Jun 05 2018

Celebrate Family Day at Sunday’s Farmers’ Market


Your whole family — whether they have two legs or four — will love our Family Day slate of activities. Don’t miss it!

 

Join us Sunday as we celebrate Family Day at the Farmers’ Market with a host of fun activities you and your kids will love! All events are free, and you don’t have to register in advance.

And, of course, we’ll have all the delicious local food you’d expect from your neighborhood farmers and vendors, so stop by and stock up. We will be welcoming back Buy The Farm, who will have a tasty assortment of salsas, dips, hummuses and chips.

The Farmers’ Market opens at 9 a.m., but the festivities start at 8:30 a.m. with a bird exploration with Juanita Hummel of the Washington Crossing Audubon Society. 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.

At 10 and 11 a.m., families are invited to get their feet wet as they learn all about the Walnut Brook. Raritan Headwaters Association naturalists Jim Fenton and Janis Slutsky will guide families into the stream. Participants will leave no stones unturned as they search for benthic macroinvertebrates inhabiting the brook. These are tiny creatures that are fascinating and give us vital information about the stream’s health.

Everyone is encouraged to dress appropriately as we will likely get wet and will be walking in wooded and grassy areas. All other exploration tools will be provided.

At 10:30 a.m., four-legged family members are invited to join the festivities with a dog walk along the Dvoor Farm trails where everyone can explore the wetlands, meadows and old-growth forest. And, while the dogs, in all honesty, probably would prefer hanging around all that delicious Farmers’ Market food, a walk would do them some good!

There will also be a Kids’ Corner Activity from 10 a.m. to noon where children can make bird nests.

And students from the Hunterdon County Regional High School Animal Alliance Club will be accepting your gracious donations for St. Hubert’s animal shelter. Please bring gifts of food, blankets and towels for dogs and cats in need.

Land Trust Special

Comeback Farm hosts this week’s Land Trust Special. You’ll save $1 off your total  purchase of their delicious organic veggies and fruit. Visit the HLT booth if you’re a Land Trust Supporter — or would like to become one — for this offer.

Product of the Week

Those tiny radishes you see during June in New Jersey are just packed with power. Radishes can help detoxify your liver and stomach; are high in fiber; are a great source for anthocyanins, which help keep your heart healthy; can help fight off a cold thanks to its high vitamin C content. Well, the list just goes on and on.

Radishes were first cultivated in China, and spread through the northern hemisphere and into Europe sometime during the 1500s. By 1629, radishes were being planted in Massachusetts. They are related to the Brassicaceae family; the root is related to kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and horseradish.

Besides slicing them thin and tossing on salads, radishes are great sliced on a baguette with a little butter, salt and pepper. If you’re inclined to cook with radishes, we thought this sounded absolutely delish!

Fried Egg on Toast with Salted Herb Butter and Radishes

What You’ll Need:

¾ cup mixed tender herbs (such as parsley, dill, basil, chives, and/or tarragon), plus sprigs for serving
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into pieces
½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, plus more for drizzling
1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more
½ cup thinly sliced trimmed mixed radishes
4 slices of bread, toasted
4 fried eggs

What To Do:

— Pulse ¾ cup herbs in a food processor until finely chopped. Add butter, lemon zest, 2 tsp. lemon juice, 1 tsp. salt, and ½ tsp. pepper. Pulse to bring together.
— Place radishes in a medium bowl; drizzle with a little lemon juice and add a pinch of salt. Toss to combine.
— To serve, spread toast with herb butter and top each with a fried egg. Scatter dressed radishes over top along with a few sprigs of herbs.

Do Ahead: Herb butter can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill.

Serves 4. Courtesy of Bon Appetit.

Music

The very talented percussionist Mike Wojik (Bonk) returns to our Farmers’ Market for the first time in a while. You’re not going to want to miss him perform! He’ll be here between 10 a.m. and noon.

Sponsors

Please support our wonderful sponsors: Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Northfield Bank and Matt’s Red Rooster Grill.


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