10 New Jersey Winter Farmers Markets You Don't Want to Miss

Rutgers Gardens Winter Farmers Market,  Third Friday of the month, Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar. 18, Apr. 15. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick. (outdoors) Stop by and congratulate farmer Jess Niederer of Chickadee Creek Farm for being named NJ’s Outstanding Young Farmer of the Year. She's off next month to compete in the national round. Whoohoo! I already knew she was great when I profiled her in my book but I am so thrilled to see her being recognized in this big, big way.

Cranford Indoor Winter Market, Saturdays Jan. 16 - Mar. 19. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave., Cranford. The only winter market in Union County. Score some jam-tastic joy from Jams by Kim, scoop up pickles, pierogies, honey and more delights from Judith's Dessert Boutique, Norz Hill Farms, Hoboken Farms and Paolo's Kitchen.

Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market - Third Sunday of the month,  Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar. 20, Apr. 17. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Dvoor Farm, 11 Mine St., Raritan Twp. Now inside their snazzy new classroom.

Princeton Farmers Market, Jan. 21, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Princeton Public Library community room, 65 Witherspoon St. Princeton (indoors)

Denville Farmers Market- Jan. 24, Feb. 7& 21, Mar. 6&20, Apr. 3 & 17, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Bloomfield Ave lot, Denville (outdoors)

Slow Food Northern NJ Indoor Winter Market- Feb. 7. 12-4 p.m. The Woodland, 60 Woodland Road, Maplewood (indoors)

West Windsor Community Farmers Market- Second Saturday of the month-  2/13, 3/12, 4/9. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.Windsor Athletic Club, 99 Clarksville Road, West Windsor (indoors). Be on the lookout for ghee from Pure Indian Foods.

Montclair Farmers' MarketEvery Saturday. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Walnut Street Train Station, Montclair (outdoors)

Morris County Winter Farmers' Market- Every Sunday. Over 25 local food vendors, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Alexander Hamilton School, 24 Mills St., Morristown (indoors)

Ramsey Farmers MarketEvery Sunday through March. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Eric Smith School, Monroe St., Ramsey (indoors)

My Holiday Gift to You

I love holiday gift guides. I've had fun writing them in the past. This season, I am so honored to find my own book on a few lists out there. My blushing face may be as red as Santa's pants! Please take a look at a great list of farm and local gift ideas from Robson's Farm and a holiday cookbook gift list from the Princeton Packet's Faith Bahadurian.

To celebrate all this holiday cheer, I'm offering the gift of free shipping on signed copies of my book New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table.  As Faith points out, my book is not so much a cookbook as it is a resource-packed guide to cooking over fifty kinds of fruits, herbs and vegetables grown in the Garden State. Your friends and family will quickly learn how easy it its to enjoy meals year round made with their favorite produce and where to shop directly from farmers such as Rose Robson at farmers markets all over the state.

Cooking shouldn't be stressful and neither should holiday shopping. With a few easy clicks, cross off anyone on your list that loves to cook, is a member of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, a farmers market fan, or someone who wants to help support local food businesses. My pen is poised to personalize your gifts. Just leave a note in the comment section on what you'd like to say.

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If you are also in the market for some cookbook gifts, take a gander at my own list of holiday cookbook picks.

Happy Holidays!

Free shipping special for season's change

To celebrate the changing of seasons, I'm offering free shipping on signed copies of my book New Jersey Fresh: Four Seasons from Farm to Table. Today is the last official day of summer. Don't be sad! Fall begins tomorrow. Are you excited? I am! We can start cooking with apples, pumpkins, vibrant greens and all the other fall fruits and vegetables coming to the farmers markets now. My book  is loaded with recipe ideas for fall favorites including butternut squash, kale, apples, cranberries, string beans, sweet potatoes, broccoli, celery, cauliflower and many more farmers market finds. Let me be your guide on how you to make every meal interesting and fresh this fall. Plus where to shop all over the state.

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Treat yourself or get your holiday shopping started early. Happy Cooking!



Coconut Curry Peach Salad with Papadum Crisps

6 firm peaches
1/2 cup red onion, diced small
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint, chopped
2 cups fresh spinach or Swiss chard

1 can coconut milk
1 Tbsp. Madras curry powder
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
dash of Magma Powder or cayenne
kosher salt, to taste

1 package papadum lentil cracker

Prepare the dressing by combining curry powder, coconut and Magma Powder in a bowl. Gradually whisk in the coconut milk and vinegar. Taste and season with salt. Set aside to let the flavors develop.

Crisp up some store-bought papadums in a skillet. I like to use my trusty cast iron pan. Get it hot and place the brittle dough into the pan. Rub it lightly with a flexible spatula to get good contact with the pan. When small bubbles appear, flip to the other side. Transfer to paper towel lined platter to cool.

Using a mandoline, thinly slice the peaches into rounds. Gather them together on a cutting board and then cut them into 1/4 inch sticks with a knife. Put them in a large bowl with the chopped herbs, red onion and greens that are cut into thin ribbons.

Spoon dressing over the fruit and toss until well coated. Serve with a papadum. There will be additional dressing for another batch or use.

Papadums can be found in Indian grocers and some supermarkets. I find them at Wegmans regularly.