It is peak summer here in New Jersey and while many vegetable gardeners are enjoying their homegrown produce, it is also a great time to relax. So this is the perfect time to treat yourself to some farm-to-table dining at some of our nearby restaurants! Here is a roundup of some local favorites!

Arturo’s (Maplewood, NJ)

Arturo’s is a cozy pizzeria that uses farm-fresh ingredients. You will enjoy seasonal pies use the freshest ingredients provided by local farmers and growers. And the owners of Arturo’s love to support the local food eco-system, and the quality of the ingredients is reflected in the food. The seasonal menu varies with each season.

We recently enjoyed their farm pie with garlic scapes, spring onions and spring garlic. Also looking good: soup with roasted fennel & carrot and a salad with local greens, summer berries. and blue cheese.

Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen (Morristown, NJ)

We love dining at this award-winning favorite is located in the historic Vail Mansion (created by Theodore Vail of AT&T in 1918). Chris curates “only the most pristine and sustainable products to include on our menu and wine list.” Jockey Hollow is committed to helping to support and sustain small farmers, fisherman, winemakers, cheese makers, and artisanal brewers and distillers.

We are ready to try this item on the menu: Barnegat Scallop Ceviche – with corn gazpacho, tomato, sunflower seeds.

Ninety Acres (Peapack, NJ)

Ninety Acres is located at Natirar, in a Tudor-style mansion formerly owned by the King of Morocco. You can indulge in a diverse menu features seasonal culinary offerings. And the restaurant sources from its own 12-acre sustainable farm! The farm has 200+ varieties of produce and humanely raised, pasture-fed livestock including Berkshire pigs, poultry, and sheep.

What looks refreshing? Zero Proof Cocktails, including Strawberry Mint Limeade⁠. They also have a few varieties of baby potatoes coming from the farm and will be getting creative with Yukons, Carolas and Magic Molly potatoes.

Agricola (Princeton, NJ)

Did you know that in Latin, “Agricola” means farmer? So, it is no surprise that the menu at Agricola features items that are fresh, earthy, and full of flavor. And Princeton also is in the middle of the Garden State’s farm country, which makes sourcing a snap!

Current summer fare: Heirloom Tomato Salad with local burrata, house-made focaccia, basil, and pine nuts.

 

The team at Yard2Kitchen Gardens hopes you enjoy the rest of your summer. If you are interested in creating your own garden for the freshest farm-table dining, please contact us!

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