Recently I visited the brand-new Stanton Farmers' Market. (This is the first farmers' market to come to Readington Township!) Be sure to check it out, every Thursday from 4pm (I think) until 7:30pm, in the parking lot of the Stanton Reformed Church, 1 Stanton Mountain Road (only about 5 minutes off of Route 31.
I salivated over the certified organic fresh veggies, including asparagus and salad greens, from Green Gourmet Gardens, and sampled some delicious scape pesto (scape, I discovered, is an odd-looking shoot that grows on the tops of spring garlic plants...who knew???) And would you believe they still farm using HORSEPOWER??? How awesome is that???
The Griggstown Quail Farm and Market stand offered a delectable selection of chicken, chicken sausages, game birds, and amazing pies. (I purchased and sampled the chicken sausage with spinach and feta cheese. Delicious!!!) All poultry is all-natural, free range. The Griggstown Quail Farm serves leading NJ and NYC restaurants as well as the well-known D'Artagnan brand. This is quality stuff, folks, and you don't have to drive to Griggstown (near Princeton) to get it! http://www.griggstownquailfarm.com/
Lastly, I drooled over the Millstone River Creamery's ice cream. This is as decadent as it gets, folks. All natural, gourmet ice cream. Owners (and newlyweds) John and Elyse create and sell their amazing concotions in Millstone, New Jersey. It's premium-quality all-natural ice cream with a unique twist: it’s fresh! “We use fresh cream, fresh eggs, locally grown fresh fruit, no preservatives, no chemicals, no artificial flavors—only all-natural ingredients. Our Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip, for example, is made with fresh mint leaves. Virtually everything is made from scratch!" notes their website. You can do your e-drooling at http://www.millstonerivercreamery.com/.... but better yet, come out to the farmer's market, meet Elyse, and pick up a pint (or two or three) while you're there! YUM!!!
There's a lot more to explore...so folks....get out there and tap your inner "locavore." Eat local, and support small NJ farmers who are committed to quality of product and use practices that preserve the integrity of our land.