Buying produce at a store is good, but picking your own is better! There's nothing like connecting with the Earth by harvesting its fruits with your own hands. Kneeling with…
Spring has sprung and so has tree planting season in The Garden State! Whether you’re planting in your own yard or beautifying a local park, follow these tips to ensure sapling success.
The weather forecast in New Jersey is looking gorgeous for New Year’s Day 2019! That’s the perfect excuse to get out for some fresh air and exercise in one of New Jersey’s State Parks. The NJ State Park Service is hosting guided hikes and mountain bike rides across the region on January 1st, 2019.
Once the holiday season rolls around, the goodness in people really starts to shine. Organizations big and small start to collect toys, coats, mittens, and canned goods for those who are less fortunate. There are soup kitchens, warming centers, shelters, and food pantries to make sure no man, woman, or child goes cold or hungry.
Giving back to the community helps us all realize that the world is not such a bad place after all and reinforces our faith in humanity. The Mill Creek Urban Farm is one of those organizations that gives back year-round.
Besides giving us something beautiful to look at, The Garden State also boasts a bounty of Autumn produce, such as sweet potatoes, pumpkins, acorn and butternut squash, beets, leeks, kale, carrots, cabbage, apples, cranberries, and Brussels sprouts, to name a few! This recipe guide will help you support local farmers and serve the most amazing spread this holiday season.
When someone mentions the Pine Barrens, a few things come to mind: The Jersey Devil, “Piney Power,” and a whole lot of trees — over a million acres of them to be exact. That’s all I knew before getting a private tour by the most knowledgeable and kind woman at Whitesbog Village, a working farm and living history museum of the region’s blueberry and cranberry crops.
Fall is for apple picking. Young and old, couples and kids alike, everyone loves the quintessential stroll through an orchard, searching for the most perfect speckled fruit. There’s nothing better than the smell of cool autumn air graced with sweet apple aromas swirl as you zigzag from tree to tree. Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, McIntosh, and Granny Smith are all varieties grown in New Jersey. Read on to find an apple-picking spot near you!
When people start talking about the summer season, it’s inevitable that the iconic Jersey Tomato will come up in the conversation. What makes the Jersey tomato special? Why is it different or better than any other tomato? That question is what sparked my latest produce adventure: find a farmer and reveal exactly what makes it the Garden State’s most famed fruit (yes, it’s technically a fruit, but we all know it’s really a vegetable).
As mid-summer blazes on, slightly fuzzy, speckle-skinned, super juicy, and undeniably sweet peaches are exploding at farm markets throughout the Garden State. There’s nothing like biting into a Jersey peach, from that first break through the skin to the stream of juice that runs down your chin with each bite.
I recently posted a recipe featuring Jersey Blueberries, and a follower commented saying that she moved from New Jersey years ago, and misses the produce most of all. That comment resonated with me — are we really that lucky to live in The Garden State? Yes, yes we are.