Friday Foodstuffs 8.12.11: It’s Peach Season (and I’m Feeling Like The Pits)

There’s a country music song there…I just know it…

Yes, we are smack dab in the middle of peach season here in South Jersey, and the reason why I am in the pits is because we have not been able to partake in any peachy fun yet. But you don’t have to make that mistake; get to your local farmers’ market, demand Jersey peaches from your grocery stores, or attend one of the remaining peach festivals.

Tomorrow at the Burlington County Farmers’ Market, it will be all about the peaches, including a peach cooking demonstration and free peach ice cream (ooooooo!). This Sunday morning, Our Lady Star of the Sea in Cape May will be the location once again for the Cape May Women’s Club Peach Festival. And at the Westmont Farmers’ Market this week, they will be having their first annual Peach Party, which will include a peach recipe contest. And for your dining pleasure, Blueplate in Mullica Hill is running a Just Peachy special menu through Saturday.

This weekend also sees it’s fair share of fairs:  the   Salem County Fair wraps up tonight,  but  the Atlantic County 4-H Fair continues until Sunday. Also on Saturday and Sunday is the Seafood Festival & Car Show at Bellview Winery in Landisville.

Saturday: Seafood Fest 2011 at St, Mary’s Episcopal Church in Stone Harbor; Unibroue Tasting at Red, White and Brew in Mount Holly; Uncork A Cure at the Mays Landing Country Club.

Sunday: Atlantic City Country Club Clambake Open in Northfield; Jewish Summer Fest at Ventnor Beach, between Newport and Portland Avenues, in Ventnor.

 

Here’s your farmers’ market report…

Dude…peaches…weren’t you paying attention? They’re here in full force (sans Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam). Go out and enjoy!

 

…And the Cooking Class Schedule…

Tonight: Pasta Workshop at Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences in Loveladies,  Homemade Pasta at BCC Culinary Arts, Hospitality & Tourism  in Mount Holly,  Thai Dinner Party  at Viking Cooking School – at Harrah’s in Atlantic City, and Date Night: Moroccan Nights at Sur La Table in Marlton.

Saturday: Pocket Pies at Sur La Table, Best of Class: Girls’ Night Out at Viking Cooking School, and a Sushi Workshop at Kitchen Kapers in Moorestown.

Sunday: 5 Grill Recipes Every Cook Should Know at Sur La Table, Summer In The Kitchen with Julia at In the Kitchen Cooking School  in Haddonfield, Caribbean Pirates  (Kids class) at Kitchen Kapers, a Vegetarian Cocktail Party  and a Japanese Dinner Party at Viking Cooking School.

 

Blogging Out Hunger

The Community FoodBank of New Jersey Souther Branch will be having its mobile pantry stop in Galloway once a month.

 

And in the news this week…

Proponents of the BYOB in Ocean City initiative delivered their petitions this week. Signatures are being verified. Civility is being promised.

Some new restaurants opening recently include 16th Street Seafood in Ocean City, Zeppoli in Collingswood, and coming this fall: a Bobby’s Burger Palace at the Cherry Hill Mall.

Keeping chickens is becoming more and more common these days. One woman in Lower Twp is fighting for her right to keep her six Rhode Island Reds.

And if you think your garden is producing big tomatoes, check out this ‘Big Boy‘!

Enjoy your weekend!

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