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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Homestead’s Local Fall Produce & Holiday Menu

Homestead’s Local Fall Produce & Holiday Menu

Homestead’s Local Fall Produce & Holiday Menu

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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Summer Fruits, Sampling Saturdays, Ditching Disposables Forum

Summer Fruits, Sampling Saturdays, Ditching Disposables Forum

Summer Fruits, Sampling Saturdays, Ditching Disposables Forum

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!

Celebrating Homestead’s 30th Anniversary!

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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