May 20 2015

Memorable Memorial Day Barbecues Start at Our Farmers’ Market


Land Trust booth cropped

Don’t forget to stop by the HLT booth for lots of great information about our farmers and upcoming market events.

Happy Memorial Day weekend! After the winter we just slogged through it sure feels wonderful that the unofficial start of summer has finally arrived! If you’re planning a holiday barbecue with friends or just looking to stock up on delicious local produce, meats and more, make sure you include the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market in your weekend plans.

Our market is located at 111 Mine St. off the route 12 circle in Raritan Township. We’re open Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is plenty of free parking, and dogs are welcome.

Special Event

Bring the family to our market for a special program with professional storyteller Carol Simon Levin. Carol will present participatory stories and songs celebrating life on the farm and locally grown food. She has more than 20 year experience as a children’s librarian telling stories and sharing songs with young audiences.

Our storytelling series is sponsored by Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Be Here Now Yoga, Tom McMillan with Weidel Realtors, Provident Bank and Twice Told Tales.

Land Trust Special

Feel like spending a little time out in the garden this weekend? Well, Toadshade Wildflower Farm is hosting this week’s Land Trust Special, and offering 5 percent off your total purchase from its booth if you are a Land Trust Supporter who has contributed within the past year. Visit our booth to pick up your special weekly offer or to learn more about becoming a Land Trust Supporter.

All plants sold by Toadshade Wildflower Farm are propagated and grown on their Frenchtown property from seed, cutting or division. Toadshade’s website contains a wealth of information on perennial plants and seeds; visit it to learn more!

Recipe

We have a delicious southern barbecue chicken recipe and side dish for your holiday picnic.

Carolina Barbecued Chicken

bbq chickenIngredients:
4 to 6 lbs. of chicken parts of choice
1/2 cup butter, cut into chunks
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup yellow mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon cayenne (optional)

Preparation:
Preheat grill and lightly coat with oil or cooking spray. Rinse chicken pieces, pat dry and set aside.

Place butter in 2-cup microwave-proof measuring cup. Microwave on high 2 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir in vinegar, sugar, mustard, Worcestershire, pepper and cayenne. Alternatively, place ingredients in saucepan and heat until butter is melted. Stir to combine.

Place chicken on prepared grill 4 to 6 inches from source of heat, basting and turning frequently. Cook bone-in pieces 35 to 45 minutes, depending on size, and boneless pieces 12 to 15 minutes.

Chicken is done when no longer pink inside and juices run clear when thighs are pierced with fork. Bone-in pieces are done when temperature on meat thermometer is 170°F.

Last Minute Kale and Beans

Ingredients:kale and beans

2 leeks, halved, sliced and soaked in water for 15 minutes
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup bacon, chopped (optional)
1/2 cup dry white wine or water
1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 large bunch fresh kale, thoroughly washed
Hard cheese (optional)
Stock pot with lid

Preparation:
Soak the leeks in a quart of cold water. Meanwhile, brown bacon in stock pot.

Once brown pour off all but 1 T bacon fat, then add 1 T olive oil. (If not adding bacon, start with 2 T olive oil.) Saute garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute, then add drained leeks. Saute until they loose their crispness, 3 to 5 minutes.

Add wine or water, stir and cover. Stir for 5 minutes, adding more liquid, if needed. Continue cooking until leeks are soft.

Add kale with water clinging to it. Stir frequently until kale is silky. Add beans and heat until warmed through.

Serve with a small bowl of your favorite grated hard cheese.

Please note: There will be no live music because we have a storyteller at the market this weekend.

Sponsors

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, NJ Environmental News and ShopRite of Flemington.


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