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Weekly Newsletter - August 14th, 2013

Welcome to the weekly edition of the Hoboken Uptown Farmers' Market Newsletter sponsored by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition. This Thursday, August 15th (from 2:00 to 7:00) you'll find the best Jersey Fresh produce within walking distance of your home. The Hoboken Uptown Farmers' Market is in full swing and has a bounty of crisp veggies and ripe sweet fruit to offer. So sign up for the weekly newsletter to plan your shopping list, get reminders, recipes, and even health tips. Plus find out what fresh produce is in that week.

Uptown Farmers and Vendors

Stony Hill Farm
You'll find amazing produce weekly from Stony Hill Farm - fruit fruit abounds, including cantaloupe, peaches (yellow & white), blueberries (last week!), red seedless watermelon, sugar baby watermelon, nectarines, and summer apples as well. Vegetables and herbs include zucchini, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, kale, lettuce, carrots, collards, potatoes, cabbage, beets,scallions, South Jersey Sweet Corn, radishes, beans, garlic, 8 ball squash, peppers, 5 types of eggplant, herbs, parsley, basil, and dill.

Gina's Bakery
Looking for a new way to spin your workday sandwich? Serve your favorite cold cuts on Gina's golden, baked focaccia. Gina's Bakery has a delicious selection to choose from including rosemary, tomato, zucchini and caponata - a scrumptious mixture of eggplant, onions, and capers.

Country Stand Farms
Fresh corn, and potatoes, Country Stand Farms will have it! Pick a pepper this week- they'll have a wide selection including jalapeno, cherry poppers, poblano, purple, and green bell peppers.

Hoboken Farms
Hoboken Farms has a delicious selection of naturally prepared foods, including their famous tomato sauce "Big Red" and delectable mozzarella. Their freshly baked ciabatta or Kalamata Olive sticks which make the perfect match for sauce and fresh moz. Looking for a fast meal idea? Try their incredible "ready-to-cook" crab cakes, chicken tenders, chicken sausage, stuffed sole, lemon pepper sole filets, or tortilla-crusted tilapia.

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!

Healthy, Delicious Ways to Cook Farmer's Market Produce

Tomato Watermelon Feta Salad
(by Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh)

Sweet watermelons tossed with fresh farmer's tomatoes and crumbled feta, make a sweet and salt mealtime salad that is a refreshing change from your basic side salad. Add grilled shrimp or chicken to make is a main meal.

Serves 4

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small shallot, minced
4 cups seedless watermelon chunks, diced or thinly sliced
1 pound assorted tomatoes, Heirloom varieties if available, sliced
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1 jalapeņo, some seeds removed, thinly sliced

In a large bowl combine the vinegar, olive oil, and shallot. Whisk until smooth. Toss in the watermelon, tomatoes, feta, and jalapeņo to coat, serve immediately.

Nutritional stats per serving (1 1/2 cup): 179 calories, 7 g protein, 18 g carbohydrates, 9 g fat (3 g saturated), 20 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 333 mg sodium

Downtown Farmers and Vendors

Catch the Downtown market every Tuesday from 3pm to 7:30, near the CVS, FYI, this past Tuesday Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and NJ Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher visited the downtown market with Mayor Dawn Zimmer, a scheduled visit in support of certified Jersey Fresh markets throughout the state. Many thanks for the support!

Jeff O'hara at Union Hill Farms
Union Hill Farms, located in Denville, NJ is owned and operated by Jeff O'Hara. Grown fresh on their farm is an assortment of fruits, vegetables, tomatoes, potatoes, sugarsnap peas, beets, carrots and lettuce as well as flowers including sunflowers . In addition, they also also have fresh mozzarella cheese, honey, maple syrup, dressings, jams, and marinades. In the fall, you can look forward to pumpkins, hay, corn stalks and free hay rides when you visit the farm.

Downtown market newcomer Knead is fast becoming a fan favorite with their unique artisan breads and treats. A fresh baked selection of focaccia, hearty loves, and sweets like bacon chocolate chip cookies and gluten-free brownies can be found at the market every Tuesday. Be sure to check her Facebook page each week to see what the special Focaccia of the Day will be!

Melick's Town Farms
For nearly 300 years, the Melick family has provided our community with delicious, locally grown, farm fresh fruits and vegetables! We also sell plants, shrubs, jams and jellies, baked goods, gifts, and even Christmas trees - all the products that people have come to rely on from the Melick family since about 1725. We are the largest fruit grower in Central and Northern New Jersey, with over 650 acres of land. They have 120 acres of fruit trees, with over 5,000 peach trees and 20,000 apple trees!

John Krueger at Star Star Brite Farms
Starbrite Farm is a diversified, certified organic, vegetable farm. They are a USDA certified organic farm that grows virtually every type of produce that is possible in our climate- from arugula to zucchini. Included in the planting list are many heirloom varieties such as the Rattlesnake pole bean, Costata Romanesco squash, heirloom melons, and many varieties of heirloom tomatoes. We also grow many unique varieties such as Japanese salad turnips, white sweet potatoes, sugarsnap peas, multi-colored carrots as well as oakleaf and other types of lettuce you will never find in the supermarket as well as purslane and purple cauliflower. John says you can expect ground cherries in next week, they look much like gooseberries and are a delicious topping for Greek yogurt.

Vendors
Sample the delights of the Downtown Farmer's Market's vendors. You'll find gourmet nuts and dried fruits, Pickle Licious pickles and olives, as well as Saucy Sara's Salsa.

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