Meet, Greet, and Eat: Rachel Weston | Princeton Forrestal Village Farmers Market

July 24, 2015

Meet Rachel Weston, author of New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table! Get a signed copy of her book, taste some delicious food, and chat with her about shopping and cooking the Jersey Fresh way. This event is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year : The Salt : NPR

There’s a renaissance in local and regional food, and it’s not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

On this map, the U.S. Department of Agriculture pinpoints more than 4,000 local and regional food businesses and projects — from food hubs to farm-to-school programs to initiatives to expand healthy food access to low-income communities — in every state around the country.

They’ve all contributed to the explosion in sales in local food. The USDA estimates that local food sales have grown from from about $5 billion in 2008 to $11.7 billion in 2014.

read more… Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year : The Salt : NPR.

2015 West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market

West Windsor Community Farmers Market 

West Windsor, NJ, July 20, 2015 —Held every Saturday, from 9:00am-1:00pm, rain or shine, right up until Thanksgiving, the West Windsor Community Farmers Market is a must do on Saturday mornings.  Stop by to see for yourself why the West Windsor Community Farmers Market continues to be New Jersey’s favorite farmers market*.  Connect directly with the folks who grow and raise your food, enjoy live music, prepared foods, cooking demonstrations and special events all in an open-air marketplace.

 Fifteen of Central New Jersey’s best farms and eleven artisan vendors gather weekly to bring a wide array of local products to the Market for residents of West Windsor and neighboring towns to enjoy.   Seasonal, locally grown fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, pastured meats and poultry, dairy and farm fresh eggs can be found at the market along with woven fiber products, breads, baked goods, flowers, plants, honey, prepared foods, soap, sauces, jams, pickled vegetables and wine.  Breakfast and brunch selections include Jammin’ Crepes’ savory and sweet crepes, The Feed Truck’s unique egg sandwiches, along with freshly made juices from Tico’s Juice Truck.  Pull up a chair or curb and enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of our market!

 Be sure to stop by the Market Information Tent to sign up for our weekly newsletter, receive market information, borrow a cookbook and learn about our sponsors.  Farmers market gift certificates (Market Bucks) are available for purchase and make great gifts.

 Don’t forget to bring your knives, scissors and lawn tools for sharpening at Nice and Sharp.  Wind down from stress with bi-weekly massage with Gail Laboard’s The Touch That Heals.

 Of note in August:

 August 15: Annual amateur peach pie contest.  Local bakers are encouraged to bake their best pie using local peaches and scratch crust.  Last year’s WWCFM winner went on to win the title of Best North Jersey Peach Pie in the state competition held by the NJ Peach Promotion Council.  Prizes for winners.  Pre-registration is required; email to enter. 

August 29:  Join us for our second Food Writer/Photographer Panel and Tasting. This lively panel discussion brings together food writers, bloggers and photographers to discuss the joys of eating, living and writing food.  Food writers Katie Parla (Parla Food), Pat Tanner (Dine with Pat), Justine Ma (Little Miss Local), and Linda Prospero (Ciao Chow Linda) along with renowned Brooklyn based photographer Clay Williams (Ultra Clay). 

 The Market is located in the Vaughn Drive Parking Lot of the southbound side of the Princeton Junction Train Station, one mile from the Alexander Road and Route 1 intersection or half a mile walk down Vaughn Drive from the Dinky stop.  Ample car and bicycle parking is available.  For GPS directions, please use 2 Vaughn Drive, West Windsor; market is in the 2nd driveway on the right as you enter Vaughn Drive.

 *Since 2012, the WWCFM has been voted the Top Celebrated Market in New Jersey and a Top 100 Most Celebrated Market Nationwide, in American Farmland Trust’s I Love My Farmers Market Contest.

 Up-to-date weekly events can be found on our website:  For more information, call 609 933-4452 or email  Be sure to follow the market on Facebook, Twitter #wwfarmersmarket, and Instagram for timely market info and photos.  New this season, follow along on Pinterest for cooking inspiration.

 West Windsor Community Farmers Market Schedule:

JULY 25:

  • MUSIC: Don Lee
  • WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)
  • PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure and Health             Screenings
  • YES, WE CAN: Fresh food drive to benefit The Crisis Ministry of Princeton & Trenton
  • MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals
  • COOKING DEMONSTRATION:  Fermenting with Dorothy Mullen 10:00am
  • SPONSOR OF THE DAY: Hillcrest Urban Gardening

2015 Participating Vendors | West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market.


Slow Food USA: Letter to Congress: Reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act

Letter to Congress: Reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act  Jul. 11, 2015

School Lunch

Every five years Congress reviews the Child Nutrition Act Reauthorization CNR, which authorizes all of the federal child nutrition programs. The current version, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, is set to expire on September 30, 2015. Child nutrition programs are crucial for the health, development and education of millions of children throughout the country. The impact is wide reaching, affecting millions of children and their families, as well as the thousands of workers involved in producing, distributing and preparing the food provided by these programs. This critical issue is, naturally, under-reported, negotiated under cover of an opaque Congress. That’s why we all need to stay on top on developments in the legislative process, learn about the impact of the federal child nutrition program and advocate for a CNR that is more nutritious, extensive and sustainable.Read more about the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization.

via Slow Food USA: Letter to Congress: Reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act.

