Forrestal Village Farmers Market Cooking Series

Vendors from the Forrestal Village Farmers Market are offering a new series of cooking classes in conjunction with the Plainsboro Recreational & Cultural Center to Plainsboro residents of all ages interested in learning to cook with local foods. 

In these classes, geared toward various age groups and interests, you will learn to cook with the farmers market’s bounty: prepare quick dinners with HerbNZest, make homemade mozzarella with Fulper Fams, grill meats and veggies with Tre Piani, make pies from scratch with Lillipies, and much more!

Classes are held at the Plainsboro Recreation and Cultural Center’s learning kitchen. They feature produce from Stults Farm, Rolling Hills farm and Robson’s Farm; grass-fed meats and eggs from Beechtree Farm; and bread and cured meats from Double Brook Farm. Stay tuned for more details.

To learn more about the classes and other events, and to receive easy and innovative recipes tailored especially to the farmers market’s weekly offerings, sign up for its newsletter at http://eepurl.com/RLHHr.

The classes take place at the Plainsboro Recreation & Cultural Center on Plainsboro Road. And, the farmers market takes place every Friday through Sept. 26, excluding July 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Princeton Forrestal Village.

Thu, July 17, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Pocket Pies: Sweet & Savory (for ages 8 and up, with a caregiver)

Jen Carson, Lillipies

Join local baker and culinary school instructor Jen Carson and learn to make seasonal pies from scratch! You will make homemade pie crust and fill “pocket pies” (single-serving pies) with an assortment of seasonal fillings. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person. Class is limited to 14 people.

Thu, July 24, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Fun and Easy Recipes Using Local Ingredients – Parent and Child (5-16 years old) Class

Deboleena (Deb) Dutta, HerbNZest

HerbNZest’s mission is to make healthy cooking easy, fast, and accessible to all. Deb Dutta, a mother of two and HerbNZest’s founder-owner will teach busy parents and their even busier children to cook everyday healthy meals that are fast, easy and fun. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person

Thu, July 31, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Keep Calm and Curry On: Herbs and Spices Every Day (age 16 and up)

Deboleena (Deb) Dutta, HerbNZest

Learn to add pizazz to your food without the calories, fats and chemicals. Deb Dutta shares her secrets to using herb and spice that transform everyday dishes into a celebration of flavors. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person

Thu, August 7, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Clean Your Cooking (age 16 and up)

Deboleena (Deb) Dutta, HerbNZest

Learn to make your favorite foods healthier by substituting out the bad stuff (bad fats, sodium, sugar, etc.) for all the good stuff (good fats, fruits and veggies, and the like). Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/ person

Thu, August 21, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Farmers Market Grilling 101

Jim Weaver, Tre Piani

Celebrated local chef Jim Weaver shares his secrets to perfect summer grilling using meat and fresh local vegetables from the Forrestal Village Farmers Market. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$30/person

Thu, July 12; Wed, July 16; Wed, August 27,  11:00am – 12:00pm

Farmers Market Cooking for Preschoolers (children ages 3-5, and their caregivers)

Nirit Yadin, Princeton Forrestal Village Farmers Market manager

It’s never too early to learn to cook. Nirit Yadin introduces your preschooler to the colors, shapes and flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables, and teaches them to love their veggies. Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$10/child (only pay for your child, but caregivers must be present)

Thu, June 16;  Wed, July 23;  Wed, August 6, 11:00am – 12:00pm

Farmers Market Cooking for Seniors

Nirit Yadin, Princeton Forrestal Village Farmers Market manager

Farmers markets cooking is is fun and easy, not to mention healthy. Nirit Yadin, a seasoned cooking instructor, teaches you how to choose and prepare delicious meals using the best of the Garden State! Menu depends on the week’s market offerings.

$15/person

July Schedule from West Windsor Community Farmers Market

The WWCFM continues to be a popular gathering space each Saturday, rain or shine from 9:00am-1:00pm, for the local community as well as neighboring towns to connect with farmers and local food producers.

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 and half mile walk from the Dinky stop in Princeton Junction.  Parking is always free.

For more information, call 609 933-4452 or emailwwcfm@yahoo.com.

