July 7, 2014 at 6:36 AM
Not to worry if you missed opening day of the Westfield Farmer’s Market. The good news is the wonderful farmers and purveyors of fresh fruits and vegetables, prepared bakery products, and fine food will be at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, July 12th. You’re certainly welcome to arrive by 8 a.m., but take your time. The farmers will be busy setting up their freshly grown tomatoes, potatoes, yellow and green squash, mushrooms, fresh corn, and all that you can think of to prepare a perfect meal, while purveyors of fine food and bakery products will be busy getting ready to greet their regular customers, and excited to welcome newcomers to their freshly picked bounty.
You’ll love the friendly, social atmosphere that prevails. Not only are folks smiling, they seem to truly enjoy greeting friends they hadn’t seen in perhaps, a year or more. Just by casual conversation you could hear them sharing what was going on in their lives, and what they were looking forward to during the warmer weather months. As a weekly seasonal visitor, I was thrilled to be there.
Heading the exciting project is Christopher Devine, Chairman of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Manager of the Westfield Farmer’s Market.
“Our goal is to increase our vendor population,” said Devine. “We’re cordially inviting everyone to meet at the Westfield Farmer’s Market early, every Saturday morning. Just mark your calendars: Saturday is Westfield Farmer’s Market Day!”
Returning for another season are the folks from Peaceful Valley Orchard, in Pittstown, Donaldson’s Farm in Hackettstown and Skeba Farms from Monroe Township. Other participants are Patricia and Paul Oil and Balsamics from Westfield, High Mountain Foods, Lithuanian Bakery from Elizabeth, The Juice House from Garwood, Gourmet Nuts, Paolo’s Kitchen, with an array of frozen Italian, Ready to Eat Meals, and Nicola’s Pasta. Packed beautifully, and tied with a yellow ribbon, Nicola’s Pasta Fresca,
Know that Nicola’s Artisanal Homemade Pasta, arrives in a dated cellophane bag with these words. “We take pride in using only hormone and antibiotic free dairy, free-range eggs, and organic produce from local farms.”
After spending six months at the French Culinary Institute, and another six months in Alma Italy, Nicola graduated and began his culinary career at Trap Rock Brewery, where he served as a Pastry Chef. Now he has his own complete line of Pasta and Tomato Sauce, and you are welcome to experience his products at the Westfield Farmer’s Market.
“The Westfield Farmer’s Market is the best alternative to super market and private market shopping,” said Tim Dorch of Scotch Plains. “The Farmers pick the freshest produce to bring to our market, and the shoppers know they are taking home the freshest, New Jersey produce. Visitors are welcome to sample many of the wonderfully prepared and fresh food available at the market”
Joseph Skeba, the proprietor of Joseph Skeba Farms in Monroe Township treated his visitors to bushels and bushels of large, plump, green zucchini and yellow squash. “We’re returning next week with egg plant, tomatoes, and fresh sweet corn. Please remember, Joseph Skeba has a magnificent display of fresh from the farm products that are priced well for consumers, and proudly, Joseph takes quality time with his clientele.
Stop and chat with Arielle Cassidy, proprietor of The Juice House in Garwood. Located just across the street from the Garwood Shop Rite, Arielle was touting news of the popularity of her Kale, Lemon, Apple, and Pineapple refreshing juice.
”Priced from five to seven dollars a glass, we offer four different sizes of our juice,” said Ms. Cassidy. “Do stop-in and sample many of the delicious juices served at The Juice House in Garwood. You’ll be glad that you did!-”
At Lithuanian Bakery Inc., the Bakery with European style, visitors are treated to mounds of delicious bread, and of course, amazing cakes and pies. From Cheery Cheese Babka, to Danish Pastry, and everything you must have for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a snack, be sure to visit the Lithuanian Bakery section, and take home several of your favorite baked treats. They all freeze well, and all are delicious!
As one who has frequented Donaldson Farm in Hackettstown for many years, visitors know that their hundreds of acres of fruits and vegetables are always welcome and open to guests. Yes, you may opt for a private tour, attend a corporate event, or stay and pick your own crop of a favorite vegetable or fruit grown right before your very eyes. The farm market offers a full line of fresh produce baked pies, gluten free products, gift certificates and more.
After stopping by to greet Laurie Hart, who is always at the Westfield Farmer’s Market, I took home several containers of freshly picked blueberries. Truthfully, you can definitely tell the difference between freshly picked blueberries, and those that we’re accustomed to purchasing at our favorite super markets or vegetable stands. Donaldson Farm blueberries were plump, sweet, and delicious. So delicious, I cannot wait until next Saturday, so I can stock up on several more containers. You will definitely note the fresh taste of freshly picked fruit and vegetables.
Do keep this info handy. When October arrives, and you’ll be wanting to Pick Your Own-Pumpkins, remember Donaldson Farm will be happy to have you visit. You’ll also have that same opportunity when they bring their joyous fresh, orange pumpkins to the Westfield Farmer’s Market. But for now, there are Strawberries, Blueberries, Corn, Tomatoes, gorgeous Lettuce, Potatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, and all that you can possibly want for the summer and autumn season. And the folks at Donaldson Farms bring it all to Westfield.
Not sure of what to choose, check with Laurie. She will be there to assist with great advice.
For week Two of the Westfield Farmer’s Market be sure to bring the little kids. Along with gorgeous fruits and vegetables, cakes, pies, fresh bread and rolls and prepared foods, there will be face painting, tattoos, and lots of colorful balloons. To make things a bit easier to carry, why
not bring along one of your canvas tote bags. Am looking forward to seeing you at the Westfield Farmer’s Market, next
Saturday. Have a great week!
Westfield Farmer’s Market
Opened July 5th to October 25th, 2014
Time:Every Saturday from 8:30 am - 2 pm
Place:Southside Westfield Train Station.
FYI:All farms are Jersey Fresh members of the NJ Council of Farmers and Communities. Vendors include Donaldson Farms, Peaceful Valley Orchards, Skeba Farms, Paolo’s Kitchen, and many more! For more information, contact The Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce at 908-233-3021.
Millicent K. Brody is an award-winning writer and photographer and a resident of Westfield, New Jersey. Contact her at Mkbrody@aol.com
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