May 15 2019

Exciting New Farmers’ Market Season Opens May 19


It’s the perfect time of year to stop by the Toadshade Wildflower Farm stand for native perennial plants.

Discover the difference local food makes by joining us this Sunday (May 19) for the opening of our 2019 Farmers’ Market season.

Every Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. through Nov. 24, you will find fresh fruits and vegetables picked at their nutritional and flavorful peak. The bread is freshly baked, the cheese hand-crafted, the meats are all-natural.

And, when you shop at our market, you’re supporting your local farmers, and an organization that’s protecting family farms and beautiful landscapes right in your neighborhood.

We’re located at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Flemington. Most farmers accept credit cards. Parking is free and convenient to our farmers and vendors. And, dogs are welcome!

Local farmers and vendors appearing at the market during the 2019 season are: 

  • Apple Ridge Farm – artisan breads and hearty pastries. 
  • AquaSprout Farms — fresh vegetables including lettuce, kale and tomatoes. 
  • Best in Bloom – an Annandale-based floral designer using locally grown flowers. 
  • Blue Mist Hollow Farm – perennial and annual plants. 
  • Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse — breads, a variety of cheeses – including cave-ripened cheddar, baudolino and drum – and pasta made with emmer wheat. 
  • Burek by Zeni  an assortment of homemade bureks made with phyllo dough and stuffed with meats, cheese and vegetables. 
  • Comeback Farm – organic vegetables. 
  • Fieldstone Coffee Roasters – Coffee (including beans and ground), teas and more. 
  • Fired Up Flatbread Co. food truck – pizza, pastries and beverages. 
  • Griggstown Farm – eggs, poultry and poultry products, mushrooms and honey.
  • I’m Hungry Truck and Depot — six-grain granola, ingredient-driven protein bars, easy oats parfait, handcrafted snack mixes, rugelach and breakfast biccies.
  • Neil’s Sharpening Service (the fourth Sunday of every month) — sharpens knife blades, scissors, lawnmower blades and more.
  • Neshanic Station Apiaries — raw honey, handcrafted soaps, beeswax candles and lip balm. 
  • Phillips Farms (starting late May/early June) — a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, fruit spreads and preserves, flowers, apple cider and more. 
  • Purely Farm – eggs, pastured pork and turkey. 
  • River Lea House — assortment of garlics including cooking garlic, hummus, black garlic, vegan butter, garlic scape pesto and garlic butter. 
  • Sandbrook Meadow Farm – organic vegetables. 
  • Sugar Maple Jerseys — Grass-fed and pasture-raised beef including all-beef nitrate free hotdogs and cheddar jalapeño hotdogs; handmade butter; an assortment of cheeses including raw milk cheddars and gouda, cream cheese, Greek-styled yogurt, fresh cheddar cheese curds, Jersey milk soaps and handmade lotions. 
  • Sweet Valley Farm (starting in June)– seasonal fruits and vegetables including corn, eggplants and tomatoes. 
  • Toadshade Wildflower Farm – native plants, and native plant seeds – including wildflowers, shrubs, ferns, vines, and small trees. 
  • Will’s Amazing Vegan Burgers (May 19;  check back for other dates) frozen, home-made vegan burgers that are soy-free, dairy-free and gluten-free, and sauces including sun-dried tomato ketchup.  
  • WoodsEdge Farm (opening day; check our Farmers’ Market page for other dates)– llama and alpaca products, honey, and yak meat. 
  • The Yard Farmer (May and June) – garden starter plants (vegetables, herbs, cut flowers), sweet potato slips and seed potatoes. 

Special Program for Kids

Bob Lloyd

Bob Lloyd

Children of all ages will be thrilled by the antics of magician and juggler Bob Lloyd, who will perform at 11 a.m. in our wagon house.

Bob’s magical journey as an entertainer began more than 30 years ago. He learned magic as a child, and his skills quickly grew to include pantomime and juggling.

Bob was accepted into the renowned Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Clown College, learning the traditional crafts of slap-stick clowning, stilt-walking and acrobatics. His talents were so highly regarded that he was invited to join the circus.

You and your family will be amazed by Bob’s incredible tricks and nimble fingers, and will leave wondering, “How did he do that?” Lots of laughs and a little help from kids in the audience make this show a truly magical experience.

Interesting side note: Bob is also an avid student of the martial arts, and earned his fourth-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is a master who now teachers the discipline in Flemington.

Yoga

Lauren Theis will help you get your week off to a perfect start with yoga in our wagon house at 9 a.m. Join us for a moderately paced yoga session that incorporates meditation, breathing techniques and some gently refreshing yoga flows. This class is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. You’ll explore fundamental yoga postures, alignment and chakra balancing. Students should bring their own mat.

No registration is required. Cost per session is $15; please bring a yoga mat.

Go here for our complete 2019 yoga schedule.

Land Trust Special

Here’s a win-win situation: Become a Land Trust Supporter this year! You’ll play an important role in protecting the places you love in the Hunterdon County area, and you’ll save a little money every week when you shop at our Farmers’ Market.

Stop by the HLT booth and learn how to become a Supporter. While there, pick up some trail guides, learn more about our upcoming events, and grab a complimentary copy of Edible Jersey magazine.

This week you can save $1 at any one farm stand.

Great Eats for the Week

One of our favorite early products at the market is arugula. And what’s not to love about arugula? It’s packed with substantial amounts of vitamins A, K and C, folate, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and several beneficial phytochemicals. It’s an excellent source of several nutrients that support eye health, including beta-carotene — a carotenoid your body can convert into vitamin A —  lutein and zeaxanthin, which also support eye health.

When you buy arugula at our market, you’re getting it fresh-picked at its nutritional and flavorful peak!

And with just 8 calories per a 2-cup serving, arugula is an excellent dietary choice when you’re trying to achieve or maintain a healthy body weight.

We were looking for something completely different to do with arugula, when we stumbled (figuratively speaking, of course) across this:

Arugula Gimlet

What You’ll Need:

2 ounces gin
¾ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup
1 cup arugula
Lime wheel (for serving)

What to Do:

Combine gin, lime juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill partway with ice, then top with arugula. Cover and shake vigorously until the outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds. Strain through a very fine-mesh sieve into a coupe glass; garnish with lime wheel.

Courtesy of Bon Appetit.

Musician

Keith Calmes

Guitarist Keith Calmes has been performing and teaching guitar for more than three decades. He’ll be playing live in our music tent from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

His performance credits include a Carnegie Hall recital debut as Winner of the Artists International Competition, concerti with the Monmouth Symphony, a performance with Maestro Carlos Barbosa-Lima and many concerts and recordings with flautist Marjorie Koharski.  Keith’s passion for new music has led the following composers to write for him: Roger Aldridge, Will Ayton, Timothy Broege, Frank Campo, Ruben Delgado, Jurg Kindle, Chiel Meijering, Jean-Maurice Mourat, Maximo Diego Pujol, Stepan Rak, Kevin Siegfried and Jim Scully. Keith has several solo recordings and duo recordings with Chiel Meijering available at CD Baby and iTunes.

Although usually considered a classical guitarist, Keith’s musical diversity can be attested to. He has studied with Jazz master Jim Hall and opened for Surf legend Dick Dale. A deep interest in Indian rhythms has led to studies and performances with percussion virtuoso Selvaganesh Vinayakram and his family band. Keith has also played in a wide variety of Jazz and Rock bands.


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