Pear Recipes & Ideas to Make all Winter Season Plentiful, delicious and exceptionally nutritional, the pear is extremely versatile and can be used in many breakfast, lunch, dinner & dessert recipes! Since December is recognized as National Pear Month, Fiorentino’s Farm Market is honoring this diverse fruit by providing 6 easy & delicious pear recipes you can cook throughout the winter season. From decadent desserts to savory dinner inspirations, there are endless ways you can enjoy the pear without having to be an expert chef. Head down to your local farmers market to pick up a fresh, in season basket of pears and get inspired to work wonders in the kitchen!
10 Sweet & Savory Pear Recipes Pear Crisp: A classic fall apple recipe gets a creative upgrade for the winter holidays. Toss the pears in a little orange juice then sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon and ginger. Top with ingredients for the crumble: flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and butter. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes and serve warm with a scoop of ice cream. This is one of the pear recipes on this list we guarantee you’ll be baking over and over. Pear Salsa: Combine chopped pears with a red onion, mint, lime juice and a jalapeno pepper for a unique twist on the classic tomato salsa. Serve this with tortillas chips or as a topping on grilled pork chops. Poached Pears: This elegant dessert pear recipe is sure to impress the guests at your next holiday party! This easy recipe can be cooked ahead of time by simply emerging the fruits in a boiling pot of water, honey and sugar. Let that simmer for up to 30 minutes, transfer into a covered container & keep in the fridge overnight. Serve on its own, drizzle with chocolate or pair with ice cream. Pear Coleslaw: Add thinly sliced pears to a classic coleslaw recipe for an elevated taste that pairs perfectly with grilled chicken, ribs, a hamburger and so much more! Green Smoothie: If you’re tired of the same old banana & peanut butter smoothie, try our pear rendition for a sweet, but still healthy smoothie. A few creative smoothie pear recipes include:
Pear Bellini: A twist on the delicious peach Bellini, this recipe shows you how to easily make your own peach nectar, which is blended and combined with vodka and champagne. Pear Chips: You can use any kind of pear you like, but Bartlett pears are the most common. Simply slice your pear into very thin, uniform slices and lay out evenly on parchment paper. Here, you can leave them plain or sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar, ginger or chai spice. Bake in the oven at 225 degrees for 1 – 1.5 hours depending on how crispy you’d like them. Pear and Gorgonzola Salad: First, combine white vinegar, pear halves and a dash of salt & pepper in a blender until smooth. In a salad bowl, combine mixed salad greens, sliced pears, tomato, walnuts and gorgonzola cheese. Sprinkle with homemade dressing and toss in leftover protein! Apple-Pear Puff Pancake: Blend eggs, milk, flour, sugar and nutmeg until smooth and immediately pour into a hot, ovenproof skillet. Bake until puffed & brown, 17 – 20 minutes. While that’s baking, cook apples, pears and sugar until tender. Remove pancake from over, fill with fruit mixture and serve immediately. Pear Pork Chops: Not all pear recipes have to be sweet! In a large skillet, brown your pork chops and sprinkle with chopped pears and sweet red pepper. Prepare a box of cornbread stuffing mix while chops are cooking. Once done, top pork chops with stuffing and onions, cook in the oven uncovered for 8 – 10 minutes.
- Pears, kale, banana, ginger & cinnamon
- Red beets, pears, lemon juice & honey
- Spinach, banana and pear
Winter Recipes & Inspirations While there are not many options for fresh fruits & vegetables when we get into the thick of winter, take advantage of the versatile pear in the months of December and January! We hope these easy pear recipes inspire you to get into the kitchen and cook up something delicious. For more seasonal ideas, check out our summer peach recipes, fall apple recipes or ways you can preserve your summer produce.
