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Ample Harvest Thanks You

Our season ends for West Milford Ample Harvest 2017

The season began with all the fluffy leafy greens (chard, lettuce, kale) and progressed to the boom of green beans, peppers, tomatoes and even fresh corn. Our offerings were supplemented by the West Milford Farmer's Market with eggs, cucumber and more leafy greens--thank you to all who contributed.

As we close the season, our spotlight deserves attention to the volunteers who make Ample Harvest AMPLE.      

  • Anne continues her generous gift of sharing the land

  • Madeline, Rev Janet, Helena and Roberta organize our local food pantries, providing the critical need of food to our community

  • Russ keeps our garden activities well organized

  • Triscia coordinates our West Milford Farmer's Market collections each week

  • John, Norma, Cheryl, Dave, Wendy, Janelle, Gary G continue as the anchors for the weekly Ample Harvest team

  • Wendy and Dave keep Sustainable West Milford a thriving organization making a positive difference in our community

  • Finally, and not least, the gardeners at Apple Acres and the vendors at the West Milford Farmer's Market share their bounty of fresh produce.

THANK YOU to all!

Cathy Bruce

West Milford Ample Harvest Coordinator

Music at the Market: Ron Renninger

Please join us in welcoming Ron Renninger to the Music Tent at the West Milford Farmers Market this Wednesday, 8/9 from 4pm to 6pm.

Ron Renninger, a veteran of the 1960’s Greenwich Village music scene, found early success as a teenager in the 1960’s after landing a recording contract with his first band. He is a prolific songwriter, having written over 500 songs, and found success composing music for prime­time network TV shows and becoming a sought after studio musician in the NYC recording circuit. His unique finger style playing and expressive baritone vocals breathe life into lyrics that are both deeply personal and yet universally relatable.

In a globe trotting career spanning five decades, Ron has performed at countless venues including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, The Bottom Line Club, London's Royal Albert Hall, Japan’s Holland Village and NY’s legendary Folk City. He has shared the stage with such greats as Chuck Berry, David Bromberg, John Hammond Jr., Richie Havens, Lucinda Williams and Jesse Colin Young.

Ron has released seven critically acclaimed CDs, the latest of which (“The Man Who Became A Song” 2016) recently spent several months on the national Roots Music Contemporary Folk Music Chart.

Ron’s singing and songwriting has been heard consistently over the years on many film and primetime network TV shows.

Ron currently makes his home in New Jersey.

Discover Ron

www.ronrenninger.com

 

Vendor Spotlight: West Milford Confection Connection

Baking for all walks of life

(If you have dietary restrictions, we will bake for you, too!)

 

Carrie Longacre has been baking since she was twelve--a trait she inherited from her mother. Her mom baked bread every couple weeks for sandwiches and always baked birthday cakes and holiday pies. Carrie started by baking cookies when she was young, and moved into cakes and pies as she grew older.

She never thought that baking could be such a large part of her life until she saw a program where a man made a caramel basket. Carie thought, “That is what I want to do with my life.” So, she attended the Art Institute of Philadelphia for their Baking and Pastry program, graduated in 2010, and opened a nut free bakery where she lived at the time in South Jersey.

While in South Jersey she had attended a farmers market there, and since she had enjoyed it so much, she decided to join the West Milford Market this year along with her sons, Aidan and Xzavier.

“I stated it partially to do something meaningful with them that we could all be proud of,” Carrie said.

The West Milford Confection Connection carries a variety of cookies and quick breads. Each week they offer two vegan, three gluten-free, and around ten "gluten-full" items. Carry is also trying to incorporate one or two sugar-free items, as well.

Customers love her Banana Bread. Carrie’s personal favorite, however, are the espresso cookies (“but I love coffee!” she said).  Her eleven and 13 year old sons are partial to their snickerdoodle bars.

Carrie says:

“I think what makes us different is our willingness to make confections without ingredients, ie our gluten-free and vegan selections.  My 11 year old had many allergies when he was younger, so I understand how hard it can be to find something without certain ingredients.  Also, each week we try to include the other vendors in our products. We buy our fruits for our breads from the market Farmers. I put bacon chocolate chip cookies on the menu to include Snoep Winkle farm. Our maple cookies use Our Woods Maple’s syrup. Eventually we plan to make olive bread to work in Pickle Licious. We just love to be able to support the market.”

 

DISCOVER the West Milford Confection Connection

Carrie Longacre, owner and baker

(856) 275-7357 (leave a message, and I’ll get back to you)

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Email wmconfectionconnection@gmail.com

The boys helped create the menu, Xzavier is sous chef, and Aidan is in charge of setting up the table at Market each week.

