Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Garden State in a Basket

GSOP  recently donated a basket filled with NJ produced 
food items and books for a charity silent auction.
One of the best ways to advocate for New Jersey as a perfect state for foodies is to share its bounty with others.  With that concept in mind, the bloggers here at Garden State on A Plate recently donated the basket pictured above for the Fourth Annual Mercer County Sports & Entertainment Commission's Luncheon and fundraiser. 
     In addition to good eats, we included a few publications we felt were good reads and would be beneficial to both those well versed in Jersey's food resources, as well as others new to the state. 
     The most surprising aspect of our efforts was just how easy it was to fill a really big basket with wonderful local products. All of the food products were purchased within a few miles of our central New Jersey homes at three locations: Whole Foods Market and Terhune Orchards in Princeton and Trenton Farmers Market in Lawrence Township. Most of the products are also available at neighborhood stores and supermarkets. The hardest part? Leaving so many great local items out of the basket. We easily could have filled several baskets with completely different products. 
     Here is an item list with links (when available) for more information on these local gems:
Food & Beverage Items:
  1. 1 Bottle of 2009 Revolutionary Red Wine from Unionville Vineyards, Ringoes, NJ
  2. Cookies and Apples from Terhune Orchards, Lawrenceville,
  3. Farmer Steve’s Popcorn, from Amwell Valley Organic Grains, Ringoes, NJ, 
  4. Cocoa Bee Artisanal Chocolates from Donna & Company/Artisanal Chocolates, Cranford, NJ,
  5. Jersey Fresh Honey from Stiles Apiaries, Fords, NJ (732) 661-0700
  6. Jersey Blues all Natural Blueberry Iced Tea, Whitesbog Village, NJ,
  7. Muirhead Apple Cranberry Chutney, Ringoes, NJ
  8. FunniBonz Barbecue Sauce, West Windsor, NJ,
  9. 3 Monkeys Mustard,
  10. Severino Homemade Pasta, Westmont, NJ,
  11. Fattoria Fresca-Jersey Fresh Crushed Tomatoes, Williamstown, NJ

Non-food Items
  1. $25.00 Gift Certificate to Hamilton’s Grill Room in Lambertville, NJ, 
  2. $25.00 Gift Certificate to The Ferry House in Princeton, NJ
  3. Book: Zagat 2010/2011 NJ Restaurant Guide
  4. Book: Food Lovers Guide to New Jersey, by Peter Genovese
  5. Book: The Farm Markets of Central New Jersey, published by the Garden Club of Princeton
  6. 1 Copy of Edible Jersey Magazine
  7. 1 Copy of NJ Monthly Magazine -


  1. Such a gret basket! And NJ is the best state for foodies hands down! Love your blog!
    ~ A fellow Italian American Jersey foodie