Homestead’s Local Fall Produce & Holiday Menu

Homestead’s Local Fall Produce & Holiday Menu

Debbie Closson

Fresh Local Fall Produce Still Coming In!

The weather may be getting cooler, but local farms are still harvesting plenty of fresh veggies! We’ll continue to have lots of Jersey Fresh produce for you every day, right through Thanksgiving – including fresh Jersey cranberries for your Thanksgiving dinner, muffin recipes, or whatever else your heart desires. And we have many more fresh local selections including:

Homestead Local Fall Produce

And of course, other USA produce that’s no longer being grown in NJ will still be available through December.

Homestead’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest Winners!

As you saw in the last blog and newsletter, we brought back our pumpkin decorating contest this year. In early October, Debbie gave pumpkins, gourds and more to South Hunterdon Regional High School’s art teacher, Marissa Sozio, whose Tech Art Class and Advanced Art Class students used their talent and creativity to come up with fabulous entries in four different categories.

We displayed their marvelous creations in our farm market from October 15-30, and Homestead customers voted for their favorites. We’re proud to announce the winners of each category:

  • Superhero: Superman, created by Allyson Siwy
  • Scary: 3-D Face, created by Shakti Zhuraw
  • Funny: Wrecking Ball, created by Amanda Brewi
  • Day of the Dead: Coco, created by Laura Adams, Breanna Heisler, Julia Hess

Congratulations to the winners, who each received a Homestead gift certificate! And thank you to Marissa and all of her students who came up with so many wonderfully creative designs – every single one was excellent!

Holiday Dinner Menu and Order Form

The holidays are fast approaching, and Homestead is ready to help you with your holiday dinners! Whether you’re entertaining a large group, having a holiday party, or serving up an intimate dinner for just a few, you can pre-order your favorites, from a full dinner for six or more to a few side dishes or desserts.

Our menu includes a selection of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes to help fill out your menu for any dinner guests who have special dietary preferences. We’re also happy to accommodate your needs – if you want a dish that contains cheese (like our mixed greens salad with roasted beets, fruit and goat cheese) but you have some vegan guests coming, we can put the cheese on the side for you.

You can also pre-order gluten-free apple pies and/or pumpkin pies. While we always have a few pies in our farm market, it’s best to order in advance so you’re guaranteed to get what you want.

You can find our menu and order form here: http://bit.ly/HolidayMenu19

**Thanksgiving orders must be received by November 22.
**Christmas orders must be received by December 18.

Pumpkins, Gourds and Pumpkin Ice Cream

Pick up some pumpkins or gourds to give your décor or dinner table that special once-a-year autumn splendor! We also have sugar pumpkins for home chefs who enjoy cooking or baking from scratch.

Add a taste of fall to your meals with our Homestead Apple Salsa and homemade applesauce, Melick’s Apple Cider (sparkling or regular), and Arctic’s Pumpkin Ice Cream, perfect on its own or as a special à la mode treat. For a refreshing drink, you can make a pumpkin float by pouring cold coffee over a couple scoops of pumpkin ice cream…top with whipped cream and a little sprinkle of cinnamon or a drizzle of caramel and you’ve got a mouthwatering dessert.

Fresh produce every day. Locally grown produce in season. Homemade lunches and dinners to go. Fresh-baked award-winning pies.

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Homestead’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest Is Back!

Homestead’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest Is Back!

Debbie Closson

One of many fun fall activities is expressing your creativity by decorating pumpkins! We know we’ve got lots of talented kids in our area, and we’d like to show you a sample of their creative genius. So for Halloween month, we’re resurrecting the pumpkin decorating contest, and you get to pick the winners!

Pumpkins at Homestead Lambertville, NJ

On September 27, Debbie dropped off pumpkins, gourds and more to Marissa Sozio, an art teacher at South Hunterdon Regional High School. Her Advanced Art Class and Tech Art Class will decorate the pumpkins that we’ll put on display in our farm market starting October 15. Every purchase gets you a vote in the following categories:

  • Superhero
  • Scary
  • Funny
  • Day of the Dead

There’s only one rule – no carving! The creation with the most votes in each category will win a gift certificate to Homestead.

Voting is open October 15-30, so make sure to come by and vote for your favorites!

Fall hours start October 14
Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (no change)

Fully Stocked With Fresh Produce All Season!

Produce season doesn’t end with summer – we’ve got plenty of Jersey Fresh produce right through fall! And when Jersey crops end, we still carry a full selection of produce, plus our pantry, local meats, and refrigerated/frozen products are always freshly stocked. Plus you can continue enjoying our prepared dishes and Market Meals.

