During my childhood in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, it was a tradition to go on a hay ride every fall at Abma's Farm, an over 75-year old family-run farm and market tucked away in the neighboring town of Wyckoff. Not that I cared about the "market" part when I was little; I just wanted to ride around the farm and feed the bunnies.
Now that I'm older (although still enamored by fat bunnies), I can appreciate the food offerings more. I visited last weekend with my mom to take a closer look at their market, where you can buy their homegrown produce (and ones not from the farm), homemade goods, homegrown pork, candies, snacks, ice cream, drinks, cheese, sauces, dressings, readymade foods, and more in a homey, open space that's way more pleasant that shopping at a regular supermarket.
"Why haven't we shopped here more often?" asked my mom. I had no idea. If you live in the neighborhood and haven't been to Abma's, here are some photos to show you what to expect.
Shelves and stands mostly full of fruits and vegetables interspersed with snacks, condiments, and other cooking ingredients.
A freezer full of their homegrown pork (along with tubs of Häagen-Dazs). You can also order whole pigs for roasting, from 25 pounds to 65 pounds ($175 - $280). Contact them a week in advance of your pork fest.
Cage-free eggs collected daily straight from the farm.
A wide variety of homegrown lettuces.
Homemade desserts including cookies, brownies, pies, doughnuts, quickbreads, and puddings.
Juices, drinks, milk, and other dairy products.
A case of ice cream novelties, including CHOCO TACOS!!
On the other side of the parking lot is the petting zoo. You can buy food pellets to feed the animals with from machines around the perimeter.
Pigs, sheep, goats, and more! There are also pony rides for kids, or adults that weigh under 100 pounds.
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