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Susan S. Yeske: Dining Out

Plenty of choices at this upscale farmers’ market

Weekends are the time to be trying out Stockton mainstay



Megan Jones-Holt makes a pizza for a customer at Market Pizza at the Stockton Market in Stockton, N.J.

The lineup of mini-restaurants changes over time, but it’s the ease, selection and family-friendly atmosphere that bring customers back to the Stockton Market to dine.

Open Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, the upscale farmers market in Stockton, N.J., has ample seating for diners who come for a meal before stocking up on their weekly market purchases.

Friday night is especially popular as a dining destination. Customers choose from a variety of artisanal pizzas from Market Pizza, fresh oysters from Metropolitan Seafood, tacos from El Mariachi and Texas-style barbecue from Pulled Fork BBQ. For dessert there are chocolates from Sciascia Confections.

“It really is a multicultural selection of dining choices,” said Cheryl Olsten, who owns the market with her husband Steven Grabowski.
“People love coming here because they can relax with family and friends,” she said.

They also like having a variety of choices all weekend long. Both children and adults opt for pizzas from Market Pizza, where owners Megan Jones-Holt and Mark Holt make margarita, pesto, sausage, pepperoni, marinara and breakfast pizzas for their many customers.

They also offer a chef’s special pizza each week; a recent savory blueberry pizza with mozzarella and red onion was a customer favorite. “It was awesome,” said Jones-Holt.

Mike Meredith is from Texas, where he learned to love the state’s famous smoked meats and barbecue. His arrival at the market filled a void left when More Than Q BBQ moved to Lambertville to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant, said Olsten. Now Meredith and his wife, Jen, serve up a variety of Texas favorites including brisket tacos, chopped brisket, pulled pork, sausage, corn with peppers, slaws and beans.

The list of dining options expands on Saturdays and Sundays. That’s when Lo Re Pasta, owned by brothers Mario and Richard Zeck, serves up a variety of fresh pasta bowls each week using pastas and sauces they have made using locally sourced ingredients.

Each week they offer a choice of about six pastas, which are sold in bags as well as cooked for a meal at the market. The flours they use include spelt, emmer, semolina, New Jersey whole wheat and hard wheat. Vegetables used in some of the pastas come from local farms.

Mario Zeck graduated from culinary school. He said his recipes come from his grandmother, but have been “tweaked a little to satisfy my tastes.”

Also on Saturdays, Lenny Ojeda combines Latin and Italian cuisines at his Lenny’s Cocina de Abuelita, serving frittatas, pressed sandwiches and platters.

Urbane Tea & Coffee at the Market Café is open weekends, serving coffee and tea, while Sweet Melissa Patisserie serves fresh baked goods including “the best croissants anywhere,” Olsten says.

Curiosity Doughnuts satisfies cravings for sweets with freshly made doughnuts and ice cream, and recently add fried chicken to it offerings. The Kombucha Bar serves the only kombucha probiotic drinks in the area, Olsten said.

One Friday night a month the market has the added draw of offering live music, Olsten said. Anyone who wants to see what’s happening can check the market’s website, stocktonmarket.com, or sign up for the weekly newsletter.

Dining Out at the Stockton Market
19 Bridge St., Stockton, N.J.
609-610-3532

stocktonmarket.com/

Date and time:
Friday 4 to 8 p.m.,
Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,
Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

susan.yeske@gmail.com

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