Eating Local: Princeton
- Caralien Jan 12, 2009 04:37 PM
On different posts I've read different rules about what is considered local--some say 50 miles, others same county, and then others, within a 7 hour drive.
The idea started here:
Trenton's Farmer's Market & Halo Dairy Farm: 9 miles
Brooklyn's Porto Rico (coffee roasters): within 50 (though with beans from around the world; I consider them a small, artisinal, local company which also has fair trade, organic, bird friendly, and shade grown beans).
Fishing in the Atlantic: 40 miles away
Pumpkins, squashes, and peppers: assorted farms within 11 miles
Hopewell Winery: 11 miles (favourite: Rosso Della Valle, $15 & their white port, $17
)Triumph Brewery: 2.5 blocks away
Jersey Fresh crushed tomatoes
Griggstown Quail Farm: 8 miles
Laird's Applejack: 33 miles
I've found that there's even bison, beef, lamb and other locally raised meats can be had also, and would like to start a thread to help out those wanting to eat locally.
I've started browsing some older Pepin cookbooks, and local as well as seasonal is usually cheaper. Some of the farm prices for bison and beef are on par, pricewise, with the meat sold at the local stores.
I was amazed that everything I might want to eat (aside from certain French cheeses and my Greek olive oil) could be purchased or sourced locally.
Whole Earth is wonderful, know it has been there forever but have been on an ice cream quest this summer, they carry Bent Spoon 1/2 Gallons. Parking is much easier here than downtown. The flavors rotate each week, they never know what flavors will be sent over, you can call and they are super helpful. A new shipment arrives on Weds or Thurs. Just a happy note to this super wonderful thread of information.
Caralien, thanks for starting this thread. I suspect that most of the places that will be mentioned by posters have already been discussed on Chowhound but it will be really useful to have them all listed in one place.
For grass fed beef and pork, try Simply Grazin' on Route 206 north of Princeton. Some of their products are sold at the Princeton Whole Foods store but they do operate their own retail shop which is open on Thursdays and Saturdays.
For bison meat, you could try the Readington River Buffalo Farm on Route 523 (near Stanton) . They too operate a retail shop on Saturdays and Sundays. If you go to the Buffalo Farm, you might want to combine it with a visit to the Valley Shepherd Creamery.
"Laird's Applejack: 33 miles"
Sadly, Laird's hasn't distilled in NJ since the 1970's- that's all done at their facility in Virginia. NJ is just warehousing and aging (the latter, of course, a very important factor nevertheless).
For other "adult beverages", tho', there's also the River Horse Brewery, in Lambertsville- a true bottling/kegging brewery- so their beers are available in liquor stores. (Unlike Triumph, which as a brewpub, by law can only sell beer on premise). RH has recently gotten new owners and a new brewer, and are putting out some very interesting beers and their older beers are much more consistent than they once were.
Wow, that sounds interesting. Even tho' my primarily interest is beer, I wouldn't mind a local cider, and a true "Jersey Lightning" applejack again.
Seems that would require two separate licenses (winery and distillery) which would be a big start-up expense. I know some states (New York, in particular) recently created some sort of "Farm Distillery" license but I doubt NJ has a similar program.
Amwell Valley Vineyard: under new ownership, slated to reopen in Autumn 2009
Unionville Vineyards: under new ownership, slated to reopen in Autumn 2009
Simply Grazin: closed for the season
Readington River Buffalo Farm (NJbison.com): we picked up a 6lb brisket, 1lb of hot dogs, and 1lb of ground meat, and a pepperoni to eat until we found lunch.