|The entrance to DePiero's Country Farm store on a hill in Montvale.|
|Stairs to the store's gift and housewares loft.|
No visit to Montvale would be complete without stopping at the hilltop store of DePiero's Country Farm.
Unfortunately, all of the fresh, local produce and the relaxed food-shopping experience soon may be just a memory.
If town officials approve, half of the farm's 55 acres will be used to build a huge Wegmans Food Market, displacing the homey farm store.
The Wegmans would be the chain's first store in Bergen County.
The Wegmans in Woodbridge is an enormous 140,000 square feet -- bigger than any other supermarket in Bergen.
Photos of the Woodbridge Wegmans
On Monday, I stopped at DePiero's for a large cup of soup and purchased sweet corn, romaine lettuce, basil and leeks, all grown on the farm.
|Fragrant basil, above. Romaine lettuce and leeks, below.|
In late afternoon, customers arrived in twos and threes, but the store never got crowded.
The thick, meatless lentil soup was delicious.
When I got home, I shucked and steamed the bi-color corn, which was sweet and need nothing (6 ears for $3.50).
It was far superior to corn I picked up last week at the Ramsey Farmers' Market.
I chopped some of DePiero's fresh basil, along with oregano and mint from my garden, to use with fresh wild king salmon on Tuesday night.
I plan to use the rest of the basil to make pesto, which is wonderful with fish.
|A plastic spoon stood up easily in the thick soup.|
|Halloween costumes are available now.|
DePiero's Country Farm Store, 300 W. Grand Ave., Montvale; 201-391-4576. Open 7 days until 6 p.m.
Web site: An Old-Fashioned Farm