Summer News from Homestead

Summer News from Homestead

Summer News from Homestead

Early Summer News

Lambertville is beginning to open up again—it’s wonderful seeing people enjoying all the open-air dining at restaurants. Here at Homestead, we’re still offering curbside pickup, but if you feel like having a Market Meal or one of our other lunch selections al fresco, feel free to enjoy your lunch outside our market at one of our picnic tables.

Grilled veggie quesadilla lunch

Homestead is proud to be one of the sponsors of Reborn’s car decorating contest in honor of Pride Month! (Reborn is a social initiative whose goal is to give depressed and suicidal teens and young adults in Hunterdon County the help they need.) The rules are simple—here they are, quoted from Reborn’s Facebook page:

Decorate your car in rainbow colors and deck it all out for pride, post it on Instagram and/or Facebook, and hashtag it #RebornPrideMonth! The contest will end July 10th. Top five winners will get prizes from our lovely sponsors. Happy decorating!

For the first time in years, Jersey corn won’t be in in time for Fourth of July. BUT…we will have southern corn available by Friday, July 3—just for the July 4th weekend—because we know fresh corn is a barbecue star for this holiday weekend! Here’s what happened with local corn—a late frost slowed the growth of Jersey corn and tomatoes, so we’re hoping they’ll be in by mid-July and that they’ll have a longer season. Jersey peaches have also been slowed down by the late frost, so they may be a bit delayed as well. We do have plenty of other summer fruits and veggies, including Jersey blueberries and strawberries. We’ll let you know on social media as soon as Jersey corn and tomatoes are in.

We’ll be open normal hours on July 4th—9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We’re fully stocked with wonderful meats for your barbecue weekend, including Wagyu beef, chicken, lamb, and veal cutlets and patties.

Don’t forget the BBQ Buddha sauce! 

Meet The Farmer

Our local farmers have been working hard to continue supplying us with the farm-fresh produce, dairy and meats you love and depend on. We’d like to introduce you to Bobby of Pittstown Poultry in Cherryville, NJ, whose eggs are regular and welcome features on our shelves.

Pittstown Poultry logo

Pittstown Poultry grew from a love of chickens, and when Bobby and his fiancée shared some of their eggs with friends and family, the word quickly spread and demand for their fresh eggs grew. Before they knew it, their chicken farm grew from 100 birds to 2,000, and a new business was born.

These chickens are pasture-raised and lovingly fed with a special blend of homemade non-GMO feed (all of the ingredients are certified non-GMO), and Bobby makes fresh batches of feed every week. The eggs are brought to market while they’re still very fresh – only 3-4 days old – and they’re packaged in eco-friendly reusable, recycled cartons. You can bring the carton back to Homestead, and Bobby will pick them up and clean them, then reuse them.

You can immediately recognize Pittstown Poultry eggs by the square shape of their cartons – customers are always commenting on how easily the square carton fits in their fridge!

Pittstown Poultry square box

Exciting New Products On Our Shelves!

We think you’ll love Fork’d Pierogies, one of the new additions to our Homestead family! These homemade, handmade, all natural pierogies are made by owner and executive chef Abbey Gordon right in Hellertown, PA. Having grown up on a midwestern farm, Abbey knows what good homestyle cooking is all about. In our freezer section, you’ll find these Fork’d pierogies: cheddar, spinach artichoke jalapeno, and sauerkraut. You can find out more about Fork’d on their website or Facebook page.

Naked Botanical teas

Add some natural goodness to your kitchen with The Naked Botanical’s herbal teas and salt blends! We have a variety of their herbal teas, which have no added artificial or natural flavorings – just honestly naked herbs. And their farm has recently been certified as organic! We’re also carrying their two salt blends, which are so flavorful that just a little goes a long way. It only takes a sprinkle to add a new dimension to your soups, stews, meats, salads, sauces…whatever your tastes crave.

Have you tried Baked in Brooklyn Sesame Sticks? They’re low in calories but high in flavor and have great ingredients. And yes, they really are based in Brooklyn, where their bakery runs 365 days a year. They’re a true neighborhood bakery with a lot of community spirit – we’re happy to carry their sesame sticks!

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

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Try Something New!

Try Something New!

Try Something New!

First Things First…

Before we get rolling with the latest Homestead news, we’d like to again thank our wonderful Lambertville community for their continued support of our small business. We’re doing our best to keep our shelves stocked with all the fresh produce, dairy, meats, and pantry items you need. As restrictions are slowly lifted and more businesses start to open, we hope everyone will patronize our local businesses as much as possible to help them get back on their feet and continue to be staples of our town.

We’d also like to remind everyone that our shorter store hours for this season are 9-5, seven days a week.

Introducing…

…three more new products in our market this season: Frutero ice cream, Jersey Italian Gravy, and Better Than Milk!

Just in time for summer’s heat, we’ve got a refreshing new ice cream—Frutero, made from 100% real fruit. Choose your favorite flavor or try something new from the variety in our market: mango, passion fruit, coconut, guava and guanabana.

