March 28, 2016 |
Life is just a bowl of cherries, but where would we be without the blueberry? It fills pies that shout "summertime," transforms pancakes, brightens cereal, glorifies vanilla ice cream, and perfects the muffin. So you might think that fat, sweet blueberries have been around, like sunshine, forever. But no. Nature gave us instead the small "swamp huckleberry," as the wild blueberry was once known in these parts. It took Elizabeth White, a visionary young farmer from Burlington County, working with an inspired botanist, to launch the modern blueberry industry 100 years ago. Now worth $850 million annually, the industry literally traces its roots to the Pinelands.
December 24, 2015
Makes 1 serving For the syrup 1 orange 1/4 cup unsweetened 100 percent cranberry juice 1/2 cup sugar 1 whole star anise 3 whole cloves 3 tablespoons fresh cranberries For the drink Ice 1/2 ounce cognac 1/2 ounce dry curaçao 3 ounces chilled champagne (may substitute brut-style sparkling white wine) For the syrup: 1. Cut strips of the orange zest (no pith) and place in a small saucepan, then cut the orange in half and squeeze its juice into the saucepan.
December 17, 2015
Makes 8-10 servings For the topping: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup old-fashioned oats 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 8 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the filling: 2 to 3 (depending on size) Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch chunks 2 to 3 pears, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch chunks 1 cup fresh cranberries 1/4 cup granulated sugar Pinch of fine sea salt 2 teaspoons lemon zest 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 9-by-12 Pyrex glass casserole.
January 3, 2015 |
An agreement of sale has been reached between the owners of the closed Ocean Spray cranberry plant in Bordentown City and a seasoned developer of industrial spaces, Mayor Joe Malone 3d said in an interview this week. Modern Recycled Spaces of Hamilton, Mercer County, which has converted closed factories in the area into mixed-use developments, is finalizing plans to purchase the plant and has plans to open an upscale grocery and a microbrewery at the site, Malone said. "We're very excited about the possibility of it being converted into a multiuse facility," he said.
December 9, 2014 |
The problem is not having too much of a good thing. It's knowing what to do with it. Cranberry growers have had abundant harvests over the last few years, flooding the market with fruit now finding its way into new products and markets. Nationally, they produced 8.5 million 100-pound barrels of cranberries this year, compared to 6.8 million in 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The 700 cranberry and grapefruit growers in the big Ocean Spray agricultural cooperative in New Jersey and other states as well as Canada and Chile turned out 7 million barrels, a steep rise over the 4.9 million in 2010.
November 24, 2014 |
Let's face it - red lipstick is always on trend. Sometimes the hue of the moment is a mahogany-tinged maroon; other times, it's a clear claret. This year, the most glamorous of holiday partygoers will likely opt for some deep fruity shades in a range of raspberry and cranberry tones. The trendlet Berry lips. We like them matte with just a hint of gloss. Luckily there is no shortage this fall - from the berrylicious Blood Roses by the late makeup-artist-to-the-stars Kevyn Aucoin to New Jersey-based Suede salon's private-label lipliner Sweet Berry.
September 29, 2014 |
For many Americans - maybe most - cranberry bogs are about as exotic and mysterious as rice paddies. So Joe Darlington and Brenda Conner, both fifth-generation cranberry growers, were happy to help the American Cranberry Growers Association organize Saturday's first-ever New Jersey Cranberry Harvest Kick-Off. The Garden State is the nation's third-largest cranberry producer. For the scores of people at the free event, it was sort of like Cranberries for Dummies. Under cloudless skies in historic Whitesbog Farm Village in Pemberton Township, the heart of the Pine Barrens, cranberry growers and researchers hung out at exhibit tables, explaining such things as the anatomy of a bog (kids could make a "bog in a cup")
October 12, 2013 |
The cranberry bogs on Joe Darlington's farm in Burlington County have been producing the same glorious crimson fruit for 160 years. But more of the cranberries harvested there are now ending up in new juices and other Ocean Spray cranberry products outside the United States, as the cooperative looks to new markets overseas. Ocean Spray held cooking classes in China and Russia for the first time last summer to teach locals how to incorporate the cranberry into their cuisine. In June, it had its first harvest in Chile - where farmers joined the co-op last year - and it has been tailoring its products to accommodate overseas tastes, with Ocean Spray Cran Black Currant in the United Kingdom and Ocean Spray Cran Mango in Mexico.
November 22, 2012
This snappy cocktail created by Vincent Stipo from Vernick Food and Drink provides just the tonic to the tension of getting the turkey on the table. Plan ahead and make the base in advance, then appoint a bartender to mix drinks. - Maureen Fitzgerald Boggy Collins Makes 1 cocktail 1 1/2 ounces Tito's Handmade Vodka (or other good-quality vodka) 2 ounces fresh cranberry puree (see recipe below) 1/2 ounce fresh lime Splash of ginger beer Orange wedge or peel (for garnish)
July 16, 2012 |
William S. Haines Jr. was making his daily rounds at Hog Wallow this week, driving over narrow, dusty roads between the sprawling cranberry bogs and reservoirs. At an intersection, he pulled over, then walked into a field with two workers and looked down. A parasitic dodder plant was winding through the cranberry vines. "Left alone, it will multiply and multiply and become a huge mass," Haines said. "We're fanatical about getting rid of it. "It's like a farmer told me years ago: 'Nothing improves your farm like your feet on it,' and that's true," he said.