Jersey Fresh Fall Produce and Mums!

Jersey Fresh Fall Produce and Mums!

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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Welcome Back! Opening for the Season April 12

Welcome Back! Opening for the Season April 12

We’re opening for our 30th season on Friday, April 12! Where did the time go? It’s hard to believe thirty years have gone by since we opened our farm market, and we’ve loved every minute of providing fruits, veggies, gardening supplies and prepared foods to our wonderful Lambertville community.

April is Ablaze in Flower Glory!

Spring is the season of vibrant colors just waiting to brighten your home and landscaping! Our hanging plants, flower and vegetable plants and gardening supplies from mulch, soil and organic compost to seeds, baskets and pots (including eco-friendly selections) are just waiting to help you make your home look its best, inside and out.

We’ll even help you pot your plants—just bring us one of your pots or buy one of ours, pick out a plant from our large selection, and we’ll pot it for you.

What’s In For April?

Everything! You’ll find all our shelves fully stocked with fresh produce, ready for your meal planning and recipes. Every month, we’ll be sharing with you on our blog and on Facebook all the local seasonal produce you can look forward to. Tag us on Instagram (@homestead_farm_lambertville) and show us how you use our fruits and veggies in your recipes, and don’t forget to pick up something yummy from our bakery section for dessert. We’ve got fresh breads and some gluten-free selections too!

Don’t feel like cooking? Running on a tight schedule? We’ve got you covered with lots of delectable prepared dishes for both lunch and dinner, plus our famous Market Meals that are plentiful and a great value.

And we’re stocking our pantry with lots of local artisan products—who can resist Griggstown Farm meats or Sugar Maple Jerseys dairy products?—including local honey, salsas, jams and so much more. We’ve also got plenty of organic and gluten-free selections.

New Lambertville Plastic Bag Ordinance

Recently Lambertville passed a single use plastic bag ban that will help reduce the unrecyclable plastics that not only won’t break down in landfills, but also can make its way to our beautiful Delaware River. Although the new ordinance will take effect on January 1, 2020, we’re excited to help keep Lambertville environmentally friendly now by offering our own handmade reusable shopping bags made from t-shirts, which you can find at our farm market.

We’re also carrying mesh produce bags and introducing our new “Take a Bag Leave a Bag” program. If you have more reusable bags than you need, you can bring them to our “bag tree” and leave them for customers who need one. It’s a different way of recycling and paying sustainability forward.

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

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Apples, Paris, Pumpkin pie

Apples, Paris, Pumpkin pie

Whether you mull it, spike it, or sip it, apple cider is synonymous with autumn and here at Homestead, we’ve got Melick’s premium and unfiltered available for whatever way you cider. Pressed at their New Jersey cider mill from September through January, Melick’s is cold pasteurized to preserve the full taste and flavor of their freshly picked apples.

Consider the apple — an ancient fruit revered by Romans and Greeks as a symbol of love and beauty. “It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man,” contemplated Henry David Thoreau. Brought to America somewhere in the 1600’s and cultivated on most farms during the settlement of the United States, there are now over 100 varieties grown commercially and Homestead has stocked some of your favorites—Macoun, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Honey Crisp, Fuji, and McIntosh.

Paul Cezanne once said, “I will astonish Paris with an apple,” and went on to create timeless masterpieces using the iconic apple as inspiration and subject. Celebrate your own creativity by picking up a few varieties of your choice and simmering up a batch of simple applesauce or baking an apple pie. Speaking of pies, we carry delectable ones, including pumpkin, a seasonal favorite which would probably taste amazing accompanied by a pint of our Bassett’s Salted Caramel Pretzel ice cream.

Looking for ideas for Meatless Monday cooking? Homestead’s escarole is the perfect main ingredient for making a simple but hearty supper like this Cannellini Bean and Escarole Soup. Another idea? Any of our squash is the perfect start to a healthy, satisfying Buddha Bowl.

Mums, Cabbage, pumpkins, gourds, Indian Corn — we’ve got it all. The autumnal cornucopia is bursting here at Homestead. Stop by for your share of the seasonal bounty..

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

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29th Season Opener by Susan Welsh

Welcome to another season of freshness with Homestead Market. We first opened our doors in 1989, the same year the Slow Food movement was officially founded with its mission to provide food that is “fresh and healthy, free of pesticides and chemicals, and produced and accessed in a way that’s beneficial to all – from the farmer to the eater.” Here at Homestead, we embrace those same values by providing you with local, delicious, high-quality products. 
This season we’ve added Mangalitsa pork to our selection of meats. Mangalitsa or “Mangalita” is an Old World breed and traces its roots back to the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Often referred to as “the Kobe beef” of pork due to it’s melt-in-your-mouth, buttery flavor, it’s also high in Omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants.  
Our cuts of Mangalitsa include bacon, ham, and ground meat all from Eagles Nest Farm in Stockton. A diet of grains, vitamins, and sunflower seeds imparts the meat with its nutty flavor. Now that BBQing weather is right around the corner, why not fire up a Mangalitsa Burger? Here’s a recipe from Ray Ray’s Hog Pit featured on Diners Drive-Ins and Dives:  Mangalista Brat Burger.
We continue to offer homemade lunches and dinners to- go, our award-winning pies, a variety of soups and our Thai food prepared by in-house chef Bhu. As always, there’s also plenty of local produce and proteins for you to make your own delicious meal.
 
Spring is in bloom at Homestead! Our lettuces and pansies, herbs and tomato plants are just waiting to be planted in your home garden. Plus we’ve got you covered for every gardening need from soil and seeds to tools and potting supplies.
We look forward to seeing you, our loyal customers, and spending another season together celebrating the bounty of our local farms and the blessings of our community.
Why Homestead?

Why Homestead?

Why Homestead? During the five years I‘ve been working (although cooking is too much fun to call it work) at Homestead Farm Market making magic with fresh food in this bustling kitchen I have been able to observe the goings on of this incredible establishment. Today I want to share my insights into why this should be the ‘Go To”’ place to shop for you and your family. My first revelation was understanding the lengths the owners and staff go to in order to live up to their motto ”We’re picky about produce”. Ed, the owner, personally selects all the produce that’s sold in the market. Before anything is put out for sale it’s inspected and in some cases rinsed, trimmed, primped and arranged in the display case with much TLC. During the course of the day this attention to detail continues so that you are insured of the freshest produce around. I’ve witnessed these practices being taken to extremes when the staff hand fills pint containers plucking only the firmest, plumpest, juiciest strawberries, blueberries, tomatoes etc., from a bin insuring that you are getting the crème de la crop!

A second reason to make this one of your daily stops is that they cater to your busy, healthy lifestyle. They offer prepared foods such as salads, sides and protein options. All the meat/fish that makes its way into the deli case is prepped and cooked at the Market. Whether it’s roasted turkey, poached salmon or any meat used in the delectable sandwiches-it’s cooked fresh in the kitchen-there are no processed, high sodium sliced cold cuts! And of course the sides are made with the freshest ingredients from the produce case.  Winter’s behind us –it’s time to think spring – Homestead is re-opening for its 24th season. So come say hi to Debbie, Ed, Dennis and the rest of the gang at the Market. You’ve been missed and everyone here can’t wait to see your smiling faces again. Stay tuned for future posts from the kitchen gnome including gardening tips, maximizing freshness of your herbs, and mango madness.

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

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