Sep 28 2016

Farmers’ Market Features Program for Children on Birds


Here’s what’s on tap this week at our Farmers’ Market:

What’s New

world-of-birdsChildren’s author Kim Kurki will visit with her wonderful book about birds National Wildlife Federation’s World of Birds, A Beginner’s Guide. She will host a special nature presentation at 11 a.m. in our wagon house where your family can discover how exploring the great outdoors is just like going on a treasure hunt. Kids can also make their own binoculars that they can use to spot birds on the Dvoor Farm or in their own neighborhood.

Kim, a native of Bucks County, currently lives in Penn’s Park, Pa. Her love of nature was nourished during her childhood as she spent countless hours outside, exploring habitats near her home. These experiences provided inspiration for her most creative work.

She has been an illustrator for 35 years, producing designs for stationery and gift products, prints, packaging, and large-scale, fine art stained glass installations. In addition to the National Wildlife Federation publications, she has contributed illustrations to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Time is running out to win one of two $250 shopping sprees at our Farmers’ Market. You can purchase raffle tickets at our booth for $5 each. We’ll pick two winners at our Farm to Table Gala on Oct. 9.

Don’t forget to check out our newest vendor Jammin’ Crêpes of Princeton who serves up farm-to-table sweet and savory crêpes. Jammin’ Crêpes sees its mission as a celebration of our local, regional farms wrapped in a crêpe with an ever-changing menu that highlights the very best local ingredients at their peak of freshness.

Jams by Kim returns as our featured artisan for the week. Make sure you stop by your stand and take home some of her delicious flavors including blueberry and lemon, mixed berry and peach habanero.

Here’s this week’s Jersey Fresh Availability Forecast.

Land Trust Special

We continue with our weekly special that lets you save $1 on the vendor of your choice. Land Trust Supporters should visit our booth before shopping to pick up this special offer.

Recipe

Cider-Brined Pork Roast with Onions and Apples

What You’ll Need:

cider-brined-pork5 c. apple cider
⅓ c. Kosher salt
1 tsp. Kosher salt
⅓ c. packed dark-brown sugar
2 large fresh bay leaves
1 whole fresh bay leaf
5 whole cloves
½ tsp. whole black peppercorns
1 center-cut boneless pork loin roast
2 clove garlic
2 sprig fresh rosemary
½ tsp. Freshly ground pepper
4 Gala apples
3 medium yellow onions
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

What To Do:

— In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups cider, 1/3 cup salt, brown sugar, torn bay leaves, cloves, and peppercorns to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in 2 cups each water and cider; cool to room temperature.
Place pork loin in a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag and pour in cooled cider solution. Allow meat to brine, refrigerated, for at least 8 hours or up to 1 day.
— Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Finely chop garlic, 1 sprig rosemary, and remaining bay leaf. Add remaining salt and ground pepper; mash into a paste with the flat side of a knife.
— Remove pork loin from brine (discard liquid), pat dry, and rub with garlic-herb mixture. Place in large roasting pan and scatter apples and onions around it. Break remaining rosemary sprig into 4 pieces; scatter atop apples and onions. Transfer pan to oven and roast meat until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F, about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Transfer pork loin to serving platter with all but 4 pieces each apple and onion. Allow meat to rest 15 minutes before slicing.
— Meanwhile, place roasting pan with drippings and reserved apples and onions on stovetop over medium heat and add remaining 1 cup cider plus 1 cup water. Cook, scraping browned bits from bottom of pan, until liquid is hot, about 2 minutes. Strain mixture into bowl, pressing liquid from solids; set aside.
— Return roasting pan to stovetop and melt butter over medium-high heat. Sprinkle in flour and whisk until golden brown. Whisk in reserved cider mixture and continue to whisk until gravy is smooth. Serve hot alongside sliced pork, apples, and onions.

Recipe courtesy of Country Living.

Music

michael-longThe popular Michael Long returns to perform unplugged rock and folk music. Michael is a singer/songwriter who performs solo with acoustic guitar and harmonicas throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Southern California.

His musical influences and repertoire stretch a gamut of great artists from Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan to Cat Stevens, Paul Simon and Billy Joel to The Beatles, Stones and U2 to the Zac Brown Band, Johnny Cash and Kenny Chesney to Dave Mathews, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, to Weezer and more.

You can sample his music at his Facebook page.

Sponsors

We love our sponsors, and know that when you try them, you will too! They are: Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Tom McMillan with Weidel Realtors, McPherson & Newland Insurance, Farmers Insurance Company of Flemington, Brighton Financial Planning, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill, Provident Bank Foundation, Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants, Gattuso Media Designs, NJ Environment News, ShopRite of Hunterdon County, Kelly Mac Interiorscapes and Peragrin LLC.


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