East Brunswick Spring Farmers Market April 20th 2013

Get ready for the East Brunswick Spring Farmers Market! April 20th 2013

Artisan Tree Soaps Handmade soaps
Baker’s Bounty A variety of breads made with locally sourced ingredients: http://www.bakersbounty.net/sourcelist.html
Balic Winery Wine
Beechtree Grassfed beef
Cherry Grove Handmade cheeses made from milk from grassfed cows. Pasture eggs, farmstead cheese, whey fed pork (all cuts), grass fed beef and lamb.
Fantastic Thai Thai cuisine cooking classes
FEBEC East Brunswick environmental events sponsored by the Friends
Fontanarosa’s Fresh pasta & ravioli
Fulper Farms Fresh mozzarella, ricotta, string cheese, butter, yogurt
Griggstown Quail Farm & Market Poultry, chicken pot pies, sausages, ground poultry, fruit pies, farm fresh eggs
Jams By Kim Jams, Jellies and Preserves
Judith’s Dessert Botique Baked goods
Lawrencebrook Watershed Partnership Environmental organization
Love2Brew Beer brewing kits & supplies
Mary Fairy Angels Truly natural skin, bath and body products
Moon Doggie Coffee Roasters Ground specialty coffee, teas
NOFA-NJ Resources on organic farms, gardening and food.
Pickle Licious Pickles products: cucumbers (6/8 varieties), peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, olives
Pitspone Farm Fruit plants
Q’s Cookies Handmade whole wheat and gluten free homemade cookies.
Rutgers Gardens Plants & Rutgers Gardens information
Rutgers Master Gardeners Information on Master Gardeners
Shibumi Farm Gourmet Specialty Mushrooms
Starving Anthropologist  Gluten-free granola & cookies
Stephans Pure Blends Stuffed cabbage, pierogi, smoked kielbasa, bacon, kabanosy, landjaeger, seasonings
Stony Brook Orchids Locally grown orchids
Tassot Apiaries Honey
Unionville Vineyards Wine
Von Thuns CSA
WoodsEdge Llama & alpaca wools & wool products. Grassfed yak & beef

NOFA-NJ Annual Meeting March 19, 2013 at Duke Farms


The guest speaker will be Jim Weaver, Executive Chef and owner of Princeton’s Tre Piani restaurant, founder of the Slow Food Central New Jersey chapter and author of Locavore Adventures: One Chef’s Slow Food Journey. Doors open at 6:30pm and light refreshments will be served. Members will be asked to vote on the new NOFA-NJ bylaws: NOFA-NJ Bylaws

Event Details:
When:  Tuesday, March 19, 7pm – 9pm
Location:  Duke Farms Orientation Center
1112 Dukes Pkwy W, Hillsborough, New Jersey 08844
Registration:    Please RSVP below.
Questions:  908-371-1111

via NOFA-NJ Annual Meeting.

Sustainable Lawrence – Living Local Expo Saturday March 23rd

Our 6th Annual Living Local Expo
Noon to 4pm
Home and Energy Expo 2012
Free and Open to the Public
No registration Required

Read Flyer

• Keynote Speaker - Albe Zacks, Terracycle
• Cooking demonstration - Chef Christopher Albrecht of Eno Terra
• Mini Farmers Market - selection of currently available food from local farms and restaurants
• 40+ Eco-Friendly Vendors - electric car dealers, design & construction firms, non-profits, bike shops, food waste recycling
• Speakers & Workshops - on a variety of sustainability topics (transportation, gardening, home efficiency, recycling, etc.)
• Donate your old bike to The Trenton Bike Exchange, or donate gently used medical equipment to Resource

For more information visit: Sustainable Lawrence – The Natural Step to an Eco-Municipality.

Princeton Farmers’ Market – Home



PRINCETON FARMERS MARKET                           

Winter markets:   March 14,  April 11 from 11am to 5pm
Inside the Community Room of


55 Witherspoon Street                             

Located in the center of walkable, interesting and welcoming downtown Princeton

Outdoor weekly market on Hinds Plaza

Opens Thursday, May 16th, from 11am to 4pm


The Princeton Farmers Market offers the community a wonderful variety of vegetables, fruits, grassfed poultry and meats, eggs, cheeses, honey, fresh juices, breads, flowers, and vegan/gluten free snacks. All of our farmers are local and only sell what they grow themselves. All our breads, baked goods, and other products are freshly made using healthy ingredients and include connections with our local farmers. No commercial mixes are allowed to be used. Supporting your local farmers and thereby knowing where your food comes from assures the safety and sustainability of what you buy. Come and enjoy our market–sitting at the tables under an umbrella, listening to the music at noontime, feeling a part of the community, and taking home all the rich tasting fresh edibles.

