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At My Favorite Farmers Market: BBQ, Chocolate, Meyer Lemon Lavender Marmalade

I’ve written bits and pieces about my favorite year-round farmers market in this space (hello, The Painted Truffle), but in my column in the February 1 issue of US 1, I give the lowdown on everything it has to offer, including the best bbq in the area (to eat in or take out) and exciting plans, expansions, and changes underway.

I’m talking, of course, about the continuously evolving Stockton Farm Market, which also has going for it that it is totally indoors, is open 3 days a week, and is located in a charming NJ river town.

Pictured above: the headlined marmalade, from Simple Living 101. Below are just a few of the mushrooms at the Chettie’s table – which also had fresh black truffles for sale the day I took this photo. 

And speaking of US 1, my cover story last week previewing NOFA-NJ’s winter conference drew 100 walk-in registrations according to the NOFA staff! Total attendance was around 525, their highest ever. If you were among the 100, thank you! Feel free to comment here on your experience.

Calling All Chocoholics

Meet Tom Sciascia, an oil painter and graphic artist who after 9/11 turned to making exquisite chocolate truffles. I profile him and his company, The Painted Truffle, in the November 9 issue of US 1 because Sciascia (a good Sicilian name pronounced sha-sha) will be doling out samples of his cabernet and Scotch cordial truffles at the Junior League of Greater Princeton’s Artful Palate fundraiser on Friday, November 11 at the Trenton Country Club.  Sciascia, who produces about 2,000 hand-dipped, all natural truffles a week from a 500-square-foot “chocolate studio” in North Wales, PA, also sells his wares online and at my favorite year-round indoor farmers market, the Stockton Farm Market, as well as through his website.  

Some interesting facts: Sciascia grew up in tiny New Village, NJ, where the cornfields that surround his childhood home became the subject of his large, realist oil paintings.  The Painted Truffle supports some good causes, including Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the Rainforest Alliance. Proceeds from the Junior League event go to their ROCKETS project, which provides fun, hands-on math and science activities to at-risk preschoolers.

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