Just because the chilly weather has arrived does not mean that the Farmers’ Market at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center disappears . . . it just moves indoors! The first hospital-based garden in Newark and Essex County, the Farmers’ Market was developed specifically to bring both nutrition and wellness education and greater access to healthy foods to Newark’s South Ward. The garden is made possible by Newark Beth Israel, Garden State Urban Farms (GSUF), and Shaping NJ, part of the Department of Health and Senior Services Office of Nutrition and Fitness.

 

Come and check out all the exciting things at the Farmers’ Market this Thursday:

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  • The Beth is displaying pumpkins that were painted by the Pre-K children at George Washington Carver School as part of the KidsFit program.  (see photo)

 

  • Starting this Thursday, the market will be accepting credit/debit cards.

 

  • Maple Avenue School student choir will be there at noon to sing.

 

  • A new feature, Chef Bob will be making amazing pesto and olive tapenade.

 

 

Here is what will be served this week:

 

Jersey Beefsteak Tomatoes - large, juicy, sweet

Heirloom Cranberries - use for baking, very tart but great in crisps and pies

Asian Pears - large, delicious specialty items

Bartlett Pears - medium in size, light green to yellow, sweet

Jonagold Apples - large, green-yellow to crimson in color

Sicilian Eggplant - absolutely delicious, practically no seeds

Red Bell Peppers - great raw, crisp and sweet.

Arugala - peppery and delicious

Broccoli Rabe - robust, bitter, tiny florets.

Spinach - hearty, not too bitter.

Green Cabbage – in low supply, so come early

Red Onions - here by popular demand.

 

Specialty Pepper for hot pepper lovers:

 

Anaheim - mild variety of chili pepper.

Scotch Bonnets - orange to red in color

Orange Habanero - 40xs HOTTER than standard jalapeno.

 

Cheers to good health and great food!