Things did not end well for Romeo and Juliet, but they lived fully, and passionately, and, one hopes, ate well. It’s early July and we live in New Jersey, so eating well is easy for us. Everything from fresh sweet corn and the first Jersey peaches, to early potatoes, squashes, berries, peppers, London broil, cherry cheese, and the entire onion family are filling the tables at the Market this weekend. If food is love, you’ll meet your perfect match at the Market.
Okay, the weather forecast is better suited for The Tempest. Actual thunderstorms are predicted for the morning, so plan accordingly. Plan A: Forecasts are rarely accurate; I’m going to the Market anyway. Plan B: At least it will cool things off; let’s go get some Jersey Fresh.
Salsa Contest – This Weekend
FRIDAY NOON DEADLINE TO ENTER. Contestants are invited to enter their best salsa recipes featuring produce from the Market in five categories: Classic Red (cooked), Salsa Cruda (raw), Salsa Verde (green), Freelance Vegetable (such as corn, carrots), Fruit Salsa (featuring mango, for example). Judging starts at 10AM. Prizes awarded around 11. This is not a “heat contest.” Recipes will be mild or medium.
What’s in Season
Savoie Organic. “We are bringing the first new potatoes on Saturday, as well as the first of some of our hot peppers such as Italian Long hots and Jalapeños. First of our fresh green shallots as well!”
Eckert Farm. People have been asking, and now it’s here: “Corn is ready and we will have fresh-picked for Saturday.”
Wm Schober Orchard. “Schober Orchards will have some peaches, but it will be a limited amount.” (As if you needed another reason to come out to the Market this week! )
Viereck Farms. “This Saturday we will begin to have blackberries, heirloom cherry tomatoes, spaghetti squash, and some hot peppers to go along with our field-grown tomatoes, cucumbers, string beans of many colors, patty pan squash, zucchini, yellow squash, and Sweet Corn.”
DanLynn Organic Farms “will have the following certified organic produce: blueberries, Yukon Gold & fingerling potatoes, yellow squash & zucchini, 8 ball and patty pan summer squash, cucumbers and pickles, basil, mint, onions, garlic, kale, red baby beets, unpopped popcorn, honey, golden and red beets, parsley, swiss chard, carrots, cabbage, and romaine lettuce. Plus brown and green eggs from our free-ranged chickens.”
Hillacres Pride. “We will have London Broil on special. We also have a new fresh cheese—Cherry Bomb. New beef is in from the butcher and we are fully stocked with pasture raised chickens!”
Wild Flour Bakery. “We sold out of many products last week, so we’re bringing extras to the Market this week. More flatbreads. More breads. And a variety of sweets.”
News from our Official Market Bloggers
PATRIOTIC POTATO SALAD
RED WHITE BLUE POTATO SALAD. Susan Mauer Lynch (YellowRoomUpstairs). Easy potato salad using red, white, and blue fingerling potatoes from Formisano Farms, and DanLynn’s organic scallions (finish with Hillacres Pride bacon)! LINK HERE.
KIRBYS FOR PICKLING
PICKLED KIRBY CUCUMBERS. Natalie Winch (FoodEmpowermentBlog). Natalie wins awards for her pickles. Les Viereck and DanLynn, among others, have kirbys this week. Buy a few and try Natalie’s recipes for canned hot brine pickles. LINK HERE.
VERY BERRY SALAD
BERRY BEET SALAD. Patricia DiJulio (SouthJerseyGirlsGrub). Patricia combines beets and red leaf butter lettuce from Flaim Farms, with organic blueberries and plump organic blackberries from Brookeberry Farms (with candied walnuts and a blackberry vinaigrette!) to make this magnificent salad. LINK HERE.
• GreenFord Blueberry Farm
• Brookeberry Organic Berries
• Origin Almond Milk
• Massage Therapist Philosopher’s Stone
• Hercules Beard Men’s Grooming Supplies
• Blueberry Fields Soap
• Garden State Juice Co. Following a one-week break, the company that buys its produce at the Collingswood Farmers’ Market, juices it in their kitchen, and brings it back to the Market in bottles, returns this week with their latest blends.
• Eckert’s Corn Truck. Marketgoers wait for the Corn Truck every year like whale-watchers with binoculars. It’s Ba-ack!
• O Made Granola
• Weckerly’s Ice Cream
• Market Day Canele
• Green Aisle Grocery
Artist of the Week
FOX & FELINE BIT OF ‘NIP
MICHELLE RAUH (FOX & FELINE). Handmade organic, eco-friendly, cruelty-free cat toys and dog accessories featuring vintage and upcycled elements. (Not to mention charming and adorable.)
BEAN BURGERS WITH SALSA
It’s always exciting when the Food Bank of South Jersey sets up to rock some local produce. This week they’re turning beans into burgers topped with their signature Peachy Salsa, produced from local orchard “seconds.” Samples are free, demos occur every 30 minutes, and proceeds of the sale of Peachy Salsa benefit the efforts of the Food Bank to provide nutrition to our food-vulnerable neighbors. Win. Win. Win.
Music on 2 Stages
EAST STAGE MUSIC TENT. Matt Skoufalos teams up with some semi-literati to form the unstoppable Unstoppable Hackbeats.
WEST STAGE BELOW PATCO. Marc Sengin sings and plays a folksy blend of familiar tunes perfect for toe-tappers and singalongs.
Nature’s Bounty by the Basketful!
Don’t be late: the first peaches will not last long.
“My bounty is as boundless as the sea.”
—William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet