July 20, 2014 at 6:50 AM
ROSELAND, NJ- The Roseland Farmer’s Market celebrated its fourth season this year, providing fresh produce, baked goods, prepared foods and other items crafted and grown by local small business owners, farmers and artisans, located at the corner of Harrison and Roseland Avenues.
“We’ve grown into one of the top Farmer’s Markets in the Essex/Morris county area,” said on-site supervisor John Fitzgerald on the amount of people who frequent the market both locally and from out of town.
Fitzgerald was quick to attribute the vision for the market to Mario Silvestri four years ago, and to highlight the work of Frank Butterfield as manager. “I literally get chills when I see it,” said Silvestri. “We started something from nothing and now we’ve created an experience that’s part of the fabric of the community.” Silvestri’s goal is to reach more people, both vendors and consumers. “We are pro-small business and local farmers, supporters of healthy living and sustainability. We’ve just scratched the surface of what we’d like to become.”
Some of the vendors contributing to the Farmer’s Market are : Raritan Bakery, Le Petit Temptation, X Calibur (knife and scissor sharpening), Baker’s Bounty, Live Love Granola, Simplify Marketplace, Tender Living Cupcakes, Paolo’s Kitchen, Squeezed Fresh and more.
Most vendors seem to have returned year after year. “It’s been a great experience,” said Mike Tyler from the “Squeezed Fresh” stand providing fresh lemonade, limeade, Arnold Palmers and other freshly squeezed beverages at the Roseland Market, in addition to Stony’s and Ricalton’s in South Orange. “We’ve been coming for three years. We wouldn’t keep coming back if we didn’t like it.”
The Roseland Farmer’s Market is open every Friday until November 7, from noon to 7 pm.