May 13 2014

Farmers’ Market Eighth Season
Kicks Off This Sunday


farmer2Our Farmers’ Market kicks off its eighth season this Sunday (May 18) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the historic Dvoor Farm off the Route 12 circle in Raritan Twp. All your favorites farmers and their delicious vegetables, meats, cheeses, bread and more are returning to the market this year. Plus we’ll be introducing a few new features throughout the year that you won’t want to miss!

For the complete list of all the farmers and vendors at our market, please go here.

Our Farmers’ Market sponsors this year are: Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill, Tom McMillan with Weidel Realtors and Team Capital Bank.

Here are this week’s highlights!

What’s New

You won’t want to miss the premiere appearance of The Fired Up Flatbread Company’s food truck! Marc Viscomi, executive chef of Fired Up Flatbread Co., is a classically trained French chef. Marc worked in New York City for several years, and now the bounty of fresh produce here in Hunterdon County has fired up his desire to create delicious breakfasts and lunches featuring our farmers’ products.

Also, we’ll welcome our newest vendor: Hollandview Farm. The Holland Twp.-based farm will feature certified organic wheat grass and microgreens, and wheat grass shots. Here’s 50 reasons why you should visit their stand this Sunday.

And Milford Farms is celebrating the new market season with two new offerings: beef sticks and beef jerky.

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse will have blue cheese, butter and buttermilk for the first time at our market.

Finally, if you’d like to get a sense of what produce might be available in the area, please check out this handy Jersey Fresh Availability and Forecast report.

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Land Trust Special

Toadshade Wildflower Farm hosts this week’s Land Trust Special. Save $2 off your total purchase at its stand. Don’t forget: To qualify for the special, you must be a Land Trust Supporter who has contributed in the past year. To pick up your special offer or become a supporter, please visit our tent at market. By becoming a Land Trust Supporter, you’ll get great deals throughout the year and help our efforts to protect the places you love.

Recipe of the Week

Celebrate spring with this delicious salad made even better with farm fresh goodies!

Warm Spring Salad

recipe_imageIngredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa (or try speltberries)
  • 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 leek, sliced into rounds or half moons
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bunch asparagus, ends broken off and chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup diced strawberries (optional)
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, to taste
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup (or other sweetener)
  • 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt & lots of pepper, to taste
  • lemon zest, for garnish (optional)

Preparation:

1.  Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and place into a medium pot. Add 1.5 cups vegetable broth (or water) and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low-medium, cover with tight-fitting lid, and cook for 15-17 minutes, or until fluffy and all the water is absorbed. Fluff with fork, remove from heat, and let sit covered for 5 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, grab a very large skillet or wok. Sauté the leek and garlic in the oil for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add in the asparagus and sauté for another 5-10 minutes or until the asparagus is just tender, but still a bit crisp. Stir in the strawberries (optional), peas, and parsley. Heat for a few minutes and then remove from heat.

3. Whisk together the dressing ingredients (olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, and 1/4 tsp fine grain sea salt) to taste. Pour dressing onto skillet mixture and stir in the cooked quinoa. Season to taste with salt and pepper & enjoy! This would also be lovely with nuts or seeds sprinkled on top.

— by Angela Liddon

Special Events

 To celebrate Hunterdon County’s 300th anniversary, we’ll offer tours of the stone 1798 Dvoor Farm House with Historic Preservation Planner Dennis Bertland starting at 10 a.m., followed by Architect Chris Pickell leading a barn tour at 11:30 a.m.

The Hill Runners of Hunterdon will lead a a hilly, 10-mile  run at a pace range of 8-10 minute mile, beginning at 7:30 a.m. from the Dvoor Farm, and everyone is welcome to grab their running shoes and join them. 

We’ll also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to welcome the new Farmers’ Market season.

Music

 The very popular SwingSet slides into the music tent performing contemporary jazz and American songbook favorites.  This trio features  vocalist Ren Porter. guitarist, Jeffrey Fadden and bassist Dave Paller. You can enjoy their music here! 

With so much going on, you’re not going to want to miss our opening week. Stop by and see how we’re redefining the Sunday drive. There’s plenty of fresh, delicious goodies waiting for you!


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