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Join Us for a Nature Day Celebration at Our Farmers’ Market

Don’t miss this Sunday’s Farmers’ Market when we’ll celebrate Nature Day with a variety of events your entire family will love. All events are free, and no advance registration is necessary.

Our market doesn’t officially open until 9 a.m., but we’ll start the events off early with a bird walk with Juanita Hummel. She will stop at several observation sites and discuss which species of birds are using which habitats and why the preservation of those habitats is important for birds and other wildlife. Red-tailed hawks, yellow-bellied sapsuckers are among the species of birds often spotted on the farm. This is also a great time of year to check out other charismatic winged creatures like butterflies and odonates, such as dragonflies.

Juanita Hummel (right) will lead our bird walk on Sunday.

Hummel is an avid birder and nature lover. She currently serves on the board of the Washington Crossing Audubon Society, and also volunteers with the NJ Audubon Society, the Wildlife Conservation Corps and other conservation organizations. Retired from pharmaceutical research, she has happily left the lab behind to spend more time outdoors exploring the diverse and fascinating natural landscapes of the world.

At 10 a.m., we’ll host a walk where you can learn about the environment and history of the Dvoor Farm property with HLT staff Stefani Spence and Dave Harding. Stefani will tell you about the importance of the farm’s wetlands, pollinator meadows and old-growth forest, while Dave will chat about the history of farming the land.

The day includes storytelling for kids in our wagon house with MaryAnn Paterniti. She’ll share nature tales for children of all ages from 11 a.m. to noon.

The Northwest New Jersey Beekeepers Association, will bring a fully enclosed observation hive with live bees, a skep (a straw or wicker beehive), a honey extractor, products of the hive and informational pamphlets related to bees and beekeeping. The beekeepers will use the observation hive to discuss honeybee biology and why honeybees are so vital to our environment.

The Master Gardeners will also visit with all kinds of information and tips on keeping your garden thriving during the summer months.

Our market is located on the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Raritan Township.

Land Trust Special

Save $1 on a $5 purchase at any one vendor. Land Trust Supporters should visit the HLT booth for their coupon before shopping.

Product of the Week

Step aside butternut squash — we’re in the midst of summer squash season, and they are a fantastic source for copper and manganese, and a good source for magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, calcium, and iron. Other vitamins provided by summer squash include vitamin C and vitamin K.

Summer squash is quite versatile in cooking: whether you saute it, toss it in pasta, add it to a casserole or — one our favorites — as a tasty, nutritious snack. Try these yummy squash chips.

Parmesan Squash Chips

What You’ll Need:

For the chips:
4 yellow squash, cut into rounds
1/4 c. olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Pinch red pepper flakes
1 c. panko
1 c. shredded Parmesan
2 tbsp. Freshly chopped parsley
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

For the dipping sauce:
1 c. sour cream
1 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

What To Do:

— Preheat oven to 400° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl toss together squash and olive oil. Season generously with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.

— In a shallow bowl mix together panko, parmesan, and parsley. One at a time dip squash into panko mixture, pressing to coat then place on prepared baking sheet.

— Bake until golden and crispy, 30 minutes, flipping halfway through. Meanwhile make dipping sauce: In a small bowl, stir together sour cream, lemon juice, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Serve chips with dipping sauce.

Courtesy of Delish.

Servings: 6

Music

Michael Long performs in our music tent from 10 a.m. to noon. Why not grab yourself a snack and a hot cup of coffee or tea and listen to some fabulous roots and Americana music?

Sponsors

Please support our local sponsors who play a pivotal role in helping us protect the places you love. They are: Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Northfield Bank, McPherson & Newland Insurance, and Matt’s Red Rooster Grill.

Find Your Summer Favorites at Our Farmers’ Market

Find all your favorite organic fruits and veggies at the Comeback Farm stand.

Support your neighborhood farmers and vendors! Visit our Farmers’ Market this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St. in Raritan Township.

We’ll have plenty of fresh fruit and veggies including sweet corn, melons, tomatoes, beets, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, heirloom tomatoes, onions, green peppers, potatoes, eggplant, summer squash and tomatillos. And, we’ll have all-natural meat, bread, cheese, fermented products, freshly made hummus and chips, fresh-cut flowers, native plant seeds, coffee, pastries, eggs, honey and more.