Easy Fall Apple Recipes to Cook Apples are one of the most versatile foods you can pick up at your local farmers market. In season from late August through October 31, not only can you eat these nutritious fruits alone, but there are so many apple recipes for you to experiment. From sweet to savory and everything in between, there are countless ways to enjoy a fresh, juicy apple. Whether you pick your own or purchase a bag from the farmers market or a grocery store, these 6 delicious apple recipes will have you indulging right into the holiday season.
6 Apple Recipes to Try this Fall Baked Apples: A healthier spin on traditional apple pie, baked apples are so simple to make and delicious! Simply core the apples, stuff with brown sugar, cinnamon and nuts then bake for about 30 – 45 minutes. Make sure you pour a little hot water into the pan so they don’t burn! Apple Pops: There are so many ways you can dress up an apple. Apple pops are an easy way to indulge in all of your sweet tooth cravings! Simply cut the apple into ½” slices, insert a popsicle stick, line a baking sheet with parchment paper & get creative.
Apple Chips: Moving away from desserts, apple chips are a light, crispy & healthy snack choice. Thinly slice apples into chips, sprinkle with cinnamon then bake in the oven for 1 hour. Apple Glaze BBQ Sauce: A BBQ sauce or glaze infused with the flavors of apples tastes incredible on pork and chicken dishes. Frittata: A frittata is very similar to an omelet or quiche, which means it can be enriched with a wide variety of ingredients. A few of our favorite recipes are Sausage & Apple, Apple & Cheddar and Apple, Sausage & Goat Cheese. Crockpot Apple Sauce: The perfect way to use up your extra apples is also a delicious and healthy fall snack. Simply peel and core your apples then cut them into fourths. Add to the crockpot with lemon juice, sugar, cinnamon and water and cook on high for 3 – 4 hours.
- Choose your dip: peanut butter, milk chocolate, dark chocolate or caramel.
- Toppings: pretzels, nuts, Oreos, candy, sprinkles – the possibilities are endless!
Seasonal Recipe Ideas & Inspiration If we’ve sparked your inner chef to whip up any of the above fall apple recipes, be sure to use only the freshest ingredients, fruits & vegetables, many of which can be found at our NJ produce market. For more cooking inspiration, check out our Summer Peach Recipes. Fiorentino’s Farm Market is open seasonally, offering fresh produce, as well as baked goods, snacks, nuts, plants & flowers and much more. Check out our blog regularly to see other delicious recipe ideas, as well as helpful tips including ways to reduce food waste, summer produce preservation tips and more!
Tips to Reduce Food Waste in your Home As a local farmer’s market, Fiorentino’s Farm Market has a moral responsibility to lessen our impact on the environment. Learning how to reduce food waste in your home not only helps to save you money, but it directly benefits the planet by reducing gas emissions, water waste and landfill overflow. Fiorentino's Farm Market has provided 11 easy ways to help you reduce food waste in your home and save you some money on your weekly shopping trips.
