April 2020: Best Bakeries

[Editor’s note: This issue went to print in February 2020, before Gov. Murphy declared a state of emergency in New Jersey due to the coronavirus pandemic.]

The state is blessed with excellent examples of every kind of baking, as reflected in this month’s “Best Bakeries” cover story. New Jersey’s bakeries represent many international traditions and employ our great market basket of fresh berries and fruits. We also have specialty bakeries creating goods for every type of dietary need and philosophy—vegan, gluten free, nut free and allergen free.

So forget moderation and get ready to feast on the state’s Best Bakeries. 

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