Contact | Congressman Frank Pallone

Please Read–Urgent action needed!
The bill HR 1599–the Dark Act (aka the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act”) is making its way through Congress and is headed to the the House E & C committee where Rep. Pallone sits. We need to make calls to Rep Pallone to ask him to reject this bill. This is all we need to say when we call his office.
Here is Rep Pallone’s information.
Please call, email or do both ASAP

Look at the the Witness List where all are biases towards industries:

30 Women Under 30 Changing Food | Danielle Nierenberg

Lauren howeSee Lauren Howe from Slow Food USA is on the list at # 12! Lauren Howe, is the National School Garden Program Manager at Slow Food USA

Age: 24

Howe, a U.S. delegate to the International Slow Food Conference and International Congress Terra Madre in 2012, is now the National School Garden Program Manager for Slow Food USA. Howe led a campaign at Hamilton College to shift university purchasing via the Real Food Challenge, and was a 2013-2014 Thomas J. Watson Fellow, for which she completed research entitled “A Sustainable Future for Food and Farming: Modern Technology and Traditional Wisdom” in Tanzania, India, Bhutan, Bolivia, the Netherlands, and Iceland.


See the whole list: 30 Women Under 30 Changing Food | Danielle Nierenberg.




June 20-27, 2015
Sponsored by Zone 7

Be a part of this exciting restaurant week as many of these establishments will be offering prix-fixe and supplemental menus, tastings, events and other activities to celebrate New Jersey’s summer food bounty. Visit Edible Jersey’s website for the restaurant names and for further information.



Rachel Weston presents “Early Spring Harvest” at Rutgers Gardens Saturday June 6th

Cooking From the GardenRutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey

Early Spring’s Harvest

Rachel Weston has been a long-time advocate for fresh affordable local food. Meet Rachel as she shows us how to prepare our spring harvest!

The long winter wait for fresh produce is over. Join us for a tour in the Rutgers Gardens vegetable garden as it displays its spring offerings. We’ll start with a comparative taste test of tender spring greens like kale, sorrel, arugula and mustard. Then Chef Rachel will demonstrate how to make several dishes using spring crops. English peas, soft herbs, crisp radishes and sweet carrots will be on the menu. Recipes will be provided to take home. This class will take place in the garden. Please dress for the weather and don’t forget to wear your big garden hats!

Instructor: Rachel Weston

For more information and to register visit:
Also pick up your own signed copy of Rachel’s new book “New Jersey Fresh”.

New Jersey Fresh

via Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Rutgers Gardens: Spring Flower Fair Mother’s Day Weekend

Come to get your vegetable seedlings at Rutgers Gardens Spring Flower Fair, as always on Mothers Day weekend. The fun begins on May 8th! If you are a member come and get first dibs, and imbibe on some hors d’orves and a glass of wine while you shop on Thursday May 7th!

The Spring Flower Fair is a garden plant sale that provides you with the opportunity to purchase everyone’s favorite varieties, as well as unique and/or difficult-to-find plants that will enhance your garden with flower, form or food.  This year we increased the selection of those hard-to-find plants, but also focused upon those plants that will provide solutions to difficult sites in your garden!

Your purchase directly benefits the Rutgers Gardens Student Internship Program, which will provide hands-on educational experience for over 12 students this coming summer.  Rutgers Gardens is entirely self-supporting, and your support is greatly needed and appreciated.

For more information: Rutgers Gardens: Spring Flower Fair.

NOFA-NJ | Food as Medicine Conference Saturday May 2nd


Food as Medicine Conference Food is Medicine

Can what you eat really change the way you feel? Want to eat healthier but don’t know where to start? Would you like to learn how to prepare REAL food to maintain nutrient density? We’re here to help! NOFA-NJ’s second conference focused on the health benefits of nourishing foods, features a full day of expert speakers across disciplines who will share their expertise, connecting the food we eat and grow to our health. The Food as Medicine Conference speakers will teach you all about reclaiming your health through traditional diets, how to shop for and prepare meals using these guidelines, and optimal nutrition for you and your family. Whether you’re a foodie, gardener, farmer, or fan of a healthy lifestyle – if you love to cook, eat in, dine out, and keep your family healthy while doing so, this conference is for you!

for details and registration:  NOFA-NJ | Food as Medicine Conference.