A&A Fine Foods, which first opened its doors in 1992, helps customers line their pantry shelves or banquet tables with gourmet comestibles the likes of meat, bread, cookies, olive oil, cheese, and pasta. Behind gleaming display cases of hormone-free chicken and Boar's Head meats, A&A's butchers prepare homemade italian sausage and slice marbled cuts of grass-fed beef with the steady hands of a brain surgeon playing Jenga. The deli's staff can accommodate lunchtime cravings or catering requests by ladling bowls of house-made soups out of its percolating cauldrons and crafting hearty sandwiches or wraps with such ingredients as grilled eggplant and imported provolone.
Stony Hill Farms traces its origins a generation back, to when owner Carol Davis's parents bought an idyllic 40-acre plot of New Jersey farmland. Where Carol spent her childhood milking cows, customers now wander through 18,000 square feet of greenhouses and stroll past garden benches laden with ornamental plants and flowers. Carol, her husband Dale, and their children carry on the family tradition of horticulture, helping clients select a rare, treasured orchid to decorate their home, or obtain a Community-Supported Agriculture membership to fill their pantries with local, seasonal produce. Families can also bond with a wealth of fun activities, such as winding through five different mazes in the fun park.
Therapeutic optometrist Dr. Natalia Raeva has spent more than a decade testing eyes for glaucoma, cataracts, and dryness. Now, she channels the optometry experience she gained from working in hospitals and nursing homes to both All About Eyes Vision Center and Visual Effects Eyecare Center, where she pulls clients’ sight back into focus with contact, bifocal, and progressive lenses. After Dr. Raeva has tested the health of each eye, the staff fits adults and kids with designer and sports frames from brands such as Ray-Ban, Fendi, and Swissflex. All lenses can be further customized to resist scratches, filter out ultraviolet rays, or deflect the glares of a jealous sun.
FruitFlowers’ unique edible bouquets delight eyes and stomachs in equal measure, arranging bright, daisy-shaped pineapple slices with cantaloupe centers and skewers of chocolate-dipped strawberries into reusable baskets and vases. Founders Susan Ellman and Ellen Davis began arranging slices of fresh fruit into floral shapes in 1984, working from their home kitchens. Since then, their artistic take on the fruit basket has become a popular way of both snacking and decorating, and their business has spread across the nation, much like the shadow cast by Godzilla as he crosses the ocean.
To commemorate myriad occasions, Fruit Basket King nestles fruit, nuts, chocolate, and baked goods in themed wicker baskets dressed up with ribbons and bows. The Baby Carriage package, complete with stuffed teddy bear, lemon straws, and almond tea cookies, commemorates the arrival of a bouncing baby boy or girl, and the New Home gift box celebrates baby's first mortgage with cookies, milk chocolate, and butter-toffee pretzels. Each basket is made to order and can be delivered with a handwritten gift card.
Each season grants guests a new excuse to visit Ort Farms, which has been the pride and joy of the Ort family since 1916. Each fall, the family designs a giant 8-acre corn maze, which serves as the centerpiece for the annual Fall Festival, which welcomes guests to visit farm animals, climb a giant hay pyramid, and board a hayride to the pumpkin patch. On weekend, visitors can enjoy rides on ponies, trains, and monster trucks. Winter brings holiday decorations, such as douglas firs and wreaths, and spring blossoms to life as pots of geraniums, annuals, and marigolds spring up inside the farm's five greenhouses. And as the sun dons its giant summer bathing suit, the Orts arrive at local farmers’ markets bearing fresh lettuce, colorful peppers, and other seasonal produce.
Locals can also participate in Ort Farms' share club, which connects consumers and farmers without forcing them to share a studio apartment. Each week during the harvest season, the farmers pick a certain amount of locally grown produce for each individual or family participating in the CSA program.