CHATHAM, NJ - Instead of going to Whole Foods or Kings, many Chatham residents flocked to the farmers market Saturday morning, Oct. 20. There were donuts and pastries for everyone’s sweet tooth, and with Halloween around the corner, even pumpkins.
The Chatham Farmer's Market is located at the train station on Saturdays from June 30 to Nov. 17 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some of the vendors include Muth Farms, Melick Farms, Picklelicious, Chatham Bakery & Bread, Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruits, Lost Loon Farms, Moon Doggie Roasters and Sally Lunns Tea Shoppe.
Luis Fermun, who has been with Picklelicious for four years, said his company attends 40 farmers markets a week and they are always busy. He said unlike other pickle vendors, they provide free samples at all of the markets.
Some of the items they offer are olives, peppers, horseradish pickles, half sour, new, sweet pickle chips, hot and spicy, sour tomatoes, homemade olive paste, marinated artichokes and kosher dill.
He said the tops sellers are the new pickle and the Mediterranean combo olives, but his favorite is the tapenade and sweet horseradish chips.
“We are really popular with our tapenade,” he said. It is chopped up olives, which are commonly used as dips or spreads, he said. “It makes you cry,” he said referring to the horseradish chips.
Susan Rembetsy of Berkeley Heights was there with her two sons, visiting her parents in Chatham. She said they attend the market often and the boys love the pickles and doughnuts.
“We usually get vegetables and fruits depending on the season,” she said.
Three girls from Girl Scout Troop 1240 in Chatham made caramel apples and popcorn for seven hours Friday night. Sarah Abbott, Nicole Goldshmidt, and Jocelyn Hughes wanted to do something fun and beneficial so they could obtain their silver merit badge, Abbott said. All of the proceeds went to the children’s ward at Overlook Hospital.
“We figured this was a very seasonal thing to do,” Abbott said. “I bake a lot, but never tried to make caramel. We’ve eaten a lot of caramel in the past 24 hours.”
Four fourth graders, who had just finished football practice, came to the market hungry and tired. The youngsters wanted sugar and snatched up the caramel apples and devoured them. Matt Fortuna said they were delicious, but he left a little disappointed.
“There was no chocolate covered bacon this week,” he said, referring to a vendor that did not attend this week's market.