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The Perfect Spring Salad!

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NJ Strawberries

Just-Picked Strawberries from Honeybrook!

This was a post a few years back…but it SO bears repeating!  Hope you’ll enjoy our favorite Spring Salad!

Just a quick post…this springy-clean-bright salad is soooo excellent, we just had to share!  First farm picking & pick-up day was last Thursday and I was thrilled to pick a quart of amazing strawberries, a big bag of arugula & 2 bunches of radishes.  After the harshness of  winter it was wonderful to get out in the sun and back to the land for picking…and the colors and taste sensation…just miraculous! 

Anyway…here’s our recipe for the most refreshing Spring Salad with arugula & fresh-picked strawberries…you’ll just have to make the poppy-seed dressing! (or buy your fave at the grocery store).  The flavor combo may seem weird to salad-purists but trust me on this one…it is out of this world flavor! 

Arugula & strawberries awaiting being dressed!

Arugula & strawberries awaiting being dressed!

 

Poppy Seed Dressing
1/2 c honey or 1/8 c white sugar
1 t dijon mustard
1 t salt
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp minced shallott
1 c canola oil
2 T poppy seeds

Measure the honey, mustard, salt, shallot & vinegar into a blender or food processer. Mix until smooth. Start your mixer of choice & gradually add the oil in a slow stream. Process until thoroughly blended. Stop the blender and sprinkle the poppy seeds over the top. Mix gently and transfer to a bottle.  Will hold for about 5 days refrigerated.

Put your arugula in a bowl and gently sprinkle the arugula with the sliced strawberries.  Top with your poppy seed dressing and toss really gently, so not to bruise the strawberries. Arugula & Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Sit back, relax, dig-in and enjoy!  And please let us know if you enjoy OUR FAVORITE springtime salad!  For other lovely and local taste sensations and experiences, check out  our website  for our locavore escape … AND the inn’s ‘Local Flavor’ Getaway . Come and taste what’s best at our nearby farms here in bucolic Hunterdon County. Visit us at the inn sometime this glorious season and let us spoil you!

*A great resource for New Jersey Strawberry picking !!!

An Inspirational Spring Stroll at Duke Farms

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Even innkeepers need to be kept on track with things that need doing, both for the business and in regards to self-care and to maintain creativity…which is why a photographer friend of mine and I have teamed up as each-others accountability partner.  We meet once a month to keep each other on track with our personal and professional goals.  I know that sounds like scarey stuff,  but the truth is that  I’m a bit of a procrastinator and get a little lost when left completely to my own devices in getting things accomplished.  Its great not having  ‘a boss’ in this business,  but  new ideas,  a fresh point of view and someone to be accountable to has been really helpful.   For our last accountability meeting, Jenna and I met at Duke Farms, in Hillsborough NJ and walked and talked for hours about things that are important to each of us.  It was a dreary day, but the conversation was illuminating and the beauty that surrounded us made for a glorious April day..even though it was just 50 degrees!  Here’s a peek at a little of our time spent at Duke Farms…

A close-up of that amazing magnolia tree…We couldn’t even imagine how old this baby is!

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The Old Hay Barn as it is after a fire on the property in 1915.

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The Hay Barn is an amazingly imposing and awesome structure…Here it is…both inside and out.

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This beautiful Victorian Conservatory houses Duke Farms collection of  Tropical Orchids.  This Garden under glass is filled with a wide variety of orchid species from tropical regions along with some of the magnificent orchids that have been cultivated at Duke Farms throughout its history.

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Some of the orchids inside…note the misty-ness of some of the pics…it was really warm inside the greenhouse and outside a damp and dreary 50 degrees…

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When we came upon this unbelievable statue and incredible display of daffodils it was the icing on the cake for me!  We plan to come back in a month or so, bring our bikes and see even more of this New Jersey jewel.   What a wonderfully inspirational day we had… Thanks so much Jenna and Duke Farms.

