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Ben’s Commandments

An architect by trade who sees both food and shelter as “the staffs of life,” Ben Walmer and his fellow foragers and chefs love to gather and collaborate at Whittemore, a unique preserve in Tewksbury Township where community, culture and conservation converge. The Peasant Wife’s Chief Photographer Mike Peters spent last Sunday with the swashbucklers whose culinary celebrations are in tune with nature’s doctrine.

Flying High

Hawk Haven Vineyard & Winery is all about “doing it right” and “putting it out there right.” Todd and Kenna Wuerker, the husband-wife team behind the wine-grape farm in Cape May County, will settle for nothing less than top-tier estate wines – and never accept the status quo.

Swine + Brine

Pork and oysters are South Jersey. And nowhere is that heritage given more respect than at a “meeting” of culinary minds and professionals at Sweet Amalia Market + Kitchen in Newfield.

Wine & Brine

The Winemakers’ Co-Op and Sweet Amalia Market + Kitchen are collaborating on this terroir-driven, high-style tasting that pairs Co-Op members’ estate-grown wines with five courses spotlighting the lauded Sweet Amalia oysters sustainably farmed on New Jersey’s Cape Shore Flats. It’ll be an afternoon dinner to remember.

The Old Millpond Farm

Mother Nature’s cycle is respected at this small farm on the Musconetcong where homesteaders with a deep understanding of quality grow heirloom and historically significant fruits, herbs and vegetables.

Down the Stoneyfield End

Tree fruits at this Warren County orchard roll with the seasons, starting with sour cherries in spring and climaxing in high autumn with apples and pears. For a couple more precious September weeks, peaches will drip from bark-crusted limbs and branches and beg to be baked in a pie.

Our Favorite Savory Fruit

A life well lived is a life spent learning about, and tasting, legendary Jersey tomatoes.

Thrills in Blueberry Hills

One family’s summer tradition, steadfast in the Garden State where high bush blueberries reach the apex of flavor, started with a sting. But it continues with the sweet love of the fruit and the shared rituals of its gathering.

Cultivating a Crossroads

A garden is growing in Lakewood – and fostering respect and understanding among the township’s diverse communities.

Soft shell crabs: A season to savor – quickly!

Jersey soft shell crabs reach their peak in June. As in RIGHT NOW. Here’s why you should grill, sauté, broil and fry them post-haste.

Well-Sweep Herb Farm: Open House

The culinary cognoscente order their herb plants from a family-owned and operated farm in Port Murray known worldwide for its comprehensive collection. See for yourself at the annual open house what makes this herbal heaven on Earth truly one-of-a-kind.

Miracle of the Vines

Drink in the scene at Villa Milagro Vineyards: Located in Warren County and bordered by the Delaware River and the hills of Hunterdon, it’s the definition of bucolic. It’s also the domain of a couple who cherish the concept of stewardship and the crafting of wines.


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