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mombaker247 Dec 18, 2009 02:58 AM

Has anyone been there, I hear Metropolitian Seafood, Happy farm chickens and ducks, produce, homemade icecream, south philly pizza and calzone, Ambrosia Foods, coffee, music, sounds like an adventure it is on 19 Bridge Street next to Phillips Fine Wine.

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    esjro Feb 19, 2011 08:04 AM

    We went to the market last night and this morning after not going for about a year. The number of vendors has increased quite a bit, and we were really impressed by the selection of foods available for takeout.

    Friday night we had fish and chips from Metropolitan Seafood Company. The meal was a good deal for $9. While waiting for our food to be prepared, they gave us samples of sweet shrimp from Maine, and anchovies. The fishmonger fileted the little anchovies, sprinkled them with lemon juice, sea salt, and olive oil and they were absolutely delicious!

    Today we went back for lunch from Old Tyme BBQ. They offer a variety of meats available as sandwiches, platters, or by the pound. The platters are a great deal at $14, as they come with a HUGE slab of corn bread (Southern style - very little sugar) and your choice of two sides. The creamed spinach was particularly delicious. I thought they'd put a scoop of each side on the plate, but instead they give you each side in a separate soup cup. The husband, dog and I could not finish the two platters we bought! For those who like their meet sauced, they offer 4 sauces: chipotle, smokey BBQ, a mustard-based sauce, and a Cuban style sauce. Deeeeeelicious!

    Metropolitan Seafood Company
    1320 Route 22 West, Lebanon, NJ 08833, USA

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      cwdonald Sep 18, 2011 02:22 PM

      I was just there this afternoon and got some beautiful locally produced guanciale from Porc/Salt of Warminster PA. It will be going into a leek carbonare dish I am making. Vendor selection is fantastic. Great local produce, baked goods and organic meats. A bit less of the prepared foods eat it there. Old Tyme is still there as is Crossroads Bakery, and El Mariachi from Plumstead. The only downside to Stockton is the parking situation on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the late summer!

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      madgreek99 Mar 26, 2010 08:07 PM

      I went last weekend and was reallly impressed. Lots of great vendors and yummy samples! Especially loved the fresh mushrooms. So happy to have this little gem in our community!

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        bartender Feb 28, 2010 04:22 PM

        I have been meaning to go for some time, and finally made it to the Stockton Indoor Market this morning. I agree - it is not a "farmer's market." It is, however a wonderful collection of artisanal food purveyors, and after the weather this past week, it was a real Oasis. The original draw for me was Bobolink Dairy and Bakeyard - this is so much more convenient than driving all the way to NYC or to their farm. We got some wonderful cheese ( Old Drumm and End Game - the latter is incredible). as well as some pretty decent bread. Metropolitan Seafood yielded smoked scallops, Arctic Char, and really good fresh sea urchin. I can get sea urchin where I live (near Philadelphia) but not as fresh as this, and I usually have to purchase a whole tub. I used the Uni with Pom Pom Mushrooms from Chettie's exotic Mushrooms with a little Crab "Gravy" from Iannelli's Bakery to make a nice pasta this evening. We also stopped at Highland Gourmet Market, and bought Shepherd's Pie, Seafood Pie, more cheese, lovely applewood smoked bacon, pastries and assorted other treats. After I dropped everything in the car, I went back in for some Fair trade coffee, and saw the Pizzas at Iannelli’s. I had to pick one up. We had the spinach, ricotta, garlic, tomato and gravy pizza for lunch.

        All in all this is a wonderful resource for the community. It provides an opportunity to support local growers, importers and artisans, while not shortchanging the consumer in any way. An added bonus is that it is right next door to Phillips Wine Store, one of our favorites.

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          pitterpatter Feb 28, 2010 04:46 PM

          Thank you for the review, bartender. I have also been meaning to get there forever, and I live only 15 minutes away. Alas, I seem to always work on Sundays, though I am never supposed to. Bobolink will be my main motivation, as I prefer not to pay for their shipping costs. There is also an organic chicken farm nearby. Are they there as well? I will be sure to bring my wallet when I finally get there.

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            bartender Feb 28, 2010 07:57 PM

            Purely Farm is there. While they had mostly lamb and pork today, they also carry chicken. The foks from Bobolink told me their chicken was excellent. Some of these places take plastic, but not all do,and some have a minimum for credit cards (for Iannelli's, it is $20). There is an ATM across the street.

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              phDuh Mar 2, 2010 02:16 PM

              Bobolink is going to be moving to Hunterdon County in August, although I 'm not completely sure how much of their 'operation' is moving to that location, and whether they are retaining their property in Sussex county.

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                flourgirl Mar 5, 2010 10:50 AM

                Really?!?!? I visited Bobolink once (for a bread and cheese-making workshop - that was a fun day) and I love their products. But I just never seem to get up there and I haven;t wanted to pay the shipping costs. I knew they've been at the Stockton Market (heading there this Sunday) but this is VERY interesting news. Thanks for sharing!

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                  ambrose Mar 5, 2010 11:12 AM

                  I believe they are moving the entire operation to Hunterdon County. I'm not sure, however, where in the county they will be locating.

                  See the following link (page down to just before the map):


            2. menton1 Feb 15, 2010 12:32 PM

              This sound more like kitsch than a "farmer's market". It's February!! What produce???

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                mombaker247 Feb 16, 2010 03:08 AM

                The Milk House is selling zone 7 produce they also are growing micro greens in their green house. They are really calling the market Stockton Indoor Market. But it is giving farmers a great opportunity to sell during the winter,

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                  menton1 Feb 16, 2010 07:05 AM

                  Hmmm. From the original post, seems like the "farmers" here are selling Ice cream, pizza, calzone, and coffee. I'll wait until June.

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                singingariesgirl Feb 15, 2010 10:40 AM

                I LOVE this farmer;s market! the seafood is awesome, the chickens are great. and there are a lot of wonderful vendors there! support your local farmers!!

                1. phDuh Feb 1, 2010 12:48 PM

                  Hubby and I took a nice road trip from Bergen Cty after reading this post, and a Bobolink email. Bought some late season organic cranberries, ground lamb and a boneless pork shoulder, chocolate for my mom in the hospital, and free trade coffee. In an unusual move, I passed on the Bobolink, but only because they didn't have "Frolic", my favorite. It was a great trip, but it made me wish for spring, and planting lettuce.

                  1. CaviarAndCodfish Jan 6, 2010 05:43 AM

                    Bobolink cheese is also sometimes at the market. Do you know where Happy Farm is located?

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                      chefdak Jan 29, 2010 03:23 AM

                      Happy Farm is located in Kintnersville PA. Upper bucks county.

                    2. ambrose Dec 18, 2009 04:30 PM

                      Thanks, mombaker247. I didn't know this market was open now. Here's a list of other vendors:


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                        mombaker247 Dec 18, 2009 03:00 AM

                        the hours are saturday 9-3 sunday 10-3

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