Karen Emery's Chicken Soup

Thanks to Karen for submitting her favorite "soooo simple" chicken soup recipe

Ingredients

  • Roasted Chicken - You can buy an already cooked chicken or use leftovers from your own roasted chicken. (We recommend a Feather Brook Farm Chicken); Use mostly white meat, chopped up
  • 1 large box of liquid chic broth or two small
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 celery, chopped
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups egg noodles

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to a crock pot 
  • Cook close to high for couple hours till carrots tender 
  • Then add medium egg noodles maybe 3 handfuls
  • Continue to cook on high for half hour; Then simmer low for half 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Granulated Honey: What Causes Honey To Crystallize?

by Celeste Apiaries, (hives located behind Simpson Spring, Easton, MA)

The honey bee collects pollen and nectar from many different plant sources. Nectar contains a high percentage of water which the bees evaporate in the process of making honey. Honey is composed of dextrose, levulose, water 92%, the other 8% , various sugars.... When honey contains high levels of dextrose, it will granulate more quickly.

The temperature of the honey will also effect crystallization. That can cause problems for winter storage if you are a beekeeper and plan to sell honey throughout the winter. If you have ever tried to bottle crystallized honey, you'd know, it's difficult.

After harvesting our honey it is put into our bottling tank which keeps the honey just warm enough to prevent crystallization. We never filter our honey, and the temperature is never any higher than it would be if it were in a bee hive on a summer day. This makes our job a little easier and keeps our customers happy and sweet throughout the winter months.

Celeste Apiaries Honey is available for purchase 6 days a week

at the Simpson Spring Marketplace.

 

Local Author Book Signing Event - September 23rd, 2017

DISCUSSION & BOOK SIGNING EVENT with 3 BEST SELLING AUTHORS!

September 23rd 11am - 2pm @ Simpson Spring

Local celebrity authors Doug "VB" Goudie, Michelle McPhee, and Anthony Amore will be here for a book signing and discussion.

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ANTHONY AMORE, author of Stealing Rembrandts, is the Director of Security & Chief Investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he is charged with the ongoing efforts to recover thirteen works of art stolen from the museum on March 18, 1990. A columnist & lecturer, he also provides analysis on issues related to security and terrorism for a number local and national news outlets.

MICHELE McPHEE, author of Maximum Harm, is an Emmy-nominated investigative journalist, and award-winning columnist. A veteran investigative journalist, Michele is the best-selling author of six true crime titles. She is a Boston based investigative producer for the ABC News Ross Investigative Unit and a contribtor to Newsweek, Boston and other national magazines.

DOUG ‘VB’ GOUDIE is a WRKO Morning Show Host, and author of ACK in Ashes, a novel about Nantucket’s Great Fire of 1846. This book tells the story of that fateful fire, and it also tells the stories of many of the men who would help see the island through its devastation.

Simpson Spring's regular Saturday Marketplace will be taking place beginning at 10am featuring organic and sustainably sourced meats and poultry, local bakers and food artisans and crafters and more! Admission is always FREE. 719 Washington St. South Easton. More at www.SimpsonSpringMarketplace.com

Jelly-Glazed Grilled Chicken

OK, so this isn't cooking with soda, but we have several FANTASTIC jams and jellies available in the Simpson Spring company store and even more options for locally sourced meats to brush these glazes onto - such as Featherbrook Farm Chicken or Blackbird Farm.

Try this recipe with your favorite jelly or jam -  we suggest Sidehill FarmsBonnie's Jams or Sprig

Ingredients

  • Bone-in Chicken Parts
  • Cooking oil for the grill
  • 2 TBS Olive Oil
  • 8 oz. or so of your favorite jelly or jam

Directions

Preheat and clean the grill. Oil the grates.

Mix 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 of your jam together.

Brush the chicken with the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Place chicken on gas grill over medium heat. Cook covered 8 to 12 minutes or until juice is clear when center of thickest part is cut (180°F), turning once and brushing with jam mixture during last 2 minutes of cooking time. Serve with the remaining jam on the side for extra dipping!

A Minute with Laurie Hepworth of Edible South Shore

You'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger supporter of local business than Laurie Hepworth, the innovative publisher of edible South Shore & South Coast

We always love when we get to work with Laurie and were happy to have had a minute to ask her a few quick questions about edible South Shore and where she likes to shop.

[Great shot of Laurie and her partner Michael Hart at left. Note the fantastic t-shirt here...]

Finish this sentience: Our publication is created with...

LAURIE: Blood, sweat, and beers!

There are a lot of big fans of eSS out there. Can you tell us one thing your readers might not know about the publication?