October’s Sampling Saturday Schedule

Our Sampling Saturdays continue through October with lots of tastes for you to savor. Stop by between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to enjoy these samples:

  • 10/5 – Jersey Rub
  • 10/12 – Hank Sauce
  • 10/19 – Pumpkin Yummies!
  • 10/26 – Assorted Beverages: Humankind, Lorina, and more

New “Bring Your Own Mug” Discount

Homestead is taking the next step in helping to reduce waste in Lambertville by offering a “Bring Your Own Mug” discount. Any time you bring in your own reusable travel mug – up to 16 oz. – you can fill it up with our house coffee for only $1.00 (a savings of more than 35 percent). It’s a break for you and our environment!

Even MORE Reusable Shopping Bag Choices

We’re only a few months away from the start of Lambertville’s single-use plastic bag ordinance (January 1, 2020), and we’ve got even more fun, cool reusable bag choices for you! Besides our handmade bags made from t-shirts with lots of different designs ($2 each, all proceeds go to St. Andrew’s Thrift Shop), we also have “Barnyard Bags” made from recycled feed bags featuring adorable animals like chicks, roosters, horses, and more. Great for all your marketing!

Fresh produce every day. Locally grown produce in season. Homemade lunches and dinners to go. Fresh-baked award-winning pies.

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Jersey Fresh Fall Produce and Mums!

Jersey Fresh Fall Produce and Mums!

Debbie Closson

Summer may be ending, but we’ve still got plenty of Jersey Fresh produce continuing to come in after Labor Day and right through fall! Here are just some of the local crops you’ll find here through October:

Apples
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Corn
Lettuce
Peppers
Pumpkins
Tomatoes – until the first frost
(Also a special variety of German heirloom tomatoes grown on
Thad’s family farm in Delaware Township, NJ!)

We’ll also have Jersey Fresh eggplant, peaches and nectarines until their growing season ends— typically mid-September—unless Mother Nature grants us more time!

Of course, as New Jersey’s produce season wanes, we’ll still have plenty of fresh USA crops in our farm market, along with our fully stocked baked goods, house-made prepared dishes, and a full selection of pantry items.

You can see our full Jersey Fresh harvest schedule (dates are approximate) with the fruits and veggies we’ll have available right through December here.

Here come the mums! Our greenhouse and yard are filled with autumn beauty – mums and a few other flower varieties have just come in, ready and waiting to bloom in your garden and on your porch!

And Speaking of Fresh Tomatoes…

We’d like to introduce you to Thad, whose amazing heirloom tomatoes we’ve all been enjoying this summer! Thad grows a special variety of German heirloom tomatoes on his family farm in Delaware Township, NJ – you may have seen pictures of these beauties in our August 30 Facebook post.

These wonderful heirloom tomatoes will be farm-fresh well into fall – usually until the first frost – so you can enjoy them for several more weeks!

September Sampling Schedule

We’re rolling out the welcome mat for fall with more sampling Saturdays throughout September! Stop by for a taste of these yummy products:

  • 9/7 – Sugar Maple Jersey’s fresh dairy products
  • 9/14 – Pretzels and assorted mustards
  • 9/21 – Assorted local apples and apple products
  • 9/28 – Melick’s Farm apple cider

Introducing Sweetah’s Gluten-Free Treats!

We’re excited to now be carrying delectable goodies from Sweetah’s Gluten Free Bake Shop! A dedicated gluten-free bakery in Doylestown, PA, Sweetah’s is known for making some of the most delicious you-won’t-believe-it’s-gluten-free baked goods you’ll ever find.

Freshly made, these scones, chocolate chip banana breads, chocolate peanut butter bars, muffins and so much more are made with organic fruits and other organic ingredients, and some are even vegan. Stop by and give them a try!

Fresh produce every day. Locally grown produce in season. Homemade lunches and dinners to go. Fresh-baked award-winning pies.

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Summer Fruits, Sampling Saturdays, Ditching Disposables Forum

Summer Fruits, Sampling Saturdays, Ditching Disposables Forum

Debbie Closson

THANK YOU…

…to everyone who joined us in celebrating both our 30th anniversary and the Friends of Ely Park’s beautification project! We had a great time and were thrilled to see so many people having fun together and enjoying the games, inflatables, food, and music. Also big thanks to the Friends of Ely Park, Union Fire Company, musicians, and everyone else who contributed to making this special day a success.

Homestead 30th Anniversary

Ditching Disposables Forum – You’re Invited!