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A little info about Duke Farms: Duke Farms was created by James Buchanan Duke in the late 1800’s.   He excavated nine lakes, constructed over 40 buildings, built nearly 2 ½ miles of stone walls and miles & miles of roadway.  Approximately 35 fountains and  countless pieces of sculpture were added to the property.  His daughter Doris Duke adored the estate because it was a creation of her fathers, and she associated it quite closely with him.  It became a touchstone throughout her life and was the house that she identified as her home and principal residence.  A life-long environmentalist, Doris Duke expressed in her will that Duke Farms serve as a haven for native flora and fauna and be used for research that would help to drive positive change on issues related to conservation and the health of the environment.  On May 18, 2012, Duke Farms was opened to the public as Doris had dreamed it would be.   In just 12 months, over 300,000 visitors have discovered Duke Farms.  Through the beauty of its natural setting, the diversity of the wildlife, and the scope and quality of their educational programs, demonstrations and research, Duke Farms has begun to inspire visitors to transform their approach to conservation and start building a more sustainable future.  For more information on Duke Farms and the 1 year Anniversary Celebration, visit http://www.dukefarms.org/en/Visit/One-Year-Anniversary/ .

 

It’s apple-time!

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On a brisk  autumn day, I love the ritual of a day spent in the kitchen baking!  There’s nothing better than the aroma of a yummy treat to welcome our inn-coming guests…And an apple-y dessert is the perfect thing to set the stage for those who visit us to spend some time pumpkin or apple picking!  Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for one of my favorite apple desserts that our guests seem to love…and below a few of our favorite pick-your-own places to visit for apple-picking nearby the inn!          

Main Street Manor’s Autumn Apple Bread … (adapted from Morning Glory Farm’s recipe, October 2011)

2 ½ c lightly packed brown sugar
1 c soft unsalted butter
3 eggs
1 T vanilla
2 T lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
4 c all purpose-unbleached flour
1 T baking soda
1 ½ t salt
1 ½ t freshly grated nutmeg
½ t cloves
½ t ginger
1 T cinamon
5 c finely chopped crisp apples (I suggest either fugi, gala, cortland or pink lady apples for this recipe)

 Preheat oven to 350….grease 3 glass loaf pans

 Cream sugar, butter, sugar and then beat in eggs & liquids.

Add all dry ingredients to the wet & mix well until everything is incorporated nicely.  Stir in your chopped apples and then portion the batter into the 3 loaf pans and bake for about 1 hour.  Enjoy!

These days, there are tons of apple varieties to be had…here are a few of our favorite pick your own farms for picking, nearby the inn…

Bonacorsi Family Farm – 1137 Croton Road, Flemington

Melick’s Orchards – 472 Route 513, Califon

Peaceful Valley Orchards – 150 Pittstown Road, Pittstown

 

Zucchini, Tomatoes & Thyme, Oh My!!!…….

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Inn-the-Kitchen at the Manor!

Ya gotta love Summertime in the Garden State / New Jersey!  Whether its grown in your own garden or found at a roadside stand, you have to admit, July & August in New Jersey prooves that Mother Nature rules!!!  And any of you gardeners out there for sure feel the stress of wanting to use ALL of the veggies that you have harvested within these last few days to allow little or NO waste.  We, at the inn pull in all of our resources to maximize this full-of-flavour season…and proceed in making any and ALL of the things that will allow us to utilize and enjoy the bounty of our garden this time of year! 

With that said, here’s a neat recipe for a Cobbler that is a bit unusual, but none-the-less DELICIOUS!  Its a savoury cobbler that one of our angels-at-the-inn (Heather) shared with us!  We have tweeked it just a little  to include our favorite summer veggie (zucchini!) and we hope you will enjoy our rendition!

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The inn's Heirloom tomatoes & Organic NJ Zucchini...nothing better!