Jersey Italian Gravy is an authentic Italian gravy with a great story behind it, which you can read on their website. The old family recipe comes straight from an Italian restaurant in North Jersey and is made with only fresh, vine-ripened tomatoes, no puree or concentrates. The gravy is slow-simmered, perfectly balanced and all natural, with no artificial preservatives – your family will think you cooked all day!

There’s never been a better time for shelf-stable “alt-milks” – dairy alternatives made by Better Than Milk. These plant-based almond, oat, rice and hazelnut rice milks are creamy, organic and responsibly packaged in an environmentally conscious facility. So even if you’re not vegan, you’ll still enjoy this new milk alternative we now carry!

One of the new products we’re carrying this season, Louis Organics’ brand Almazara de Alcaraz extra virgin olive oil, won the Gold Award at 2020 NYIOOC out of over 870 extra virgin olive oils! If you haven’t tried it yet, we think you’ll love it as much as we do.

Recently asked questions

Do pies need to be ordered in advance? No, we always have pies – boxed and ready to go – but if you’d like a particular type of pie, it’s best to call us early in the day so we can put one aside for you.

Do you have flowers? Yes! We have bedding plant flowers and we usually have cut flower bouquets on weekends.

Do you still offer contact-free curbside pickup? Yes, just call in your order, pay over the phone with your credit card, and we’ll tell you when your order will be ready. When you arrive at the market, give us a call and we’ll bring your order right to your car and put it in the trunk. Completely contact-free!

Tip: If you have a question about whether we have a particular fruit, veggie or plant in stock, it’s best to call the store during business hours (9-5) because supplies can change quickly depending upon customer demand and supplier deliveries.

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

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A Warm Homestead Thank You!

A Warm Homestead Thank You!

A Warm Homestead Thank You!

Difficult times can challenge the bonds of any community, but as always, our wonderful Lambertville community has shown its strength, loyalty and understanding. We’ve met lots of new people, and we thank you all so much for your continued support of our business.

We’re doing our best to keep you supplied with as much fresh produce, bread, meat, dairy, frozen and prepared foods and shelf-stable pantry items as we can bring in. Sometimes supply chains are disrupted without notice, and you may not find everything you’d normally expect, so we appreciate your patience and understanding when this happens. We’re bringing in new products too, so check our Facebook page or Instagram for updates!

Homestead produce shelves stocked

Please know that our team is doing their very best to fill your orders correctly, answer your calls, take your orders, handle deliveries and curbside pickup orders, and get you into the store as quickly as possible in compliance with our new COVID-19 protections, all in addition to their normal workload. We’re so appreciative of their dedication and wonderful work ethic. Our staff members are working extra hard under more difficult conditions and are greatly appreciative of your tips.

Introducing…

…some new products and suppliers! We’ve had a wonderful response to our freshly baked LeBus Bakery (King of Prussia, PA) breads, rolls, and scones (they go really well with our jams, preserves, and jellies!). LeBus’s artisan baked goods are all hand made with natural ingredients, and they deliver to us regularly.

Homestead carries LeBus baked goods

We’re now offering fresh seafood from Hellers Seafood Market (Warrington, PA)! Their salmon, cod, scallops and shrimp are delivered a few times a week – please feel free to call ahead to tell us what type of seafood you’d like so we can order it to make sure we have enough, and we’ll let you know when it comes in.

You’ll find new award-winning barbecue sauces and rubs on our shelves from BBQ Buddha, a local company based in New Egypt, NJ. Their products are all-natural, gluten-free, and free of additives, artificial flavors and colors…and absolutely delicious!

It’s Gardening Time!

Gardening is a great way to spend some time outside in the fresh air and sunshine, both of which are beneficial to your health and help with relaxation. Lots of people are growing their own veggies and planting COVID Victory Gardens – you can give yours a head start with our farm-raised tomato (heirloom varieties too), lettuce and herb plants!

Plus we have beautiful flowering plants and colorful foliage plants to brighten your yard, planters, and porch, as well as gardening supplies to keep everything healthy.

Homestead carries vibrant foliage for gardening

Your Lunch And Dinner Are Ready

Homestead is still making prepared foods for you to take home for lunch and dinnerJust because you can’t eat out right now doesn’t mean you can’t take a break from meal preparation and have something different! We’re still offering prepared foods with specials Monday through Friday (including Siam), and this season we’re also making half-pans of homemade meat or veggie lasagna for your dinner table. Just call ahead for lasagna or Market Meals and we’ll have them ready for you to pick up in-store or we’ll bring your orders curbside and put them right in your trunk. Check our website for daily specials, and don’t forget to treat yourself to some dessert – our pies and cookies are boxed and wrapped for safety, and we all deserve some delicious indulgences these days!

Support Small Local Businesses

Most small businesses are trying to adapt to the “new normal” wherever they can, but it can be a struggle. Our small business has always been committed to helping farmers and other small businesses by carrying as many of their local products as possible. Please support the small businesses in our community whenever you can so they can still be there for you when restrictions are relaxed.

