Forgot This Local Food
One of the local foods that NJ is famous for is seafood and I nearly forgot to include it in our menu. A visit to a couple of fish markets however, showed that it is nearly impossible to discern where the fish is coming from. The only thing we could do was select types that are native to NJ and hope for the best. Of course we could have gone to one or two of the "buy off the boat" type of places, but even then there's no assurance that the fish is caught in NJ waters. So we selected bluefish which is a very common local species this time of year, bay scallops which are "farmed" on Delaware Bay, and Tuna also common this time of year. We also could have selected a number of different types of clams, but that would have been too much. Clams are however, the most famous of NJ seafood products. Since we were planning on eating the fish fresh that same day, we had enough.
So we marinated the tuna steak in an orange-pineapple sauce from Hoboken Eddie's (NJ made) and grilled it. The accompaniments were a peach salsa (100% locally grown) and some sauted string beans with garlic. The beans were from the garden and the garlic was from a farm stand, but the cashews we added were not local. The bluefish was covered in a homemade marinade and grilled also, along with eggplant (farmstand). The scallops we sauted in garlic butter that included local butter, garlic and wine. It turned out to be quite a feast for two.
On the subject of seafood there's an interesting situation going on nearby. There's a large preserved farm not far from here where the owner wants to establish a shrimp farm. This would require the building of a couple of larger buildings (barns). The shrimp farm is an OK use under the farm preservation rules, however the township will not grant a permit for the use or the construction of the buildings. Seems the neighbors are up in arms over the idea that the farm's current look will change and the production will create odors. Its the ongoing problem here in NJ with preserved farms no longer being production farms that contribute to the agricultural economy, but instead become senic wonders and protected estates for the wealthy. I say let's have some locally raised shrimp! If you take the economic incentive away from farm operations by not allowing them to produce, what's the point. By the way, these neighbors who are against this operation live in an area that nearly backs up to the NJ Turnpike where the constant din of trucks and cars is overwhelming. So they bought homes completely accepting the noise and pollution, but are somehow worried about the smell of a shrimp farm?