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
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
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.
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?
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.