Food & Drink

Millburn Farmer's Market Celebrates 20th Anniversary

6346a70b891700ec1e1f_002.jpg
Credits: Jason Cohen
d927a1c40d3a7498b6fb_005.jpg
Credits: Jason Cohen
6346a70b891700ec1e1f_002.jpg

MILLBURN, NJ - Early Friday morning behind the Millburn Town Hall, people were shopping for their fruits and vegetables at the Millburn Farmers Market. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the market in downtown Millburn. It takes place from June 8 through Oct. 19 on Fridays from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.  

Some of the farmers there included Alstede Farms (USDA certified organic grower), E&R Organic (USDA certified organic grower) and Ort Farms and Vacchiano Farms. Vendors included Dr. Pickle, Gina’s Bakery, and Paolo’s Kitchen. Also, the Millburn Township Green Team was on hand to help with the “greening” of the Millburn-Short Hills community and merchants and Wells Fargo Bank were there to help educate people on “green” banking practices.

Over the past year, Paolo’s Kitchen has become one of the most vibrant and successful catering companies in the area. They are located on South Street in New Providence and supply food for many events and attend several farmers markets throughout the state.

Sign Up for E-News

“The big draw for our food is we don’t use preservatives and because we are local it’s all fresh,” said Evan Smith of Paolo's Kitchen. “We try for fresh, frozen and friendly.”

Smith said hot food and sandwiches are popular for catering events, but at markets, people snatch up the frozen food. Some popular cold dishes are the eggplant rollaltini, pumpkin ravioli and vegetable lasagna.   

“For an Italian caterer, we don’t use that much pasta,” Smith said.

They are also renowned for making gluten-free food, Smith said. Because many people are allergic to gluten, Paolo's tries to cater to people’s needs, he said.  

Cindy Topolewski, who has a business in Maplewood, does her shopping at the Millburn market every week. She loves getting her fruits, vegetables and meat there, she said.

“I’d rather get them here than get them in the store,” she said.

Dr. Pickle of Paterson, which has been around since 1902, is one of the largest pickle suppliers in the area for restaurants and delis and they attend four farmers markets a week.

They offer half sour, full sour and new pickles. One of their more popular pickles is the cucumber bread and butter, which is quite sweet, said Christian Worley, who has worked there for a year. Worley, who is a pastry chef on the side, really has a passion for pickles and baking, he said.

“We really do put a lot of effort into the items that we use,” he said.

Estelle Edelson of Mountainside was ecstatic that the farmers market was still open. She and her family spend their summers in the Berkshires and they just returned.

“I haven’t been home all summer, so I was thrilled when I saw they were still open,” Edelson said.  

She likes to buy fruits, veggies and pickles, she said.  She bought a variety of pickles because she said she can’t get pickles this good unless she goes to the Lower East Side of Manhattan. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

National Weather Service Issues Heat Advisory thru Sunday for Millburn Township

June 30, 2018

MILLBURN, NJ —  A heat wave rolling into the area is expected to last through Sunday, with the National Weather Service (NWS) calling for a heat advisory for Millburn Township through 12:00 pm Sunday. However, an excessive heat watch runs through Monday evening. 

According to the NWS, the heat index values are projected in the mid to upper 90s today and ...

Three High-End Retailers Hit by Thefts; Millburn Police Investigating

June 28, 2018

On June 19, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Crawn responded to Neiman Marcus on a theft report. Neiman Marcus personnel report a black male wearing a red hat, black winter coat, and tan backpack concealed 2 pairs of headphones valued at $498.00 in his backpack and left the store without making payment. The incident is under investigation by the Millburn Police Detective Bureau.

On June 19, 2018 ...

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

Eliminates Prior Approval for Medicaid Tobacco Cessation Medications; Counseling Options to be Expanded

TRENTON, NJ – The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease ...

Second Millburn Summer Concert Set for Sunday, July 8

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Short Hills Summer Concerts in the Park program will hold its second concert of the season featuring “Soul Groove” this Sunday, July 8th (7:00pm-8:30 pm). All of the concerts are free of charge and take place in Taylor Park on Main Street. 

Soul Groove comes back again this year to the summer concert series  Together ...

Authorities are Seeking Assistance in Finding Victim’s Family 

NEWARK, NJ – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert D. Laurino announced today that authorities are seeking the public’s assistance in locating relatives of Gilbert Garcia, a/k/a Geovanny Gonzales, who died on Friday, June 22, 2018 after being assaulted in Newark. Garcia was attacked on Raymond Boulevard near Penn Station in the early morning hours of June 22. He was ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...