Tomato & Zucchini Cobbler Makes: 6 to 8 servings
Time: About 1 hour

For the Filling: 2 T unsalted Butter…, 2 onions, diced…, 2 cloves of minced garlic…, 3 large tomatoes chunked…, 1 zucchini, chunked…, 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme…, 1/8 t cayenne pepper…, 1 tablespoon brown sugar…, 1 T kosher salt…, 3 Tablespoons flour to thicken

Topping / Bisquit: 1 c flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon sugar, 4 Tablespoons butter, 1/3 c buttermilk or regular milk, 1 teaspoon of fresh thyme.

Cobbler in the works...

Cobbler in the works...

Butter a baking dish or a deep pie plate. Preheat the oven to 375˚F.

  1. Put the tomato wedges and all ‘filling’ ingredients in a pan, stovetop and partcook. Toss gently to combine.
  2. Make the topping recipe while the tomato/zucchini mixture is cooking and set aside.

    Bisquits!

    Yum-O...the Bisquit topping!

Gently toss the tomato/zucchini mixture and spread it in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Drop spoonfuls of the batter on top and smooth just a bit with a knife. (Try to leave some gaps so that the steam from the tomato mixture will have a place to escape as the cobbler bakes.) Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, until golden on top and bubbly underneath. Cool to just barely warm or room temperature. Serve within a few minutes and  scoop servings out with a large spoon.  ENJOY!

Completed Cobbler!

Ahh..mazing Tomato & Zucchini Cobbler!

A Honey of A Farm!

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This time of year we really realize how lucky we are to be living in such a beautiful place!  Within our town, we can walk to everything…the grocery store, all kinds of restaurants, post office…and even the best Farmers Market in the County!  And a 15 minute drive will allow us to take in the most amazing scenery, whether it be a small family farm with pick-your own berries, a sprawling vineyard with rolling hills and grapevine as far as the eye can see or a gentleman’s farm which focuses on their bees and beekeeping!

The hives at Buzzing Acres alive with honeybees!

The focus of this blog post is to introduce our friends, Jean-Claude & Bea Tassot, owners of Buzzing Acres Farm and Tassot Apiaries!   Jean-Claude has been looking after honey bees since he was a child in Burgundy, France and now produces about 10,000lbs.  of honey from Buzzing Acres each year!   There are several dozen hives at the farm and lots more spread over local farms across several nearby counties.  We met Bea early last year when we asked her to do a class about bees at the inn after we had our own ‘bee-situation’ at the inn, in Spring, 2011

Jean-Claude & Bea Tassot, Owners of Buzzing Acres Farm & Tassot Apiaries in Milford, NJ

The Tasot’s main focus is their bees at  Tassot Apiaries, but beyond the bees, beekeeping, honey production, etc,  they have an amazing farm that is oh, so welcoming!   They are happy to take guests on a tour of the hives and their honey-making facility!  &…it is most facsinating and totally Tassot-driven!  Jean-Claude will educate you on the plight of the honeybee and make you aware of bee-ing supportive of the local movement, especially where honey & the  honeybees are concerned!  (In case you did not know, honeybees are responsible for about 30% of our food source, nationwide!  So think twice before using pesticides and the like in your garden!)

More lively bee-hives!

Besides the honeybees and their dog, Princesse (the Tassot’s pet, beagle-mix k9),  Buzzing Acres is home to about 7 different varieties of chickens, a rooster and some really beautiful and interesting alpaca.  

Jean-Claude leading the ladies!

The chickens & rooster are free-to-roam and each variety of chicken lays a different color egg!   Plus you’ll find that each bird has her own distinct, unique demeanor and personality! (so funny!) 

The rooster and a few of the girls!

  The rooster, surrounded by a few of the ladies…he thinks ‘it’s all about him’ !  (well, of course, it is!)

And the rooster's in the henhouse!

 The day we visited the farm it was a perfectly cool June day.  We followed Bea out to the chicken coop to see what beautiful surprises were awaiting us…and here’s a sample of what Miss Bea collected from the girls!

Miss Bea collecting the eggs!

