Homestead’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest Is Back!

Homestead’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest Is Back!

One of many fun fall activities is expressing your creativity by decorating pumpkins! We know we’ve got lots of talented kids in our area, and we’d like to show you a sample of their creative genius. So for Halloween month, we’re resurrecting the pumpkin decorating contest, and you get to pick the winners!

Pumpkins at Homestead Lambertville, NJ

On September 27, Debbie dropped off pumpkins, gourds and more to Marissa Sozio, an art teacher at South Hunterdon Regional High School. Her Advanced Art Class and Tech Art Class will decorate the pumpkins that we’ll put on display in our farm market starting October 15. Every purchase gets you a vote in the following categories:

  • Superhero
  • Scary
  • Funny
  • Day of the Dead

There’s only one rule – no carving! The creation with the most votes in each category will win a gift certificate to Homestead.

Voting is open October 15-30, so make sure to come by and vote for your favorites!

Fall hours start October 14
Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (no change)

Fully Stocked With Fresh Produce All Season!

Produce season doesn’t end with summer – we’ve got plenty of Jersey Fresh produce right through fall! And when Jersey crops end, we still carry a full selection of produce, plus our pantry, local meats, and refrigerated/frozen products are always freshly stocked. Plus you can continue enjoying our prepared dishes and Market Meals.

October’s Sampling Saturday Schedule

Our Sampling Saturdays continue through October with lots of tastes for you to savor. Stop by between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to enjoy these samples:

  • 10/5 – Jersey Rub
  • 10/12 – Hank Sauce
  • 10/19 – Pumpkin Yummies!
  • 10/26 – Assorted Beverages: Humankind, Lorina, and more

New “Bring Your Own Mug” Discount

Homestead is taking the next step in helping to reduce waste in Lambertville by offering a “Bring Your Own Mug” discount. Any time you bring in your own reusable travel mug – up to 16 oz. – you can fill it up with our house coffee for only $1.00 (a savings of more than 35 percent). It’s a break for you and our environment!

Even MORE Reusable Shopping Bag Choices

We’re only a few months away from the start of Lambertville’s single-use plastic bag ordinance (January 1, 2020), and we’ve got even more fun, cool reusable bag choices for you! Besides our handmade bags made from t-shirts with lots of different designs ($2 each, all proceeds go to St. Andrew’s Thrift Shop), we also have “Barnyard Bags” made from recycled feed bags featuring adorable animals like chicks, roosters, horses, and more. Great for all your marketing!

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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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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

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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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It’s the Jersey Fresh Time of Year!

It’s the Jersey Fresh Time of Year!

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

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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