Buy Local NJ

BuyLocalNJ is what happens when brothers Andy and Chris, native New Jerseyans and owners of financial advisory firm Runnymede Capital Management, wondered, “What if we create a website that promotes buying local by interviewing business owners for our community?”

Join us in finding, supporting, and celebrating local businesses that are helping to build our communities by sustaining vibrant town centers, connecting neighbors, and contributing to local causes. Thank you for buying local!


Illuminate Food | Curated Local Fresh Farm Food Box

This week we speak with Danielle Schwab, owner of Illuminate Food. Founded amidst the pandemic, Danielle saw the challenges that farmers faced with restaurants shutting down. She decided to start a food box delivery service to connect farms directly to residential customers. Danielle curates the box from local farms and purveyors. Each box contains roughly 16 to 18 items and customers can add on dairy, cheese and proteins. The box also includes customized recipes each week and there is a Facebook group to share recipes and tips with each other.

Three Daughters Baking Co | Professionally Crafted Baked Goods in Maplewood

We visit Erica Leahy who founded Three Daughters Baking Company after working for star chefs Daniel Boulud, Karen DeMasco, and Tom Colicchio.

Dry Goods Refillery | A Plastic and Package-Free Pantry in Maplewood

We visit Rachel Garcia to learn about this "bring your own container" refill shop and pantry selling bulk grocery items and plastic-free products.

ESO Artisanal Pasta | Bringing the authentic flavors of Italy to your home

This week, we travel to Morristown to talk with Isaiah Findley-Pinnock of ESO Artisanal Pasta. In the middle of the pandemic, friends Isaiah, Ayinde (AJ) Sankofa, and Joel Camarillo-Diaz decided to make the entrepreneurial jump selling handmade sauces and pastas. All three grew up in Morristown and worked at Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen. Chef AJ trained under two different Michelin starred chefs, Kevin Sippel at Jockey Hollow (who received his Michelin while working at Alto in NYC) and Andrea Larossa at Ristorante Larossa in Italy. Check out their menu and pick up your favorite pastas at their location inside the Artist Baker in Morristown.

Livestream with Jessica and Herman Chu, Chumami Chili Oil

Check out our latest live segment with Jessica and Herman Chu, creators of Chumami Chili Oil. Hear about how their chili oil has evolved from a recipe passed down from their grandfather. Their small batch chili oil is sourced and produced in New Jersey - a true local story. Chumami is a curated blend of ripe bird eye chili peppers, savory dried shrimps and spices. There are no preservatives, no artificial flavorings or coloring, and no MSG. Their 3rd batch of Chumami is available now at chumamichilioil.com!

Livestream with Heather Backer of Backer Farm

Watch our chat with Heather Backer of Backer Farm in Mendham. Backer Farm offers its own pasture raised pork in a variety of cuts, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Program, a wide range of jarred products (salad dressings, pickles, jellies, jams, dips, salsa, and fruit butters), and more. Essential workers can save $15 off the cost of the CSA with coupon code THANKYOU.

Enjou Chocolat | Finest Homemade Chocolate in Morristown

We visit the go-to boutique for gourmet and custom shaped chocolates, gift baskets, corporate gifts, wedding and party favors, homemade in Morristown, NJ. Owner Wendy Taffet shares her unique path from pharmacist to chocolatier. And we learn that Enjou Chocolat also makes delicious seasonal homemade ice creams!

Paolo's Kitchen | Italian Specialties from Freezer to Your Kitchen Table

Chris speaks with Paolo Vieira, chef and owner of Paolo's Kitchen in New Providence, NJ. A chef for over 30 years, Paolo went from working in restaurants to starting his own business. His humble beginnings started by selling two Italian specialties at the New Providence farmers market. Today he sells at farmers markets all over the state bringing pre-prepared, frozen Italian food to the masses. His eggplant rollantini is his signature dish and "The Crack" dressing has people addicted from the first taste.

Backer Farm | A Third Generation Farmer Thriving in Mendham

Chris speaks with Heather Backer of Backer Farm in Mendham, NJ. Backer Farm was founded in 1927 by Richard and Jessie Backer. Over time, it evolved from a dairy farm to a horse boarding facility. Today, the farm is under the guiding hands of the third generation in Derick and Heather Backer and they are adapting to today's culture. Backer Farm features a farm stand that is open 365 days a year, CSA (community supported agriculture), naturally grown produce, pork, eggs, bottled sauces and compost. They also offer a variety of after school and summer programs for kids. Since the fall, they offer a true farm-to-table experience in partnership with the local Mendham team of Chef and the Baker.

Liv Breads | Family-Owned Bakery Crafts Wholesome Breads and Beautiful Food

Andy speaks with Liv Breads co-owners Yaniv Livneh and Bary Yogev. This artisan bakery and coffee bar in Millburn proudly bakes natural sourdough the traditional way, relying on a slow fermentation process and plenty of hydration, to produce a complex loaf. In addition to whole loaves, Liv Breads' café has a daily selection of pastries, buns, healthful grain and green salads, sandwiches, and coffee. Visit before 1 pm to watch the bread bakers mixing, shaping, and baking naturally-leavened sourdough breads in an open kitchen attached to the café. You will be treated to the sights and smells of a traditional European bake shop, featuring whole loaves, vienoisserie (yeast-leavened dough and puff pastry), with a few Mediterranean surprises coming from the owners' Israeli background. 

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