Summer 2019 Issue

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Radishes - Edible Jersey Magazine cover Summer 2019


Each spring, with the winds of March, I get the brash idea to turn my backyard into a full-on mini-farm. I picture obedient rows. Organic strawberries. Defiant stalks of rhubarb, weighty summer tomatoes.

In April, I remember the rabbits and the raccoons. The families of deer. The bugs I can’t name. The threat of August and its scorching heat. The fact that I can barely keep alive the cactus on my kitchen windowsill. And always my wise husband reminds me that Dreyer Farms is right there, within walking distance, growing and selling strawberries, rhubarb, weighty summer tomatoes.

I am always shocked that the chives on my porch, which wintered in neglect in a broken clay pot, somehow stretch, brilliantly green, to the sun. In midsummer, I am always stunned that my limelight hydrangeas actually bloom. It’s a seasonal miracle, made no less miraculous by the fact that it is pervasive.

In this, our annual Farm Issue, we celebrate those who create miracles as their day jobs.

The Binaghi family of Stokes Farm in Old Tappan, see page 60, continues to run a family farm that dates to 1873; the farm was one of the founding farms, in 1976, of Greenmarket in New York City. Talk about adapting! The Savoie family farm in Williamstown is run by a wife (who is a former research scientist) and a husband (who is a former Naval submariner) who decided to return to their farming roots, and are passing along pasta-making traditions to their children. That story is on page 36.

Teresa Politanol, editor Edible Jersey magazineWe also write about Jersey City, which has eight farmers’ markets citywide, each with a distinct personality, see page 30. And, on page 41, we include our comprehensive list of farmers’ markets statewide.

Farmers and gardeners, I have learned, are often humble. Two years ago, I asked Hilary Hale, a woodturner in Kinsale, Ireland, her secrets to the art of gardening. She seemed perplexed by the question.

“Really you just live in a place where it rains a lot.”

Teresa Politano


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Jersey City Farmers' Market - A Bumper Crop

A tour of Jersey City’s eight farmers’ markets, which emphasize local sourcing and diversity

When We Gather - Preserving Family Time at Savoie Organic Farm

Preserving family time at Savoie Organic Farm

Color Palate - Local New Jersey artist explores our relationship to the midday meal

Inspiration often hits unexpectedly. For one visual artist, hip-hop and happenstance combined to bring a food-inspired body of work to the table.

STORY OF A DISH: Grilled Octopus & Chorizo

Ben Pollinger was handed a creative challenge—design an impromptu tasting menu for a party of two that didn’t include dishes from the regular menu.

New Jersey's Stokes Farm - Growing with the Times

A small-town farm with big-city charm, Stokes Farm adapts to a changing marketplace

Trenton, New Jersey Farmers' Market - A New Day for a Long-Running Farmers Market

A friendly new face has become familiar at the Trenton Farmers Market.

Farm Surge – The Number of Farms in New Jersey Continues to Grow

An April report by the US Department of Agriculture shared some positive news for New Jersey.

What's in Season in New Jersey in Summer - Radishes

Radishes - Buttered with Poached Egg
How to enjoy New Jersey radishes

The Case for More New Jersey Breweries

Something spoke to me about the romance of beer and the importance of supporting a small brewery in my hometown.

Backyard Bounty - Purslane

Purslane is a nutritional powerhouse hiding in plain sight

The (New) Newark Cocktail

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New Jersey Farmers’ Market Guide

Whether in your own community or during your summer travels, New Jersey farmers’ markets are one of the best places to experience the tastes of the Garden State.

New Jersey Farmers’ Market Weekly Calendar

The farmers’ markets listed here are participants in Edible Jersey’s Festival of Farmers Markets.

In The Kitchen: Emily Wallis Hughes

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