JUNE 28:

           MUSIC: Blue Jersey Band

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)

            PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings

           COOKING DEMO: Dorothy Mullen (Suppers Program)

           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

JULY 5:

           MUSIC: The Barncats

            COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

           COOKING DEMO: Allie O’Brien (Garden State Community Kitchen)

JULY 12:

           MUSIC: A Little Bit Off

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            WWBPA Bicycle and Pedestrian Information

            YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton

            PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM  Free Blood Pressure and Health       Screenings

           COOKING DEMO:  WWCFM Simple cooking techniques by board member       JoAnn Parla, as directed by a local wheelchair-bound resident

           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

JULY 19:

           MUSIC: Daniel Damon

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            FOWWOS Friends of West Windsor Open Space

            TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

            EASTERN SERVICE WORKERS

           COOKING DEMO:   Denise Marchisetto                

JULY 26:

           MUSIC: Blue Jersey Band

           COMMUNITY GROUPS:

            YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the Crisis           Ministry of Princeton and Trenton

            WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)

            PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings

           COOKING DEMO: Dorothy Mullen (Suppers Program)

           MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

Forrestal Village Announces Farm-Fresh Friday Market

image003Princeton Forrestal Village (PFV) has announced its roster for this summer’s farm-to-table Farmers Market, which will be held every Friday from 11:00am to 2:00pm beginning June 6, 2014, and running through the end of September.  The open-air, all-weather market will include an eclectic mix of locally-produced fruits and vegetables, meats, honey, cheeses and fresh dairy products, preserves, tea blends, pies, cupcakes, baked goods, and much more.

This is a real opportunity for families throughout the Plainsboro/Princeton region to connect with local farmers and food producers, and to experience the great fresh produce and products that are grown and made here in Central New Jersey.  Along with an exciting list of vendors, the Friday Market will also feature cooking classes, a recipe-packed e-newsletter, and a new Food Blog available at pfvillage.com/fm.

Participating farms and businesses include:

  • Beechtree Farm, grassfed meats, eggs and honey,
  • Double Brook Farm, cured meats, “farmstead” jarred foods and bread,
  • Fulper Family Farmstead, sustainably-farmed dairy products, including cheeses and yogurts,
  • Herb N Zest, natural artisan foods,
  • Lillipies, locally-sourced seasonal pies, focaccia, brioche and other baked goods,
  • Rolling Hills Farm, “Beyond Organic” fresh-farmed vegetables,
  • Robson’s Farm, farm fresh fruits and vegetables,
  • Stults Farm, farm fresh fruits and vegetables,
  • Taking Tea In Style, custom-blended teas, and iced teas,
  • Tre Piani Restaurant, fresh, made-to-order mozzarella, and slow-food recipes,
  • Unionville Vineyards, award-winning artisanal wines.

The Market will be held in the Plaza of Princeton Forrestal Village between CanDo Fitness and Tre Piani Restaurant.  Open and covered parking is plentiful and free throughout the site.  Princeton Forrestal Village is located on US Route One South and College Road West next to Princeton’s Westin International Hotel and Conference Center.  For more information visit PFVILLAGE.com online, or call 609.799.7400.

West Windsor Community Farmers Market Opens May 3

The West Windsor Community Farmers Market (WWCFM) is pleased to announce the opening of its 2014 farmers market season. Beginning May 3rd and continuing through to November 22 (rain or shine!), the Market will be open on Saturdays from 9:00am-1:00pm.

The Market hosts 15 farms and 11 artisan food and natural product vendors in its 2014
line up. Local fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, eggs, woven fibers, soap, baked goods,
flowers, honey, sauces, jams, fresh juices, crepes and more can be found at the market
each week.

New vendors to the Market this year include Shibumi Mushroom Farm, Frank’s Pickled
Peppers, and Good Enough For Kids.

In addition to other weekly cooking demonstrations by local chefs, the Market is
proud to offer this season a monthly cooking basics series, on the second Saturday of
each month, featuring simple, seasonal cooking and preparation techniques demonstrated by board members and/or the market manager.

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. Parking is free. For directions to the market, up to date weekly event listings and complete list of vendors, please visit our website at www.westwindsorfarmersmarket.org.
For more information, call 609 933-4452 or emailwwcfm@yahoo.com.

May events include:
MAY 3: OPENING DAY!
• MUSIC: Ed Goldberg & The Odessa Klezmer Band
• COMMUNITY GROUPS:
WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance): Annual opening day
walk from Maurice Hawk School
WWAC (West Windsor Arts Council)
• PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings
• COOKING DEMO: Allie O’Brien
• MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

MAY 10:
• MUSIC: Ed Goldberg & The Odessa Klezmer Band
• COOKING DEMO: WWCFM Cooking Basics

MAY 17:
• MUSIC: The Jackalopes
• COMMUNITY GROUPS:
WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)
EASTERN SERVICE WORKERS
• PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings
• MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

MAY 31:
• COMMUNITY GROUP:
WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)
• PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure Screenings
• COOKING DEMO: Dorothy Mullen (Suppers Program)
• MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

Support Pouring from Princeton Businesses to Hurricane Sandy’s Victims

Princeton, NJ (January 8, 2013) – In support of the victims devastated by Hurricane Sandy, the Princeton business community joined together on November 20th and created the Princeton Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive.