Market Highlights for 8/9

Are you excited about tomatoes, corn and peaches? Well, they are Jersey specialities, and yes, we still have farm fresh options for all of the above from local vendors, plus so much more at Market this week. Keep reading to learn more.

Here's who will be at the market this week:

Part Time vendors:

Designs by Cindy Lou has handmade clothes for kids--great for back-to-school, or for just rounding out a summer wardrobe.

This week we will have local quilter, Shirley, joining us at Market with her handmade wares.

Jennifer Davis with The Chelsea at Bald Eagle will be at our sponsor table discussing their different care options at their picturesque West Milford location, including independent and assisted living, and memory care.

   

Our featured vendor for 8/9: 

West Milford Confection Connection Carrie Longacre has a variety of gluten-free, vegan and nut-free treats in addition to her traditional selections. This week she has thumbprint drop cookies, filled with either strawberry balsamic, or raspberry chambord filling.

Stay tuned for her vendor spotlight.

 

Whats new this week:

Peace & Carrots has all of your favorite in-season greens, plus so much more. They will have heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and Roma tomatoes this week.

Ideal Farms In addition to their great vegetables, they still have peaches, blueberries and cherries. Also check out their artisan breads and amish cheese.

Pie Eyed Bar Pies has homemade soups, ready-to-heat dinners, as well as their famous pizza pies. Try their homemade mozzarella and homemade burrata, a creamy cheese filled fresh mozzarella.

Pickle Licious has a variety of ways to enjoy pickles, garlic and olives. Try their sweet pickles this week.


Top Of The Mountain Honey carries a variety of local honey each week. This week, try their all-natural bee pollen for better health.


Empanada Lady From sweet to savory, the Empanada Lady has the best, most authentic empanadas around. Discover this week’s specials: Steak and cheese, veggie, and pizza empanadas.

Corbett Cookie Bar Kitchen is showcasing their peach cinnamon, peach blueberry, and peach bourbon bars this week.

Snoep Winkel Farms in addition to their well-raised and meats and eggs, they will be bringing maple honey breakfast sausage to Market this week.

Simply Planted, a retail and wholesale greenhouse that carries high-quality annual and perennial plants and combination containers. 

 

Musician:

Please welcome Ron Renninger to the music tent from 4-6pm.

Market Highlights for 8/2

August is here!  And the market is hopping.  Looks like tomatoes are finally coming into season, and we're starting to see our non-farming vendors take advantage of all the abundance, with delectable treats made from local, in season produce. 

Here's who will be at the market this week:

Part Time vendors:

Kim O'Hara is a Ceramic Jewelry Artist from Sparta NJ. She specializes in Nature Themed and Rustic Ornate styles.

Designs by Cindy Lou has handmade clothes for kids--great for back-to-school, or for just rounding out a summer wardrobe.

Sue Vanover joins us this week with high-quality Young Living essential oils

Ol' Darlin' is featuring their everything lavender line--spray, bath body and massage oil, lavender coconut hand and body salt scrub, lavender roll on, soap... everything lavender... Those of you who garden may also be interested in checking out their healing jewelweed salve. 

   

Our featured vendor for 8/2:  

Simply Planted, a retail and wholesale greenhouse, carries high-quality annual and perennial plants and combination containers. Try their drop and grow combinations this week, and please check out their vendor spotlight, here.

 

Whats new this week:   

Peace & Carrots has all of your favorite in-season greens, plus so much more. They will have cherry tomatoes this week, and depending on the weather, maybe some regular tomatoes, as well.

MP Knives can sharpen all of your knives and more! Ever wish your lawn mower blades weren't so dull?  MP Knives can fix that!  Yup, they sharpen mower blades, too.

Ideal Farms In addition to all their lovely vegetables, they have donuts, peaches, blueberries, fresh garlic, melons, and of course their famous corn.

West Milford Confection Connection Carrie Longacre has a variety of gluten-free, vegan and nut-free treats in addition to her traditional selections. This week try her vegan carrot cake!

Pie Eyed Bar Pies has homemade soups, ready-to-heat dinners, as well as their famous pizza pies. Try their homemade burrata, a creamy cheese filled fresh mozzarella, as well as eggplant and chicken parm dinners ready to take home and heat.

Pickle Licious has a variety of ways to enjoy pickles, garlic and olives. Try their sweet horseradish flavored pickles this week.

