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
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 Bar Dispenser
Gary’s Shelf Tag
Second Annual Food Writers & Photographers Panel at 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 LittleMissLocal.com.
Katie Parla is a NJ native and Rome-based food and beverage journalist and educator. She is the author of the blog Parla Food parlafood.com and website katieparla.com, the apps Katie Parla’s Rome and Katie Parla’s Istanbul parlafoodltd.com 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 ciaochowlinda.blogspot.com, 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 Times, Food Republic and the EdibleCommunities titles, among other publications. Follow his work at ultraclay.com/wordpress.
A Visit to Greenwood Ave. Farmers Market, Trenton
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
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
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
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