Jun 11 2013

Enjoy a Sunday Stroll at Our Next Farmers’ Market

If you’re coming to the Farmers’ Market this Sunday bring along a comfortable pair of walking shoes and join us for a tour of the farm and the restored wetlands along Walnut Brook.

Randi Eckel, a native plant specialist from Toadshade Wildflower Farm, and Nathan Charron, watershed specialist from North Jersey Resource and Development, will lead a walking tour that features discussions of the native plants on the farm and their benefits,  the area’s natural history, and the Walnut Brook stream restoration project. Cost is $15; free to children 12 and under. Please sign up in advance by calling Catherine Suttle at 908-237-4507 ext. 204. The tour starts at 10 a.m.

Our product of the week is white turnips, a delicious root vegetable offering ample supplies of potassium and vitamin C. Pick up some turnips at the market and discover why author and naturalist Pliny the Elder raved about them. Here’s a salad that would have made Pliny’s taste buds light up like a Roman candle:

Spring White Turnip Salad

Delicious white turnips for making a fabulous spring salad.

Delicious white turnips for making a fabulous spring salad.

1 bunch of lettuce
1 fresh bunch of white turnips
1 cup of cooked white beans
3 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and sliced
Optional: 4 strips of bacon, cooked, chopped, or crumbled

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of olive oil
½ teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of honey
Juice of 1 lime
¼ cup of plain yogurt or buttermilk
1/3 cup of chopped fresh herbs — parsley, cilantro and chives

Makes 4 small salads.

1. Wash turnips, cut off tops and trim the turnip roots. Drop whole turnips into boiling water for 2 minutes. Take out the Turnips and drizzle with butter or oil.
2. Prepare the dressing. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of honey in 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and lime juice. Whisk in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Stir in ¼ cup of plain yogurt or buttermilk. Add chopped herbs.
3. Coat the beans with 2 tablespoons of dressing.
4. Spread lettuce on each plate and top with slices of egg, beans, turnips, and bacon. Add extra dressing to your liking.

Here’s where you can find the fresh, local ingredients to re-create this delicious salad:
White Turnips: Comeback Farm, Sandbrook Meadow Farm, Philips Farm
Lettuce: Comeback Farm, Sandbrook Meadow Farm, Philips Farm
Eggs: Griggstown Quail Farm, Milford Farms, Purely Farm
Yogurt: Fulper Farm
Honey: Tassot Apiaries
Bacon: Milford Farms

The market special is 10 percent off your total purchase at Comeback Farm. If you’re a Land Trust supporter who’s contributed in the past year, please stop by our tent to pick up your special offer, and while there, enter our drawing to win a pair of tickets to Treasure Hunterdon, our June 29 event where you can explore many of our county’s natural and historic sites. Please go here to learn all the details about Treasure Hunterdon. We’ll announce the ticket winners at our June 23 market.

The Jeffrey Fadden trio will perform at the market. You can get a little taste of their music here. Also, the Raritan Headwaters Association will visit to discuss the importance of testing your drinking water. They’ll be providing water collection kits at their stand.

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