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Brave New Beer Worlds

Trails need blazing, and our beer columnist aims to travel down ’em all.

Vacchiano: Family Farm Begets Family Market

Three generations work diversified farmland in Warren County, tending to livestock, acres of produce and vineyards. To make the fruits of their labors more widely available, they’ve opened an expansive market on a busy byway in Readington.

Party Partners

Take a cue from our columnist with his picks for barbecue-ready beers.

Collingswood Farmers’ Market

Set to music (live, to boot) and percolating with people who appreciate the wide range of farmers and artisans who set up shop Saturdays, this thoroughfare of home-grown foods is a four-bag must for the culinary-centric.

Strawberries: Start of Sweet Times

Let the berry harvests begin: Garden State strawberries typically first appear at farmers’ markets in mid-May, followed by blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Ready for the annual brigade of berries to storm the state?

Goji Juice Bar

Plant-based beverages, snacks, salads, sandwiches and sweets make this eco-friendly spot in Somers Point a grab-and-go destination and perfect pitstop for conscientious eats.

Asparagus Happiness

This year it comes with a side of garlic scallions, the closest thing to calcots this side of the Atlantic. It’s all courtesy of McCormack Farms in Middletown – and sets in motion a new round of eating with the seasons.

Born to Bake

There’s something about a Carey Bell confection that sets it apart from the pack. Flavor, texture, attitude, appearance – they all play a part in giving her work a voice that’s riveting, distinctive and, perhaps most importantly, intuitive.

Out and About

What speaks spring in the language of beer? “Crisp, bracing, clean,” says our beer columnist. Follow Shawn into the heart of the season.


Cheeses and their condiments, high-style edible accompaniments, finely tuned packaged sweets and accoutrements for the table: A year-round store in Clinton and a seasonal sibling in Beach Haven dance a culinary continental.

E. Holland Sundries: Sweets, savories – and the unexpected

Shannon Phillips’ new bakeshop in Bradley Beach certainly sates our collective desire for pastries that comfort. But her specialties elevate the genre with touches both clever and revelatory and techniques that show off the chef’s wide-ranging background.

The Pluck of the Irish Beers

Our beer columnist picks five for quaffing this month.


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