May 13 2015

Join Us Sunday for Our Farmers’ Market Opening


farmer2Opening day for the Hunterdon Land Trust’s producers-only Farmers’ Market is always a special time at the Dvoor Farm. The feeling of the spring sunshine upon the skin, the soft green grass, the smell of fresh local produce just harvested from the farm. . .

Our Farmers’ Market opens this Sunday at 111 Mine St. off the route 12 circle in Raritan Township from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will be open every Sunday until Nov. 22. We encourage you to support your local farmers and discover the difference local food makes. Simply put, it tastes better.

You’ll find organic vegetables, fruit, beef, poultry, lamb, pork, artisan breads and cheeses, honey, alpaca and llama products, herb plants, native plants, perennials, eggs, tea, pastries and much more at our market. If you’re hungry while you shop, you can treat yourself to a flatbread pizza or other tasty snack and enjoy it while listening to live music. You can even bring the family dog and treat him — or her — to a dog biscuit.

Please visit this page, to learn more about the local farmers you’ll find at the Dvoor Farm. And, we encourage you to make us part of your Sunday plans. We’ll have family-friendly activities just about every Sunday to help you unwind and take a breather from the craziness of the work week.

Farmers’ Market sponsors this year are Basil Bandwagon Natural Market; Matt’s Red Rooster Grill; Tom McMillan with Weidel Realtors; Provident Bank; Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants, Inc.; NJ Environmental News; and ShopRite of Flemington. We encourage you to support the businesses that support us.

Land Trust Special

Save 10 percent off your purchase from Locktown Farm if you are an HLT supporter. If you’d like to become a Land Trust supporter and get great deals throughout the year, stop by our booth, and we’ll help you make that happen.

Recipe

Each week, our blog will offer a delicious and healthy recipe using farm-fresh ingredients. We aim to offer a mix of recipes you can prepare for a special Sunday dinner or a meal that comes together quickly during the busy work week.

Pasta with Sheep’s Milk Cheese, Black Pepper and Arugula

(Hunterdon Land Trust kitchen tested.)

This is a terrific weeknight recipe that comes together quite easily and is delicious when you use fresh farm-picked arugula from our market. It’s a variation of a recipe by Mario Batali from his book “Simple Italian Food.” His recipe calls for rigatoni and doubles the black pepper, but we felt all that pepper combined with the arugula to be a little too much. Plus, you sneeze a lot while eating!

Ingredients:

1 pound pasta
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups grated semi-soft sheep’s milk cheese such as a Spanish manchego or ??
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
2 bunches of arugula

Preparation:

— Wash, dry and chop up the arugula.
— Bring six quarts of water to a boil and add about two tablespoons of salt
— Drop the pasta in the water and cook according to instructions. Drain well.
— Transfer pasta to a warm serving bowl and toss like a salad.
— Add the cheese, pepper and arugula, toss again and serve immediately.

Serves 4

Music

We kick off our — almost — weekly live market music with Late Night Kennel Club. Late Night Kennel Club has the duo of Vern Warta and Nancy Macaulay at its core and adds members of their circle of experienced musicians as the venue dictates. Thus as the name implies, they are a collection of mixed-breed tastes. The group has built a genre that is an unlikely styling of Gypsy Jazz, Blues, Surf Noir and Western Swing. Sample their style here.


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