LAURIE: We test and eat every recipe. No photo tricks are used. What we shoot (with the camera), we eat.

Can you describe edible South Shore & South Coast in just three words? 

LAURIE: Mission-driven, thoughtful, inspirational

Do you, personally, shop local? Where do you like to shop?

LAURIE: Yes, as often as we possibly can. You’ll find us enjoying locally owned grocery stores, restaurants, bookstores, garden centers, breweries, and wineries.

Blackbird Farm (Smithfield, RI)

The Marketplace is proud to carry Blackbird Farm products in our everyday store.

The goal at Blackbird Farm is to raise the highest quality meat at their farm in Smithfield RI to supply to the local market. They only raise 100% Angus cattle and 100% Heritage Berkshire pigs and applying meat quality genetics to their herds to produce superior quality meat.

Raised with only the best intentions in the most professional way from the farmer and most important the animal. The animals are fed hormone-free, antibiotic-free and non-GMO feed that is ground and mixed on site to be over seen to ensure our animals are only fed the best.

The cows are also grass fed and have beautiful pastures they graze on while the pigs have half acre wooded pens where they can naturally root.

Blackbird Farm is a family run farm and everyone has an import job to do to keep everything running and together. The farm is what the family loves to do, it's an enjoyment that was able to be turned into a business.  

The Bouthillette Family loves being able to supply beautiful healthy meat to the local market and knowing that the meat is appreciated and enjoyed for all the hard work put into it. They value and appreciate every customer for supporting their farm! 

More about Blackbird Farm at http://blackbirdfarmri.com/

May 13, 2017 Homesteaders Event

EXTENDED HOURS this Saturday: 5/13/17 10am - 4pm in honor of our first Homesteaders Event.

Homesteaders Event Speakers Line Up

10:30 Todd Sandstrom from South Shore Great Pumpkin Challenge
The local man know far and wide for paddling a pumpkin down a river will join the Saturday Marketplace event to talk about letting our kids get dirty and what it takes to grow something.

12:00 Peter Burrows from Brown Boar Farm
Brown Boar Farm  CEO Peter Burrows joins us for our Homesteaders Event. Peter's interest in farming goes back to his childhood in the suburbs of Boston. Growing up, he loved exploring the woods and pastures of his neighborhood, where one of his favorite stops was a local farm. Peter grew to appreciate the importance of preservation, especially in rural towns, after the fields and woods of his hometown were lost forever to suburban sprawl. Peter and his wife Regina passed on their love of the outdoors and gardening to their children, Meaghan, Sarah and Christopher, who enjoyed working in the family vegetable garden and taking care of their pet chickens. After Regina passed away in 2001, Peter and Christopher decided to combine their common interests in the outdoors and the environment and purchased the land in East Wells that is now the home of Brown Boar Farm.

2:00pm Chicken Talk with Meghan Riley from Soule Homestead Education Center
Soule Homestead Education Center is a non-profit education center in Middleboro, MA providing environmental programs, craft workshops and cultural events. Megan Riley will be joining us on Saturday to talk all things Chicken related.

Fun for the Kids

11:30am - 12:30pm Kids Hour Magic Show with The Great Rolando
Kids love local Magician and Balloon Sculptor The Great Rolando! He'll be with us on Saturday for an hour or so of pure, innocent fun!

Lots of Furry Footed Friends
Local 4H members and homesteaders will have many of their fuzzy friends here at Simpson Spring. Fun for kids of all ages (and adults too!)!

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    Good Eats

    Cape Cod Kettle Corn
    Some of the best tasting Kettle Corn North of The Mason Dixie Line. 

    Fiamma Bella Wood Fired Pizza
    Their ovens are custom-built from bricks, concrete, and stainless steel. Fiamma Bella produces food of the highest quality, made from local, seasonal, superb ingredients. Instead of offering a lot of mediocre choices, Fiamma Bella has an intentionally small, thoughtful menu of sweet and savory foods that our chef/owner, Melanie Ciccarelli, continues to perfect. They are a mobile wood fired catering company and will be making made to order pizza all day!

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    Dolce Cupcakes

    • Cookies: Whoopie pies, Almond Joy bites 
    • Cake truffles
    • Cupcakes: Carrot Cake, Strawberry w/ white Chocolate, Hostess w/mostess, Mocha Maddness, Oreo, Peanut Butter Cup, Double Chocolate,  Madagascar vanilla.  

