Edible Jersey
 Edible Jersey Newsletter 
   Volume 5,  Number 22                                                                          October 12, 2012
In this Issue: A Month for Food Awareness, Get Out the Vote, Autumn Soup, and Events for Food Lovers. 
 Apples, arugula, baby spinach, beets, cabbage, cilantro, cucumbers, collards, dandelion, dill,  eggplant, escarole/endive,
leeks, lettuces, parsley,
peppers, radishes, spinach, squash,  sweet potatoes, swiss chard,  turnips.
Source: New Jersey
Department of Agriculture

Edible Jersey Magazine is published 5 times a year celebrating the local, seasonal food of the Garden State.  
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October is filled with harvest treats and Halloween hauntings, but it is also a very important month for food awareness. In spite of the bounty and celebrations we enjoy, there are many areas of concern in today's food system; several October initiatives have been launched to raise our awareness.


For starters, October is Fair Trade Month. As much as we love local, we also have a great appreciation for certain food items that can only be got elsewhere: coffee, chocolate, etc. Being committed to our own healthy sustainable food system, we naturally respect and support the same in other regions. Buying products that are fair trade certified assures that farmers, families, local economies and ecosystems are supported in the most sustainable ways.


October is also Non-GMO Month. As GMO's (genetically modified organisms) infiltrate our food system, concerned Americans are making a case for their right to know what is in our foods, insisting that producers 'Just Label It.' A watershed case for this issue is the upcoming vote on Prop 37 in California, where citizens can vote for mandatory labeling of genetically engineered food.


If you're still undecided about what food issues you might like to get behind- make some time on Food Day (October 24) to investigate other issues that might speak to you. Food Day is "a nationwide celebration and a movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food". By addressing issues as varied as health and nutrition, hunger, ag policy and farm worker justice, Food Day rallies support to create some real change in our nation's food policies.


Whatever cause piques your interest, your support will help ensure our cherished food celebrations for years to come!






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Time to think about your heroes again- the Edible Communities Seventh Annual Local Hero Awards polls are now open. Through December 14, you have an opportunity to recognize the growers, retailers, chefs, artisans and activists who highlight everything that's wonderful about food in New Jersey.  


It's a great way to show our appreciation for those that inspire and enable us all to choose wisely and locally. Click through to cast your vote for Edible Jersey's 2013 Local Food Heroes in the following categories:



Food Shop


Food/Beverage Artisan

Non-profit Organization 


Winners will be announced in the spring of 2013. (Encourage your friends and neighbors to vote, too!) 






Soup season is here in earnest and I did some experimenting last weekend. The fruit and veggie combo are basic, but the chipotle and cloves satisfied my sense of adventure...


Roasted Butternut Squash Soup


1 butternut squash

1 onion, chopped

1 apple, peeled and chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/8 teaspoon chipotle

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

4 cups chicken broth


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Half the butternut squash length-wise and place on baking sheet cut side down. Bake in oven for 45-60 minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove skin and chop the roasted squash into cubes.

In soup pot, sauté onions until transparent, add apples and continue to sauté for 5-10 minutes.

Add cubed roasted squash to soup pot and sprinkle with spices.

Add four cups of chicken broth and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

Remove from heat and using an immersion blender, puree soup til smooth.




4-6 servings






OCTOBER 13, 10am-4pm

SUSSEX COUNTY HARVEST & HONEY FESTIVAL Celebrate agritourism, ecotourism, arts and heritage in New Jersey's great northwest. The Sussex County Beekeepers Association will be on hand with educational displays (learn how to become a beekeeper!) and lots of honey products for sale. Shop the farmers' market for Jersey Fresh products including fruit, vegetables, fall flowers and wine; collect information from environmental, agricultural, arts and heritage organizations, enjoy a Birding and Nature walk, photography display by the Sparta Camera Club, and plenty of games and activities for the kids. For more info about this free, family fun event, contact Donna Traylor: 973-579-0500, option 1 or dtraylor@sussex.nj.us or visit the website. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta.


OCTOBER 13 & 14, Noon-5pm
GRAND HARVEST WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL To help celebrate this bountiful time of year, the Garden State Wine Growers Association will once again host its Grand Harvest Wine Festival at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Attendees will enjoy tours of the historical farm and sample award-winning wines from 23 GSWGA wineries, shop craft tables and listen to great live music. There will be plenty of fun for kids too when they visit the 'Kids Zone', which features face painting, sand art and other great fun. Admission is $25/day or $40 /two-day pass, and includes a wine tasting glass. Visit the website for more info. 73 Kahdena Rd., Morristown.