 We at Main Street Manor have been getting our eggs from Buzzing Acres for a little over a year now…and we have to say, besides the fact that the eggs are farm-fresh, we love to see the array of colorful eggs we get each week! 

Beautiful multi-colored eggs from Buzzing Acres Farm!

As for the animals, Jean Claude loves his alpaca and they were all so friendly and came right over to the fence to say HI!!  The Tassot’s host a shearing event every Spring when the alpaca shed their wool which includes a tour of the Farm and an opportunity for all visitors to see the alpaca getting sheared! (Around Easter Sunday)

Alpaca, alpaca!

I was a little freaked-out by this one nosey guy who kept after us on our visit to the farm…but Bea & Jean-Claude kept him at bay! 

The NOSEY GUY!!!

 Well…we love us some Buzzing Acres Farm and the Tassot’s and we know YOU WILL TOO!  Tassot Apiaries is present at  many Farm Markets all through New Jersey where they sell their wares (honey, beeswax candles, soap and honey related items such as bee-pollen!)  They will be present this year at the Bastile Day Faire in NYC  in on Sunday, July 15!  For bee-related information, visit the info section of their website OR better yet, visit the Farm in person for a tour and an up-close and personal view of their farm, honey production and their sweet-as-can-bee gift shop!  Do give a buzz  first to make sure someone other than Princess (the dog) is home to take you on your tour. (908) 264-4504.
 

The Most Awesome Peony Farm…right here in Central New Jersey!!!

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One of the cool things about owning a B&B is that you can actually justify a ‘field trip’ (better known as a day-off!)  to explore amazing places to send our guests.  THIS amazing place is one that I heard about awhile ago and have wanted to get to for several years…and this week, I finally did! Now some may think it strange that such a fleeting thing is the cause for so much excitement…but if you are as posessed by plants as I am, than you won’t think this is strange at all!  I am talking about one of the most unbelieviable creations in nature…the peony! …and in particular, this unbelievable farm called (of all things!)  Peony’s Envy.  

In short, this unbelievable farm is the brainchild of Kathleen Gagan, lady farmer and total peony virtuoso.  Peony’s Envy Flower Farm is a nursery and display garden in Bernardsville, New Jersey and the gardens feature over 50,000 peony plants with over two hundred and fifty distinct cultivars.  (She sells the treasures too in the sweetest little gift-shoppe!)  The farm itself is surrounded by trees which makes you feel like you are strolling through a very private, yet immense secret place….sort of like in a storybook! 

 
Lady farmer Kathleen tells me that the peony bloom in the display garden lasts for about 6-8 weeks every year.  When I visited, the coral and early herbaceous peonies were in bloom along with many of the iris, so my timing was great…it was at the beginning of the PEAK herbaceous peony bloom. (and the ‘Coral Charm’ Peony was totally peaked and just delicious!!!)  

‘Coral Charm’ in all its glory…

 And here’s a close-up and personal look at Coral Charm & some of her neighbors! … 

'Coral Charm' ...times two!

Peony bloom ‘peak’ is expected to last until the beginning of June, weather pending.  At this point the coming weekend weather is looking fabulous and we are invited back to see the progression of bloom.  On Sunday (May 20), there’s a ‘Peak-Bloom Celebration’ from 3-6pm, with wine included…so if you can, do come and visit!   (Kathleen told me she has had visitors from as far away as Iceland to see her Peony Farm!!!) 

Not sure of the name...but I love this one!

Words cannot descride the beauty and care I found here at this magical place, so let’s just allow the photos to speak for themselves…!  I’ll be back later with more info…for now, enjoy the pics I took!

Another amazing anemone peony...

A beautiful bed with more herbaceous peonies and some iris.

 

I do believe this is a pink 'rose peony'...?

Kathleen and I talked for quite awhile about our businesses, about New Jersey and of course we talked about peonies…  We are planning on combining our talents and doing some classes at the inn on peonies come late fall or early winter…so stay tuned!   (And speaking of staying tuned, Kathleen was recently on the ‘Martha’ Stewart Show …so if you love your peonies and want total information on planting, growing, etc, check out the show!)