Just A Reminder…

Our store hours this season are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. Also, we have a special COVID-19 page on our website where you can see what we’re doing to help keep our customers safe; there are also links to local resources. Feel free to call in your order and pay by phone to get contact-free curbside pickup or local delivery.

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 Opening Day: April 3, 2020

Homestead’s Opening Day: April 3, 2020

Homestead’s Opening Day: April 3, 2020

We’re Opening Ahead of Schedule – Friday, April 3!

A lot of people have contacted us asking if we’ll be opening before our scheduled date of April 10. We listened. We care deeply about making sure our community has enough food throughout this challenging time, so we’ll be opening our doors on Friday, April 3 at 9:00 a.m. and closing daily at 5:00 p.m. for the time being.

Here’s what we’re doing to keep you safe.

    • We deep cleaned and disinfected the entire store before stocking began, as we do every year.
    • We’ll be sanitizing surfaces throughout the day every day.
    • Hand sanitizer and tissues will be located just inside the front door.
    • We’ve staggered our employees’ hours.
    • All employees, including kitchen staff, will wear safety gloves.
    • Only a small number of customers will be in the store at the same time.
    • All breads, pies, pastries, etc. will be bagged, boxed, or wrapped.
    • Large produce (like heads of lettuce) will be wrapped rather than exposed.
    • We’ll be stationing a dedicated employee by the smaller loose produce (like apples, onions, etc.) who will put your selections in a bag for you. This prevents produce from being handled by multiple shoppers.
    • Samplings will be suspended.
    • The doors will remain open for constant fresh air circulation (as weather permits).
    • No self-serve.

If you prefer not to come into the store, you can also call in your order in advance for curbside pickup (609-397-8285) seven days a week.

Our community is part of our family, so we’re putting extra measures in place to keep our customers safe. We’ve added a special page to our website where you can see what steps we’re taking along with special local information and websites, plus reminders about safe practices during this challenging time.

As always, like and follow our Facebook page for daily updates.

A silver lining to self-isolation is that there’s a lot more time to dedicate to preparing your garden! If you’d like mulch delivered to your home, we encourage you to call in your order prior to our opening on April 3.

What You’ll Find On Our Shelves

We’ll do our best to keep our shelves stocked with all the items you need and have come to enjoy. As of now, we expect to open with a good supply of produce as well as pantry, refrigerated, and frozen items. Local meats and cheeses, fresh baked breads, Greg’s wonderful homemade pastries – and yes, the pies you’ve all been craving! – will be here as well. We’ll have a limited menu of prepared foods for takeout – check our daily menu page for daily updates.

Don’t forget to bring your reusable shopping bags – Lambertville’s Ditching Disposables initiative is in effect!

Stay informed!

Sign up for notifications from the City of Lambertville, including local activities, government services, and essential information should emergencies occur: https://www.lambertvillenj.org/residents/swift-911-notification-system

Local coronavirus updates: https://www.lambertvillenj.org/covid

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

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Christmas Wreaths, Poinsettias, and Cookies

Christmas Wreaths, Poinsettias, and Cookies

Christmas Wreaths, Poinsettias, and Cookies

It’s time to dress your home in Christmas cheer, and we’ve got plenty of wreaths, poinsettias, and cookies to choose from! Plus some handmade ornaments for your home or office as well as holiday treats.

You can order your holiday pies and dinners through December 18. And don’t forget about Greg’s homemade sugar cookies that we’ve got in our market every day—he’s got lots of fun holiday shapes that he’ll be rolling out right through Christmas Eve.

Homestead Featured in “Perfect Pie” Article

We were thrilled when we got a call last month from Cheryl Makin of the Bridgewater Courier News, who said she wanted to feature Homestead in her article, “Where to Buy a Perfect Pie in Central Jersey”!

Our farm market was one of the top three recommended places to buy great pies, and we consider it an honor to be in that group! Here’s where you can read the article: http://bit.ly/PerfectPieArticle

Green Initiative Compliance

The final piece of the puzzle is in place—Homestead is now totally ready for the Lambertville Environmental Commission’s single-use plastic bag ordinance that goes into effect on January 1, 2020. We will be replacing the old single-use plastic shopping bags with heavy-duty bags that can be reused at least 125 times. They’re made with recycled content using 50 percent green energy, contain no heavy metals, and they’re made in the USA.

As we mentioned on our Facebook page, in November we replaced the Styrofoam containers we used for our Market Meals with eco-friendly, compostable containers.

And of course, we still carry our reusable washable t-shirt bags and these charming handmade heavy-duty recycled feed bag shopping bags with riveted handles—both are available in our farm market!

We’re Open Through December 24!

Homestead Farm Market will be open right through 2:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. We’ll continue to have the fresh produce, breads, homemade desserts, prepared dishes and Market Meals (yes, Roz and Greg will still be hard at work all month!) as well as your favorite frozen and refrigerated items.

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

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