Top Of The Mountain Honey carries a variety of local honey each week. This week try their mixed berry flavor honey.

Empanada Lady: From sweet to savory, the Empanada Lady has the best, most authentic empanadas around.  This week, try their traditional veggie samosas with peas, potato and Indian spices.

Corbett Cookie Bar Kitchen is going tropical and will be serving up green tea pina coladas--that means cool drinks for hot days, as well as well as unique treats--like their Twix candy pastries!

Snoep Winkel Farms is having a sale on shoulder roasts and ham steaks. They also have sausage pepper and onions... cook them together, and yum! 

Musician:

Please welcome Tony Christopher to the music tent from 4-6pm.

 

 

Vendor Spotlight: Simply Planted

Decorate your life with us!

Simply Planted Greenhouses is dedicated to supplying local garden centers and farmers markets with high quality, insecticide-free plants, and fast, friendly service with 30 years of growing experience.

We maintain an insecticide-free facility by inoculating all of our plants with beneficial insects. This makes our plants more resistant to pest problems that might arise in the garden. Our containers are unique also, we grow a plurality of plants in two different style containers. These containers perform better than conventional pots or flats. Our plants allow the customer to fill any pot, hanging basket or garden in seconds, which means less plastic, less waste.

Combination Plant varieties in both our Plant Pies and shuttle planters offers colorful arrangements, with simple planting techniques for the novice to avid gardener that makes gardening easy, clean and fun.

 

Shuttle Planters

Fill soil into your favorite container or pot and allow room to set your shuttle planter in it.

Sun and shade combinations in 10"x 3 1/2" container where roots travel through bottom and grasp into garden or potting soil

Plant Pies

Fill pot with soil, make indentation with plant pie tray, drop in soil and water.

Sun and shade combinations in a shallow 8" or 12" containers that you can transplant directly in your garden or favorite planter.

Beneficial insects

At Simply Planted, we believe in taking an eco-friendly approach to the growing process and use beneficial insects, rather than insecticides, to combat the harmful pests that can cause damage to the plants. Our beneficial insects are already established on the plants at the time of your purchase, making them more resistant to pest problems that may arise, and allowing your garden to benefit from them as well.

 

Hanging plants

Indoors plants require much less watering than do their outdoor counterparts. Steady temperatures, higher humidity inside the home with lack of direct sunlight and breezes mean the plants lose less moisture. Be sure to water the soil that the plant is in, whether indoor or outdoor. Do this by moving the leaves and stems of the plant aside to access the soil directly.

Discover Simply Planted

George and Diana Cluff

http://www.simplyplantedgreenhouses.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/simplyplantedllc/

 

Wendy Watson-Hallowell
Market Highlights for 7/26

Here's who will be at the market this week:

Part Time vendors:

Designs by Cindy Lou has table runners and vintage tablecloths at her booth this week.

Sea Our Shells, jewelry by Tiffany Gaetz, will be joining us for the first time this year. Stop by and say hi!

   

Our featured vendor for 7/26: 

Corbett Cookie Bar Kitchen has apricot bars and strawberry basil lemonade for your summer cravings.

Check out their vendor spotlight.

 

Whats new this week:

Snoep Winkel Farms will be here this week with grass fed, free range beef cubes and other free-range cuts of meat. Grab their farm fresh eggs at $4.50 a dozen.  Best of all... they now have bratwurst at Market! 

Our Woods Maple is joining us with maple crumbles, a homemade maple topping that's great for yogurt, lattes, and so much more.  Available in a couple different sizes.


Top Of The Mountain Honey carries a variety of local honey. Last week they unveiled their new Pina Colada flavor! We've tried it and can confirm that not only is it fantastic, but that it will be available with their other great honey flavors this week.

Peace & Carrots has all of your favorite in-season greens, plus so much more. Cherry tomatoes are just starting and green beans are in!  They also have purple cauliflower and napa cabbage, which is good for kimchi and egg rolls.

MP Knives can sharpen all of your knives and more! He also sharpens scissors and garden tools like hedge clippers... if it's dull, we can give it an edge.

Simply Planted, a retail and wholesale greenhouse, carries high-quality annual and perennial plants and combination containers. Buy one get one free on hanging plants this week.

Ideal Farms In addition to all their lovely vegetables, they have purple peppers, white eggplant, kale, lettuce and celery, artisan breads, fresh Ideal corn and cut flowers

West Milford Confection Connection Carrie Longacre has a variety of gluten-free, vegan and nut-free treats in addition to her traditional selections.This week she has maple cookies, maple sour cream bread, and bacon chocolate chip cookies.