Kathleen Gagan, proprietress of Peony's Envy & Lady Farmer

I strolled for about 2 hours and totally enjoyed my time here…completely immersed in the lovliness and peace that surrounded me…what a remarkable day…what a complete treat!

View from the rear of the Farm down to the house...

 So of course I had to go home with SOMETHING…!!! I have never, EVER seen a red peony…so I absolutely HAD TO take one home!…SO this is the grown-up version of what I purchased in that sweet little Gift Shoppe!

Donna's Peony Purchase...!

 So…before I close this blog post, a few things to know:  Peony’s Envy is Open 11-5,  daily during the bloom season. Admission is $5.00.  If you are a guest of the inn, we SOOOOOO want you to go, that we will pay your admission!  Peony’s Envy’s potted herbaceous peonies are available for sale at their nursery and it is suggested that you come early for the best selection! …and do visit the website if there’s ANYTHING you need to know about caring for your peony plants…there is so much fabulous information there and lots of pictures!  Do treat yourself to a field trip to this heavenly place…even if you’re not a innkeeper…your spirit will thank you!  

A May Day Walk in our Garden

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It’s been quite awhile since I last gave a tour of the inns grounds and with a few days some back-breaking work and dipping temperatures, much has changed.  It always amazes me how quickly plants can grow from day to day and so far, I am happy with what I see.  Thank goodness for the recent last few days of rain…it has helped us tremendously, especially because of the dozens of plants that were relocated!  

New Jersey Wedding Garden

Our Boxwood 'Wedding Garden'

This little Wedding Garden has really taken shape this year!  The boxwood has so much amazing new growth and the roses are blooming already.  The lavender and astilbe really got a jump-start with the warm weather we had in March.  We can’t wait for our May brides to see the garden when it blooms in its full glory!

Clematis Vine (MRS. N. THOMPSON var.)

The extra-warm early-Spring days seems to agree with this buddliah…Look at the blooms already and also the peony buds in the background!  

Our front-side sunny Garden...peonies & butterfly bush (Buddleia alternifolia) ready to POP!

Our huge Magnolia Tree bloomed a month early this year, and beneath her is the most diverse shade garden that has really evolved over the past seven years that we have lived here at the inn…I love using the unusual, less-known plants such as the Jack Frost Forget-Me-Not (not in bloom yet) and a variety of viola, heuchera, geranium and painted fern.

Viola labradorica better known as Labrador Violet...and the perfect plant for a shady location and a home with a Labrador Retriever!

Side shade garden with Heuchera micrantha ‘Palace Purple’ and Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum', Japanese Painted Fern, Hosta in the background.

 Our front veranda is a perfect vantage point to see the inns shade gardens up-close and personal.  All year round the garden never disappoints and is ever-changing!

Dicentra spectilis and an underplanting of ajuga

A beautiful 'Knockout' Rose in a Sunny side-garden after the morning rain.

Through the side, sunny garden around the back of the inn our birdhouses and bird feeders are host to many  of our feathered inn-guests!  

One of our many 'Miss Kim' lilac bushes

I love using herbs in a sunny bed..here's purple sage showing off in one of our sunny front garden!

Our May Day Garden stroll has come to an end…for now.  We’ll do another as the month progresses along with the Garden.  Do visit us at Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast this Spring and ask one of the innkeepers for a personalized Garden Tour!  We’de love to share our love of plants and some of our knowledge with you! 

The 'official' greeter, always found at the inns front door!

 

Art, ‘Vine to Wine’ and Shad Festival all in April!

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Spring has truly sprung in Hunterdon County and Main Street Manor invites you come stay and play. Folks are strolling the still quiet streets and enjoying the crisp sunny days.  Pre-season events are popping up here and there that truly shouldn’t be missed. One of the most anticipated and popular is Lambertville’s Shad Fest and several others that we are looking forward to.  Come check them out and extend your time in the Country by staying with us for the weekend!

