Notes From Nan: Hoola Hoop Update

Notes from Nan
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parat

On Saturday I went to the Heath Fair and the girl with all the hoola hoops was there. I had seen her at the Green River Festival, as well, but my hooping failure back in New Orleans (when I tried every day to hoop) made me a little uncomfortable about trying it in front of that many people. Also, I work at the Green River Festival and I didn’t want to try it while wearing a “staff” shirt. Just too many people there to look at me and say, “Oh yes—you can make signs but you can’t hoop. Not so important now, are you?”

But at the Heath Fair I was just a regular person, free to fail as easily as anyone else.

So I hooped. And I did it! For a respectable amount of time!

I now know that my hooping failure was indeed because (as Tracy suggested) I was trying to hoop with a four year-old’s hoop. I’m fifty one! I can’t hoop with a four year-old’s hoop! I need a fifty-one year old’s hoop and then, I’m a hooping success!

For a moment I have to talk about last Friday’s dinner.

Jim made this fish dish and, my good ness was it good! People (nearly everyone who had it) asked for spoons to eat the sauce Normandie as if it were soup. He made these little puff pastry things to go on top of the fish and they were so light and crispy and good . . .

Why am I talking about last Friday’s dinner? Because every week Jim makes something we’ve never had before and I don’t know what it’s going to be like. And every week it’s the best thing I ever had in my life! So I can only look out the back window away from last week’s meal and tell you how good that was. And with last week’s meal as a sign post, I can tell you that, even though I’ve never tried what we’re about to have this week, it’s going to be the new best thing I ever had in my life.

Friday night diners usually rate the dishes: “This is the best ever.”

“No, I would say this is excellent, but I would say that the gumbo was better.”

“You would? I would say that this is better than the gumbo, but that that Asian Chicken thing was the best thing ever.”

I overhear discussions like that every Friday night as I clear the tables.

So THIS week he’s making something else I’ve never heard of:

  • Bulgogi:  Korean Style Grilled Shaved Beef Over Thai Noodle Salad
  • With a Field Greens Salad

And for vegetarians:

  • Thai noodle salad with Tofu.
  • And a field greens salad.

As they say in French: It risks to be good!

Rob’s Grocery Talk with Rob

Just a few new products on our shelves that I’d like you to know about.

Gojiliana All Natural Goji Juice. From China!

The Goji berry has long been revered for its properties believed to be associated with vitality and longevity. The list of potential benefits from Goji juice is pretty extensive, but I’ll just say its an excellent source of Vitamin C and it has a very high level of anti-oxidants.

Smeraldina Sparkling Artesian Water. From Italy!

Stop by our beverage cooler and pick up a couple of bottles of pure refreshment from the naturally carbonated streams of the Italian Alps. Add a bottle to each place setting at your next dinner party. You got class.

And finally, something totally cool.

A couple of weeks ago, this guy on a motorcycle stopped by and gave me a sample of Blue Cheese. Big deal, huh? Actually, this is the BEST blue cheese I have ever had. Not lumpy like I’m used to. This cheese is creamy smooth with all the right balance and nuance and… well, what do I know?

This cheese has won like, international awards and stuff. Top chefs and cheese experts alike sing its praises. Even our own chef Jim, who doesn’t buy into hype of any kind couldn’t say enough good things about it (“f&*%in’ awesome s@&$!” is what I think he said). So, we here at Elmer’s Store are proud to present:

Berkshire Blue Cheese. From Lenox! Delivered on a Motorcycle!

You will find it in our cooler right next to Elmer’s Big Time Famous Cheese.

Thank you for your support,


Whoa whoa whoa! What happened to the funny Rob report???

Excuse me a moment.

Rob? What happened?

I don’t know, I just was—it was funny wasn’t it?

Well, sorta, but not Rob-funny. What’s wrong?
Nothing! I just didn’t feel funny! And you were all over me to get this to you early this week and—and look! Look how late you are getting it out!

I know—but you didn’t know I was going to be late when you wrote your report . . . was it something I said last week?
Forget it. Just forget it.

It was, wasn’t it.

Just leave it alone, all right? I’ll . . . be funny next week. Okay, some people were saying I wasn’t putting enough grocery in the Grocery Report, so I thought I should make up for that. Are you happy now?
Yes—but don’t sacrifice funny for grocery—why do you think people even read this e-mail?
I don’t know, why?

Because it’s funny! It’s ROB funny!

Yeah! Really!
Okay. Well, that’s good to know. And I’ll be Rob funny next week.

Thank you. Buck up little Buckeroo—the people love you.

They do?

Yeah, they do.

Oh. Okay. That makes me feel better.



Let’s see how Little Donna Elwell is feeling?

The Farm Report

By Little Donna Elwell

Recipe of the Week:
Mrs. Harris’ Blueberry Muffins

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

½ cup orange juice
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1½ cup flour
1¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 cup blueberries

Soak oats in orange juice, add sugar, oil, egg. Sift together the
flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix dry ingredients into the wet
ingredients. Fold in the berries. Pour into greased muffin tins to
2/3 full. Top with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of sugar and ¼
teaspoon of cinnamon. Bake for 18-22 minutes.


SATURDAY, 8/16/08
BEANS: GREEN from Sangha Farm, Ashfield
BLUEBERRIES from Nancy Intres, Ashfield
CARROTS from Sangha Farm, Ashfield
CORN from Atherton Farm, Buckland
PEACHES from Paddy Flat Farm, Ashfield
SQUASH: ACORN from Sangha Farm, Ashfield

FRIDAY, 8/15/08
PEPPERS: GREEN from Paddy Flat Farm, Ashfield
PLUMS from Paddy Flat Farm, Ashfield

BEETS from Sangha Farm, Ashfield
CABBAGE: GREEN AND RED from Sangha Farm, Ashfield
CUCUMBERS from Sangha Farm, Ashfield
EGGPLANT from Sidehill Farm, Ashfield
GARLIC from Spring Water Garden, Ashfield
HARICOT VERT from Spring Water Garden, Ashfield
PEPPERS: PURPLE from Paddy Flat Farm, Ashfield
SUMMER SQUASH from Spring Water Garden, Ashfield

Organic (CA) Apples
Organic (CA) Celery
Organic (HI) Ginger Root
Organic (CA) Onions
Organic (CA) Oranges
Organic (CA) Potatoes: Red and Gold

Conventional (Mexico) Lemons

To make specific produce requests, email me at


And that’s all. I hope you get this in time for dinner tomorrow night! Come before you go to see the Double Edge play about Don Quixote! It’s so much fun! (The play is. And the dinner will be, too.)

Big E

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