September 14th: Farm to Table Dinner – A Rice Sagra

Blue Moon Acres hosts
Farm to Table Dinner with Chef Max Hansen to Benefit T.A.S.K.  A Rice Sagra
Sunday September 14th, 4pm-9pm

In Italy, a Sagra is a village festival centered around the harvest of a local and seasonal crop. The festivities feature an array of dishes prepared with the edible star of the day.  Join us, Blue Moon Acres Farm, for our very own “Sagra Del Riso” featuring dishes made with certified organic rice we grow right on our New Jersey farm.

We harvest and husk our rice in very small batches so it is as fresh as possible when it reaches your plate – this night is no exception.

The evening begins at 4:00pm with hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live music, and a tour of our fields. The night will culminate with a delicious meal, under the stars,  created by Chef Max Hansen, of Bucks County, using many other seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK).  Please read about Chef Max Hansen’s many accomplishments in food.

REGISTRATION AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Location: Blue Moon Acres Farm in Pennington. 11 Willow Creek Dr. Pennington, NJ 08534.
Purchase Tickets by July 31st, 2014: $115 per person
Purchase Tickets on August 1st or later: $125 per person
Register in our Pennington Market during store hours; by phone 609-737-8333; online  http://ricesagra.brownpapertickets.com
Exact Menu TBD
Dressy/Casual -comfortable, simple elegance encouraged!

By | June 27th, 2014|Events|0 Comments

August 1st: First Friday is Movie Night on the Farm! 5pm-9pm

Blue Moon Acres hosts
First Friday at the Farm Market – August – Movie Night on the Farm!
Friday August 1st, 5pm-9pm

Bring your blanket, chairs, and coolers of food & drink to picnic next to our organic flower field while watching two films (TBD) on the projector screen. Unionville Vineyards wine, Amwell Valley organic popcorn, and additional farm-to-table movie snacks will be available for purchase in our market. Set up your spot early to watch the gorgeous sunset over our field. Movies begins at 6pm. FREE event. $5 parking fee per motorized vehicle.

First Fridays at the Farm Market: A monthly open-house for our customers  to celebrate local food producers and artists.  In August we celebrate the art of film and the inspiration of the outdoors.

PLEASE NOTE: No First Friday on July 4th due to the holiday.  The market will be open usual hours that day.

Please RSVP in advance to ensure we have space for all. http://firstfridayaugust.brownpapertickets.com

By | June 27th, 2014|Events|0 Comments

8 Tips on How You Can Live Locally

living local

Wondering what steps you can take to become more aligned with your local community and environment? Erica Evans, Beginning Farmer Program Coordinator at NOFA-NJ, shares with us 8 ways you can live locally.

1. If your municipality allows, raise your own chickens. In my own hometown, I participated in many town council meetings advocating for residents raising hens.

2. If you have space available, grow a garden, it can be as small or as large as you can handle. It can be in the ground, in raised beds, or pots. 1 or 2 tomato plants on your back patio is better than no tomatoes. Even a windowsill herb garden is better than nothing. Community gardens, roof gardens, porches, patios, windowsills, front and back yards are all great places to start your own garden!

3. Join a CSA! There are vegetable, meat, and fruit CSAs available. In my opinion, for lots of people this is a great option, especially those who don’t have time or space for their own garden. It’s fun, social, educational, and more! If a full-share is too much for you (if you have a small family or are single), choose a half-share option if available, or split a share with a friend, neighbor, or co-worker!

4. Eat with the seasons. Learn what’s in season. Knowing what’s in season means knowing if it is local. Some people like to organize their recipes by season. Having a reverse approach to recipes where you see what looks good at the whole animal, eat the organ meats (super nutritious!), and my favorite part: cooking fats for free from melting down fat into lard or saving the fat from a roast duck!

6. Preserve produce while it’s in peak season by freezing, drying, canning, or fermenting. Get friends, neighbors, or family together and make an event out of this! It’s always a memorable experience – especially for the kids.

7. A way I like to taste the seasons is by foraging for wild edibles. Each season brings something new you can forage for. However, do not do this unless you are 100% sure of what you are foraging, and make sure it is in an area free from chemicals (I’d be wary of those tasty looking dandelions that grow in every suburban yard where chemical fertilizers are used regularly) and not near traffic. Also, you must be sure not to deplete the entire stand of plants.

