Oct 01 2013

This Farmers’ Market Is For The Birds

butternut_squashYou know we’re getting ready for fall when butternut squash is the product of the week and we’re hosting a migratory bird walk at Sunday’s Farmers’ Market.

One great thing about fall-harvest squashes is their health benefits, which outweigh squashes harvested in the summer. Butternut squash, which is technically a fruit, is loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants. It’s also rich in beta carotene, which your body turns into vitamin A. Beta carotene may help prevent eye problems. Squash also contain vitamin C and lutein, which is also easy on the eyes.

Now, here’s one great way to enjoy your new favorite fruit:

Butternut Mac ‘N Cheese

1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
1 large butternut squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
7 cups milk
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

1. Roast the butternut squash. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cut squash in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Place in roasting pan and drizzle with olive oil. Place in oven and cook until soft all the way through, about 1 hour. Set aside until cool. When cooled, remove skin and place in food processor. Purée until smooth.
2. Make cheese sauce. Melt butter in saucepan. Add flour. Stir to make a roux and cook 3 minutes, stirring the entire time. Add 3 cups milk and stir until thickened. Add the rest of the milk and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add shredded cheese and stir until melted. Season with salt and pepper.
3. To assemble the dish: Place cooked elbow macaroni in bowl. Pour half of the cheese sauce over and add puréed, roasted butternut squash. Fold together. If it seems too dry, add the rest of the cheese sauce. Place in an ovenproof dish and heat for 15 minutes at 325 degrees.
Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Farmers with ingredients:
Pasta: Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse
Cheese: Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse
Butternut Squash: Sweet Valley Farms, Phillips Farms

Recipe from The New York Times Well’s Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Comeback Farm hosts this week’s Land Trust Special. Supporters of the Land Trust will get a $1 off their total purchase at Comeback’s stand. Swing by our tent to pick up your coupon.

Come for the food, stay for the fun!

Discover the wonders of nature in our own backyard when Land Steward Tom Thorsen leads a migratory bird walk at the Dvoor Farm area. Please come early, because this walk starts at 8:30 a.m. The walk is free, and everyone — including kids — are welcome. Please RSVP Land Steward Tom at 908-237-4582 or at tom@hunterdonlandtrust.org. Participate in the migratory walk and you’ll receive a special coupon that entitles you to $1 off any purchase of $5 or more at any farm stand. This way you can grab a snack after your walk or use it toward any purchase you make. Stop by our tent for your coupon if you don’t get one prior to the walk.

We’ll also have several kid friendly events on Sunday. First, we’ll welcome back the Waldorf School who will offer a children’s art activity.

Teaching artist Kimberly Cheifer of Art Journey Studio will host a free art activity to children of all ages. She will teach children how to draw and color on hand-painted fabric and then glue on yarn outlines to make fabulous pictures they can take home. At the close of the market, there will be a drawing for a free art class with Kimberly. Her fall art class schedule can be seen here.

Macheis Wind blows into the music tent to perform songs for children.

Just a friendly reminder to those who haven’t visited us yet: We’re at 111 Mine St. in Raritan at the Route 12 traffic circle. We can’t wait to see you Sunday!

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