Three New Fresh! Shows Coming this Spring & Summer
A new series all about New Jersey farms, farm markets, roadside stands, gardens and cooking fresh with show host Megan Gunning Patterson will air on FoodyTV end of May. Megan talks with farmers; visits farms, an orchard, a produce distribution center, organic farms, a CSA and a nursery; and helps prepare some local dishes including blueberry pie.
Funding provided by Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River, Cumberland County Board of Agriculture, Cumberland County Agriculture Development Board, The New Jersey Farm Bureau, foundations, grants and individual donors.
The shows will be broadcast on FoodyTV reaching more than 140,000 households per half-hour in primetime.
The Garden State ranks fifth in the nation in blueberry production. Chock full of antioxidants, blueberries are healthy and nutritious – but they are also outrageously delicious. This show includes a visit to a Art & Carol Brown’s B&B blueberry farm, a vineyard that produces blueberry wine, Historic Whitesbog Village and Evelyn’s at the Red Barn where the most divine blueberry pies are baked.
Cornucopia – Cumberland County
In search of fresh, nutritious and delicious local produce and garden products, Megan heads to South Jersey. We’ll visit Sheppard Farms and Legacy Farms – an organic farm, tour the Eastern Fresh Distribution Center, find out about nursery products at Overdevest Nurseries, shop and dine the Bayshore Center’s Farmers Market & Oyster Creek Grill, and help pick (and taste!) apples at Sunny Slope Farms.
A Farm, Two Markets and A Grill – Hunterdon County
Residents of the river towns along the central part of the Delaware River seem to love roadside stands and farmers markets. This past summer, we visited Sandbrook Meadow Farm (an organic farm and CSA), the popular community-centered Homestead Farm Market, the local vendor-centric Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market, and finish with food prep at Hamilton Grill, an award-winning restaurant in Lambertville.
Watch the pilot for Fresh! featuring the West Windsor Farmers Market
Our host, Megan Gunning Patterson, visits the West Windsor Farmers Market to shop for the ingredients for a farm-to-table meal at Tre Piani Restaurant. Megan talks with farm market manager Chris Cirkus, and founder Beth Feehan. She then visits the farm market vendors at their farms: Chia-Sin Farm, Stults Farm and Terhune Orchards, plus Cherry Grove Farm to see how cheese is made.
The program culminates with 50 happy guests enjoying the delicious meal prepared by Tre Piani Restaurant owner and chef Jim Weaver, who graciously shared his recipes with us.
The pilot for Fresh! is funded by Whole Foods Market, with additional funding and support from Archer & Greiner, Dana Communications and individual donors.