Tomatoes Ten Ways

tomatoesIt’s prime tomato season in New Jersey and Rosie’s Farm Market is stocked full of this local favorite!  As summer winds down, here are Ten great ways to enjoy fresh tomatoes, courtesy of Simple Bites.

Begin by Marinating the tomatoes in olive oil and fresh herbs and spices: Select 5 or 6 ripe tomatoes, wash and slice them, and add them to a large bowl. Drench in 1/2 cup olive oil. Add salt, pepper, basil, oregano and garlic, toss together and marinate for several hours.  

Once theyr’e done you can enjoy them any of the following ways:

1. Place sliced tomatoes on top of a toasted baguette

2.  Add mozzarella and balsamic vinegar for a summer salad

3. Toss with hot capellini or pasta of your choice.

4.  Add to a prepared pizza crust with cheese, sauce and other toppings and bake until the crust is golden brown.

5. Stuff inside a pita pocket with cucumber slices and sour cream or tzatziki.greek salad

6.  Add diced red onion, olives, red wine vinegar and feta cheese for a great Greek salad.

7. Spread pesto over an uncooked pastry shell, layer on tomatoes and parmesan cheese and bake until the pastry is golden brown.

8.  Place tomatoes on aluminum foil with 6-8 raw shrimp.  Fold and seal the foil and grill for 7-9 minutes.

9. Add 1 Tbsp sugar and 1 Tbsp rice vinegar and marinate another hour.  Then puree in a blender for a refreshing cold soup.

10. Spread mayonnaise on toast and add tomatoes, lettuce and crisp bacon for the best ever BLT!

Enjoy!

 

Jersey Peach Perfection!

Peach season is in full swing…and whatever your favorite variety,  “Rosie’s Has it All!”  Visit them on Facebook and help our favorite Mullica Hill farm stand get to 1,000 fans!

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  • Yellow peaches have the classic peachy flavor…slightly tart at first and sweeter as they ripen.
  • White peaches are a paler pink shade on the outside and less acidic so they taste sweeter whether they’re firm or ripe.
  • “Doughtnut” or “Flat” peaches are sweeter than other varieties and have a thin skin.  The pit doesn’t cling to the flesh and pops out easily, making them super easy to eat.

Try this delicious Peach Cobbler recipe for a perfect summertime treat!

Ingredients:

4 cups peeled, sliced peaches
2 cups sugar, divided
½ cup water
8 Tablespoons butter
1 ½ cups self-rising flour
1 ½ cups milk
Ground cinnamon , optional
 

Directions

Combine the peaches, 1 cup of sugar and water in a sauce pan and mix well.

Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.

Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir.

Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon, if using.

Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.  Butter will rise to top during baking.

To serve, scoop onto a plate and add your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Life’s a Bowl of Cherries at Rosie’s

cherriesJersey Cherries are here at Rosie’s Farm Market, but not for long!  The peak season for cherries is about one month each summer, beginning in mid-June, so get them while you can!    When picking out cherries, look for firm, smooth, unblemished skin and plump, bendable stems that are still attached.   They don’t ripen further once they are picked, but should be eaten within a few days of purchasing. 

Cherries are very delicate fruits that need to be treated with care.  For best results, store your cherries in a plastic bag with holes in it, away from strong smilling foods (they absorb odors) and don’t wash them until you are ready to eat them.

Try these delicious summertime Cherry Recipes!Bing Cherry Mojitos

Bing Cherry Mojitosfrom Martha Stewart

Cherries in Almond Syrup over Greek Yogurtfrom Bon Appetit

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Rosie’s Pick of the Month: Strawberries!

Strawberries

Strawberries at Rosie’s

We’re excited to welcome Rosie’s Farm Market as the official sponsor of our Food & Dining page for Summer ’13!  Each month Mullica Hill Mom will feature “Rosie’s Pick of the Month” with a different selection of Jersey Fresh produce.  Look for tips, trivia and favorite recipes. 

This month’s pick ~ ripe, red Strawberries!  The peak of the strawberry season is early June but Jersey strawberries have already arrived at Rosie’s and they are delicious!  Did you know strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring and the only fruit with seeds on the outside?  The average strawberry has about 200 tiny seeds!

 

Here are a couple of our favorite strawberry recipes:strawberry popover panacke

SpinachSalad

Strawberry-Spinach Salad

Strawberry Popover Pancake

 

 

Freeze Strawberries so they’ll last all year:

Rinse strawberries thoroughly in cool water and remove any loose leaves, stems or damaged/ mushy berries. 
Drain in colander and let stand at least 10 minutes to dry.  
Cut off the leaves (hulls) and pack into a freezer bag removing as much air as possible.
Store in coldest part of the freezer to thaw and enjoy in the off-season!
 

Pumpkins at Rosie’s Farm Market

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Halloween is just days away…do you have your pumpkins yet?  Get 10% off your pumpkin purchase at Rosie’s Farm Market now through Oct. 31st when you mention Mullica Hill Mom.

Also be sure to check out our Pumpkin Decorating Ideas  from Pinterest.

Can you Can?

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 We certainly are spoiled in Mullica Hill with all of the fresh Jersey produce!  Can’t get enough tomatoes, corn and peaches and wish you could enjoy them all year long?  Well…you can!!  With fresh Jersey tomatoes and peaches at their peak, now is the perfect time to can.


On Saturday 8/18 from 11am – 1pm local canning expert, Yes I CanTM, will be doing a Home Canning Demonstration at Rosie’s Farm Market.  This hands on workshop will feature NJ Peach Salsa and Jersey Tomato Bruschetta – made with just-picked produce and local wine from Wagonhouse Winery.  How good does that sound?

If you’ve never canned before, Yes I Can will show you all you need to know.  If you’re an expert, come out to stock up on fresh produce at Rosie’s and pick up a few extra tips.

Rosie’s will also have free samples of their new water ice made from fresh local fruit. Delicious!

Can’t make it Saturday?  Be sure to check out the Yes I CanTM  website for more home canning demo opportunities.