Pie Eyed Bar Pies has homemade soups, ready-to-heat dinners, as well as their famous pizza pies. Try their eggplant parm dinners, or their creamy stuffed mozzarella.

Pickle Licious has a variety of ways to enjoy pickles, garlic and olives. Try their sweet and spicy chili chips this week.


Empanada Lady: From sweet to savory, the Empanada Lady has the best, most authentic empanadas around. This week try a steak empanada, or traditional samosas with peas, potato and Indian spices.

Non-Profit:

Join us in welcoming Larry Sabel for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals at our non-profit table this week.

Musician:

Please welcome The Joshua Tree to the music tent from 4-6pm.

 

Music at the Market: Joshua Tree

On Wednesday, July 26th from 4-6 we welcome Joshua Tree to the Market.

Joshua Tree is a collaboration between Debbie Fisher, Steve Vecchiotti and Al Muller with an emphasis on Roots, Americana, and Folk music.

 

This high energy trio can be seen performing regularly throughout Orange and Sullivan Counties in New York State as well as Northern NJ area.


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Wendy Watson-Hallowell
Vendor Spotlight: Corbett's Cookie Bar Kitch

Why not do what you love? 

When you love what you do, it shows in the outcome. 

Corbett's Cookie Bar Kitchen was born when Cheryl Corbett decided that the corporate world made her unhappy, while baking and helping others made her very happy! That's when she said goodbye to a life of pushing numbers as a CPA, and made way to her kitchen where she perfected the recipes she henad been working on for years. We urge you to try the bars that Cheryl and her staff so lovingly make in their kitchen. Try them and they will make you happy too. Like Cheryl, just go for it!

 

Corbett's Cookie Bar Kitchen offers the following delectable bars:

Cookie Bars

The multiple layers of Corbett's cookie bars multiply the goodness. Crunchy crusts, fruit fillings and unique toppings create out of this word flavor combinations such as Apricot Date Square, Magic Bar, Lemon Macadamia Bar, and Chocolate glazed peanut butter bar. Exponentially delicious!

Brownies and Blondies

These bars are moist, chewy and full of surprises. A hint of cayenne in the "Mexican brownie," a trace of coffee in the "Fully Loaded," or the white chocolate mania of the "Blondie Bar" will tempt anyone's taste buds. Don't forget the flavored whipped crème!

Granola Bars

Outdoor fuel when you're on the trail or an eye opening breakfast treat, the natural ingredients in all of Corbett's granola bars are a tasty and satisfying boost of energy any time of day.

 

Discover Corbett's:

www.corbettscookiebarkitchen.com 

Wendy Watson-Hallowell
Ample Harvest Update for 7/20/17

Last week, generous donations of radish, beets, beans, peas, turnips, garlic, lettuce, kale, carrots, chard, and more we were donated to Holy Faith Lutheran. Thank you to all who offered their abundance of vegetables at the community gardens and the Farmers Market, as well as to all the helping hands who helped harvest.

Bring your garden's abundance (or make a purchase at Market) to the cooler at the Market tent each week, and Ample Harvest will donate it to a local pantry in need. 

This week's donation will go to St. Joseph's.

Note that produce must be fresh and suitable for eating.
We are proud that Ample Harvest started here in 2009. We continue to reach our local food pantries with fresh produce by allowing gardener's such as you to donate rather than let your precious plants go to waste.

For more information on the program please see our page at http://www.sustainablewestmilford.org/ample-harvest-west-milford/

Market Update July 5

We wish you and yours a very Happy Independence Day and look forward to seeing you at market this Wednesday, July 5th!

Please note that there will be no market next week (Wednesday, 7/12), so be sure to stock up with all of our vendors great offerings this week!

Here’s who will be at the market this week:

Part Time vendors:

 

Designs by Cindy Lou: It’s hot, and it’s summer, and it’s the perfect time for little girl sun dresses. Handmade by Cindy Lou, they come in small sizes, longer lengths, and are absolutely adorable for the little girl in your life.

Ol’ Darlin’ will be joining us with handmade aprons made from vintage tablecloths, as well as homemade dog treats.

Sue Vanover also joins us this week with high quality Young Living essential oils

Our Featured Vendor for 7/5: 

 

Our Woods Maple carries NY maple syrup and other maple products produced on their farms in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Check out their amazing maple sugar this week. It comes in 8oz and 4 oz containers (the 4 oz is awesome to travel with). It’s simply maple syrup: heated, whipped, and turned into granulated sugar.