Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or 100 percent carnivore, the Maplewood Farmer’s Market offers a variety of fresh, locally grown produce, meat and bread every Monday from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. through the fall at the intersection of Indiana Street and Springfield Ave.
One of this season’s top newcomers is Down to the Bone Barbecue & Company. The newly christened Stanhope, NJ-based restaurant is reporting a big bump in traffic since opening up shop in Maplewood. Emissary and chef Nick Thompson boasted some of the best barbecue in New Jersey. With freshly smoked ribs, chicken and pulled pork, Thompson serves up plates, sandwiches and more while discussing his eatery’s gourmet menu, huge portions, craft beer selection and lakeside dining.
Green Acres Farmstand offers 10 dry pastry mixes with recipes that even the oven-illiterate can master. Owner and entrepreneur Peggy Samuels has cookie, brownie and bread mixes of various types. Meeting her customers halfway is what motivates her. “[Making mixes] is something I really enjoy,” she said. “But I just don’t have the wherewithal or the energy to do all the baking myself.”
Maplewoodstock goers may remember Lickt artisan gelato & sorbet from this past weekend. The Maplewood-based creators of cool, creamy treats were so mobbed with overheated concertgoers, they had nothing left to sell by the end of the weekend.
Peaches, blueberries, raspberries and cantaloupes are all in season. Chester, NJ-based Alstede Farms and Stony Hill Gardens each have a bounty of the fruits to choose from, as well as sweet corn and fresh greens, lettuces and herbs, with even more field-raised tomatoes, eggplant and peppers on the way for next week.
Hoboken Farms can be found in Summit at their sandwich shop or at 30 different markets around NJ and NY. With fresh meats, breads and mozzarella, the company has been growing strong since 1992.