Jul 24 2019

Historic River Series Begins
At Sunday’s Farmers’ Market

Delaware River

Join us for the first of our Historic Delaware River Series programs at this Sunday’s Farmers’ Market.

Summer’s finest local foods and a free program on the history of the Delaware River are highlights of this week’s Farmers’ Market. Read on for the details:

Special Event

Head cut of Hal Taylor

Hal Taylor

After spending the weekdays working at home, author Hal Taylor loves nothing more than jumping in the car on weekends to explore. He discovered, in time, that his meanderings often took him to the Delaware River.

“There’s something about a large body of water that stirs me, and probably most people, especially if there’s some ship traffic,” Taylor notes. “I wonder where the vessels are going and where they’ve been. The water stirs the same curiosity. There’s a history in that river.”

Discovering that history led Taylor to pen his first book, The Illustrated Delaware River: The History of a Great American River, an historical travelogue filled with 140 original drawings and paintings.

And it will bring him to the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market this Sunday (July 28) at 10:30 a.m. where he will share stories and his illustrations from his many journeys along that iconic river. The market is located at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St., in Flemington.

Taylor’s book includes chapters on everything from Pea Patch Island — which has the distinction of being both the largest wading bird rookery north of Florida, and a prison to more than 12,000 Confederate soldiers during the Civil War — to the Volendam Windmill in Milford. The windmill is located on the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Farm, which HLT preserved in 2017.

And, of course, he covers George Washington’s momentous crossing of the Delaware on Christmas night in 1776.

“The farther I traveled, the more absorbed I became in the river’s history,” Taylor writes. “It seemed every back road I traveled, every corner I turned, some morsel of the past would reluctantly call attention to itself.”

Taylor has been a graphic artist for more than 30 years, devoting much of his recent efforts toward combining a love for history with illustration.

The Historic Delaware River Series is sponsored by the National Park Service’s Lower Delaware Wild and Scenic Program, which aims to protect the natural, cultural and historic value of the Delaware River.

This is the first of three programs HLT is offering as part of this series. On Sunday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m., author Mary Shafer visits HLT’s Farmers’ Market to discuss the terrible river flood of 1955 and its consequences. On Sept. 8 at 3 p.m., journalist Rick Epstein will lead a walking tour of historic Frenchtown. All programs in this series are free. Space is limited for the walking tour — we can only take 20 — so please register in advance by emailing judy@hunterdonlandtrust.org or calling 908-237-4582.

This Sunday at the Market

Neil’s Sharpening Service: Bring your knives, lawn mower blades, scissors, paper cutter and anything else that needs sharpening to the market this Sunday. Neil’s Sharpening Service joins us the fourth Sunday of each month.

Neshanic Station Apiaries will be bringing its first 2019 honey harvest to the market! And it’ll be offering free samples — so make sure to visit its stand!

River Lea House will have a host of tasty new products including fresh ground garlic spices; garlic powder and salt; a steak seasoning great in beef, ribs and burgers; garlic Bay seasoning for seafood; and an herb and garlic seasoning that goes great on just about anything. All freshly dehydrated, ground and blended, $5 each or 3 for $12. River Lea will also have fresh Shiitake mushroom powder normally $8 now on sale for $7.

The Salad Basket: Try a salad from one of our newest vendors! These salads are made with locally-sourced ingredients, whenever possible, from our farmers.

Will’s Amazing Vegan Burgers: Chef Will returns to our market this Sunday with his delicious burgers. Make sure to stock up!


Let’s get this week off to a great start! Join us for Farmers’ Market Yoga with Lauren Theis at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $15; please bring a mat and meet us in our wagon house.

Land Trust Special

Save $1 on any one vendor. Please stop by the HLT booth — if you are a Land Trust Supporter — to pick up this special offer. You can also sign up at the booth to learn how to get great deals every week.

Win a Coffee Vacation in Paradise

Don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win a week’s stay at an oceanfront condo in Maui!

Fieldstone Coffee Roasters is graciously donating its condo for this raffle. Tickets cost $20 each, and we’re only selling 400. You can buy your tickets at our Farmers’ Market beginning this Sunday.

The drawing will be held at our annual Farm to Table Dinner on Sunday, Sept. 22 at the Beaver Brook Country Club in Annandale. You do not have to be present to win, but we’d love to have you join us for the dinner!

Proceeds go toward our work to protect the places you love in the Hunterdon County area.



Raritan Valley Recovery performs on Sunday.

The Raritan Valley Recovery Band, RVR for short, performs under our music tent from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It is a project initiated by Ed Jankiewicz to develop a wide-ranging repertoire of music, performed by top-level players using traditional bluegrass instrumentation, but definitely “Not Strictly Bluegrass.” Ed, a resident of Readington Township has been performing since his pre-teen days, playing guitar, bass guitar and upright bass in a broad spectrum of settings including religious services, orchestras and pop, rock, jazz and folk groups. In addition to Ed on bass/guitar, the core band includes Garrett Moore on fiddle/mandolin, Jeff Young on guitar/bass and Ed Yurkow on banjo. Often sitting in are Jean Sarantos on accordion, Peter Szego on guitar/dobro/fiddle, Carl Schwartz on fiddle, Charlie Pearlman on resonator guitar, and Eric Hendrickson on banjo/guitar.

All the musicians have many years of experience playing a variety of traditional and contemporary music in other bands, and some currently work with several other bands. Raritan Valley Recovery is more than a band, it is a collective of skilled and open-minded musicians who can produce high quality music and have a lot of fun doing it. They’ll perform from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Recipe of the Week

Healthy Baked Zucchini Tots

What You’ll Need:

2 cups packed shredded zucchini
2 large eggs
2/3 cups shredded Italian blend cheese (could use low fat cheese)
1/2 cup crushed rice cereal such as Rice Chex or gluten-free rice puffs
1 1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt and pepper

What To Do:

— Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Shred the zucchini and measure out 2 cups tightly packed. Dump the zucchini onto a paper towel. Then use another paper towel to press out as much moisture as possible. Discard the paper towels. Place the zucchini in a large bowl.

— Crush the rice cereal into fine crumbs. Add the eggs, cheese, crushed rice cereal, herbs, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper. Mix well to combine.

— Using a 2-teaspoon cookie scoop, spoon out tightly packed portions of zucchini mixture and place on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden.

Courtesy of A Spicy Perspective.


We encourage you to support our Farmers’ Market sponsors: Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Northfield Bank, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill and McPherson and Newland Insurance.

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