Aug 30 2016

Make the Holiday Weekend Extra Fun:
Visit Our Farmers’ Market

IMG_6602Treat yourself this Labor Day weekend to a visit to our Farmers’ Market. You’re going to love what we have in store for you this Sunday:

What’s New

This week’s Farmers’ Market features a fascinating and informative talk discussing the impact of sugar in your diet. It starts at 10 a.m. in our wagon house.

In the 1970s, the conversation about losing weight was all about reducing the amount of fat in the foods that we ate. In fact, U.S. dietary recommendations focused on fat reduction. Yet, Americans got heavier.

Recent science has discovered that sugar is actually what causes obesity, diabetes, heart disease, dementia and a host of other health issues, not fat.

Join Karen Sammer, a certified nutritional consultant and holistic health coach, as she outlines how the demonization of fat actually contributed to America’s obesity crisis, and some simple steps you can take to reverse the trend . . .  and lose weight by reducing or eliminating sugar from your diet.

Sammer is a breast cancer survivor who overcame questionable lifestyle choices to lose more than 100 pounds by removing sugar and processed foods from her diet.  She uses her training to coach others to regain control of food so that food no longer controls them.

In this talk, you’ll learn:

— Why America’s weight went up despite fat consumption going down
— Why it’s not our fault that we’re fat
— How food manufacturers have exploited our taste buds
— Why the more sugar you eat, the more sugar you want
— How to find sugar in processed foods
— Simple steps to crowd sugar out of your life

The talk is free, and no registration is required.

Also, take a look at this week’s Jersey Fresh Availability Report, so you can plan your weekly trip to our market.

Our featured artisan this week is Jams by Kim.

Land Trust Special

Save $1 on the vendor of your choice. Please stop by our booth to pick up your special offer if you are a Land Trust Supporter.


Chicken Sausage & Pesto Pasta Dish

Pesto Ingredients:
2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, (2-3 bunches)
1/4 cup walnut pieces, toasted
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
1 large clove garlic, quartered
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Pasta Recipe Ingredients:
12 ounces of pasta of choice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 large tomatoes diced
8 ounces fully cooked Italian-style chicken sausage links, thinly sliced
1/3 cup pesto
1/2 cup grated Parmesan (2 ounces)

— To make pesto sauce, first toast the walnuts. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly browned, 7 to 9 minutes.
— Place basil, walnuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano, oil, water, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor; pulse a few times, then process until fairly smooth, or to the desired consistency, scraping down the sides occasionally.
— Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Reserve 1 cup of the cooking water; drain the pasta and return them to the pot.
— Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, turning occasionally, until browned, 6 to 8 minutes.
— Add the sausage, diced tomatoes, pesto, Parmesan, and ½ cup of the reserved cooking water to the pasta and toss to combine (add more cooking water if the pasta seems dry).

Pesto Nutritional Info:
Per 2-tablespoon serving: 83 calories; 8g fat (1g sat); 2mg cholesterol; 1g carbohydrates; 2g protein; 1g fiber; 176mg sodium; 104mg potassium.

Pesto Recipe from Eating Well Magazine.
Pasta Dish Recipe adapted from Real Simple Magazine.

Farmers with ingredients:
Chicken Sausage: Griggstown Quail Farm
Basil: Phillips Farms, Sandbrook Meadow Farm
Garlic: Phillips Farms, Sandbrook Meadow Farm, Comeback Farm
Cheese & Pasta: Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse
Tomatoes: Phillips Farms, Sweet Valley Farm


Popular entertainer Bill Ihling returns and will be bringing along an instrumentalist. Enjoy his classic country and roots music from 10 a.m. to noon.


Our Farmers’ Market is sponsored by: 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.

We’re at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Raritan Township. Hope to see you on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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