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Weekly Newsletter - August 28th, 2013

Welcome to the weekly edition of the Hoboken Uptown Farmers' Market Newsletter sponsored by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition. This Thursday, August 29th (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), Summer Apples (Ginger Gold), red seedless watermelon, and sugar baby watermelon, nectarines. 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 along with their own, homemade apple and butternut squash butter. Fresh peaches abound, great for salsa, grilling, and just plain eating. Still plenty of peppers still, 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" that goes great on their homemade ravioli, including classic cheese, classic meat, eggplant pomodori, and shiitake mushrooms. Their freshly baked ciabatta or Kalamata Olive sticks which make the perfect match for sauce and fresh moz appetizers that are tailgate worthy. 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.

Healthy, Delicious Ways to Cook Farmer's Market Produce

Stuffed Mozzarella Cherry Peppers
(by Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh)

Hot peppers are incredibly healthy vegetables to add to your dinner table because of their active ingredient called capsaicin, a compound that stimulates circulation so well that it's used to medicate arthritis. Small chilies, like cherry or jalapeno, are ideal for preparing quick and tasty appetizers because they are easy to stuff and devour in a few bites.

Serves 4

1 cup grated Part-skim mozzarella
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped, divided
1/2 pound cherry peppers, cored, and seeded
1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 400 F. In a large bowl, mix mozzarella, half the olive oil, half of the basil and salt. In a 8 x 8-inch baking dish, place peppers cut side up. Fill each pepper to the top with the mozzarella mixture. In a small bowl, combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over peppers and scatter the rest of the basil on top. Dribble the remaining olive oil over the top and bake 10-15 minutes until the cheese is soft and the breadcrumbs have browned slightly. Transfer to serving plate and serve immediately.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (4 stuffed peppers): 73 calories, 4 g protein, 3 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat (1 g saturated), 39 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 430 mg sodium.

Downtown Farmers and Vendors

Catch the Downtown market every Tuesday from 3pm to 7:30, near the CVS.

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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