10 Easy Tips to Reduce Food Waste & Save Money Freeze: Almost anything you cook can be stored in the freezer for a few weeks and used or eaten at a later date. Similarly, overly ripe fruits or wilted vegetables can be frozen then used later in smoothies, soups and other such recipes. Meal Plan: Planning a weekly menu helps to reduce food waste, because you know exactly what you’re eating each day and only buying the ingredients you need for those specific recipes. Meal planning will also help you save money by reducing impulse buys at the store. Write a List & Stick to it: While planning, write a list of the ingredients you’ll need for each meal and bring that list to the store with you. Stick to your list as much as possible. This will ensure you only buy what you need and nothing will go to waste. Make sure you check your fridge & pantry before you go to ensure you’re not buying items you already have! Store Food Properly: Get the most out of your fruits, vegetables and other seasonal farmers market items by understanding how to store them properly. Read our in-depth blog to learn more about produce storage tips. Use your Scraps: Many people believe that the stalks, peelings and other scraps should be discarded as they do not have any use. On the contrary, these items are great ingredients for broths, soups & pesto. Pack your Lunch: Probably the easiest way to reduce food waste & save yourself some money. If you have leftovers from the previous night’s dinner, pack it in a container and bring it with you to work or school for an effortless & tasty lunch. Get Creative: The ability to properly reduce food waste does not always mean re-cooking leftovers and scraps, sometimes you have to get creative! Excess coffee grinds can be used in your garden soil or sprinkled in the grass to ward off mosquitos. Mash up an overly ripe avocados & mix it with some honey for an all-natural hair mask! Keep Inventory: Keep a log of the foods you find you’re throwing away the most, this way you can either avoid buying them altogether or buy much less for future recipes. Customize Takeout Meals: Eating out can account for a lot of food being throw away, but customizing your meal can help to reduce food waste. Be sure to read the ingredients in your meal and if you do not like something simply ask your waiter to omit it from your dish. Similarly, if your order comes with a side that you do not care for, ask if you can substitute it for something else or eliminate it from your meal. Start a Compost: A bit of a challenge to start on your own, but a compost is an excellent way to reduce waste by turning food scraps into fertilizer. Some townships have a community compost pile, call your local municipality to see if there is one available where you live. Share the Wealth: Leftovers that you do not want to freeze and may go bad before you can eat them, share with your neighbors!
Benefits of Zero Waste Lifestyle The benefits of reducing food waste & practicing a zero waste lifestyle are endless, not only for your wallet, but for the environment. We hope you’ll find these tips to reduce food waste and implement them into your daily life. Even minimal changes in the way you shop and cook can help reduce your carbon footprint.
Delicious Summer Peach Recipes to Enjoy Peach season in New Jersey is short, lasting only from July through September. With only about 3 months to enjoy this sweet, delicious fruit, you’ll want to make sure you can delight in them every way imaginable! Besides cutting up and eating them plain or tossing in a fruit salad, there are countless ways to enjoy peaches! Fiorentino’s Farm Market has provided 5 delicious and unique summer peach recipes for you to cook up before the season ends! Head down to our farmer’s market in Hammonton, NJ to pick up a basket of peaches and try out some of these recipes for yourself.
10 Unique Summer Peach Recipes Iced Tea: Peach iced tea could obviously stand on its own. But if you really want to take your iced tea to the next level, try adding in other seasonal produce items! Our favorite peach iced tea recipes are Peace & Lemon, Peach & Strawberry and Peach & Mango. Peach & Cheese Combinations: For a truly decadent indulgence, pair your sweet peach with a soft and savory cheese. The best cheeses to pair with peaches are soft and creamy, such as blue cheese, goat cheese and mozzarella. BBQ Sauce: Make your own or buy a jarred BBQ sauce that is flavored with fresh peaches. The sweet flavor of the peach combined with the tangy BBQ make a truly unique and delicious flavor perfect on ribs, chicken and pork! Head down to Fiorentino’s Farm Market to try our homemade jarred items such as BBQ sauce, salsas, pasta sauces and more! Grilled Peaches: Minimal effort, maximum flavor! Simply cut your peach in half, brush with olive oil and throw on the grill for 4 – 5 minutes per side. Eat alone or serve with ice cream! Ice Cream Floats: A delicious and refreshing summer treat everyone is sure to love! Simply scoop vanilla ice cream into a glass and top with diced peaches, pour cream soda over and enjoy! Peach-Cucumber Salsa: This minty peach salsa can easily be made ahead, keep in the fridge for days and keeps your kitchen cool while cooking. Serve over grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon or pork! Combine chopped peaches, cucumber, red onion & fresh mint; add a sprinkle of olive oil, peach preserves and salt & pepper to taste. Peach Pork Tenderloin: Sear the tenderloins on each side until cooked. While the pan is still hot, add sliced peaches & lemon juice, cook until peaches are tender. Add the pork back into the pan and heat through; this is a great Sunday dinner, even on a hot summer evening. Avocado Summer Rolls: This is the perfect, refreshing dinner or lunch for the hot summer season. Use any fresh veggies you like (cucumber, avocado, etc.), plus the peaches add a delightful sweetness. Peach Overnight Oats: In a mason jar, combine oats, milk, chia seeds, vanilla, cinnamon and chopped peaches. Place in the fridge overnight. When you’re ready to serve, top with extra chopped peaches and enjoy! Peach & Kale Smoothie: Whether you’re enjoying this smoothie for breakfast or as a poolside snack, this is a delicious & refreshing drink. In a blender, combine almond milk, frozen banana, kale leaves (stems removed), fresh frozen peaches, ginger, matcha or protein powder (option) and some ice.
