September 21st, 2019

We were caught off- guard last week when we saw bins of acorn squashes overflowing in Wrights Farm tent. Somehow autumn has sneaked up on us (the first official day of the season is this Monday!) and here we find ourselves not quite prepared. Thankfully Julie Fischer of Healthy on Hudson visits this Saturday to help us make the seasonal transition. She's whipping up skillet sausage and apples, using pork from Southtown Farms. At 10am, she'll start cooking and showing us how easy it is to make a Market dinner. Her recipe is phenomenal as it is, but if you find yourself with some extra time this week or craving some fall flavors, try stuffing an acorn squash with the mixture. Just follow Julie's recipe (handed out at the market) for the sausage and apples. Then stuff an already baked squash ( cut the squash in half, brush with olive oil and salt and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes) with the stuffing and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Yum!

Larchmont Charcuterie returns tomorrow with Daniel's full line of cured meats and patés. Handrafted in Larchmont using traditional French techniques, Daniel brings a little bit of France to Hastings twice a month. We've recently become obsessed with adding his classic smoked pork saucisson to avocado toast, a little trick we learned from his California-based daughter. He also has duck leg confit, smoked duck breast, and beef saucisson, all of which he sold out of two weeks ago, so if you're planning on getting anything, get it early!

Tomorrow is Gleaning, the day when we ask shoppers to contribute to our monthly Food Pantry donation. Please consider picking up some apples or carrots for our neighbors in need. All donations are taken to the Hastings Food Pantry. Cash donations are accepted- it allows us to purchase protein for the Pantry. We will also have a visit from the Knife Sharpener, so bring your blades!

We appreciate the support we have gotten after the note in last week’s newsletter regarding dog behavior at the Market. We ask that people continue to be mindful of their dogs’ ability to handle a noisy Market, which can be overwhelming for pooches — lots of new smells, other dogs, little ones running trying to pet them. If your dog cannot handle any of these, please leave them at home. And if they can handle it, please be vigilant about where they decide to lift their leg. One territory-marking can destroy hundreds of dollars of produce. We are grateful for your help in making our Market enjoyable for all of our friends, no matter how many legs they walk on!

Lastly, we'd like to extend a very big congratulations to our Market Director, Pascale Le Draoulec, on her upcoming wedding. Pascale has been a resident of Hastings for over a decade and has been running the Market for almost as long. Because of her, the Market has become the vibrant and lively weekly destination for families from Hastings and beyond. We wish her and her family a lifetime of love and happiness!

Milton performs in the Music Tent from 10:15-12:15

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