Moonshine Goes Legit; Food Writers Speak; A Farmers Market Shows Heart

Are You Ready for Some Moonshine?

I knew that moonshine had gone mainstream, but was nonetheless surprised to find an entire shelf dedicated to more brands than I could easily count when I toured the newest Gary’s Wine & Marketplace, which opened on Route 206 in Hillsborough in June.

Tim Smith, Climax Moonshine

Tim Smith, Climax Moonshine

Moonshine will be in the spotlight at that store and at the Gary’s in Wayne on Saturday, August 29th, when Tim Smith of the Discovery Channel’s “Moonshiners” (shown above – NOT at Gary’s!) will be on hand to sign bottles of his Climax Moonshine, which Huff Post named the best-tasting legal version out there.

Smith will be in Hillsborough from 1 to 3 pm; Wayne from 4 to 6 pm.

I’m told moonshine averages 150 proof; Climax is 90 proof. As for how to drink it, BuzzFeed offers these 19 moonshine concoctions.

And if wine is more your thing, know that Gary’s offers free tastings of at least 8 bottles every day at all of his stores.

Gary's Wine Tasting Dispenser

Gary’s Wine Bar Dispenser


Gary's Shelf Tag

Gary’s Shelf Tag

Second Annual Food Writers & Photographers Panel at West Windsor Farmers Market

West Windsor Farmers Market

West Windsor Farmers Market

This event also takes place on Saturday, August 29th, at 11 am (so you can squeeze in both Gary’s & this). I am honored to be a panelist once again. Come out to the market and ask us everything you ever wanted to know about food writing, blogging, and photography. (On that last subject, I’ll be looking for pointers myself.) Here are my impressive fellow panelists:

Justine Ma Justine Ma is a NY Food Editor who has eaten her way around the world. She has cooked alongside top chefs in the James Beard Foundation kitchen and shares local food experiences on her lifestyle blog

Katie Parla is a NJ native and Rome-based food and beverage journalist and educator. She is the author of the blog Parla Food and website, the apps Katie Parla’s Rome and Katie Parla’s Istanbul and the Ebook Eating & Drinking in Rome. Her forthcoming cookbook, Tasting Rome, co-authored with Kristina Gill, will be published by Clarkson Potter in early 2016 and is available for pre-order.

Linda Prospero divides her time as a board member for Princeton’s Italian cultural institution, Dorothea’s House, writing her blog, Ciao Chow Linda, co-teaching a memoir-writing workshop, Italy in Other Words and travels to and from Italy.

Clay Williams is a photographer and blogger based in Brooklyn. He has shot assignments for the New York TimesFood Republic and the EdibleCommunities titles, among other publications. Follow his work at

A Visit to Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market, Trenton

Isles Urban Farmers Sign at Greenwood Ave. Market

Isles Urban Farmers Sign at Greenwood Ave. Market

Sure, Trenton has the venerable Trenton Farmers Market and there’s the Capital City market on Thursdays, but I recently stopped by the fledgling Greenwood Avenue Market because it is doing important work for the local community. Not only does it have terrific produce dispensed by friendly folk, like these from Isles’ non-profit Urban Farmers:

Isles Table at Greenwood Ave. Market

Isles Table at Greenwood Ave. Market

And also bounty from Hillsborough’s Norz Hill Farm (including grass-fed ground beef at $3.99/lb):

Norz Hill Farm Table at Greenwood Ave. Market

Norz Hill Farm Table at Greenwood Ave. Market

but it also provides important services to the local community. It accepts SNAP and WIC vouchers, offers on-site health screenings and physical activities, and dispenses nutritional info, advice, and samples – like these zucchini pasta samples courtesy of Michelle Brill of Rutgers:

Michelle Brill, Rutgers' Family & Community Health Services

Michelle Brill, Rutgers’ Family & Community Health Services

The market is catty-corner to the Trenton train station (you can see the parking deck in the background of the first photo above) and is open Mondays from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. Make it a point to stop by some Monday between now and the end of October to show your support for this important effort.

Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market Sign

Greenwood Avenue Farmers Market Sign

2 responses to “Moonshine Goes Legit; Food Writers Speak; A Farmers Market Shows Heart

  1. Congratulations, Ms. Connoisseur — it is only natural that you and your exquisite palate and distinguished pen of integrity be chosen for such an event. Enjoy it — I hope you don’t have to spit it out! smiles Carolyn

  2. Trenton Greenwood Avenue Market is lovely, Pat — such a fine idea, and such a vibrant realization. Good for you for connecting with all your loyal readers to bring support to the local and the real in our capital. Every green step we can take there, as caring, buying individuals and as D&R Greenway Land Trust in preservations in that town, blesses our state and its inhabitants. Gratefully, Carolyn

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