Don’t forget to check out our newest vendor:  Cherryville Farms Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm.

Located in Pittstown, Cherryville offers fresh lavender in a variety of fun products. It joined us for the first time last Sunday.

The lavender is hand-planted and harvested, dried and ready to be enjoyed in many ways. They offer sachets, dried bouquets, decorative pieces ideal for use at special events, gifts, or to simply adorn your home. The scent of the lavender flower is known to promote tranquility and calmness.

Cherryville Farms will also offer potted spruce trees that are about 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall.

We have a fun craft planned in our Kids’ Corner activity this week: Come make a sunflower catcher!

Just a friendly reminder that there’s no yoga for the next two weeks. Yoga will return to our wagon house on Aug. 19 at 8:30 a.m. with Beatriz Velasquez.

Land Trust Special

All HLT Supporters can save $1 on any purchase of $5 or more at one vendor. If you’d like to become an HLT Supporter and get great deals every week, please visit our booth and speak with a volunteer.

Product of the Week

Is a yawn a silent scream for a cup of coffee? Well, while we’re accustomed to reaching for a cup of bean juice to shake off the morning cobwebs, there are health benefits to coffee besides the quick pick-me-up.

Some researchers have shown that coffee can help prevent type 2 diabetes and lower the risk of liver disease, for instance. Italian researchers found that coffee consumption lowers the risk of liver cancer by about 40%. Not only that, but researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard School of Public Health, concluded that drinking coffee in moderation protects against heart failure.

Aside from the possible health benefits, coffee can also be used as a key ingredient in a delicious dessert. Take this adult spin on a kid’s campfire favorite:

 

Coffee “S’mores” Pie

What You’ll Need:

Graham Cracker Crust

9 whole graham crackers, ground finely in a food processor
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons Nutella
1 ounce semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

Coffee Ganache
12 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (do not exceed 61% cacao), finely chopped
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2′ cubes
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons finely ground coffee beans (Visit Fieldstone Coffee Roasters stand for great coffee!)

Meringue

2 large egg whites
1/2 cup sugar

What To Do:

Graham Cracker Crust

Mix graham cracker crumbs and remaining ingredients in a small bowl to blend. Press mixture onto bottom and up sides of pie dish; chill until crust is firm, about 30 minutes.

Coffee Ganache

Place chocolate and butter in a large bowl. Bring cream, coffee, and 2 Tbsp. water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat; cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
Strain cream mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into bowl with chocolate and butter; discard coffee grounds. Stir until melted and ganache is smooth. Pour into chilled crust; smooth top. Chill until set, about 1 hour.

Meringue

Using an electric mixer with clean, dry beaters on medium speed, beat egg whites in a medium bowl until light and frothy. Add sugar in 4 additions, beating for 1 minute after each addition. Continue beating egg whites until stiff and glossy.
Spoon meringue over coffee ganache; swirl decoratively with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Using a kitchen torch, if desired, toast meringue until golden brown in spots. DO AHEAD: Pie can be made 8 hours ahead. Keep chilled.

Serves 8. Courtesy of Bon Apetit.

Music

DBB Jazz performs in our music tent from 10 a.m. to noon.

Sponsors

We wholeheartedly thank our fabulous Farmers’ Market sponsors: Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Northfield Bank,  McPherson & Newland Insurance and Matt’s Red Rooster Grill.

Special Event for Kids, New Vendor And More at Farmers’ Market

Make sure you check out Chef Will’s special Craftsman Meal every Sunday at our Farmers’ Market!

Here’s what’s going on at the Farmers’ Market this Sunday. Join us at the Dvoor Farm 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Noteworthy Market News

We’re welcoming T-Recs Camp for Kids who will lead children on a fun project to build a “Jitters” game — similar to the classic board game Operation — to test reflexes and hand-eye coordination.

Frank Cappelle will guide kids through this hands-on activity in our wagon house from 10 a.m. to noon.. This fun project combines woodworking, a little metal working and a bit of knowledge about electricity to create a game that adults and kids will love.

