Jul 11 2018

Corn, Peaches, Tomatoes and More
At Sunday’s Farmers’ Market


 

Sweet Valley Farms photo

Sweet Valley Farms has returned to our Farmers’ Market.

Summer time means loads of tomatoes, corn and all your summertime favorites! Stop by our market this Sunday at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Raritan Twp., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and stock up! Here’s what’s special about this week:

Popular Vendor Returns

Sweet Valley Farms has returned to our Farmers’ Market! Sweet Valley began as a dairy center in 1928 and now offers an array of vegetables and fruits on 200 acres of rich bottomland soil. They also run a landscape supply, garden center and nursey at its Ringoes-based facility. You’ll find a variety of seasonal vegetables and fruits including corn, eggplants, peaches, tomatoes and watermelons at its stand.

Noteworthy Market News

River Lea House will offer three different types of garlic at Sunday’s market: Music, German White and Chesnick Red. Music Garlic is large, easy to peel and is mild to medium hot, with musky, rich taste. German White Garlic has a rich garlic flavor and a lingering heat that softens and sweetens when cooked. It’s also easy to peel. Finally, the Chesnick Red Garlic features a full-flavored garlic with a mellow aftertaste. Try experimenting with all three to see what tickles your taste buds the most!
Will’s Amazing Vegan Burger has introduced a delicious new “Craftsman Meal” that will change every week! This Sunday, enjoy Will’s sautéed vegan burger on fresh-baked artisan bread from Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse, topped with Will’s exclusive coconut mustard or sun-dried tomato ketchup, fresh-picked lettuce and tomato from Phillips Farms, handmade lightly smoked sriracha tortilla chips from Buy the Farm, and a bottle of water.
Best In Bloom Bouquets will be away for the next two weeks, but we are happy to welcome Dahlia Temptations during its absence. Please stop by and check out its beautiful fresh-cut flowers.

Land Trust Special

This week,you can save $1 off your total purchase of $5 or more at any one of our farmers or vendors. All Land Trust Supporters should visit the HLT booth before shopping to get their coupon.

Yoga

Join certified yoga instructor Lauren Theis in our wagon house at 9 a.m. for a session that will leave you refreshed and rejuvenated. Meditation, breathing techniques and some gently refreshing yoga flows, make this the perfect class for beginners and experienced practitioners. Cost is $15; please bring your own mat.

Kids’ Corner

We’ll be making Toilet Paper Binoculars this week. Bring the kids by for this fun craft.

Product of the Week

With Sweet Valley Farms back at our market, this seems like a great time to celebrate the benefits of corn. And besides, what’s better than sweet Jersey corn in the summer?

According to the good, old Encyclopedia Britannica corn was first domesticated by native peoples in Mexico about 10,000 years ago. Native Americans taught European colonists to grow the corn, and it was introduced in Europe by Christopher Columbus and other explorers, and spread  to all areas of the world suitable to its cultivation.

Corn boasts an array of health benefits too, despite some online chatter to the contrary. Sweet corn is loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that promote healthy vision. Besides helping with weight loss, the insoluble fiber in corn feeds good bacteria in your gut, which aids in digestion and helps keep you regular. Throw in a healthy amount of B vitamins, plus iron, protein and potassium, and you’ve got one sweet — and tasty — package.

Looking for something different to do with corn besides slathering it with butter? This dish came out quite delicious, once we got over the idea of putting mayonnaise on corn.

Grilled Mexican Corn Salad

What You’ll Need:

3 limes, divided
8 large ears fresh yellow corn, husks removed
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
2/3 cup crumbled feta or Cotija cheese
1/3 cup sliced fresh chives

What To Do:

— Cut 2 limes in half, and squeeze juice from lime halves to equal about 1/4 cup.

— Preheat grill to 400° to 450° (high) heat. Brush corn with mayonnaise. Sprinkle with desired amount of salt and pepper. Grill corn, covered with grill lid, 10 to 12 minutes or until done, turning occasionally. (Kernels may char and pop.)

— Cut kernels from cobs into a large bowl. Stir cheese, chives, and lime juice into kernels. Cut remaining lime into 4 wedges, and serve with corn salad.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Courtesy of My Recipes.com.

Music

Join us for a little Dark Whiskey — the band, not the drink! The group will perform country, bluegrass and folk music from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sponsors

We love our sponsors and know you will too! Thank you for supporting those businesses who support our efforts to protect the places we all love: Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Northfield Bank,  McPherson & Newland Insurance, and Matt’s Red Rooster Grill.


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