Aug 14 2019

Aug. 18 Farmers’ Market Features
Talk on 1955 Delaware Flood


Flood

Titusville during the Delaware River flood of 1955.

Don’t miss this Sunday’s Farmers’ Market! We’ll have a fascinating program on the Delaware River flood of 1955, yoga, live music, and plenty of fresh, local food. We’re at the Dvoor Farm 111 Mine St. in Flemington from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Special Event

Don’t miss our second Historic Delaware River Series program this Sunday, 10 a.m. in our wagon house!

Mary A. Shafer, author of Devastation on the Delaware: Stories and Images of the Deadly Flood of 1955, will discuss in words and images the terrifying flood and its tragic aftermath on the 64th anniversary of the event.

In August of 1955, two hurricanes slammed into the Carolinas and charged north. By the time they hit the Hunterdon County area, both had weakened to tropical storms, but dumped heavy rains all through the Delaware Valley.

From the river’s headwaters in the Catskills down through the Poconos, excessive runoff surged down steep mountain slopes and sluiced through valleys on both sides of the river. Tributaries swelled to incredible heights, some rising thirty feet in fifteen minutes. Eventually, they all poured into the Delaware, transforming the usually placid waters into a raging, uncontrollable beast, Shafer noted.

Lambertville, Milford, Frenchtown and other communities along the river were inundated with the brown, turgid waters. Cars floated down streets, mountain resorts were washed away. Rescue workers evacuated more than 400 children by helicopter from island camps.

Shafer’s book chronicles the experiences of survivors and eyewitnesses bringing the story of the flood chillingly to life. Her book includes more than 100 historical images – a number of them quite rare.

The Historic Delaware River Series is sponsored by the National Park Service’s Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic Program, which aims to protect the natural, cultural and historic value of the Delaware River. This program is free!

Make sure to visit our special guest this Sunday Farmers’ Market sponsor Basil Bandwagon Natural Market! Basil Bandwagon will . .

Also, get tips on growing your garden and getting it ready for the fall with the Master Gardeners.

What’s Happening at the Market

Basil Bandwagon Natural Market: We’re welcoming Farmers’ Market sponsor, Basil Bandwagon, who will join us to sell sustainable products (stainless steel straws, Chico Bags, stainless steel water bottles and other fine products). Basil will also offer travel-size clean bug spray and sunscreen.

Burek by Zeni is bringing its delicious fish with onions, a Mediterranean specialty made with fresh wild-caught boneless cod fish with onions and herbs. It typically sells out quickly so make sure to get to the market early.

Fired Up Flatbread won’t be at our market this Sunday.

Neshanic Station Apiaries will introduce several new soaps: orange/mint and annatto seed; patchouli/orange with indigo and swirled with red Brazilian clay; lavender with madder root; and oatmeal. All soaps are made with Neshanic’s raw honey and beeswax using a hot process to ensure they will last. These soaps contain no synthetic fragrances or colorants. Also, Neshanic’s observation hive returns to the market, following a short hiatus for the honey harvest.

River Lea House is introducing a new product!  To compliment its delicious garlic butter, River Lea has created “Vutter,” a vegan non-dairy butter substitute with garlic. Besides garlic Vutter, River Lea will have regular and turmeric. Stop by for a taste!

WoodsEdge Farm returns to our market with llama and alpaca products, honey, and yak meat.

Yoga

Lisa Perry leads our Farmers’ Market Yoga at 8 a.m. in the wagon house. Just bring $15 and a mat to enjoy a class that’s perfect for all levels.

Music

John Tredrea and Michael Knox are two of the founding members of Across the Street (www.acrossthestreet.net), and they will perform from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. under our music tent. The band began in the Hopewell Valley in the latter part of the last century. Starting with folk, blues, country, and old timey music, they also have drawn from the well of master song writers such  John Prine, Lucinda Williams, and Bob Dylan. Their own songs rooted in those traditions have steadily grown to be a major part of their repertoire. John and Michael will sing and accompany themselves on guitar, bass, banjo, and harmonica.

Great Eats for the Week

Grilled Eggplant with Tomatoes, Basil, and Feta

What You’ll Need:

1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed, cut lengthwise into 1-inch-thick slices
Coarse salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
2 cups cherry tomatoes (about 10 ounces), halved
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)
Pinch of red-pepper flakes
1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, torn if large

What to Do:

— Generously season eggplant slices with salt. Place vertically in a colander, overlapping them. Let stand 30 minutes; rinse and pat dry.
— Preheat grill to medium-high. Liberally brush cut sides of eggplant with oil. Grill, turning once, until tender, about 4 minutes a side.
— Mix tomatoes, pine nuts, feta, red-pepper flakes, and oil; season with salt.
— Spoon over eggplant; top with basil.

Courtesy of MarthaStewart.com.

Sponsors

Please support our sponsors: Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Northfield Bank,  McPherson & Newland Insurance, Weidel Real Estate, and Matt’s Red Rooster Grill.


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