SUMMIT, NJ- Marking its 19th year in Summit, the Farmers Market on Deforest Avenue was packed Sunday morning with families shopping, schmoozing and sampling delicious healthy treats. The farmers market takes place on Sundays and began May 13 and ends Nov. 18.
There were organic farmers Cherry Grove Farm, Princeton and North Slope, Lambertville, other Jersey farmers Corner-Copia, Robbinsville LL Pittenger Farm, Andover Race Farm, Blairstown
Vacchiano Farm, Washington. There were also and numerous specialty vendors including Brownie Points Bakery, Cafe Mavi, Carter & Cavero, Oil Olives, City Girls, Ester's Treats, Gourmet Nuts & Fruits, Green Market Dairy Gourmet Nuts & Fruits, Hoboken Farms, Jams by Kim, Lizzmonade and many more.
Adrian Cohen of Yona's Gourmet Delights from Brooklyn was there promoting delicious Jewish and Greek delicacies. The store, which resides close to Coney Island primarily, sells quiches and bourekas. They have come to the farmers market for the past three years and have enjoyed it, Cohen said.
“It’s a nice market and people are nice here,” he said.
They sell homemade beef hot dog sliders, potato, cheese and spinach bourekas and garden veggie, cheese, broccoli and spinach quiches. Cohen said the number one seller is the broccoli quiche.
One of the mainstays of the farmers market is Hoboken Farms. They have been coming there for 12 years, have a sandwich shop on Springfield Avenue, have a bakery in Hoboken and a warehouse in Union City. Hoboken Farms started in 1992 and they attend 30 farmers markets a week, Joe Zapille said. They have variety of breads and cheeses plus several frozen foods as well. Zapille said they do great business at the market and they really enjoy coming there.
Zapille said one of their best products is their “world best” olive pockets, which are made with focaccia bread, black, green and Spanish olives and mozzarella cheese. Hoboken Farms is also quite known for its frozen ravioli and shitake mushrooms, he said.
“We kind of go the extra mile to bring quality,” Zapille said. “We’re here for the community. We’re here because we love being here.”
In addition to fruits, veggies and bread, Summit residents were treated to wood fire pizza as local eatery Pizza Vita was there to fill people’s stomachs. Manger Gina Americo said they recently opened the food truck with a portable wood oven and business has been booming. They attend markets, parties, company events and even to Hoboken. The pizza cooks at a scorching 1,200 degrees and it only takes 90 seconds to cook.
“It’s really neat, people love it and its really good food,” Americo said.
Cranford resident Cara Sweeney attended the market for the first time with her family. She was astonished at how many types of breads, fruits and vegetables there were, she said. While she hadn’t bought anything yet, she was excited for the pastries and flowers, she said.
Her three sons were having a ball with the vendor who sold honey because there was a large glass filled with bees.
“This I’m going to have to say is going to be the most popular feature for us today,” she said referring to the honey and bees.