By Pat Tanner
Just in time for grilling season, the folks at Griggstown Farm have added turkey kielbasa to their line of sausages. Besides featuring unsmoked meat from their own turkeys, which are raised without hormones or preservatives, these chubby links include simply water, salt, spices, and garlic in pork casings. Unlike Griggstown’s popular chicken sausages, which come four to a pack totaling 12 ounces, the kielbasa contains three links totaling one pound. Packages sell for $8.50 at both Griggstown’s own store on Bunker Hill Road and at the many seasonal farmers markets the farm participates in. griggstownfarm.com.
New vendors at West Windsor farmers market
Among those seasonal, outdoor farmers markets where you can find Griggstown products is the West Windsor Community Farmers Market, which kicked off its 12th year on May 2. Joining its lineup of 14 farms and 11 artisan food and natural product vendors are The Feed Truck of Kingston, which offers breakfast sandwiches featuring local ingredients, and LiLLiPies of Princeton, Jen Carson’s line of small-batch baked goods that sell out regularly at venues such as Small World Coffee and Bon Appetit in the Princeton Shopping Center. (Words to the wise: sourdough English muffins.)
This market, which has been voted the top market in NJ since 2012 in American Farmland Trust’s annual contest, is located in the Vaughn Drive parking lot at the Princeton Junction train station off Alexander Road. It runs every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the Saturday before Thanksgiving. For the full list of vendors visit westwindsorfarmersmarket.org.
Meanwhile, in Princeton
The Princeton Farmers Market, which inaugurated its outdoor season on Hinds Plaza on May 14, has added to its prepared foods offerings. In addition to the made-to-order sweet and savory crepes of Jammin’ Crepes and the vegetarian wraps and salads of the Whole Earth Center, shoppers can pick up sandwiches, salads, savory breads, and pastries from Terra Learning Kitchen, which is based out of the Princeton YM/YWCA.
The best part? A portion of proceeds is dedicated to scholarships for children from less fortunate families. The market runs every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 19. For the full list of vendors visit princetonfarmersmarket.com.
Pat Tanner blogs at www.dinewithpat.com. She is a long-time food writer and restaurant critic based in Princeton. Born and raised in Newark, she is one of seven children in a food-obsessed Italian-American family.