For more information, visit:  Princeton Farmers’ Market – Home.

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The Myth of Genetically Engineered Food and How it Threatens Slow Food : Slow Food USA

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Good, clean and fair food. I use these words each morning to establish a compass pointupon which to set my sights, and to prevent myself from being lulled into a false sense of everything-is-okay-ness. It’s easy to fall prey to seductive food marketing, and nobody’s mastered the propaganda better than the biotech seed industry. Dominated by a mere three players worldwide – Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta – the global market for genetically engineered GE seed has grown into a $13 billion dollar industry since its introduction in 1992 on a promise to help feed the world. But there is no free lunch. Everything has a price, and sometimes not even the smartest among us can predict what it will be. In the case of GE crop production, it’s everything we as Slow Food members hold precious and dear.Good food? Not for the farmer who pays more for patented genetically engineered seeds that claim to deliver higher yields, but don’t. Not for the livestock fed an unnatural diet of GE corn and soy. Not for the environment increasingly doused with chemical fertilizers and herbicides, something the industry claimed they’d reduce. Not for the consumer who has unwittingly been co-opted into an enormous human feeding trial. GE foods have never been tested for long-term safety in animals, humans or the environment. GE crops have, however, been great for biotech profits.Clean food? The US is the largest producer of GE crops in the world. Rather than fulfilling their promise to reduce the amount of herbicides needed to manage weeds, hundreds of millions more pounds of herbicides are being used each year and this overuse has spawned super weeds. Thanks to nature’s amazing resilience and adaptability, we’re facing deregulation of the next generation of biotech crops whose genes are stacked to confer resistance to more powerful herbicides, including 2, 4-D, one of two chemical constituents of Agent Orange, the Vietnam-era defoliant. GE crops that can produce their own insecticides, called PIPs or plant-incorporated protectants by the EPA, haven’t proven to be a silver bullet either. The corn rootworm is becoming resistant to Bt corn, a variety genetically engineered to kill the difficult to control pest, forcing the EPA to require that all growers put resistance management plans in place.Fair food? Certainly not for US consumers who are unjustly denied the basic right to know whether they’re eating genetically engineered foods, a right ironically enjoyed by China and Russia. Not for farmers who used to save seeds each year for next year’s crop, a practice prohibited under biotech seed licensing agreements. GE crops pose an ongoing threat to conventional and organic farms, which fall victim to devastating herbicide drift along with pollen and seed gene trespass from GE neighbors, forcing them to destroy contaminated crops and seeds and rendering them vulnerable to law suits for patent infringement. The power of the consumer is not to be underestimated. Some believe that labeling laws are the answer, reasoning that consumers, upon learning that the foods they’re eating are produced from crops that can withstand being doused with herbicides and/or can produce their own insecticides, will create a backlash powerful enough to force food manufacturers to abandon GMOs Genetically Modified Organisms. Proof of this hypothesis can already be seen in Kashi’s and Ben & Jerry’s pledges to remove GMOs from their US products. Many large, multinational food companies gladly manufacture Non-GMO products for European markets to avoid their labeling laws, something made possible through the segregation and identity preservation of non-GMO crops every step along the supply chain. read more  The Myth of Genetically Engineered Food and How it Threatens Slow Food : Slow Food USA.

Black Market…Cheese | Food For Thought | Slow Food International – Good, Clean and Fair food.

Black Market…Cheese
Brazil – 11 Feb 13. In Brazil, illegal markets aren’t confined to the usual suspects like guns, drugs or contraband. There is also a sizeable black market in cheeses: not the imported variety, but rather traditional cheeses made from raw milk by thousands of small-scale artisan producers. According to Emater, an organization for technical assistance and rural development, today nearly 40% of all artisanal cheese made countrywide is sold on the black market.

The reason is simple. For more than 50 years an outdated, severe law that was created for the large industrial producers has forced a large part of the small-scale raw-milk cheesemakers to sell their products on the black market. The law stipulates that cheese made from unpasteurized milk, must be aged at least 60 days in order to be sold in other Brazilian states. It also requires that the tables, forms and workbenches used in production be made of stainless steel, instead of the usual wood. For many of the small producers it is too costly to make the necessary changes, but it is not only an economic concern; using stainless steel in place of wood changes both the quality and the flavor of the cheeses.

via Black Market…Cheese | Food For Thought | Slow Food International – Good, Clean and Fair food..