 Fifty-four businesses in the Princeton Community participated by donating a percentage of their sales from the dedicated day, which resulted in over $36,000 in donations. This generous amount was distributed to charities such as the “Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund” and “Restore Our Shore,” benefiting those most affected in New Jersey’s coastal areas.

 In an outpouring of support – from restaurants to retail shops, media companies and more – the area’s local businesses donated more than just dollars. Other contributions included advertising, printing, radio airtime and graphic designs. That, along with the percentage of sales earned that day, enabled the drive to donate the monies to much needed families.

 “We are grateful to all of the local businesses who helped support this effort and are proud to be part of such a giving community,” said Jack Morrison, President, JM Group, who organized the drive.

 Though the hurricane happened months ago, families continue to suffer. Rebuilding will take time, and money, and community efforts such as the Princeton Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive, is merely one way to offer assistance to those in need.

Participating businesses:

inceton, NJ (January 8, 2013) – In support of the victims devastated by Hurricane Sandy, the Princeton business community joined together on November 20th and created the Princeton Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive.

Fifty-four businesses in the Princeton Community participated by donating a percentage of their sales from the dedicated day, which resulted in over $36,000 in donations. This generous amount was distributed to charities such as the “Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund” and “Restore Our Shore,” benefitting those most affected in New Jersey’s coastal areas.

In an outpouring of support – from restaurants to retail shops, media companies and more – the area’s local businesses donated more than just dollars. Other contributions included advertising, printing, radio airtime and graphic designs. That, along with the percentage of sales earned that day, enabled the drive to donate the monies to much needed families.

“We are grateful to all of the local businesses who helped support this effort and are proud to be part of such a giving community,” said Jack Morrison, President, JM Group, who organized the drive.

Though the hurricane happened months ago, families continue to suffer. Rebuilding will take time, and money, and community efforts such as the Princeton Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive, is merely one way to offer assistance to those in need.

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PARTICIPATING PARTNERS:

Agricola

Alchemist & Barrister

Blue Point Grill

Callaway Henderson – Sotheby’s International Realty

Carter & Cavero

Chambers Walk Café & Catering

Cranbury Station Galleries

D’Angelo Italian Market

elements

Eno Terra

FLM Graphics

Hinkson’s

Ivy Inn

Jane

Jazam’s

La Jolie Salon & Spa

MacLean Agency

Main Street

McCaffrey’s

Mediterra

Nassau Inn Yankee Doodle Tap Room

Nassau Street Seafood & Produce Company

Olives

ONE 53

Palmer Square Management

Princeton Corkscrew

Princeton Farmer’s Market

Princeton Mattress

Princeton Merchants Association

Princeton Online

Princeton Record Exchange

Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce

Princeton Scoop

Princeton Tour Company

Princeton University Store

Rouge

Smith’s Ace Hardware

Ten Thousand Villages Princeton

Teresa Caffe

Terra Libri

Terra Momo Bread Company

The Bank of Princeton

The Bent Spoon

The Peacock Inn

The Princeton Packet

Town Topics

Triumph Brewing Company

Whole Earth Center

Winberie’s Restaurant & Bar

Witherspoon Bread Company

Witherspoon Grill

WPST

Your Town Tube

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US Ark of Taste : Slow Food USA

Reflecting on your successes of this season? Now is the time to think about what you would like to grow next year. Why not take part in preserving some of our most precious heirlooms? Try Cherokee Trail of Tears, Hidatsa Red Bean or Chrismas Lima for reliable dry bean selections. You can get started today by ordering some Inchelium Red Garlic for your October garlic plantings. Which crops from The Ark of Taste have you planted?
The US Ark of Taste is a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products we help ensure they remain in production and on our plates. Check out the list:  US Ark of Taste : Slow Food USA.

Towards an energy-positive food system « Path 2 Resilience by Eric Garza

“Food activism of all sorts –centered on the availability of un-pasteurized dairy products, meat butchered on the farm where it was raised, and direct-to-consumer sales of products that currently require inspection or certification – is rising up throughout American society like a wellspring. This wellspring is creating an enormous opportunity, both to create new food products and markets, but also to ask deep, profound questions about our food system’s development and whether its path is a viable one over the long term. What good is a food system, after all, if its high energy intensity eventually sends the nation spiraling into both nutritional and energetic poverty?” Read Eric’s article

About the Author, Eric Garza
Eric Garza received his PhD from the University of Vermont in 2011. He consults in the energy, agriculture and food sectors and teaches courses in environmental pollution, energy systems and food systems at the University of Vermont. He manages the Path2Resilience.com website. For permission to reprint this essay, contact the author at Eric@Path2Resilience.com.

