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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Welcome Back! Opening for the Season April 12

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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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.
Autumn Leaves of Splendor and Bountiful Wares of Vendors

Autumn Leaves of Splendor and Bountiful Wares of Vendors

Autumn Leaves of Splendor and Bountiful Wares of Vendors

Soon the autumn leaves of red and gold will appear and at Homestead the harbingers of autumn have begun to debut—pumpkins, corn stalks, and gourds. We’ve also got plenty of apples, including the best-selling Honey Crisp, an apple “designed” to be a crowd pleaser. The Honey Crisp is the result of researcher David Bedford’s use of cross pollination techniques at the University of Michigan. That pleasing crunch and clean fracture in every bite was engineered; the cells of a Honey Crisp are actually twice the size of other apples. Patented from 1991-2008, the Honey Crisp earned the University of Michigan more than ten million dollars in royalties!

Homestead’s Honey Crisps come from Melick’s Town Farm in Oldwick which has been in operation since 1725 and is the largest apple grower in NJ. Winner of Outstanding Farmer of 2017 by the Garden State Culinary Arts Awards, Melick’s has over 650 acres of land with over 20,000 apple trees.

Please join us on October 15 from 1-4 for Local Vendor Day where you can meet the folks from Melick’s Farm as well as lots of our other vendors. There will be pumpkin painting for the kids and delicious samples of a variety of items. Our resident Thai chef, Bhu, will be on hand as well as an opportunity to meet our friends from here:

Fulper Farm, a fifth generation family operation that produces wholesome, quality dairy products using environmentally friendly practices. We’re stocked up on their delicious Ricotta, fresh Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese as well as milk and Plain and Vanilla yogurt.

Griggstown Farm, the gold standard of fresh, antibiotic free poultry. We carry a wide variety of their delicious products—Chicken; Turkey Burgers, Ravioli, Pot Pie; Chicken & Turkey Sausages, and Ground Turkey and Chicken.

Bassett’s, another purveyor of wholesome old-fashioned goodness. Be sure to pick up a pint of their seasonal Pumpkin flavor ice cream for your Fall dessert menu. Quantity is limited, so get yours while it’s still available.

Fall’s chill inspires hearty rib-sticking dinners and veal is the perfect protein to add to your table. It’s loaded with nutrient-rich zinc, niacin, Vitamin B-12 and B-6 and we’ve got rib chops, loin chops and ground veal from Eagle’s Nest Farm. With over 22 years experience, Eagle’s Nest is owned and operated by the Sigle family—Andrea, Bill and their daughter Emily. They raise Holstein calves on their 17 acre farm to provide local, free-range and antibiotic-free veal.

The folks from Mt. Salem Lamb farm will also be on hand. Of course lamb is another nutrient-rich lean source of protein. Try this delicious Roast Lamb with Artichokes and Lemons.

Doug Riexinger. founder of Grandpa Doug’s Soap, is a former chemist who began experimenting with soap-making 7 years ago. Doug was in search of a soap that would be free of the harsh ingredients and chemical additives of commercial soaps. His hand-crafted alternative is soap made from olive, coconut, or red palm oils, whole wheat or oat flour and scented with lavender an essential oil known for its long-lasting fragrance and therapeutic properties.

Meet the guys behind HankSauce, a company created by college roommates Hank, Matt, and Josh who built their brand on a shared passion of the ocean and a summer of farmers markets. Come find out what makes their hot sauce, home-based in Sea Isle City, so hot it flies off the shelves of their local taco shop and everywhere else.

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

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