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Stockton Market Wins Garden State Culinary Award For Best Market

On Sunday, April 29th, chefs, farmers, brewers, winemakers, food writers, managers of markets and patrons of the culinary arts gathered for the first Garden State Culinary Arts Award in Holmdel, NJ. The Stockton Market was honored to win Best Market, an award given to “established, independently owned retail food markets in New Jersey that demonstrate a high level of quality in goods offered, service to its customers, and devotion to its community.”

The Stockton Market is a year-round indoor artisanal and community market in the picturesque river town of Stockton, New Jersey that offers eat-in gourmet food stands, farm-fresh produce, baked goods, coffee, and more. Over the past year, the market has been fortunate enough to have many of its vendors nominated and selected for awards honoring their dedication to their respective crafts.

Opening on Friday’s for lunch, The Stockton Market delivers crave-worthy meals to kick-start the weekend and serves as a much-needed gathering spot for locals when it transforms into a hub for live music, good food, and BYOB drinks in the evening. At 8:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday, breakfast is served in the Market Café from Urbane Tea and Coffee, Sweet Melissa’s Patisseries, and Toast, where patrons can indulge in a wide variety of tasty delights from freshly baked pastries to made-to-order sandwiches, quiches, and salads.

In September of 2017, Gary Snyder, a New York gallerist and local resident took over the management of the market and contributed Galerie Stockton, a unique gallery focusing on modern American art on paper. For its first exhibition, Galerie Stockton is presenting works on paper from the 1930s through the 1950s by New Hope Modernist Joseph Meierhans.

The award for Best Market serves as a representation of the exceptional attention to detail and true passion of each individual vendor, but the honor is shared with its patrons who travel from far and wide to visit and support the market; great food and unique goods are the foundation of the Stockton Market, but its community is the heart and soul that makes it a truly special place to visit.

We are a 2018 Garden State Culinary Arts Awards – Best Food Market nominee!

Stockton Market is honored to have been nominated for the 2018 Garden State Culinary Arts Awards!

Chefs and restaurants, farmers and food artisans, professionals in wine, beer and spirits, specialty food markets and legends in all things culinary in New Jersey have been named finalists for the 2018 Garden State Culinary Arts Awards (GSCAA).

The awards will be presented by The Garden State Culinary Arts Foundation in a ceremony and reception to be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel. Tickets can be purchased HERE if you’d like to cheer us on!

The finalists for the 2018 Garden State Culinary Arts Awards – Best Food Market category are:

  1. Stockton Market, Stockton, NJ
  2. The Cheese Cave, Red Bank, NJ
  3. Corrado’s Family Affair, Clifton, NJ

The award category is for an established, independently owned retail food market in New Jersey that demonstrates a high level of quality in goods offered, service to its customers and devotion to its community. Must have been in operation for at least five years.

To find out who the other nominees are, visit

Oldwick Soup Wins Three Prizes at 11th Annual Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Off!

Thai Curried Coconut Carrot Soup

There were more than 600 people in attendance at the 11th Annual Hunterdon County Rotary Soup Cook-Offand and the event raised more than $10,000, every dollar of which will be donated directly to the six food pantries in Hunterdon County.

Robert Hiller from Oldwick Soup, said, “We chose Thai Coconut Curried Carrot Soup because while at The Culinary Institute of America, a simple classic Gingered Carrot Soup that I had made in an American Regional Cuisine had impressed me and was a catalyst that actually got me interested in specializing in soups. It is that recipe that had inspired me recently to create an offshoot of that flavor, after much testing. I added coconut milk as the base for the carrots, curry as the main flavor and other spices and herbs that makes this soup like no other! It is an incredible silky, smooth soup that is our best seller at The Stockton Market, another local supermarket where we sell our products, and the best mover on our online business,

This was a great event and we will certainly participate again next year. We believe in the Rotary’s cause of community awareness of hunger in Hunterdon County, one of the wealthiest counties in the US, and the support of various food pantries are helped in that endeavor. Community outreach and assisting those in need is what The Oldwick Soup Company and “Love the Soup!” is all about!”

Top Three Winners of the People’s Choice:

1st:  Mt. View Chalet:  Cream of Potato with Leeks and Bacon

2nd: Polytech:  Velvety Seven Onion with French Onion Toast

3rd:  Love the Soup:  Thai Curried Coconut Carrot

Top Three Winners of the Judge’s Choice:

1st:  Polytech:  Velvety Seven Onion with French Onion Toast

2nd: Love the Soup:  Thai Curried Coconut Carrot

3rd:  Atrium Cafe:  Smoked Cauliflower with Persian Saffron


Top Three Winner of Best Table Presentation:

1st:  Love the Soup:  Thai Curried Coconut Carrot

2nd:  Hunterdon Medical Center:  Wild Mushrooms and Sausage

3rd:  Basil Bandwagon:  Organic Beef Mushroom Barley


Every year, in organizing the Rotary strives to live up to Rotary’s Four-Way Test:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

With those tests in mind, the judging of the event is accomplished in two primary ways. Firstly, the hundreds of people who attend vote individually (many of whom are partial to their local restaurant), and they award the People’s Choice Trophy. And secondly, an impartial panel of objective judges, the five Rotary Club Presidents, do their best to use no favoritism, and they award the Judge’s Choice Trophy.


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