“My flexible schedule allows me to be deeply involved in my community. I’m one of three primary organizers of my local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation, and I’m also the treasurer of the Mad Robin Callers Collective, a local group who promotes traditional contra dancing and organizes a variety of local dances and events. I volunteer with a range of community organizations, most notably the Intervale Center, a local organization that runs a range of innovative programs to promote small-scale, organic, localized food systems. Beyond my community involvement, I enjoy practicing and teaching ancestral skills, hunting, fishing, foraging wild edible plants, spending copious amounts of time outdoors, and generally relishing life.” read more about Eric

via Towards an energy-positive food system « Path 2 Resilience.

5 MORE Things To Know About The Fight Against GMOs -Michelle Jacobson

PictureUntil recently, GMOs was an unfamiliar acronym to most Americans. Genetically modified and genetically engineered were scientific terms that seemed to belong in a laboratory, not a supermarket, kitchen, or pastoral farming locale. Our farms, we thought, were a place where Mother Nature held absolute dominion.

Well, enter the 21st century, folks. Many farms may as well be laboratories these days, with each hole dug in the ground akin to a test tube, as the seeds that are pla
For the American people (yes, specifically, the American people) to be kept unaware of what their food is comprised of – in these days of local, organic and sustainable sensibilities – is a serious travesty. Beyond that, it’s just plain dishonest.nted are not always natural, as forged by nature; often they’ve been tampered with to conform to mans’ will.

My first article, 5 Things You Need To Know About GMOs Right Now (1), was a primer for anyone seeking to know the basic facts about GMOs. Things were moving at a slow rumble until 2012, and I was trying to inform people so they’d be in the know when the hoopla started to get louder. And get louder it did.

This article picks up where that one left off, covering the vast amount of activity which has transpired across the country in the past few months, both in town halls and town squares. I can assure you that when you read this information you’ll be concerned and outraged enough to want to take control over the food you eat, once again. How can you turn away now?

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1 – How do you know the difference between a food that’s genetically modified and a food that isn’t? read more

via Michele Jacobson – GMO Blog.

Slow Food USA Letter to Senate and House Committees on the Food and Farm Bill

Slow Food Food and Farm Bill Letter to Senate and House Committees

Folks,

The Food and Farm Bill is the single greatest influence on what we eat. It determines how billions are spent shaping our food system, from producer to eater. And, while we spend  those billions, we know that diet-related diseases, obesity and diabetes, are at an all‐time high, and, in a seeming paradox, hunger persists in our nation. And, we know that our food system is dominated by a handful of large corporations that put our family farmers and ranchers, our health and well-being, and our environment at risk.
Attached is an important letter from Josh and all of our Regional Governors to the leaders of the House and Senate Ag Committees about the new Food and Farm Bill. In the letter, Josh, on behalf of our 225,000 supporters, nation-wide, states, “We believe that everyone, every day, should be able to eat food that is good for them, good for producers, and good for the planet. The next Food and Farm Bill has the potential to make that vision a reality, and, as leaders of the Senate and House agriculture committees, you have the opportunity to help move national farm and food policies in the right direction.” Josh continues, ”We urge you to consider…(our) principles and supporting actions that, when enacted, will: ‘promote a health-focused food system, help end hunger, and provide all with access to healthy food; create a level plowing field for family farmers and ranchers and help create vibrant, regional farm and food economies; and promote good environmental stewardship, preserving our agricultural land and water resources for future generations.’“ I am proud that Josh and all the Governors signed this letter. In the coming weeks, the House and Senate will be working on the next Food and Farm Bill. I believe that our voices can help make our food system better, cleaner, and fairer. I will keep you all posted as events unfold, letting you know when your chapter’s members and supporters might weigh in.

Thanks.
Ed

-Edwin Yowell NY/NJ Regional Governor at Slow Food


Eat Local, Meet Local – Pot Luck Dinner

Join us for this great event!

 To register:  http://www.elijahspromise.org/event-registration/

Elijah’s Promise, A Better World Cafe and Slow Food Central New Jersey would like to invite you for an evening of good food and good talk about strengthening our Central Jersey food community.  Come and meet local farmers, restaurateurs, chefs, entrepreneurs, gardeners and other food enthusiasts. All you need to do is to bring a dish to share, featuring your favorite local foods. Get ready to share ideas, make new friends, have fun and change the way we eat.

Bring a dish to share (preferably local). Donations will be appreciated.  Meeting at a Better World Café, located in the Reformed Church of Highland Park.

Register Now!

When:  Monday April 23rd, 6:00-8:00 pm
Where:  A Better World Cafe,Highland Park, NJ
Cost: Just bring a dish (preferably local) to share. Donations to cover  the cost will be appreciated.

Registration:  http://www.elijahspromise.org/event-registration/
Questions: email  info@slowfoodcentralnj.org or call 732-485-0236