Ben Del Coro received the Patriot Award as co-founder of the Sparta Farmers Market from councilman Gil Gibbs.
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
SPARTA, NJ-Ben Del Coro received the Patriot Award as co-founder of the Sparta Farmers Market. Every Saturday from late May through November the plaza in front of Town Hall in Sparta becomes a busy market place that brings locally grown and raised food and other items including candles, soap and crafts to Sparta residents and others.
Co-founder Mitch Morrison said, “Ben Del Coro is a very worthy recipient of the Sparta Patriot Award. Ben is great family man with a wife of 17 years and 2 active sons. I do not know how he can possibly do everything that he does. And he does it all extremely well.
As the Sparta Farmers Market volunteer, non-paid manager, Ben has grown the Sparta Farmers Market from just a few farmers and vendors four years ago to over 30 farmers and vendors today.
Ben fully understands the reasons we need to change our lifestyles and start eating locally and supporting our local businesses. Through the Sparta Farmers Market, Ben helps connect our local producers with the SFM customers and they absolutely love it."
In addition to the vendors there are often events that include live music, cooking demonstrations, yoga classes and other activities. June 21 will feature Soltice Summerfest. On the second Saturday of each month the market is open there are different festival. Peach Festival scheduled for July 12.
For additional information there is an active website http://www.spartafarmersmarket.org/home.html