OCTOBER 13, 10am-5pm
FALL FESTIVAL A visit to the Haddonfield Farmers' Market is fun enough, but this weekend Haddonfield is pulling out all the stops with carriage rides, trolley tours, crafters, scarecrow making and so much more! Visit the website for details. Haddonfield.  

OCTOBER 17, 6-9pm
EDIBLE ESCAPE Our friends across the water (the Hudson, that is) are hosting their 2nd annual travel tasting event. Be on hand to taste and sample as Edible Manhattan gathers food and beverage artisans from near and far who will serve up delectables such as Texas BBQ and Florida seafood, Pacific Northwest cocktails and Hudson Valley vino, and the flavors of Portugal, Japan, Austria, Ireland and Spain-all prepared by Gotham chefs. It's the tastiest way to travel while staying close to home, not to mention a whole lot cheaper than a plane ticket abroad. Tickets: $60 per person includes all food and drink. Visit the website for more details. Angel Oransenz, 172 Norfolk Street (Lower East Side), New York.

OCTOBER 18, 6pm
HOT CHILI & COOL BREW The Newark Museum Volunteer Organization and The Newark Museum Business & Community Council invite you to enjoy fine local and international beers and sample meat and vegetarian chilis and other tantalizing treats at this fundraiser for the beautiful Newark Museum. Tickets (21 and older) are $50 for general admission, or $125 (Pint Level Individual Sponsorship). Visit the website for a list of participating sponsors, brewers and chili makers, and additional ticket/sponsorship information.  49 Washington Street, Newark.

OCTOBER 19, 7:30-11pm
OKTOBERFEST FUNDRAISER Celebrate with Amanti Vino at The Wellmont Theatre at their 4th annual Octoberfest celebration. The theatre will be transformed to host this gala featuring brewers, distributors and vintners and plenty of gourmet goodies to nibble on; not to mention the music from Jersey City's finest, the super-hot One and Nines. Proceeds from the event benefit Intensive Therapeutics. Regular admission is $80 per person, VIP admission, $150. For tickets call 973 509 9463, email: sharon@amantivino.com or visit the website. 5 Seymour Street, Montclair.
OCTOBER 21, 3pm
WINE, CHEESE & PEONIES Learn about the kinds, colors, and beauty of peonies while immersed in the comfortable elegance of the Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy a wine & cheese reception in the beautiful dining room as Kathleen Gagan, peony aficionado and owner of Peony's Envy in Bernardsville shares her knowledge about this exquisite flowering plant. After the presentation, Ms. Gagan will answer your peony-related questions. There will also be plants available for purchase since autumn is the perfect season for planting peonies! Cost is $45 per person; pre-paid reservations required. Please call to reserve 908-782-4928. 194 Main Street, Flemington.

OCTOBER  20 & 21, 10 am-5pm
EVERYTHING PUMPKIN is the theme this weekend for Terhune Orchards' fall harvest festival. Pick-your-own pumpkins, decorate them at the pumpkin painting station, stop by the adventure barn and learn about pumpkin lore and hear traditional pumpkin stories. You can also pick you own fresh apples and gourds, take a tractor-drawn wagon ride, enjoy live music, walk the farm trail and enjoy farm fresh snacks and homemade country food. Special activities for kids include face painting, pony rides, the popular cornstalk maze and a new hay bale maze. On Sunday, Oct. 21, Tom Cook of West Windsor will carve a variety of spooky, fun and wacky Jack-o-lanterns, which will be available for purchase. Admission to the festival area is $5 (children 3 and under free). Visit the website to see all the fall fun at Terhune Orchards. 330 Cold Soil Road, Lawrenceville.

OCTOBER 21, 4-8pm
HARVEST DINNER Join NOFA-NJ as they honor their 27th year of 'Celebrating Local Seasonal Food as a Community'. In addition to 'merriment and deliciousness', be inspired by guest speakers Gary Hirshberg, Co-Founder, past CEO, and Chairman of Stonyfield, and freelance writer and NOFA founder, Meg Hirshberg. Sponsored by local and sustainable restaurants including: Brick Farm Market, Chambers Walk, Langosta Lounge, Cherry Grove Farm, Dozzino, elements, Eno Terra, Fresh, Hamilton's Grill Room, Stonybrook Meadows, Rojo's Roastery, Terhune Orchards, the Bent Spoon, Huntley Tavern, The Peacock Inn, The Ferry House, & Tre Piani; Cocktail Hour sponsored by: Hamilton Grill Room, Philadelphia Distilling {Bluecoat Gin, XXX Shine Whiskey, Penn 1691 Vodka, and Vieux Carre Absinthe}. Local beer and Wine by River Horse Brewing and Unionville Vineyards. Visit the website for registration/ticket information. Duke Parkway East, 80 US Highway 206, Hillsborough.