Delicious Ways to Enjoy Peaches before Summer is Over When indulging in any of our summer peach recipes, be sure to always use the freshest ingredients from your local farmer’s market. This ensures you get the best and boldest flavors possible. For more recipe inspirations, check out our Fall Apple Recipes. If you’re looking to extend the season for as long as possible, check out these easy ways to preserve summer produce. Fiorentino’s Farm Market is open seasonally, providing the freshest fruits & vegetables, as well as baked goods, snacks, nuts, plants & flowers and more!
Extend the Season: How to Preserve Summer Produce As summer is coming to an end and Labor Day is quickly approaching, farmers market lovers are scrambling to find ways to hold onto our fruits and vegetables for as long as possible. With a little planning, time and effort, you can preserve summer produce and enjoy the flavors well into fall and winter. Fiorentino’s Farm Market has provided 8 methods of preserving so you can extend the summer season. Make sure you head down to our farmers market in Hammonton, NJ to pick up the last of our seasonal summer fruits and veggies.
8 Ways to Preserve Summer Produce Freezing. Probably the most underutilized method to saving the flavors of summer, freezing your fruits, vegetables & herbs is a great way to store them for future use. Make sure you research the specific ways to freeze each individual produce, as it does vary and is important to ensure you maintain the flavors. Learn all about produce storage tips to maintain quality and freshness. Herb Ice Cubes. Basil, chives, mint and cilantro are the perfect herbs to freeze and it’s so simple! Chop up the herbs, pack them into an ice cube tray and top with olive oil. They can be stored for months and add incredible, fresh flavor to all of your favor fall and winter recipes. Pesto. Another great method to preserve summer produce and herbs, make your own pesto. Store in a freeze safe containers and use later on pasta, pizza, bread and more! Pasta Sauce. Probably the best way to preserve your fresh farmers market tomatoes. Make a large pot using your favorite recipe and store in the freezer. Jams & Jelly. Preserve the sweetness of your favorite summer fruits by making your own freezer jams and jelly. Bake Fruit & Veggie Chips. While not as long lasting as some of our other ways to preserve summer produce, baking fruit and veggie chips are delicious and easy! Our favorites are apple chips, radish chips, pear chips and zucchini chips. You can also dehydrate them if you have an air fryer. Pickling. Pickling is a lot easier than most people think. With some common kitchen pantry essentials ingredients like vinegar, sugar and salt and a little time, you can pickle cherry tomatoes, yellow squash, asparagus, red onions and more! Canning. This may be one of the more challenging ways to preserve summer produce, but it pays off in the end. Canning fruits and vegetables allows them to stay fresh and stored on your shelves for up to a year.
Buy Seasonal Produce in Hammonton, NJ Fiorentino’s Farm Market offers a huge selection of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables. Besides our produce market, the indoor market offers a fresh bakery, snack items, dairy products and so much more. Visit us in Hammonton, NJ all year long!
Benefits of Buying Produce at a Local Farmers Market Living in the Garden State affords residence a great opportunity to shop for farm fresh produce at any of the estimated 150 farmer’s markets scattered throughout the state. Fiorentino’s Farm Market, located in Hammonton, NJ, proudly offers a variety of rotating seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers and many other market items for the local community to enjoy. The farmers market benefits are bountiful, from the abundance of fresh produce items to affordability and social experience. Read Fiorentino’s Farm Market’s list below to learn the many benefits to shopping at your local farmer’s market.