This activity takes about 25 minutes and is perfect for kids ages 7 to 13. Participants will build this game at their own pace following a simple step-by-step process. This T-Recs Camp program is a great way for children to learn about technology in a fun and creative environment. Don’t miss it!

Produce offerings will likely include tomatoes, peaches, beets, cabbage, carrots, cherry tomatoes, corn on the cob, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, onions, garlic (including black garlic, Siberian Red and California Early), green peppers, red potatoes and summer squash.

This week, Buy the Farm is featuring a smoked baba ghanoush made with organic eggplants from Sandbrook Meadow Farm. Plus, you will find Buy the Farm’s delicious parsnip hummus made with organic Pennsylvania-grown parsnips — both are a veggie-packed bean-free alternative to hummus. Limited quantities available so come early!

Don’t forget to grab a bite to eat if you get hungry while shopping. There’s plenty of tasty options to choose from: Fired Up Flatbread Co. with pizza made with farm-fresh ingredients, a Craftsman Meal (also featuring ingredients from our local farmers) at Will’s Amazing Vegan Burger. Or maybe some delicious granola from I’m Hungry Truck and Depot, chips and salsa from Buy the Farm or some ice coffee at Fieldstone Coffee Roasters.

We’ll be making firefly pinecones in our kids’ corner. Stop by!

New Vendor Starts Sunday

Cherryville Farms Choose and Cut Christmas Tree Farm, located in Pittstown, joins our Farmers’ Market for the first time this Sunday, offering fresh lavender in a variety of fun products.

The lavender is hand-planted and harvested, dried and ready to be enjoyed in many ways. They offer sachets, dried bouquets, decorative pieces ideal for use at special events, gifts, or to simply adorn your home.

The scent of the lavender flower is known to promote tranquility and calmness.

Cherryville Farms will also offer potted spruce trees that are about 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall.

Visit Cherryville’s website to learn more about this family-owned and -operated farm.

Land Trust Special

This week, our Land Trust Special once again lets you save $1 off a $5 dollar purchase from one vendor. All Land Trust Supporters should stop by our booth for their coupon before shopping.

Yoga

Yoga and the sweet sounds of nature combine to create a wonderful hour in our wagon house. Join certified instructor Lauren Theis at 8:30 a.m. for a yoga session that will leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.  Cost is $15; please bring a mat.

Product of the Week

You can bring a bag of summer sunshine home with you by picking up some peaches at our market. Fresh Jersey peaches provide a relief from hypokalemia, cancer, obesity, cholesterol, blood stasis, and neurodegenerative diseases. It helps in eye care, skin care, maintaining healthy nervous system, bones, and teeth. It has anti-aging properties and also helps in detoxification, as well as improving digestion and cellular health. It has essential nutrients and antioxidants which are valuable during pregnancy, and it helps in strengthening the immune system as well. That sounds peachy keen to us!

Speaking of peachy, here’s is a delicious summer recipe — and you can find just about all the ingredients at our market!

Chicken with Peach-Cucumber Salsa

What You’ll Need:

1-1/2 cups chopped peeled fresh peaches (about 2 medium)
3/4 cup chopped cucumber
4 tablespoons peach preserves, divided
3 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 teaspoon minced fresh mint
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
1/4 teaspoon pepper

What To Do:

— For salsa, in a small bowl, combine peaches, cucumber, 2 tablespoons preserves, onion, mint and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

— Sprinkle chicken with pepper and remaining salt. On a lightly greased grill rack, grill chicken, covered, over medium heat 5 minutes. Turn; grill 7-9 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 165°, brushing tops occasionally with remaining preserves. Serve with salsa.

Serves 4.

Courtesy of Taste of Home

Music

Some Like It Hot isn’t just a classic Jack Lemon/Tony Curtis/Marilyn Monroe film — it’s also a pretty cool band! They perform Gypsy Jazz based on the legacy of the great Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt. Their music combines the beauty and sophistication of early 20th century Europe, with the creativity, drive and excitement of American jazz. The band is comprised of  Alex E. Soudah, guitar; Colin Ryan, rhythm guitar; and Jerry D’Anna, upright bass.

Sponsors

Thank you for supporting those businesses who support our efforts to protect the places we all love: Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Northfield Bank,  McPherson & Newland Insurance, and Matt’s Red Rooster Grill.

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