8. The most important concept to keep in mind (for me) and what I used to tell members of North Jersey Locavores is that a little bit is better than nothing. Maybe you can’t buy ALL your food from a local farmer or you can’t grow all of it yourself, but even just a little bit is better than not at all.

chickens and a beet

By | June 27th, 2014|News|0 Comments

How to Make a Simple Salad Dressing

One of the perks of working for Blue Moon is free greens. During the spring and summer, this means salad for at least one meal a day for me, every day of the week. A challenge (aka an opportunity for improvement) I face is keeping my salads interesting.

How do I do this when the greens themselves don’t change, though they are fresh and wonderful and delicious? It’s all in the dressing.

Homemade salad-dressings (mainly vinaigrettes) are relatively new to me. I grew up with bottled salad dressing (Thousand Island’s ranch, anyone?), and have been doing a simple oil and balsamic mix for the past few years. Now that I’m eating salad Every Single Day, my repertoire of simple dressings has expanded. I use the formula below as my starting point for dressings.

Basic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

I have a chart (I love charts) of different options in each category, and mix and match to create a dressing that suits that greens and my taste buds for the week.

salad dressing

My go-to combinations right now are honey mustard (olive oil + Dijon mustard + onion or chives + honey) and Asian sesame (peanut oil + rice wine vinegar + minced scallions + sesame seeds, Bragg’s liquid aminos, and grated ginger).

My challenge for you? Think of 2 different flavor combinations that you might like, and put them on your list to make over the next two weeks!

By | June 13th, 2014|News|0 Comments

Top Five Most Influential Women of Modern Farming

For most of its long and inglorious history, farming has been a male-dominated profession. Women may have played vital roles, but ownership and decision-making was the exclusive domain of men. According to a recent USDA report, however, that trend is rapidly changing. Over the last three decades, the number of women-operated farms nearly tripled. Currently, around 300,000 women own farms, while as many as 1 million or more help run one. A few of these entrepreneuring women are even changing the shape of farming itself. Today we take a look at five of these women.

Severine Von Tscharner Fleming
SeverineA vanguard of the “New Agrarian” movement, Severine Von Tscharner Fleming is best known for her work with The Greenhorns, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting young farmers. She is also one of the founders of Farm Hack, an open-source platform for affordable farm tools and technologies. At Berkley, she started the Society for Agriculture and Food Ecology (SAFE), an advocacy group geared towards educating young people about sustainability. She farms in New York’s Champlain Valley.

 

 

 

 

Denise O’Brien
DeniseAfter cofounding the Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN), Denise O’Brien ran as the Democratic candidate for Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture, losing by just two percentage points to Republican Bill Northey. A few years later, she was tapped by the Obama administration to serve as the Agricultural Policy Advisor in Afghanistan. Denise is an indefatigable proponent of the sustainable food and farming movements, and has been working on a national and international level since the 1980s.

 

 

Robyn Van En
robynRobyn Van En was one of the original founders of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, helping bring fresh organic food to local communities. All told, she helped jumpstart more than 200 CSA farms across the United States. She’s also traveled Russia, Canada, South America, Africa, New Zealand, Russia, and Hungary, bringing more than 1200 CSAs online. Robyn was born in 1948 and died in 1997.

 

 

 

 

Erika Allen
allen-erika_00Erika Allen is best known for her food security activism and jobs training programs in the Chicagoland area. She is the Chicago Projects Manager of Growing Power, a nonprofit organization and land trust providing equal access to healthy and affordable food. She is also the co-chair of the Chicago Food Policy Advisory Council, and serves on the Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force. As one of the founders of the Growing Food and Justice For All initiative, Erika has helped fight racism and increase equality through the power of agriculture.

 

 

Cheryl Rogoski
CherylA MacArthur Genius grantee, Cheryl Rogowski has been active on the farm scene since 1984 when she inherited 5,000 acres from her father. Cheryl is a fervent supporter of community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs and farmers markets. She also supports El Puente (The Bridge, a CSA for low-income people, helps provide English lessons for migrant works, and serves as a mentor for Future Farmers of America students. She farms at the Rogoswki farm in Pine Island, New York.

 

 

By | June 6th, 2014|News|0 Comments

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