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Weekly Newsletter - September 11th, 2013

Welcome to the weekly edition of the Hoboken Uptown Farmers' Market Newsletter sponsored by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition. This Thursday, September 12th (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, bartlett pears, yellow seedless watermelon, long seeded watermelon, and sugar baby watermelon, nectarines. Vegetables and herbs include zucchini, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, kale, lettuce, leeks, 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. If you're looking for a fun family trip this fall, check out their 10-acre Maize Quest corn maze! Each year, their maze takes on a different theme. Group rates are available. Admission includes access to the Giant Corn Maze, Mini Corn Maze, Tile Maze, Rope Maze, Miner Max Maze, and the Noah's Ark Playground.

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 and delicious olive pockets 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.

Washing Tips for Your Canvas Market Bag

(by Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh)

The Uptown Hoboken Market canvas bags are both handy and help out with the environment by saving on plastic bags. If you go to the market weekly, you might have noticed your bag is ready to be refreshed. The best way to clean them is in your washer on the gentle cycle, cold wash and cold rinse. Use a mild soft and if your washer doesn't have a gentle cycle hand washing will also do the trick. Shake out the wet bag to rid it of wrinkles and hang up your bag to dry at room temperature, about 6 hours.

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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