Here’s a novel idea: let’s separate the fun of produce shopping from the weekly calendar. Instead of waiting for Thursday and the Bloomfield Farmers Market, or Saturday and the Montclair one, how about fresh tomatoes or Jersey-grown white corn any day of the week?
That’s the concept being tried by David Dirko and Lori Ann Dittman of Nutley, in a space at the corner of Watchung and Broad Street in Bloomfield, which was until recently an antiques store.
D&L is not a farm stand, but it does emphasize local produce. Jersey tomatoes were cheap at 89 cents a pound; sweet white Jersey corn a little pricier at 50 cents an ear. We arrived late in the day, and store had been picked clean of most of its fresh herbs. But D&L aims to please and will carry what people want. When we expressed a preference for Kirby cucumbers, not in stock, Dirko promised to carry them from now on.