The Futures of Farming – Le Monde diplomatique – English edition

JPEG - 737.5 kbWhat the closing of Kansas City’s Mercantile Exchange can teach us about how Wall Street stopped treating food like food.11 FEBRUARY, by Elizabeth RushJust off of Country Road 518 in Hopewell, New Jersey, sits Double Brook Farm. It’s run by a self-exiled New Yorker but it’s not one of those now-standard upstart farms, with roving bands of earnest college kids tending rocket and a hearty couple of ex-Brooklynites overseeing the whole grass-fed operation. Double Brook’s turn-of-the-century-barn, its grazing cattle, and its hundreds of Rhode Island Reds clucking and strutting about all belong to Jon McConaughy, a 46-year-old with an all-American face, a football player’s build, money to blow, and a beautiful wife. Last year, McConaughy exchanged a two-decade long career as a commodities trader on Wall Street for these two hundred acres.Double Brook, a small farm specializing in grass-fed meat, free range poultry, and various vegetables symbolizes one of the most unexpected turns the American economy has taken in recent years. For decades, banks have shied away from granting loans to farmers because, like restaurants, farms are considered risky investments. But the tides might be turning as the price of nearly every commodity on the face of the earth is on the rise.

read more: The Futures of Farming – Le Monde diplomatique – English edition.

The Generation That Will Turn Soil Into Gold | Focus on | Slow Europe – Our Idea of Europe

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The Generation That Will Turn Soil Into Gold

Italy – 21/01/2013

Around 20 years ago, the French university system was revolutionized with the aim of rejuvenating the aging teaching body, which had been causing problems not just related to employment, but also to a whole culture and vision of teaching. In a few years the system renewed itself, benefiting everyone.

Now, European agriculture is in a similar situation: few operators, with a high average age, a culture tied to past decades and scant prospects for the future. Now, add to this the increasingly depressing statistics on youth unemployment. It would seem like a classic case of putting two and two together: agriculture needs young people and young people need work. It seems logical that the first concern of policies should be to assist young people (but also those in their 40s and 50s who have been stagnating without a job for years or who have recently lost a position previously considered “safe”) get into agriculture.

Attempts are being made by some. For example, two graduates from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo. One, Nicola del Vecchio, returned to Molise to start a business on his family’s land, and the other, Carlo Fiorani, went back to Lombardy to restart an abandoned farm based on criteria of sustainability. I don’t know when they will start to break even, but I know that seeing them sell their products (bread, vegetables, fruit, cheeses and cured meats) or offer them for tasting and hearing the pride, mixed with amazement, in their voices when they say “I made this” gives me a sense of a solid future being built with tangible, extraordinary efforts, as well as courage and audacious dreams, in this era in which dreaming can be seen as an activity for losers.

Among the young people, some start from zero: no farming family behind them, no land, no capital. Sometimes even no skills, but plenty of curiosity, passion, faith, humility and gratitude towards anyone who can help out, teach, join in a network. Perhaps this is the ace up the sleeve of the younger generation: they network together, ask for training and information, use neighbors or social networks, and in the end they manage to work out why they shouldn’t have pruned when they did or why they shouldn’t work the bread in that way. And most of all they know many different things and decide to dedicate themselves to agriculture, bringing what they know and receiving whatever anyone wants to teach them. The new economy is strengthened when these young farmers know how to work throughout the whole production chain.

In order to respond to their needs, in the coming months the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo will be starting apprenticeship courses for cured meat producers, microbrewers, bread bakers and cheese agers.

Because it is by taking food as a starting point that we can change the world, improving the environment, our health and the quality of life for everyone.

Carlo Petrini

From La Repubblica, January 18, 2013

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Terhune Orchards Read & Explore Program: Animal Tracks – LocalHarvest

Terhune Orchards Read & Explore Program: Animal Tracks

Terhune Orchards – (Princeton, New Jersey)

Terhune Orchards Read and Explore Program is our winter education series, following the popular seasonal Read and Pick Program. Our second Read and Explore program is Animal Tracks on Tuesday, February 5 at 10am. We will read two books including Owl Moon. After story time, we will make bird feeders with wild bird seed to take home and help the birds through winter. Weather permitting, we will explore the farm to look for some real animal tracks.

Everyone is welcome. Please call 609-924-2310 to register. Registration is requested. The fee is $5.00 per child.

via Terhuneb Orchards Read & Explore Program: Animal Tracks – LocalHarvest.