Love Our Lambertville

Love Our Lambertville

Love Our Lambertville

September—the gateway to fall—is already upon us! We’re expecting to have the first fall flowers in next week—watch our Facebook page for their arrival! The summer has given us a bounty of delicious Jersey Fresh local fruits and veggies, and Lambertville has given us some fun and exciting ways to support our local businesses as they continue navigating their way through these challenging times. In case you missed them on our Facebook page, here are 2 programs going on right now:

Love Our Shops

Love Our Shops

This is Lambertville’s “shop local” incentive program that gives you a discount for patronizing participating Lambertville shops and restaurants. It’s easy, here’s how it works:

  • Shop at any participating business in the graphic below
  • Present your same-day receipt to another participating business
  • Receive a discount on your purchase

That’s it! Love Our Lambertville, Support Our Shops!

https://loveourshops.com/

Lambertville discount program

Lambertville New Hope Rotary Club and Delaware River Towns Chamber of Commerce (DRTCC) Partnership

Now through September, you can help make a difference by just posting pictures of business storefronts in Lambertville and New Hope, then posting them to social medial with a special hashtag. Here’s the info from the DRTCC website:

The Rotary Club will make a donation to Fisherman’s Mark to battle food insecurity and related issues for every photo of storefronts of businesses in the Lambertville/New Hope area. The total amount to be donated by the Rotary Club is up to $1,000 during August and September 2020. There is no obligation to make any purchase or to enter any facility.

Just safely visit the location, take a photo of the storefront, and post it on social media with #loveourshops. Both the DRTCC and the Lambertville New Hope Rotary Club invite your participation but ask that you do so in a safe manner, wearing facial coverings, and practicing social distancing as appropriate.

Market Meals Update

Have you seen our Facebook posts about the new way we’re doing our Market Meals? The change offers a more contact-free in-store pickup, and you don’t need to call in your order in advance anymore (unless you prefer curbside pickup). Here’s how it works:

  • Choose from 3 mains: Mediterranean chicken, sandwich, or soup.
  • Choose 2 sides: there will be standard sides as well as weekly additional sides to choose from. Salads and additional sides will already be in containers – no extra contact.
  • Each week the new additional sides will be pinned here on Facebook and will be on our website.
  • Standard sides (always available): Garden Salad, Chips, Bottle of Water, Piece of Fruit, Cookie (individually wrapped)
  • Additional sides (change weekly): Updated weekly; pinned to Facebook, at our deli counter, and updated on website (ly/HomesteadDailyMenu)

~ The current employee-selected charity is The Seeing Eye, a guide dog foundation in Morristown, NJ. ~

New Products In Our Market

Partners Snack Crackers are made by a second-generation family-owned bakery based in the Pacific Northwest that takes pride in using “recipes from kitchens, not formulas from factories”. We now carry several varieties of their snack crackers, including roasted sweet onion, olive oil & herb, traditional butter, and cracked black pepper. 

Partners Snack Crackers

Short on time? Al Dente Pastas cook up “tender but firm in just 3 minutes”, born from one entrepreneurial woman’s idea to create a pasta that “tastes like fresh, cooks quickly like fresh, but has the convenience of a dried pasta”. We have a few different types to suit every taste and preference, including plant-based red lentil & sweet potato, whole wheat fettuccini, and golden egg bonnetti.

Al Dente Pastas

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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June is Jersey Fresh!

June is Jersey Fresh!

June is Jersey Fresh!

June is jumping with Jersey Fresh produce! Some favorites are only available for a short time, so put on your track shoes and get them while they’re here. We’re sharing our Jersey Fresh Harvest Schedule here – Mother Nature determines when each crop is ready and how long it’ll grow, but this gives you a general idea as to what’s coming in and how long it’ll be in fresh supply so you can plan your summertime menus more easily.

Now–mid-June: LettuceJersey Fresh Strawberries Lettuce Onions
Now–late June: Spinach
Early June–mid-June: Strawberries

Mid-June–late June: Cherries
Mid-June–late June: Peas
Mid-June–late October: Cabbage

Late June–late July: Snap Peas
Late June–late July: Onions
Late June–early September: Squash

Watch our Facebook page and stories as well as our Instagram page and stories – we’ll let you know when Jersey Fresh produce arrives at our farm market. You can also see our full Harvest Schedule here for approximate dates that Jersey Fresh produce will be in our market from June through November. We also carry fresh produce that’s outside of New Jersey’s growing season, but we always opt for local first.

Farm-to-Garden-to-Table Freshness

Homestead Tomato Plants Grown by EdEd’s been hard at work growing lots of different varieties of lettuce, pepper, and tomato plants – from beefsteak to heirloom – from seed, and these healthy young plants are now ready for you to take home to grow your own salad! We’ve also got various potted herbs from rosemary to mint just waiting to flavor-up your recipes. It doesn’t get fresher than garden-to-table from your own backyard!

If you prefer to grow your own plants from scratch, come check out our large selection of Ferry-Morse seeds. From flowers to vegetables, you can plant an outdoor paradise of your own creation – and all Ferry-Morse vegetable seeds are non-GMO too!

Fill your yard with the greenest greens and the most vivid colors this year! Our greenhouse and outdoor yard are filled with hanging plants, 4- and 6-pack flats, potted succulents and lots of vibrant-colored flowers. We even offer a container potting service – pick out your plant(s) and choose one of our pots or bring your own, and we’ll pot your selections for you.

Looking for tips on which tomatoes to plant? Dennis shares his favorite tomato varieties and why he loves them in this video (watch time: 2 minutes).

Allergy Aware Fare

If you have food allergies or sensitivities or you just prefer to avoid certain ingredients, we’ve got you covered. We have plenty of house-made meals, soups, desserts, catering selections, and even pantry items that are gluten-friendly, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan and/or vegetarian.

Homestead Allergy Labels Table

When you’re at the market, check out the labels in our prepared foods showcases – we do our best to list ingredients for each dish and mark each one that is allergy- or special diet-sensitive. If you’re not sure, please ask and we’ll be happy to help. You can also find our prepared foods – including daily specials – on our website, and we highlight one or two on our Facebook page every weekday. And don’t forget about our Lunch Club – buy nine sandwiches or Market Meals and your tenth is FREE!

We even carry organic pantry items, including local eggs, milk, and cheese, as well as non-dairy frozen desserts and milk alternatives.

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.