Friday Foodstuffs: Upcoming Farm to Fork Week Celebrations

The increasingly misnamed Friday Foodstuffs post…

Farm to fork. You know, there was once a time when farm to fork was, well, an every day occurrence. I am sure that restaurants back in the, oh, 1930s were not having special farm to fork menus. Of course you got most of your produce from the local farms back then. Then our supermarkets got bigger, our shipping got better, our produce became more well-equipped for travel through breeding, and suddenly we lost touch with our local farmers and the seasonality of things. And in a way, we lost touch with our regional uniqueness. But we’re starting to get that back, and  I for one am glad for it. It’s a comfort to know when the strawberries are gone, the blueberries are right behind. I like having a better idea as to where my food is coming from.

Now that we’re in the peak time for local produce, restaurants all over the South Jersey region are celebrating with special dinners. In the next few weeks, there will be three (count ’em…three!) restaurant weeks celebrating the bounty of South Jersey food. Starting next Sunday, you have two farm to fork weeks battling for culinary supremacy (or something like that): Farm Fresh Collingswood Restaurant Week and SJ Hot Chefs’ Farm to Fork Week. Regardless of which restaurant week you choose, or if you choose not to pick sides and go to both, the important thing here is that you have a wonderful collection of restaurants preparing multi-coursed meals featuring local ingredients. The restaurant week in Collingswood runs through June 27, and Farm to Fork Week goes to June 28.

The following week is Bordentown’s Farm to Feast Restaurant Week, which brings together the best of Bordentown’s restaurant scene. Participating restaurants will be offering 3 courses for $25 or $35.

Restaurant News

Chef Andrea Covino will be moving his Andrea Trattoria Italiana from Newfield to High Street in Millville in August.

A trio of Ocean City eateries had their grand opening on Thursday.

One Fish, Two Fish in Wildwood had its grand opening as well.

Dream Puffz in Haddonfield will be opening this month.

Here’s the Farmers’ Market Report

Farmers’ markets opened yesterday in Lower Township and right here in Lacey! Yippee!

And when you go to your local farmers’ market, see if they are carrying the new Edible Jersey Farmers’ Market Cookbook – a collection of recipes that have been collected from farmers’ markets all over the state.

Blogging Out Hunger

Angels of God in Pitman is running a Summer Snack Bag program through August 31.

A special food drive is taking place at Community hall in Lacey Twp this Sunday.

And Ocean County’s library system took a page from Moorestown with a Food for Fines campaign this week.

And in other food news this week…

The derecho that hit South Jersey at the end of June hit some local farms pretty hard as well.

Sadly, it looks like cranberry harvesting won’t be happening at Double Trouble State Park again this year.

Local residents in West Cape May had an opportunity this week to voice their concerns regarding the issue of noise levels when Willow Creek Winery hosts special events.

Chef Aaron McCargo was at the Winslow Dialysis Center in Sicklerville this week talking about dialysis-friendly foods and meals, a new project in which he has become involved.

Robbers leave their mark…with cake?

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