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Weekly Newsletter - October 10, 2013

Welcome to the weekly edition of the Hoboken Uptown Farmers' Market Newsletter sponsored by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition. This Thursday, October 10th (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, snow sweet apples, gibson gold apples, joangold apples, honey crisp apples, cortland apples, empire apples, McIntosh apples, gala apples, macoun apples, golden supreme apples, mutsu apples, bartlett pears. Vegetables and herbs include acorn squash, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, grape tomatoes, kale, lettuce, leeks, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, South Jersey Sweet Corn, garlic, peppers, cilantro, mint, parsley, 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, and flashlight nights are starting, every Friday and Saturday night now through October, last ticket is sold at 8pm and we close at 9pm. They recommend arriving at 6:30 to beat the crowds and also to give yourself more time in the maze. Don't forget to bring your own flashlight! 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
Honey, pears, and pumpkins are here - great for all your Fall recipes! Country Stand Farms will also have, homemade apple and butternut squash butter. potatoes. 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. Try their spicy olive mix, it's a favorite over on Park Avenue and Garden Street!

Apple Cheese Crostini

(by Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh)

Try this elegant, filling party appetizer in place of the usual, calorie-rich fare you'll find at most gatherings. A wide variety of apples are in season now, so mix and match your market basket to taste test them all! Apples and onion can be made up to one day ahead and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Makes 2 dozen crostini

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon balsamic or apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 apples, any variety, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
non-stick cooking spray
24, 1/2-inch-thick slices of whole-wheat baguette, cut on the diagonal
1 8-ounce package reduced- fat white cheddar cheese, cut into 24 slices
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped

Sprinkle the turkey with salt and pepper. Heat the oil over high heat in a large stockpot. Add the turkey and cook 1 to 2 minutes,without turning or stirring, so the turkey Warm half the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, salt, and vinegar. Cook 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden brown. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water as the onions cook if they begin to burn or stick. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine apples, sugar, and cinnamon. Toss to coat. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray and warm over medium heat. Add the apples and remaining olive oil to the skillet with the onions and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently, until the apples soften but do not become mushy.

Preheat oven 400 F. Cover two large cookies sheets with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Arrange the bread slices and distribute the onion and apple mixture evenly over the bread slices. Top with cheese slices. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese melts. Transfer to a large platter and garnish with fresh thyme.

Nutritional Stats Per Serving (1 crostini): 94 calories. 3 g protein, 10 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat (2 g saturated), 9 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 127 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, beets, carrots and lettuce and much more. 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. They also grow many unique varieties such as Japanese salad turnips, white sweet potatoes, 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.

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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