Since 1848, Applegate Farm has existed under many guises, but its purpose has always remained the same: to provide fresh dairy products for local families. Originally home to the Sitger family and their golden guernsey milk, the farm has changed hands several times since the late 1800s and survived through the Civil War, both World Wars, and all six Star Wars. It experimented with its first ice-cream cone in the late 1920s under the guidance of owner Julian Tinkham, who also had the good foresight to preserve the farm's historic structures so that future generations could visit the 19th-century farmhouse that once helped slaves to freedom or count the number of tiles in an authentic 1919 tile silo—one of only three built in the state.
Since then, the farm has expanded and operates under the current leadership of the Street family, who hold themselves to the same dedication to quality that has sustained the dairy for more than 164 years. The range of ice-cream flavors changes seasonally but usually includes at least 63 distinctive varieties ranging from orange pineapple and toasted almond to vanilla peanut butter and Graham Central Station—which won top prize at the New Jersey State Ice Cream Festival. No-sugar-added and dairy-free treats, like apple cider donuts, can also be found in scoopable form, along with ice-cream cakes, ice-cream pies, and ice-cream sandwiches.
At his namesake restaurant, Chef Ricci prepares his Italian cuisine from the highest-quality ingredients available using authentic cooking techniques. He packs each handcrafted lunch and dinner dish with flavor, from crabmeat-stuffed portobello mushrooms and homemade cavatelli to any of the chef's special entrees, such as veal florentine or the broccoli rabe tossed with shrimp or sausage by Leonardo da Vinci’s ghost. For hand-held eats, Ricci stacks a variety of hot and cold sandwiches, which pair such meats as genoa salami and prosciutto with the distinct flavors of imported sharp provolone and roasted red peppers.
With its white clapboard siding, blooming planters, and large plate-glass windows, Maggie's Country Deli exudes the sort of casual, down-home charm that makes it such an inviting stop for passersby. The smell of homemade muffins and pastries fills the space in the morning, tempting patrons to order a cup of Green Mountain Coffee and linger for a bit before moving on for the day. As the sun rises, the cooks begin to assemble a number of heartier options for the lunchtime crowds, including crisp salads and sandwiches stuffed with Boar's Head cold cuts and laser-trimmed slices of cheese.
The Great Wazu churns out dozens of hot and cold sandwiches using ingredients such as roast beef, turkey, ham, salami, cheese, and more. In addition to all the handheld edibles, the shop also silences growling stomaches with salads, soups, cookies, and housemade sides such as potato and macaroni salad. Additionally, the eatery provides hot and cold catering services.