It’s the Jersey Fresh Time of Year!

It’s the Jersey Fresh Time of Year!

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Jersey Fresh Veggies for May!

Asparagus – All of May

It’s finally asparagus season! What a versatile vegetable – they’re wonderful raw in salads or as a crunchy snack by themselves or with your favorite dip. And of course, they’re also great as a side dish – sautéed (quick and easy – sauté with olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and parmesan), grilled, roasted, or steamed and topped with a complementary sauce. Add them sliced to soups, noodle and rice dishes, or anything your heart desires.

You can keep your Jersey Fresh asparagus fresh longer by treating asparagus bundles like a bouquet of flowers – trim the ends and stand them up in a container with about 2 inches of water, leaving the elastic on. Cover them with a loose plastic bag and keep refrigerated; change the water if it gets a bit cloudy. Your asparagus should stay fresh right to the tips for a full week.

Lettuce – May 20-July 15

Jersey Fresh lettuce is, of course, perfect in salads and sandwiches, but there are even more ways you can use these healthy greens.

  • Like its leafy green cousins, lettuce can be shredded and used as a soup-topper for added crunch and freshness. It can even be grilled, then topped with parmesan or dressing.
  • Lettuce wraps are a great way to replace bread and get an extra serving of greens – fill them with tuna or chicken salad, meats topped with sprouts and/or shredded carrots, falafel, or use your creativity for something totally different. You can even spread the leaves with hummus, an aioli or another type of condiment for a healthful, tasty and guilt-free lunch or afternoon snack.
  • Stir-fry lettuce as a side to or part of Asian dishes. Chopped lettuce can be added to rice and noodle bowls too.

Spinach – May 5-June 25

Naturally nutrient-rich, Jersey Fresh spinach is one of those leafy greens that you want to take advantage of when it’s at its peak locally. If you’re not a fan of adding crispy raw spinach to your salads, there are plenty of ways to tuck it into recipes and still get all that great nutrition.

  • Replace half of the basil in your pesto recipe with spinach – you’re adding even more vitamins and minerals to your dish.
  • Add chopped spinach to quiches and frittatas.
  • Include shredded or chopped spinach to soups and stews. 

Jersey Fresh fruits and veggies will be with us now and throughout the summer – take advantage while they last!

Lots of Mulch Varieties!

Mulch not only makes your garden and landscaping look neat and attractive, it also nourishes the soil, plants, and trees while helping the soil maintain moisture during those hot summer days. You’ll find a selection of Jolly Gardener hardwood, cedar, root and black mulch at Homestead – we even deliver locally.

Homestead’s Eco-Friendly Sustainability Initiative

Last month we told you about Lambertville’s new plastic bag ordinance that will officially take effect on January 1, 2020. We at Homestead have jumped in already with our reusable handmade t-shirt bags, each with a different look. Our reusable t-shirt bags are only $2, with proceeds going to the St. Andrew’s Thrift Shop in Lambertville. We’re also carrying mesh produce bags in a variety of sizes.

If you forget your reusable bags, just visit our Take a Bag, Leave a Bag tree, where you can pick up a bag or two for that day’s shopping at Homestead. Next time you visit, pay it forward by donating a couple of reusable bags to the tree for others to use in a pinch.

Every little bit helps to keep our beautiful Delaware River free of plastic debris while furthering our community’s sustainability and eco-friendliness. We’ll keep you up to date on the Lambertville Environmental Commission’s “Ditching Disposables” initiative and any of their special events in our blog posts and on our Facebook page. Sign up for our newsletter to stay updated in your inbox. 

 

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Welcome Back! Opening for the Season April 12

Welcome Back! Opening for the Season April 12

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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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Why Homestead?

Why Homestead?

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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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