Your ideas matter – and we want to hear them! The Lambertville Environmental Commission is holding a Sustainable Business Forum on Wednesday, July 31 at 1:00 p.m. at the Phillip J. Pittore Justice Center, 25 South Union Street, Lambertville. The forum will focus on the role of local businesses in the Ditching Disposables ordinance, which goes into effect on January 1, 2020 – just six months away. Find out how together, businesses and residents can be part of the solution to end single-use plastics, Styrofoam containers, plastic straws, etc.

As one of the businesses that has begun the transition early, Homestead will be talking about our efforts thus far to comply with this eco-friendly initiative and where we plan to go from here. You can find out more about the forum on the Lambertville Environmental Commission’s Facebook event.

Sampling Saturdays Schedule

We’ll be having samples every Saturday throughout August from 1 to 4 p.m. – here’s a schedule of what you can look forward to:

  • August 3:  Homestead’s tomatoes w/ fresh mozzarella
  • August 10: Sample some Siam favorites
  • August 17: Salsa Saturday
  • August 24: Enjoy some goodies from Greg, our baker
  • August 31: Hanks Hot Sauce Saturday

Summer Fruits Are Here In Abundance!

One of the things we all look forward to most is summer fruits, especially since so many of them are Jersey Fresh from local farms. Besides being special seasonal treats, they’ve got plenty of health benefits too, so you can snack away without feeling guilty, or use them in recipes like peach salsa, which is great with fish. And watermelon is a delicious way to stay hydrated on those super-hot days – for both you and your pup, as long as you remove all seeds and don’t let Fido chew on the rind! (It’s always best check with your vet first to make sure any new food is safe for your dog.)

Watermelon Slices White Peaches

Fresh produce every day. Locally grown produce in season. Homemade lunches and dinners to go. Fresh-baked award-winning pies.

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Celebrating Homestead’s 30th Anniversary!

Celebrating Homestead’s 30th Anniversary!

Debbie Closson

Wow, where have the years gone?! This year we’re celebrating Homestead’s 30th anniversary, and we can’t think of a better, more meaningful place to hold our celebration than at Ely Memorial Park, the land that Ed’s family donated several decades ago.

The Friends of Ely Park have done a fabulous job making the park even more beautiful, welcoming and user-friendly for everyone in our wonderful community. In honor of their hard work and the many contributions of our community members in making this dream a reality, we’re excited to join the festivities to celebrate both the revitalized park and our anniversary with our friends and neighbors.

The joint celebration – aptly named Ely Park’s Great Big Day! – will be on July 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with lots of fun activities including:

Ely Park's Great Big Day

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  • Giant Lava Slide with Pool
  • Radical Obstacle Run
  • Jurassic Park Bounce House
  • The Great Big Race! (winning team gets Homestead gift certificates!)

There will also be live music, Homestead is providing free food and drinks for everyone, and the Union Fire Company will be grilling up some of your favorites. You’ll also see easel displays of drawings showcasing improvements made to the park so far and more yet to come.

Here’s a schedule of what you can look forward to:

4:00-5:15   Music by “Jazz Duo” Aiden Donnelly & Devin Mastrich
5:00            Ribbon Cutting with Mayor Julia Fahl
5:00-6:15   Music by Matt Setzer & Sam Ryan; Guest Appearance by J.B. Kline
5:30-7:00   Homestead Cookout – Food & Drinks
6:15-6:45   Homestead “Thank You” and Great Big Race Announcement
6:45-8:00   The DJ Mike Haldeman Experience

So mark your calendars and join us, the Friends of Ely Park, and your neighbors at this first annual festive community event! Admission is FREE!

Check Out Our New Jersey Fresh Harvest Schedule!

We’ve created an easy-to-read harvest schedule for Jersey Fresh produce, which you can find on our produce page here. It’s in alphabetical order with clear designations as to which months each fruit or veggie is harvested in New Jersey, so you can easily find what you’re looking for by produce type or by month.

We always carry Jersey Fresh produce when it’s available, but when it’s out of season, we still have a full range of produce for you, from opening day in April through season-end on December 24.

Homestead’s July Sampling Schedule

We’re excited to be hosting Sampling Weekends in July! You may have seen these local business’s products in our farm market, but if you haven’t had the opportunity to try them, now’s the time! Stop in and discover something new.

  • Saturday, July 13 – Fulper Farms
  • Saturday, July 20 – Hank Sauce
  • Sunday, July 21 – The Bubbly Goat
  • Saturday, July 27 – Jersey Rub

And finally, we wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

Fresh produce every day. Locally grown produce in season. Homemade lunches and dinners to go. Fresh-baked award-winning pies.

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