Mixing Palettes Art and Wine Weekend ~  Saturday, April 14 & Sunday, April 15, 2012 ~  Noon to 5:00 pm
The Delaware River Valley Wine Trail wineries will be hosting special exhibitions and art programs.  At nearby Old York Cellars, 25 live “en plein air painters” creating unique views of Old York Cellars.  These works will be featured in the Mixing Palettes exhibition, April 20th – May 27th. Artist Appreciation: Bring an “Artist ID” and get buy-one-get one free wine tastings and 10% off bottle purchases. (an “Artist ID” is anything that proves you are an artist, from a business card, to pics of your latest creation, to paint covered jeans). Unionville Vineyards hosts a complimentary Art Exhibit by My Picture Perfect Art. 

The 31st Annual Shad Festival ~ April 28 & 29, 2012 ~ 12:30-5:30 pm both days – no fee for admission – rain or shine! Each year the festival highlights our region’s arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, Lambertville’s favorite fish, the Shad!  The Shad Fest has evolved from a local art show into a nationally recognized award-winning event. The area’s finest artists and crafters are featured with great food and entertainment.  What you can expect: Artists and Crafters…80 of the region’s finest artists and crafters featuring everything – jewelry, ceramics, furniture, apparel, accessories, home décor and more!  In The Food Court… everything from taco salads to fried Calamari!  There will be tried & true favorites: shad chowder, hot dogs, fried oreos, hamburgers, fries and fresh lemonade for the traditionalists!  AND Live Musical performances both days!  The best of regional bands – listen to rock, blues, jazz fusion and more!

Vine to Wine Festival ~ Saturday, April 28th & Sunday, April 29, 2012 ~ Noon to 5:00 pm
Admission: $10/person ~ Spring is blooming at Old York Cellars and the Winery is celebrating!  Brush off the winter and come spend the day at the winery.  Along with wine tasting, there will be live music, craft and food vendors, vineyard and bee tours. Visit and enjoy!

Every Mile Is Two In Winter…

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Our beautiful blooming 'Winter's Bliss' Lenten Rose - 21 February 2012

No reason to complain about Winter this year, right???…Wrong!  I don’t know if anyone else feels somewhat swindled and teased by Mother Nature, but due to the lack of a traditional New Jersey Winter, the gardener in me is itchier than ever to get outside in the garden and play in the dirt!  When one sees snow and temps dip into the single digits, hunkering-down with a good garden book or seed catalog and wait until April, is all an innkeeper can do.  However this year, it has been especially excruciating to watch my bulbs pop their heads through piles of leaves and debris and resist beginning a garden clean-up on one of the 50 degree days we’ve been having!   

A hopeful hyacinth - 21 February 2012

With that said and deeply felt, I had to do something to expedite Spring a bit this year so what better than to plan some garden-classes right here at the inn with my new BFF, Eve Minson, owner of JustOneSeed in Bucks County, Pa.  One of my sweet helpers and I attended a class given by Eve at Duke Farms, in nearby Hillsborough last Fall.  Eve spoke on Herbs in the Garden that evening and her contagious excitement, prompted me to give her a call.  I asked if she would be willing to do a series of garden-related classes here at the inn and together we came up with an awesome lineup starting  on March 14 with class #1,  ‘Seed Starting & Saving’.   We’ll be sowing some early lettuce  and other goodies so I am thrilled that very soon we’ll be in the dirt again, no matter what the temperature!  Students of Eve’s class will sow their seeds and take home their treasures for planting in the early-Spring garden, container or otherwise.

A persistant pansy in the herb bed off the kitchen - 21 February 2012

As long as I can remember, gardening, art, and cooking have been my passions.  They have interwoven in different ways throughout my life.  For almost 20 years I have been committed to organic gardening and the ‘whole’ natural foods movement, “Slow Food” before it ever had a name.  Over the years I have cooked for and hosted family, friends and guests with herbs and foods we have grown ourselves or harvested from our nearby organic CSA and have loved every minute of it!  There’s nothing like plucking something fresh from the garden either to cook, bake with or fresh flowers from the garden to adorn the table!