10 Farmers Market Benefits: Shop Local & Save Wide Variety. Farmer’s markets are known for having hard-to-find and unique produce items that grocery stores won’t normally carry. Be adventurous and try something new! Minimally Processed. Produce found at a local market is usually less processed than fruits and vegetables found at a grocery store. Fruits and vegetables without all of the added chemicals, antibiotics and modifications are healthier and contain more nutrients. Support Local Community. Buying local means more of your money stays within the community, rather than going to big, brand name corporations. Affordable. A big misconception is that local & organic means more money, but at a farmer’s market that is not the case. Not only are the prices less expensive at the produce market, compared to the grocery store, you get more for your money (per pound) and it lasts twice as long! More Nutritious. Produce pumped with fewer chemicals then sold when they’re perfectly ripe means they can hold more nutritional value. Tastes Better. Grown and picked at the perfect ripeness, then delivered directly to the farmer’s market means you’re receiving high quality, super fresh produce. Seasonal. You’ll find a large assortment of fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables which rotate all year long. Check out our chart of seasonal farmers market produce available. Cut your Carbon Footprint. Produce at the farmer’s market has usually traveled less miles, which reduces the emissions into the atmosphere. Furthermore, as our farmers market shopping tips blog points out, shoppers tend to use reusable bags, cutting down on plastic waste. Fresh, Quality Produce: Farmer’s market produce is known for its quality and freshness. This is because is it locally grown with less chemicals and picked at the perfect ripeness. Social Experience: Besides the abundance of fresh, quality produce available, a trip to the local farmer’s market is a great way to bring the community together. Talk to the farmers, learn more about community businesses, even share recipes to get your fellow shoppers inspired.
Produce Market in Hammonton, NJ Now that you’ve learned all about the farmer’s market benefits, come take a trip to Fiorentino’s Farm Market in Hammonton, NJ. Browse through our isles of colorful fruits and vegetables, but don’t skip over our array of other delicious food items including a fresh bakery, homemade jarred products, snacks and so much more. Make sure you know how to properly store your produce once you bring them home. Visit our farmer’s market in Hammonton, NJ, for questions call 609-561-0300.
Maintain Quality & Freshness with these Produce Storage Tips The popularity of farmers markets skyrockets in the summer when there is an abundance of in-season produce available to purchase. It is tempting to fill your cart with limited available and pantry-staple produce with the hopes of whipping up delicious recipes every day of the week using your super-fresh produce. One of the many purposes and benefits to shopping at a local farmers market is the reduction of food waste. But, this can only remain true if you know exactly how to store those fresh and local fruits and vegetables you’ve just bought. Fiorentino’s Farm Market in Hammonton, NJ offers produce storage tips & tricks to ensure your favorite seasonal items stay fresh as long as possible.
6 Produce Storage Tips to Get the Most out of your Fruits & Veggies Don’t leave your produce in the heat. If you have other errands to run on the day of your farmers market trip, it is best to save the market for last. High temperatures and direct sunlight can cause your produce to wilt & lose flavor very quickly. Only buy what you need. On the topic of reducing food waste, only buy what you really need & splurge on a few additional items. It is helpful to meal plan ahead of time so you know exactly what fruits and vegetables will go into your meals. Separate fruits & veggies. Fruits emit high levels of ethylene gas, which is what helps them to ripen. But, when vegetables are exposed to the gas they will spoil much quicker than normal. Do not cut. Whenever possible, wait to cut your fruits and vegetables until you’re ready to eat or cook. Of course if you plan on bringing a watermelon or fruit salad to work or school, precut produce can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days. Wash berries in water & vinegar. Mix 3 cups water with 1 cup white vinegar into a bowl and use to wash berries such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries & more. After you’ve rinsed them well, drain into a colander and rinse with running water. Dry completely and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Discard damaged produce. Once you’re home from the market, sort all of your produce. Spoiled or mashed produce does sneak through from time to time. They need to be removed as quickly as possible as it could lead to quicker spoil time for the entire bunch. Know where to put your produce: The most important produce storage tip: understand where your produce needs to be kept. Tomatoes, onions and garlic are stored at room temperature, while berries, zucchini, eggplants and carrots go in the fridge and potatoes should be stored in a cool dry place. Always verify where your produce should be stored to ensure the longest shelf life possible.