    Homemade Heaven Bakery
    Will be at our Homesteaders Event with 

    • Gigantic cinnamon rolls
    • Popovers
    • Cookies: chocolate chip, oatmeal, brownies, carmelitas, anisette, & peanut butter.
    • Personal sized pies
    • Calzones

    Smackadoodle
    Returning to the Marketplace this Saturday, Smackadoodle will have: 

    • Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough 
    • Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup 
    • Caramel Apple Pie

    Why should I use essential oils in a diffuser instead of room deodorizing sprays?

    Those popular room deodorizing sprays work well at masking unwanted household odors. However, did you ever look at the ingredient list on the back of those cans? Why not try a simpler, more natural approach by using a diffuser and some essential oils?  Diffusing essential oils make your house smell great, and give you the added health benefits that come with using essential oils. All you have to do is add a few drops of your chosen essential oil to the water in your diffuser, and turn it on.  Here is a list of some popular essential oils along with their benefits:

    • Peppermint - helps increase energy and mental alertness.
    • Eucalyptus - helps combat respiratory diseases, and enhances concentration.
    • Lavender - helps relieve stress, and combat colds, flu, and migraines.
    • Tea Tree Oil - boosts immune system to help fight infection.
    • Rosemary - has antidepressant properties, also a mental stimulant ideal for enhanced memory, focus and overall brain performance.
    • Patchouli - helps to relieve anxiety, depression, fatigue, and curb addiction.

    (If you are pregnant, take caution using essential oils, and always check to make sure it is safe to use while pregnant.)

    Annual Marketplace Easter Egg Hunt

    In addition to our regular Marketplace Event, we will be hosting our annual Marketplace Egg Hunt! Bring the kids!  This year our egg hunt will take place in the fields behind Simpson Spring, which can be a little muddy. We recommend waterproof shoes or boots!

    Also this Saturday...

    • The Easter Bunny is here - bring your cameras!
    • Kids can enjoy playing with the Wild Wood Creations puppet theater .
    • Meet and greet with the local creators of some of your favorite Marketplace products including FitNuts, Sacred Cow Granola and To Die for Dips!

    Plus we are stocked with Simpson Spring Water, Old Fashioned Soda, Craft Seltzers and your favorite organic and sustainable sourced meats, Sophia's Greek Yogurt, artisan baked goods, healthful snack items and so much more!

    St. Patrick's Day Inspired Concoctions

    When March comes around our Lemon-Lime Flavored Old Fashioned Soda becomes very popular. So here are a few cocktail and mocktail ideas that will make your "Irish" eyes smile.

    Green Party Punch

    INGREDIENTS
    Juice of 3 limes
    3 Bottles of Lemon Lime Soda
    3 Cups of Pineapple Juice
    Ice

    DIRECTIONS
    Mix all ingredients together. Add ice. Serve. 

    Simpson Spring Mojitos

    INGREDIENTS
    1/2 lime
    10-12 mint leaves
    1 1/2 cups Lemon Lime Soda
    2oz. Your favorite Rum

    DIRECTIONS
    Add mint leaves and juice of a lime to a glass and mash them to together for a minute or so
    Fill the glass with ice and pour rum and soda on top
    Garnish with mint and more lime.
    Serve immediately.

    Simpson Green O'Shandy

    Our classic take on a classic.

     

     

    St. Patrick's Day Marketplace 3/11/17

    SATURDAY MARCH 11, 2017

    Pregame for St. Patrick's Day at our Saturday Marketplace Event featuring:

    • Irish Music and Sing-Along with Matt Browne
    • Leprechaun Hunt and Kids Crafts starting at 11:30
    • Corned Beef and Cabbage Reubens, Shepard's Pie and Smoked Brisket, and Colcannon available for purchase from tasteful Adventures
    • We will also have Simpson Spring Irish Floats and Irish Soda Bread

    Tour Simpson Spring's Historic Museum

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    While the Simpson Spring we know today is a thriving bottler of the highest quality pure spring water, and old-fashioned craft soda, and the incubator of local food producers and entrepreneurs across New England, the building itself has been in operation since 1878. Travel back in time in the oldest bottling plant in the country! See remnants and artifacts from the factory's salad days in the 1930's and 40's when they were distributors of the beloved Moxie soda and experience the part they played in the early days of the soft-drink revolution. Hear stories about R.H. Macy and their influence on Coffee Soda and learn real story behind a brief stint they had with a well-known cola company.

    The spring itself dates back to 6000BC. While you are on a tour of their historic building, you will actually get to see the spring where all of their water comes from - You'd be hard-pressed to find another water company that would be able to finagle a thing like that!

    Tour participants will also spend time in the Simpson Spring laboratory where the historic flavors you enjoy today were first created.

    Free tours of the Simpson Spring historic museum happen every Saturday at 11:00am and 1:00pm or any time by appointment, call 508-238-4472 to schedule.

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