I feel blessed to have Main Street Manor B&B, where what I love and find interesting are integrated into my home,  work and life.  Our guests say this gives them a rich and really authentic experience when escaping to our inn.  If you’re as crazy about playing in the dirt and growing and caring for plants as I am,…or looking to discover  something new this Spring, visit us for a class (or all six!).   We’ll also provide you a respite if you find you need to take some time to rediscover yourself and what you’re passionate about.

For a listing and descriptions of classes we are offering, visit our ‘Noteworthy Happenings’ page on our website.  Come get your hands dirty with us!

Holiday Gift Ideas from a Locavore!

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Looking for local gifts this Holiday?  In a season that grows increasingly materialistic every year, why not support the local economy while showering your loved ones with presents?  Hunterdon County’s   and Central New Jersey local artists, assortment of farms, independent businesses, amazing restaurants,  all make for endless gift options. Our suggestions below lists nearby sources for holiday gifts that fit every price range and taste. Lets say ‘Goodbye Wal-Mart and Hello Hunterdon’ !

Dancing On Air Balloon Adventures – Town: Flemington – For: The Adventurer ~ An unforgettable gift and the ride of a lifetime in a hot air balloon!

 

Old Broad; aka:Broad Street Antiques – Town: Flemington – 110 Broad Street – For: The Collector ~  This shop has been opened for years and they have the best selection of antiques and collectibles in all of Hunterdon County!  One could spend a hefty sum on antique jewlery or any number of artsy pieces, but great gift options also exist for smaller budgets.  The extensive collection of ornaments, some antique and some “good replicas”  include great stocking stuffers. 

Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse – Town: Milford – 369 Stamets Road – For: The Baker  ~ Treat the baker in your life to a bread-baking class with master-bread-baker Nina White at Bobolink Dairy Farm.  Nina’s skills and old world style of bread baking make this class such fun and oh-so informative!  ( Not to mention the many loaves of bread you’ll have to savour all winter, long after class is over!) OR just stop in at the farm for some of their bread and farm made cheese to enjoy together through the holidays!

Main Street Massage – Town: Flemington – 4 Walter Foran Blvd – For:  The Stressed  ~ Invigorating or relaxing, massage is sure to re-balance that someone in your life who needs some ‘just me’ time!    

Teaberry’s Carriage House Boutique – Town: Flemington – 2 Main Street – For:  The Tea Lover ~  The tea aficionado in your life will appreciate most anything in this lavish emporium of  tea-related gifts and items of finery for ‘ladies who lunch’.   Teaberry’s Tea Room also offers gift certificates for a proper English High Tea or lunch Wednesdays-Saturdays.  

Kissimmee River Pottery – Town: Flemington – 12 Mine Street – For:  The Artsy Person ~ Choose from John Fulwood’s one-of-a-kind pottery creations or give the gift of pottery classes to that wanna-be OR artist in your life!  

Chef-Owned & Operated Restaurants – Towns: Flemington, Milford, Frenchtown – For: Anyone who appreciates a dining ‘experience’ ~ Our faves: Matt’s Red Rooster Grill, 55Main, The Milford Oyster House, The Race Street Cafe.  Eclectic, exciting, unique and creative…thats how we describe all these nearby dining spots.

Main Street Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn – Town: Flemington – 194 Main Street – For :  Those in need of a respite.  Fireplaces, featherbeds and comfortable elegance are just a few of the things you’ll love about our inn.  We source all our produce and foodstuffs locally and do all our own baking right here on premises. Local wine tastings are complimentary with a stay @ the inn and our gift shoppe features locally produced gift items.  Gift certificates are available in all denominations…Stop by this Holiday Season for a tour of the inn all dressed up for Christmas!  Merry Christmas and Holiday Blessings to you & Yours!