Shop Fiorentino’s Farm Market in Hammonton, NJ At Fiorentino’s Farm Market we pride ourselves on making sure our customers have access to affordable, farm fresh produce and the means to keep them fresh for as long as possible. Shop our farmers market seasonally to find an array of produce items that change with the seasons. Besides fresh produce, we also offer dairy products, nuts, a bakery and snack shop right on premise! Visit our farmers & produce market in Hammonton, NJ or call 609-561-0300 with any questions.
Tips for Shopping at a Local Farmers Market Shopping at your local farmers market is not only beneficial, but a great way to eat healthy & delicious produce, as well as support the local economy. A trip to the farmers market is nothing like your usual weekly trip to the grocery store, it is a unique fresh culinary experience that can sometimes be intimidating. Fiorentino’s Farm Market in Hammonton, NJ has created a list of the top 10 tips for shopping at a local farmers market. Here’s everything you need to know to get the most out of your experience whether it’s your first time or 100th time visiting!
10 Tips for Local Farmers Market Shopping Buy in Season: Since farmers markets source produce from nearby farms, the selection of fruits and vegetables is limited to what’s in season. While you can’t expect to buy tomatoes in April, you will find a huge assortment of fresh, seasonal, rotating vegetables and fruits throughout the year. There’s always something new and exciting available! Make it a Day Trip: Unlike a trip to the grocery store, your local farmers market can be a culinary adventure for the entire family! Be Prepared: If you plan on running other errands afterwards, be sure to bring a cooler along so your fresh produce does not wilt throughout the day. When you get home, make sure you know how to store your produce. Ask Questions: While grocery store employees don’t know where the produce comes from, the market employees know about the food they’re selling. Bring Large Reusable Bags: Besides the environmental benefits of shopping with reusable bags, they’re sturdier than plastic ones and can hold the large amount of produce we’re sure you’ll be purchasing. If you’re a frequent local farmers market shopper, consider buying a wheeled cart for added convenience. Buy Bulk Quantities: While Fiorentino’s Farm Market regularly boasts affordable prices, buying in bulk gives you the best deals of produce in peak harvest. Pick your Time Wisely: If you don’t mind a crowd or waiting in line then feel free to head out to our farmers market any time of the day. But, if you’re looking for the freshest produce and the largest selection, be sure to arrive first thing in the morning (bonus tip: come during the week). Be Spontaneous: Of course, come with a list in order to stick to your budget, but if you can splurge on hard to find items or something you’ve never tried before. Embrace Whole Foods: Don’t hesitate to put unpeeled carrots into your basket, or pickup those beets with some dirt still on them. These are signs that the produce is minimally processed! Spread the Word: Support local businesses like the Fiorentino’s Farm Market in Hammonton, NJ and other small companies by spreading the word about your awesome experience. Your recommendations and support ensure small, community-based businesses can succeed in the long run.
Fresh Produce Market in Hammonton, NJ Fiorentino’s Farm Market is more than just a produce market! Besides our large assortment of fruits and vegetables, we also offer dairy products, nuts and a snack shop for the healthy and indulgent. Our onsite bakery is very popular in the community for breads, pies, cakes, cookies and much more! Lastly, stop by our flower market for beautiful flowers and potted plants to brighten your home. Visit our local farmers market in Hammonton, NJ or for questions call 609-561-0300.