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Stockton Market will reopen in Hunterdon County in June

The Stockton Market has been a fixture in this Delaware River town for more than a decade, featuring Hunterdon County agricultural products at a year-round indoor farmers market that once had 30 vendors.

But over the years, the business faded away, and eventually it was home to just a deli, which has since moved.

Now the market is coming back and will open on Bridge St at the end of June.

According to owner Dana Ashburn, the new Stockton Market will be the only vendor. However, it will offer many of the goods that previous suppliers sold.

“It couldn’t be what it was because the structure didn’t work,” Ashburn said. “It didn’t work to be open three days a week and rely on small farms to staff a stand and spend time and money on that. We build it based on our own internal team.”

The market offers homemade pastries, prepared foods and ice cream, all with a local and seasonal focus. It will also sell provisions from artisans from three states, including former Stockton Market vendors such as Kingwood-based Zach & Zoe Sweet Bee Farm and Stockton-based Mediterranean Delicacy.

Stockton Market chef Chadd Jenkins will make items such as pizza, salads, sandwiches, tartines, hummus, salsa, soups, broths, granola, pizza dough, cookie dough and more.

In addition, the market will have 60 seats and a breakfast and lunch counter, where Equator Coffee will also be sold. There will also be an on-site bakery led by baker John McGrath, offering seasonal French pastries, tarts, focaccias, English muffins and more. (The bakery also supplies pastries to the Stockton Inn across the street, which opens this summer.)

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Local and seasonal ingredients will come from Ringoes-based distributor Zone 7, which works with more than 75 local farms.

The space has been spruced up with additional lighting, fewer walls, updates to finishes and seating, and white paint. Spaces have also been created where artisans and chefs can teach classes.

The market will be open from Wednesday to Sunday from 8am to 6pm. Within a few months, Ashburn hopes to extend the market’s hours and open daily.

Ashburn is the daughter of Stockton Market building owners Steven Grabowski and Cheryl Olsten, who also own the Stockton Inn. Ashburn helped her mother manage the market and work at the café, and spent countless weekends riding the train to and from New York City, where she lived and worked as a makeup artist.

“I loved being at the market and walking around the vendors,” she said. “It was exactly the kind of community I always felt I wanted.”

She was disappointed when her parents sold the market in 2019. But three years later it was back in the family. And this time, the woman who once traveled the world doing makeup for celebrities was ready to take her love for food to the next level.

Ashburn had delved into the food industry, taking courses at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City, performing at New York City bakeries and toying with the idea of ​​leaving the beauty industry behind.

“I had to be on the go, and doing a cat-eye with glowy skin every day just dimmed my light,” she said.

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The opportunity to reinvent herself came at the outbreak of COVID-19 when Ashburn moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania. A friend who ran a meal delivery service needed someone to make desserts, and Ashburn thought, “I’m at home, I can bake cakes.”

She was in the kitchen from five in the morning to ten at night baking out these cakes,” Ashburn said. ‘I thought, ‘This is so intense. I love it, and this is what I want to do.” ”

Then her parents asked if she wanted to take over the market – and it all made sense.

“So many things happened to me at the market that were so monumental,” Ashburn said. “It was so complete for me that I now had the opportunity to do something in my favorite space, where I had thrown a million dollars. times of what would happen there.”

To go: 19 Bridge Street, Stockton; stocktonmarket.com; opened in June.

Contact: [email protected]

Jenna Intersimone has been a staffer at the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey since 2014, though she’s a Jersey girl who considers herself an expert on everything from the Jersey Shore to the vibrant downtown Garden State. To get unlimited access to her stories of food, drink and fun, subscribe or activate your digital account today. You can also follow her on Instagram at @seejennaeat and on Twitter at @JIntersimone.

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