Nov 13 2013

It’s Turkey Time at the Farmers’ Market

Let’s talk turkey!

turkeyTurkey, our featured product of the week, contains more protein per gram than either chicken or beef, and is lower in fat and cholesterol than most other meats.  Turkey also delivers essential vitamins and minerals, particularly niacin, which facilitates the conversion of food into available energy, and Vitamin B6, which is key for a healthy nervous system. Turkey also has selenium, which is essential for proper thyroid and immune function.

While many people think the tryptophan in turkey will make you sleepy, the amount of it in a single serving is rather negligible. When you want to nod off after a big Thanksgiving meal, the odds are it’s the high amount of carbohydrates you consumed that is causing the drowsiness.

Griggstown Farm will host this week’s Land Trust Special and you will get $1 off your total purchase at its stand. All Land Trust supporters should visit our booth to pick up your coupon for this special deal.

Don’t forget you can reserve your fresh Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings from Griggstown Farm by visiting its stand on Sunday or website.

The Griggstown Farm offers two types of turkeys for the holidays: The traditional white-meat turkey and a Red Bourbon turkey. The Red Bourbon turkey is a heritage bird that has not been crossbred to enhance its size. It takes longer to raise and is a smaller, leaner bird with darker meat, but there is still enough white meat to satisfy everyone. Despite its leaner disposition, the Red Bourbon turkey does not have a gamy taste, but does, in some inexplicable way, taste better. All turkeys are raised outside and are truly free range birds. They also offer boneless turkey breast.

In addition to turkeys, Griggstown offers pheasant, capon, goose or whole duck and great side dishes like homemade cranberry sauce, two types of gravy, roasted fall vegetables with truffle butter, traditional bread dressing or pear-pecan dressing or even southwest cornbread dressing and much more.

This week, Chef Matt McPherson from Matt’s Red Rooster Grill shares with us his amazing Three-Day Thanksgiving Turkey Brine recipe. (Thank you, Matt!)

Three-Day Turkey Brine

1 gallon fresh apple cider
6 garlic cloves, crushed
1 sweet Vidalia onion, medium dice
1 ½ cups light brown sugar
1 ½ cups kosher salt
20 whole black pepper corns
3 bunches fresh thyme
2 juniper berries crushed
1 star anise, crushed
4 bay leaves broken


— Mix above ingredients together.
— Place turkey in mixture and place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
— Rinse lightly and air dry in the refrigerator for 24 hours. This will ensure a crisp skin.
— Combine 1/4 cup olive oil, ¼ cup melted butter with juice and zest of 2 oranges, salt and pepper, 1 bunch of fresh thyme, chopped. Mix together and rub the turkey, roast in the oven and enjoy. (see note)

Note – For information about roasting times and temperatures, go here.

Farmers with ingredients:
Apple cider, onion, fresh thyme: Phillips Farms
Turkey: Griggstown Farm

Other Highlights This Week

The Hunterdon Central High School fiddlers will entertain shoppers at the market.

We’ll offer tours of the historic Dvoor farm house at 10 and 11 a.m. The stone farm house, which dates back to 1798 was originally home to the Johan Philip Kaes (later anglicized to Case) family. We’ll explore the house from top to bottom from the 18th-century graffiti in the attic to the murder in the basement.

We’ll feature the butterfly collection of artist Michael Zappalorti. His daughter, Peggy Marlow will be on hand to answer questions.

And, as if all this weren’t enough, we will have  a drawing for a basket of goodies. Stop by our booth to enter!

If you would like to learn how to cut water costs, Villa Milagro Vineyards will conduct a rain barrel workshop on Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $100 which includes a 53 gallon used American oak wine barrel, all the fittings and components needed to convert it to a rain barrel, instruction and assistance in building your own barrel, advice on how to install it at home and tips on conserving water. You will leave with a ready to install rain barrel and other helpful handouts from Rutgers University. You will also be treated to a complimentary wine tasting and a monogrammed glass to take home. Coffee and pastry will be served at 9:30 a.m. A wine tasting will follow at noon.

See you at the Farmers’ Market Sunday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.! If you are a return visitor we can’t wait to see you again. If you haven’t shopped at our market before we hope you’ll check us out and support your local farmer. We’re at the Route 12 circle, 111 Mine St. in Raritan Township.

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