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Our Current Project: Creating a Recipe Book

he garden has a fun new project we are working on: creating a recipe book to provide to the agencies that we donate our produce to!

We hope to create a comprehensive book full of nutritious and affordable recipes that use produce from the garden, as well as readily available items found in food pantries.

We are currently accepting recipes from our gardeners and other community members who wish to contribute. Please send us any recipes to

We really appreciate your help!

Here is a list of items commonly found in food pantries:


  • Packaged and canned beef stew
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned white meat chicken
  • Canned pink salmon
  • Canned chili with beans
  • Frozen meats: breaded chicken strips, hamburger meat, sausage, fish, chicken patties
    • Most food banks do not have these items, but some do


  • Canned vegetables: currently diced carrots and a mix of potatoes, peas, corn, carrots, celery, etc.
  • Seasonal fresh vegetables: currently tomatoes, spaghetti squash, lettuce, varies by NJ growing season
  • Typical fresh vegetables: celery, potatoes, onions, carrots

Fruit & Juice

  • Jellied cranberry sauce (Not seasonal! This is typically stocked)
  • Canned fruit: currently peach slices, tart cherries in water
  • Applesauce
  • Raisins and dried cherries
  • Grape Jelly
  • Juice: Grapefruit juice and concentrated cranberry juice
  • Typical fresh fruit: apples


  • Peanut Butter Nuts- currently walnuts


  • 1% shelf-stable milk
  • Yogurt: currently vanilla and strawberry
  • Eggs (not found in all food pantries)
  • Dressing: Caesar and Thousand Island
  • “Moo Milk”

Miscellaneous Items

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Canned beans: currently Blackeye, sometimes black, baked, etc.
  • Dried beans: currently Navy beans
  • Soups: currently chicken noodle, various types during winter
  • Chips: currently flavored potato chips and popcorn


  • Quick oats
  • Cereal: currently Cheerios, corn flakes, Krave cereal
  • Boxes of mac and cheese
  • Pasta: currently spaghetti and elbows
  • Rice: minute rice, white rice, brown rice

Baby Food

  • Gerber rice cereal
  • Gerber oatmeal cereal
  • Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk (shelf stable)
  • Happy Baby Puffs in multiple flavors


  • Sub rolls
  • Frozen Panera breads
  • Cake, doughnuts, etc.

Seasonal/ Holiday Items

  • Frozen whole chickens, turkeys, and hams
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Canned cut green beans
  • Instant mashed potatoes, and fresh potatoes and sweet potatoes
  • Frozen blueberries and strawberries