I was utterly thrilled that my (most glamorous) New York friend Judy was able to hop the train from Penn on Sunday morning to hang out with me here in Colt’s Neck whilst I was on dog-sitting duties. We didn’t do much: the temperature was in the 80s and sitting indoors to eat brunch just seemed counter-intuitive, so we headed to the Orchards for picnic supplies, so we could sit on the deck with the Bassets and luxuriate in the bizarre October heat.

Delicious Orchards is a major Jersey institution and it was rammed with pie-seeking shoppers. Whilst we did do pie (stay tuned), it was the fruit & veg p*rn that we were really interested in. Outside it’s all Halloween a-g0-g0,


but inside, it’s all season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, with heaps of apples – Cortlands & Mackintoshes and tiny little Heirloom varieties from local orchards.

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And a selection of chillies to make the most ardent heat lover weep. Fresh jalapenos!


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And, most importantly, New Jersey tomatoes. Which taste of tomato.

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I spend an obscene amount of money each time I go there, carried away on cooking flights of fantasy. You’ll see the fruits of this over the next couple of weeks, as I have been cooking new ideas pretty much non stop since I arrived here.

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Delicious Orchards, 320 Route 34, Colts Neck, New Jersey 07722


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I think you might like Northern California, if it’s fruit and vegetable p*rn you’re looking for:). Also cheese!


@Lisa: oh I do, I do! There’s a special place in my heart for Cowgirl Creamery! LLGxx


Hi!. I really love these pumpkins!! Amazing colors.


I intended to go to the local farmers’ market today, but after seeing this I will tell you that ours pales in comparison and has maybe 1/40th of the abundance. Blah!


You’re right about they tomatoes! They just taste entirely different over in the States – gloriously fruity. Unlike their sad, insipid, watery cousins over here in the UK.


@Accidental Londoner: I eat them like apples! Just wonderful – almost as good as eating them in Spain. LLGxx

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