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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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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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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Homestead’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest Is Back!

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!

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

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Jersey Fresh Fall Produce and Mums!

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

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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