mixture and swirl around. Drain and rinse if you want to, although the mixture is so
     diluted you can't taste the vinegar; put them in the refrigerator.
          The vinegar kills any mold spores and other bacteria that might be on the
     surface of the fruit; raspberries will last a week or more and strawberries go almost
     two weeks without getting moldy and soft. 
     With thanks to flower and plant vendor 
Jeanette MacKenzie for the helpful
     hint.


   
Market Seen
     Hingham Harbor was a busy place last Saturday. Top left and clockwise: special
     visitor 
Pablo (1) - one of two narcotic-detecting dogs in the Hingham Police
     Department K-9 Unit - with handler Officer 
Bob Achille and Cam (7) and
     
Ellie Commesso (11) of Norwell; Mary Bukujian - one of the HFM original
     vendors and 
Graham Correia of  Freitas Farm; the Streeters of Cohasset -
     Diana (17 months), Minny and Wick (2-1/2) and parents Tyson and Suzanne;
     Judy White of Narragansett Cheese educates Tyler (4) and Brody (2) on all things
     cheese while mom 
Melissa Baker of Norwell looks on.  
Featuring . . .
     . . . broccoli, lettuce and carrots from Second Nature Farm. Doesn't get
     much prettier than this.
 
 
Hingham Farmers Market
May 7, 2016 – Nov 19, 2016
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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