Archive for June, 2010

Not my favorite farmers market because it has too much of a flea market or crafts market feel, but there are some solid local vendors and growers here. You just have to ask where the food is grown.

Always buy direct from the farmers and growers first and then from the folks who wholesale and distribute Jersey Fresh products. That way we make sure the small farmers get fully paid for their labor and investment.

Jesse of Jesse’s Café in Long Branch’s West End is a fixture every Sunday. Jesse gave me a great vegan recipe using her spicy salsa, fresh veggies and tofu. Simply cook the tofu in the spicy salsa while you sauté or grill the veggies (I had zucchini, fresh spring onions and green beans) and toss it all together when it’s done. Very yummy, filling and simple which is my own personal Holy Trinity when it comes to food.

E.R. & Son, the organic farmers from Monroe Township, are out every Sunday and this week offered up green and gold zucchini — it’s that time of year! — party pan squash, tasty and very fresh spring onions, Parsley, Garlic Chives, Radishes, Argula, and fresh picked, pre-bagged salad greens. Throughout the season they grow every vegetable that can be grown in New Jersey. Located between Englishtown and Jamestown, you should check out their roadside stand at 572 Buckelew Avenue in Monroe Township. It’s open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Grossman Farms from outside Bordentown is a flower specialist which is adding some locally grown vegetables to their mix. They had some great looking sunflowers and some early beets. They also offer blueberries from Pemberton Township and will have home grown blackberries and I believe different melons later in the year.

Hauser Hill Farms had zucchini flowers, green beans, red and gold potatoes, carrots and corn. The Hauser family has been farming the same land for 150 years and are one of the last family-owned farms in Old Bridge. They are an institution. Patronize them wherever you see their truck, table or stand.

And Mr. Pickle (or Pickles) is a must have. In addition to a variety of half sour, full sour and dill pickles, Mr. Pickle marinates and pickles olives, red peppers and mushrooms, all of which are just out of this world.

Red Bank Farmers Market
Galleria Parking Lot
Sundays 9am – 2pm
Mothers Day to Mid November


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Bagged Spinach Recall Hits New Jersey

Another reason to buy fresh and to buy locally. Fresh spinach is just about done in NJ this spring because of the heat this past June, but E.R.and Sons from Monroe Township had tasty fresh field greens and beautiful heads of Romaine Lettuce at the Red Bank Farmers Market two weeks ago.

Dieker’s Farm on Washington Avenue, the last remaining farm in Sayreville by the way, had some nice fresh field greens as well as an abundance of fresh zucchini and just picked dill and basil.

But don’t worry fresh, local spinach will be back in the fall when the weather’s cooler.

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