Beat the Heat and Farm to School Fundraiser

OystersTo me, these oysters personify coolness on a hot summer day!  I have had this photo on my camera for a while, I believe from Tre Piani, where Cape May Salt Oysters often star.

Meanwhile, I am on the verge of getting cabin fever because the heat and poor air quality are keeping me inside a lot lately. But when I think about it, I’ve plenty to do at home, so at least I am getting things done I otherwise wouldn’t.

But if you are not as heat-challenged as I am, there’s plenty going on at the West Windsor and Montgomery Farmers Markets on Saturday, plus keep reading for info on a double-header NJ Farm to School Network fundraiser.

Montgomery is closing an hour early tomorrow, due to the anticipated heat, so do your shopping between 9:00am and Noon.  They offer local and organic vegetables, fresh-brewed coffee, cold drinks, fresh-baked breads, cupcakes, natural chicken, organic beef, BBQ sandwiches (YUM!), fresh flowers, woolen/alpaca accessories, candles and more.

At West Windsor, they are in for a dime in for a dollar apparently, open from 9:00am to…well, I guess I don’t know, that information is not in their email or on their website. They used to be open until 2:00pm, but in this heat, maybe closer to 1:00?  They have a huge roster of vendors, plus various demos and live music, so check out their website for the latest.

Embrace the Taste of NJSpeaking of farms, July 22 marks a double event to benefit the NJ Farm to School Network, which connects New Jersey Schools to Garden State farms by promoting local purchasing, on-farm education and school grant programs.

They hold their 1st Annual “EMBRACE THE TASTE OF NEW JERSEY” fundraising event on Sunday July 22, 2012, 12:00 noon till 4:00pm at TULA & EVELYN’S RESTAURANTS located at 47 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. This event offers two ways to participate:

— For a $10 dollar donation, guests will enjoy an outdoor garden casual tasting of 7 food stations offering seasonal foods sponsored by various supporters, local food makers and New Jersey‘s finest farmers.

— For an $80 contribution ($70 if you reserve by July 15), Chef Michael Anthony of Tula offers a 5 course Farm to Table tasting menu created from locally sourced vegetables, farm raised pork, seafood, wines, fruits and homemade desserts. Dinner reservations begin at 12 noon and go until 9:00pm.

A portion of all proceeds will go to benefit the NJ FARM to SCHOOL NETWORK for their work to connect New Jersey Schools to Garden State farms by promoting local purchasing, on-farm education and school grant programs.

Please contact Tula Restaurant & Lounge for reservations and directions at 732-246 – 0014, or www.tulalounge.com.

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