The Bloomfield Farmer’s Baker’s Market


Not only does the Bloomfield Farmer’s Market have great produce (Valley View Farms) but they have two fantastic bakers. Alan Hersey’s Baker’s Bounty has the most wonderful breads, pastries & cakes. His bread is hearty and crusty the way great Artisan bread should be. The semolina olive has a fine texture and golden color with just the right amount of olives. It makes a phenominal bruschetta or garlic bread or grab some of Valley View’s tomatoes, throw a slice or two of fresh mozzerella into the mix and grill up a toasty panini sandwich.
Elyse Maxwell’s Elysean Foods is starting to get quite the following with her Brazillian cheese bread. She sells the unbaked dough with foolproof instructions for baking up the lightest – crispiest puffs. They’re great as a side to soup or salad or as a light and savory appetizer served with a nice glass of wine. Elyse also has fantastic cookies in flavors like green tea shortbread, Black Gold & Fiery gingerbread. If you’re real nice she’ll even give you a taste of her signature pecan pie!brazil_bread_2
Baker’s Bounty & Elysean Foods … two more reasons not to miss the Bloomfield Farmer’s Market!
Quick Bruschetta Topping
2 cups red & yellow tomatoes – seeded & diced
2 garlic cloves – 1 peeled & finely minced, 1 peeled and left whole
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
2 Tbs. olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste
Pinch of red pepper flakes
4-5 leaves fresh basil – cut into a chiffonade
Combine tomatoes, minced garlic, vinegar, olive oil, salt & pepper and pepper flakes
Grill thick cut Semolina Olive bread with a light brushing of olive oil till nice and toasty
Rub each toast with the whole garlic clove
Spoon a healthy amount of tomato mixture on to toasts and sprinkle with basil chiffonade
Serves 4 as an appetizer
Cat Morris

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  1. other restaurants – Orbis on Watchung and N. Fullerton – and Giotto 23 Midland ave in Montclair ( they graciously gave 17 red hatters separate checks at a recent lunch!!) and the food is great…I hear the new restaurant where Evergreen used to be is good –

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