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Weekly Newsletter - June 26, 2013

Welcome to the latest edition of the Hoboken Uptown Farmers' Market Newsletter sponsored by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition. This Thursday, June 27th (from 2:00 to 7:00) you'll find a bounty of Jersey Fresh produce within walking distance of your home. The Hoboken Uptown Farmers' Market is excited to announce a few new vendors in the mix this season. So sign up for the weekly newsletter to plan your shopping list, get reminders, recipes, and health tips. Plus find out what fresh produce is in that week.

Farmers and Vendors

Stony Hill Farms
Stony Hill Farms will have a wide range of produce this week, including fresh garlic, red and white potatoes, greenhouse tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, small carrots, collards, red beets, cabbage, white, purple, yellow and green cauliflower, broccoli, Kirby cucumbers, and red and green kale.

Dale says it's the last week for strawberries but you can look forward to blueberries, first of the season! There will also be raspberries, spinach, arugula, radishes as well as cilantro, chives, and basil.

Wondering how to cook with fresh herbs? Here's an easy guide to show you how to pair them up with other foods to make spectacular, flavorful meals.

Gina's Bakery
Looking for an easy, no-cook meal idea? Serve Gina's golden, baked focaccia with a healthy homemade salad. Gina's Bakery has a delicious selection of focaccia to choose from including tomato, zucchini and caponata, as well as tasty homemade breads, muffins and flaky scones.

Country Stand Farms
Country Stand Farms will have incredible strawberries, the last of the season. Plan on getting your greens as well, Walt says they'll be bringing green and red romaine lettuce, zucchini, Swisschard, and the first zucchini of the season. Plus they'll have plenty of vine-ripe tomatoes. Why not try this easy, yet elegant Caprese salad that doesn't require cooking?

Hoboken Farms
Hoboken Farms has a delicious selection of naturally prepared foods, including their famous tomato sauce "Big Red" and fresh mozzarella, perfect for a caprese salad with tomatoes from Stony Hill Farm or Country Stand Farms. Serve with Hoboken Farms freshly baked ciabatta. Or try their incredible "ready-to-cook" crab cakes, an ideal appetizer to serve at your next cook-out - just bake and serve with tartar sauce.

Dr. Pickle
Dr. Pickle offers a wide range of savory pickles - including pickled green tomatoes, mushrooms, and a refreshing "fresh" pickle - perfect for garnishing cocktails, adding to veggie platters, or serving along side your favorite sandwich.

Neil's Sharpening Service
Pull out those dull knives and have Neil make them razor-sharp so they preform like brand-new. He'll also sharpen scissors, garden cloppers, garden shears, rotary lawn mower blades, hair clippers, and even animal clippers. The list goes on, just ask!

Garlic! Did You Know?

Garlic is a staple in many cooks' homes and in restaurant kitchens around the world. Garlic, whether it's fresh (get yours at Stony Hill Farms) or dried, contains special healing compounds and enzymes. Health professionals used to believe that garlic was great for controlling cholesterol, but new studies show that eating garlic does not help with LDL or HDL.

However, new studies say it may lower blood pressure. Garlic also contains a potent anti-bacterial compound called Allicin, which is also antiviral and antiparasitic. Folk medicine wasn't far off the mark by telling people with colds to eat plenty and hang the rest around the neck for later. Garlic was prescribed to combat colds, fevers, and warding off potential, lurking evil!

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