Aug 09 2017

Farmers’ Market Nature Day
Features Bird Walk, Bee Talk


WoodsEdge Farm hosts this week’s Land Trust Special.

We’ll be telling you all about the birds and the bees this Sunday at our Farmers’ Market.

Join us for “Nature Day,” which will feature a bird walk and a visit by beekeepers from the Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association. We’ll also have all your farm-fresh favorites including organic produce, grass-fed beef, pork, yak, chicken, bread, milk, cheese, honey, locally roasted coffee, fresh-cut flowers and more.

Nature Day begins with an early bird walk led by Juanita Hummel at 8:30 a.m. (a half hour before the market opens). The walk will last about an hour and will explore resident breeders on the property. Red-tailed hawks, yellow-bellied sapsuckers are among the species of birds often spotted on the farm.

Hummel will stop at several observation sites and discuss which species of birds are using which habitats and why the preservation of those habitats is important for birds and other wildlife. This is also a great time of year to check out other charismatic winged creatures like butterflies and odonates, such as dragonflies.

Advanced registration for the walk is not required.

Hummel is an avid birder and nature lover. She currently serves on the board of the Washington Crossing Audubon Society, and also volunteers with the NJ Audubon Society, the Wildlife Conservation Corps and other conservation organizations. Retired from pharmaceutical research, she has happily left the lab behind to spend more time outdoors exploring the diverse and fascinating natural landscapes of the world.

Also, Jim McCaulley and Bob Kloss of the Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association, will bring a fully enclosed observation hive with live bees to the Farmers’ Market, a skep (a straw or wicker beehive), a honey extractor, products of the hive and informational pamphlets related to bees and beekeeping. The beekeepers will use the observation hive to discuss honeybee biology and why honeybees are so vital to our environment. They’ll be there during market hours.

The Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association is comprised of about 150 beekeepers from Hunterdon and Warren counties. It is one of ten branches of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association, whose mission includes promoting and supporting all aspects of beekeeping in the New Jersey and surrounding areas; educating everyone about the benefits and importance of beekeeping, pollination services, honey, beeswax and other products from the hive to the economy and environment of New Jersey.

The Master Gardeners will visit the market and share some very handy composting tips.

As part of our Nature Day celebration at our Farmers’ Market, we’ll be conducting a stewardship project for anyone interested in helping the plant and wildlife habitats at the Dvoor Farm.

Action Together Hunterdon County volunteers will participate in an invasive species cleanup with Land Steward Stefani Spence during market hours. If you’d like to join them, please come by the Dvoor Farm house this Sunday at 9 a.m. Registration isn’t required, but if you have any questions or would like to let us know you’re coming, please contact Stefani at 908-237-4582.

Dress appropriately for the weather, and bring bottled water. Please bring loppers, bow saws, or handheld power saws if you have them.

Yoga

A yoga session will be held in the wagon house at 8 a.m. with instructor Lauren Theis. Participants should bring a yoga mat. Cost is $12. No advanced registration is required.

Land Trust Special

This week’s Land Trust Special is being hosted by WoodsEdge Farm, and you can save $1 off its delicious farm-harvested fresh honey. Visit our booth to pick up this special offer or to learn how to become a Land Trust Supporter and get great deals every week.

Vendor Leaving

Longtime vendor Milford Farms will make its last appearance at our Farmers’ Market this Sunday.

Moving forward, Milford Farms will sell its meat in large quantities (1/4, 1/2 and whole steers and hogs) on an as needed basis. Their meats will be available at a few local supermarkets but will not have the farm name on the label. (The meat is being sold labeled “All Natural Angus Beef, NO antibiotics EVER.”)

“We have met so many loyal customers over the years. We truly appreciate your business,” Maryann and Scott Milford noted. “We were so fortunate to work with the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market and to build our name and business in our community.”

Milford Farms will host a special farewell deal for everyone this Sunday. It will offer a special 30% off on all pork products while supplies last. It also will be selling ground beef in 5 lb. packs for $4 per lb. instead of  $5.65. The meats are all frozen and vacuum sealed.

Recipe

Pasta with Summer Squash, Tarragon, Ricotta & Honey

What You’ll Need:

1 pound pasta
3 tablespoons pine nuts
1/2 cup fresh tarragon leaves
1/2 cup grated Pecorino cheese
1/4 cup olive oil
3 large ice cubes
2 tablespoons butter
2 medium zucchini or summer squash
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup sheep’s milk ricotta
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

What To Do:

— Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until still very al dente. Drain and set aside.
— In a food processor, combine the Pecorino, pine nuts, and tarragon. Drizzle in the olive oil with the machine running to make a pesto. Pulse in the ice cubes to thin. Set aside in a not-too-warm place until ready to use.
— Slice the squash into coins. Sauté in the butter over medium heat for just a few minutes until barely soft. Add the honey and season with salt and pepper; cook for one more minute then remove from the heat.
— Stir the nutmeg into the ricotta.
— Add the warm cooked pasta to the sauté pan with the zucchini. Add the ricotta and the tarragon pesto. Season with salt and pepper. Warm briefly and toss over the heat, then remove from the heat and serve. (Optional: Add a bit of torn fresh tarragon leaves as a garnish.)

Wine Suggestion: Try a sparkling Spanish white or Rosé

Recipe courtesy of Food 52.

Music

A Lttle Bit Off ALBO, a quartet featuring Gretchen Jaeckel, will perform American Roots Music in our music tent.

Sponsors

Please remember to support the businesses that support us: Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill, ShopRite of Hunterdon County and Peragrin LLC.


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