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Great PA Dutch Market in Kingston, NJ


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Great PA Dutch Market in Kingston, NJ

Ellen | | Jun 16, 2005 01:52 PM

There is a great PA Dutch farmers market just north of Kingston on Rt. 27. They have excellent fresh, non-hormone and antibiotic-injected beef, pork, chicken, turkey, veal, lamb, and rabbit. Also fresh sausages, wursts, cold cuts, keilbasa, and bacon, including a honey-glazed bacon, which is my favorite.

The bakery sells good breads, excellent pies and really good layer cakes that taste homemade, among other things. Their white layer cake with chocolate icing is my standard of what one of those should taste like, as is their blueberry pie.

A short-order food stand serves sausage sandwiches, burgers, fries, etc., which are OK but that is not the reason to go here. Except for the fresh soft pretzels and the cheese dogs wrapped in pretzel dough and baked. They're great. And milkshakes using their own-make ice cream. MMMMM. But I digress.

The real reason to go here is for the rotisserie meats and other ready made foods to go. You can get whole or part rotisserie chicken, baby back ribs (highly recommended with their BBQ sauce, which is very good) duck, turkey legs and breasts, goose, and keilbasa. You can even get ready cooked meatloaf (although it looks pretty dried out to me). Their roasted sliced ham and turkey breast are as good as it gets. They also sell rotisserie vegetables along with all of the usual PA Dutch sides, including very good mac and cheese, scalloped potatoes, scalloped apples, etc. You can put together really great meals from this place.

I usually get a cheese dog or the rotisserie chicken legs for lunch, which are done really well and have tons of flavor. Today I tried their fried chicken for the first time. Fabulous. I'll never bother to make my own.

The same people run a similar market in Newtown, PA., so if you live near there you may want to try it out instead. You'll probably find most of the same items from the same family farms. Now that it's summer and the fruits and veggies are coming into farmers markets everywhere, I won't visit any of the major grocery chains until October unless I need toilet paper. LOL.