Jul 05 2017

Learn About Local History
At Our July 9th Farmers’ Market

Find all your favorite local foods — including peaches, blueberries and other fruits, organic veggies, grass-fed beef, cheese, eggs, milk, locally roasted coffee and honey — at our Farmers’ Market this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We’re located at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Raritan Township.

History Day at the Farmers’ Market

The Dvoor Farm in the 1960s.

Learn about Hunterdon County’s past at our Farmers’ Market this Sunday when we celebrate History Day with tours, a special presentation and more.

Join historic architect Chris Pickell at 9:30 a.m. for a walking tour of the Dvoor Farm barns. Learn about the farm’s bank barn, north and east el barns, horse barn (with the iconic Dvoor Bros. advertisement painted on the roof) and wagon house. The tour starts in the parking lot near the stone farm house.

Pickell, who has an architectural business in Flemington, specializes in upgrading antique buildings, historic design, and timber and stone barns. He’s also a trustee of the Hunterdon County Historical Society.

At 10:30 a.m., John Allen will lead an intriguing talk based on his original research using the 1870 Federal Census alongside the 1873 Beers map to create a fascinating snapshot of a late 19th century farming community in Hunterdon County. Using East Amwell Township as a model, Allen discusses the lives of rich and poor farmers and farm laborers, telling several fascinating stories along the way.

The presentation includes maps and historic photos, and you;’ll learn about the 1872 equine influenza epidemic and population trends throughout the county.

Allen serves on the board of trustees of the Hunterdon County Historical Society and is a member of East Amwell’s Historic Preservation Committee and the East Amwell Historical Society. For 34 years he worked as a petroleum geologist, and lived on three continents before retiring in 2013.

At 11:30 a.m., tour the historic stone farm house with Dave Harding, HLT’s director of outreach. He’ll take you through the 219-year-old home and tell you all about the families that lived there.  Participants can check out 18th-century graffiti in the attic and learn about the 1803 murder in the basement. Harding serves on the board of trustees of the Hunterdon County Historical Society and is a member of the East Amwell Historical Society.

Also participating in the house tour is Ariel Hylton, who created a podcast of a self-guided walking tour of the Dvoor farm and house for her Girl Scout Gold Award. The tour will be available from HLT’s website and YouTube channel. Hylton is the great-granddaughter of Jacob Dvoor, who purchased the property in 1920 and ran a stock farm until his death in 1972. Jacob’s son, Herb Dvoor, continued to run the family cattle business well into the 1990s.

The East Amwell Historical Society, the Hunterdon County Historical Society, Hunterdon County 300th Committee, the Raritan Township Historical Society and the Friends of Historic Flemington are scheduled to attend. You can learn more about these organizations, their upcoming events and more at their booths.
All events are free, and no registration is required.


Yoga at the Farmers’ Market

Start your week off right by taking a yoga class in our wagon house this Sunday with certified yoga instructor Lauren Theis at 8 a.m.

No registration is required. Yoga will run every Sunday through Aug. 27. Cost per session is $12.

Incorporating meditation, breathing techniques and some gently refreshing yoga flows, this class is suitable for all levels. Students should bring their own mat. Yoga will wrap up just as the Farmers’ Market opens, perfect for grabbing a yummy, local breakfast and your weekly produce!

Theis was trained in 2016 at GLOW yoga studio in Basking Ridge and has been practicing for seven years. For questions, please email her at lauren.theis@gmail.com.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting HLT and our Farmers’ Market!


Land Trust Special

This week’s Land Trust Special lets you save $1 off the vendor of your choice. Try something new or save a little at your favorite farm stand. Come to the HLT booth for this special deal before you shop.


All American Beef Tacos

Beef tacos.

Beef tacos.

What You’ll Need:

2 tablespoons peanut oil
12 (6-inch) yellow corn taco shells
Kosher salt, for seasoning, plus 1 teaspoon for beef
1 medium onion, chopped
16 ounces ground sirloin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 recipe Taco Potion
2/3 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 12-ounce can of black beans
6 ounces panela cheese, crumbled
12 pickled jalapeno slices
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce, optional
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped, optional
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, optional

Taco Potion #19:

2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Note: You can put all of the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

What To Do:

— Heat oil and add the onion. Cook until softened and lightly browned around the edges, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ground meat, 1 teaspoon salt, and garlic. Cook until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, to break up the meat. Add Taco Potion, beef broth, and can of black beans. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until sauce is slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
— Assemble each taco with meat mixture, panela cheese, jalapeno slices, lettuce, tomatoes, and cilantro. Serve immediately.

Recipe from Alton Brown of FoodNetwork.com

Wine Suggestion: Skip the wine, and go with a beer on this one. If you like tart and limes, try a SeaQuench Ale from Dogfish Head. It’s a session sour brewed with lime peel, black limes and sea salt. Working alongside the National Aquarium out of Baltimore, Maryland, Dogfish Head replicated sea salt sourced from both Maine and the Chesapeake Bay to give SeaQuench Ale its mildly salty characteristic.


The Back Porch Jugband will perform at our market from 10 a.m. to noon. It features Gary P. Cohen, John LaSala and Mark Toman, who specialize in the good-time sound of old-fashioned country, blues, & folk music, played on a mix of traditional and home-made instruments. The Back Porch Jugband evokes the energetic and informal sounds of early Memphis and country blues played on guitar, Dobro, banjo, mandolin, washtub bass, bowed Psaltery ukulele, kazoo, jug and even a musical saw.


Please support our wonderful sponsors:  Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill, ShopRite of Hunterdon County and Peragrin LLC.

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