OCTOBER 24, 2-5pm
CELEBRATE FOOD DAY at Whole Earth Center. Dorothy Mullen will be in the cafe whipping up delicious smoothies made with kale, beets, apples, frozen bananas, yogurt, and an assortment of protein shake mixes. Stop in for a taste and talk with Dorothy about how to incorporate healthy, produce-based smoothies into your diet, bring the kids for an after-school smoothie snack. And don't forget your complimentary apple, along with information about Food Day. 360 Nassau St., Princeton.

OCTOBER 25, 8pm
FRENCH GRAND CRU DINNER Satis Bistro invites you to this special event for wine connoisseurs and aficionados, an excellent opportunity to taste extremely rare and exceptional wines from Burgundy, Bordeaux and Rhone, France.? Guest speakers and wine professionals, along with our executive chef table side is guaranteed to make this a special evening. Cost is $185 pp (plus tax and gratuity); space is limited to 20 guests, a reservation is required. 212 Washington Street, Jersey City.

OCTOBER 27, 9am - 5pm (Rain Date: October 28th, 10:00am - 4:00pm)
PIE FUND RAISER for NJRC&D. Volunteers from NJRC&D will be on hand at Back to Nature to take your orders for delicious Griggstown Farm Market Pies. Samples will be available at Back to Nature. Can't make it on October 27th? Back to Nature will have order forms available starting October 13th. (Due to the fundraising efforts, all orders are payable by check or cash). All Griggstown pies are made by hand using fresh ingredients. The pies will be ready for pick-up on Sunday, November 11th, frozen and uncooked, ready to be baked in your oven. . Also that day, from 10-11:30 am, there will be a Fruit Tree Care & Pruning 101 workshop. Cost is free, though donations for NJRC&D are appreciated. 3055 Valley Road, Basking Ridge.

OCTOBER 27 & 28, 1-6pm
VINTAGE SOUTH JERSEY FALL WINE & BEER FEST Head to Campbell's Field on the Camden Waterfront to celebrate South Jersey Outer Coastal Plain wines as well as great local craft beer, and gourmet foods from local restaurants. Visit the website for tickets, details and list of participating vintners. 401 N. Delaware Avenue, Camden.

OCTOBER 28, Noon- 6pm
HALLOWINE COSTUME TAILGATE PARTY Join Rosie's Wine Bar as they help celebrate Garwood's North Avenue. This sports themed costume tailgate party takes place in the back parking lot. The retailers of the Garwood Lofts have joined together to create an afternoon of fun for you and the whole family. Attractions include 2 LIVE BANDS football on the huge projector screen, various food vendors, liquor service outdoors, massage tables, a bouncy house for the kids, animal adoption and much more. 514 North Avenue, Garwood.

OCTOBER 28, 1-5pm
HALLOWEEN OPEN HOUSE Chocolate Lovers Club of Princeton invites you to join them in celebrating their new location. Bring the family, bring some friends...they're cooking up some chocolaty fun for kids of all ages. Wear a Halloween costume and get a free goody bag. 830 State Rd. (Rt. 206) Princeton.

OCTOBER 28, 2-5pm
BBQ BENEFIT The Artist Baker presents "a whole lotta happy eatin", a 5 course BBQ to benefit
The Community FoodBank of New Jersey.  Andrea Lekberg and Executive Chef Paul Kapner of the FoodBank have created a wonderful menu, with vegetarian BBQ options too. Bring your own spirits to drink, sweet tea and spiced raspberry lemonade will be provided. The event will be held outside if weather permits. Cost is $85, all proceeds benefit the FoodBank. (Please make checks payable to: Community FoodBank of New Jersey). Space is limited, reserve yours by calling The Artist Baker 973-267-5540. 14-16 Cattano Ave., Morristown.
EVERY SUNDAY, 2-5pm   
JAZZY SUNDAYS Kick back on Sunday afternoons at Hopewell Valley Vineyards, enjoying some live jazz and a glass of wine. Pizza and cheese platters are also available for purchase. Visit the website for featured artists and many other events at Hopewell Valley Vineyards. 46 Yard Road, Pennington.   

NOVEMBER 14, 6pm (and second Wednesday every month)
COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS Restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach is hosting a new series,  
 "Cooking with Marilyn and Friends".  The demonstrations kick off with a cocktail reception and then Marilyn will take you on a culinary journey inspired by her world travels. Following the demonstration, discussion and Q & A period, guests will enjoy the exquisite meal with Marilyn and company.  Admission is $60.00 per person and includes dinner; $10.00 from each ticket will be donated to the sessions' designated beneficiary. For further information or to reserve your ticket please call 732-455-3275. The classes will be held at Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue at 2nd Avenue, Asbury Park.

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Kathleen Reynolds
E-newsletter Editor


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