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Weekly Newsletter - October 16, 2013

Welcome to the weekly edition of the Hoboken Uptown Farmers' Market Newsletter sponsored by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition. This Thursday, October 17th (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 so check out the suggestions below for cooking with pumpkin! Country Stand Farms will also have, homemade apple, butternut squash butter, and 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!

Cooking with Pumpkin

(by Skinny Chef Jennifer Iserloh)

Pumpkins belong to the family of vegetables known as Cucurbitaceae that also includes cucumbers and melons. Called pepon by the Greek meaning large melon, the pumpkin is no ordinary gourd, it has become a staple, a widely-known symbol of fall family traditions in America. Pumpkins are naturally fat free and when baked, steamed, and canned, have a smooth creamy texture which makes them perfect for creating rich-tasting meals that also happen to be healthy. One cup has about 30 calories and pumpkin is high in vitamin C, potassium, rich in dietary fiber and also contains good levels of other nutrients like folate, manganese, and omega 3's . But when it comes to anti-oxidants, they are bursting with beta-carotene which lends the pumpkin its rich orange hue. Beta-carotene is a multifaceted compound that has many health benefits, including new studies in cancer prevention. It is sometime called a "pro-vitamin", which means that the body changes it into vitamin A, important for eye care and many other functions in the body.

Cooking Pumpkin from Scratch

If you're an adventuresome cook, you can cook your pumpkin from scratch (but honestly, the canned pumpkin tasted great and is just as healthy). Keep in mind, if you cook it yourself, the texture will be vastly different than the thick, canned version. Strain it in a fine-mesh strainer over the sink for 1 hour or more if you plan on using it for pies or other baking projects.

My favorite method for cooking pumpkin is roasting. To roast, preheat the oven to 400°F. For a large pumpkin, cover two baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Cut the pumpkins into 5-inch wide chunks and scrape out the seeds and any loose membrane clinging to the inside of the pumpkin flesh. Place the pumpkin chunks, skin side down on the sheets. Drizzle with a few teaspoons of olive oil and bake 45 to 50 minutes or until fork-tender. Cool 30 minutes or until the pumpkin is cool to the touch. Use a spoon and scoop out the flesh. Transfer to an air-tight container and refrigerate or use immediately in your favorite recipe.

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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