California meets New Jersey: Stockton Farm Market
If you’re not normally a frequenter of farm markets, you should become one now. Perhaps a back road trip to a small town on the Delaware will entice you. Once you go to the Stockton Farm Market, I can almost guarantee you will return. Last summer Cheryl Olsten and Steve Grabowski bought the building, which for decades was Errico’s Market, next to Phillips Fine Wine on Bridge Street. The couple (formerly publishers of New Jersey Life and then New Jersey Life Health & Beauty magazines) not only rescued the space from “repurposing” that would have abandoned the town to its fate with no grocery store or butcher, but they also reinvented the idea of what a market could be. Hiring Dawn McBeth as manager, totally redesigning and refitting the interior and exterior, and finding local vendors (including many from Bucks County) of the highest quality, they have created a place that is a model of its kind. Their timing is also right, as locavore food continues to find followers and as the country begins pulling out of a recession.
By Leslie Mitchner