Jersey Fresh fun starts today

Today marks the opening of the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholder’s Farmers Market. Located at the Burlington County Community Agricultural Center in Moorestown, the market is celebrating its fifth season selling Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, baked good and unique crafts.

From today on, the farmers market will be open every Saturday, rain or shine, through October. The market is open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for shoppers to find a wide assortment of fresh produce in season at the time of their visit each week.

Today there will be special, opening day entertainment provided by Jimmy Mannix, a guitarist and vocalist. There will also be a performance by the 4-H Cloggers at 11 a.m. Master Gardeners will also be on site to provide information on cold weather crops and soil testing.

“The Famer’s Market is a great place for Burlington County residents to have access to the freshest locally grown and produced products,” said Burlington County Freeholder, Bruce Garganio. “This year we are adding farming demonstrations sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension to the market’s program.”

Demonstrations will include plowing, planting, and harvesting crops such as hops, sunflowers and corn.

Also for the 2011 season, the number of market vendors has increased and shoppers will find an increased assortment of seasonal Jersey Fresh produce such as blueberries, sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes, asparagus and other organic vegetables, as well as free-range poultry, pot pies, cheese, baked and prepared foods, fresh flowers and herbs.

The farmers participating at this market are dedicated to offering locally grown fresh food, picked at its peak maturity to ensure the highest quality and taste. Since the food is grown locally, the need for chemical preservatives and irradiation to artificially extend shelf life typically found in produce offered in most supermarkets is greatly reduced or eliminated.

Each week will feature different live musical performers and educational workshops. Special events and themed programs are also planned for the upcoming season, including a corn roast, tomato and peach festivals, watermelon bash, ice cream social, and pumpkin painting.

The County’s Agriculture Center also features a community garden with about 60 participants. In addition, a new Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm enables members to purchase advance shares of produce grown on a section of the property leased by Growing Homes, Inc.

For more information on events, call (609) 265–5068. For more information on the Agriculture Center, call (856) 642–3850.

Agricultural Vendors

  • Busy Bee Farm LLC, honey & honey lavender products
  • Spinella Farms, diversified produce, herbs
  • Hunter’s Vegetable Farm, diversified produce
  • Windy Farms Alpacas, alpaca breeding & fiber farm
  • Green Cow Studio, handmade soap
  • 1895 Organic Farm, diversified produce
  • Griggstown Farm Market, meat, eggs, fruit pies
  • Perennial Patches, diversified produce, herbs, greenhouse plants
  • Darmo’s Farm, diversified produce, cut flowers, greenhouse plants, herbs
  • Little Hooves Romneys, meat; eggs; wool products
  • Smiling Dog Greenhouse, greenhouse plants
  • Hlubik Farms, diversified produce, cut flowers, greenhouse plants, eggs, herbs
  • James Durr Wholesale Florist Inc, diversified produce, cut flowers
  • Artemis Farm, diversified produce, meat, eggs
  • Cranberry Hall Farm, diversified produce, cut flowers, greenhouse plants, meat, herbs
  • Longview Flowers, cut flowers, greenhouse plants, herbs
  • Davidson Exotic Mushrooms, exotic mushrooms

Food Vendors

  • Sweet Tooth Treats, LLC, mini loaves of cakes, chocolate brownies, red velvet cake
  • MS Food Creations, salsa, sauces, crabcakes rice pudding, specialty desserts and soups
  • Griggstown Farm Market, fresh & frozen poultry products
  • The Great American Cheesecake, cheesecake
  • Sweet ‘n Salty Kettle Corn, kettle corn; soda and water
  • Bakers Boli, Frozen stromboli
  • Barbie-lu’s Sassy Salsa, assorted seasonal salsa
  • Henri’s Hotts Barbeque LLC, BBQ: Pork Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, Greens, Mac & Cheese
  • Made in the Shade Lemonade, Lemon Ade
  • Mama’s Homemade Cookies, homemade cookies and coffee

Craft Vendors

  • Jersey Girl Candles (and Soaps!) & Ryan & Emma’s Goodies, candles; soaps; candies
  • Stormwind Alpacas, alpaca fiber, yarn, clothing, toys
  • Home Sweet Home, pen & ink or watercolor house portraits
  • Starshine Furniture & Crafts (Martha Shane & Walter Schaefer
  • Lilac Cottage Cards, handmade cards, checkbook covers, picture farms, glass magnets
  • Jersey Pines Candle Company, custom made gel candles for all occasions.
  • Fran’s Stuff, handmade baskets
  • Simons Berry Farm LLC, NJ Pineland-themed home accents
  • 2 B Design (Photography), photographic prints, note cards, tiles and related items
  • Victory Gardens Products, Crop therapy bag
  • Select 10, fused & flame worked glass. Glass panels platters, vases, pendants, ornaments
  • Briar Island Blueberries & Cranberries, blueberries
  • The Jersey Jerry Broom squire, brooms made with “broom corn” a type of of sorghum
  • Room Doctor/Little Earth Food Production Systems, planter boxes & stands & raised bed frames
  • TK Glass, hand-blown and/or formed glass items

Non-Profit Vendors

  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Burlington County
  • Foundation for Wellness Professionals