SPARTA, NJ-The Sparta Farmers Market 2014 Season Opening Day is Saturday, May 31 starting at 9 a.m. at the Sparta Municipal Building located at 65 Main Street.
“This is our 4th season and we could not be more excited,” according to the SFM Market Manager and Co-founder Ben Del Coro. “We are a grass roots community initiated farmer's market connecting local people directly to local producers while providing education, cooking demonstrations, fun activities and community building."
The SFM Opening Day Ceremonies starts at 9 a.m. with Henry Masterson leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. Ben Del Coro will then welcome the crowd and the market officially opens for the 2014 season.
On May 31 Kevin Kinsella will be the featured musician. Samantha Smith leads a Zumba class from 10 to 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to join her and her ‘ZEEPS.' Margie Finkle Grogh leads a yoga class at 11 a.m. and all are welcome to join in. The classes are free of charge.
Korey Lee, a SFM volunteer and vendor said, "The Sparta Farmers Market is one of those rare places you can be for four hours and meet the happiest people. The entertainment and art are all enhanced by some of the best local produce and quality meats you can buy."
Peter Breiling, a weekly customer along with his family said, "The SFM has a unique personality, including Veggie Man Mitch dancing in the street, has awesome arugula, and has an international flavor to it as well with the heavenly hummus."
“I can't wait for delectable scones, local honey and fresh veggies. Also, it is nice to run into friends and acquaintances there that we haven't seen in a while,” said Karen Tracy.
Dave Zelov from Kittatinny Mountain Farm, said, “We are very excited for our season at the Sparta Farmers Market. We're looking forward to seeing familiar faces and hopefully some new ones. Plenty of cooking and salad greens as well as radishes and salad turnips await harvest for the first market. We'll also have some beautiful annuals and perennials and potted herbs from Fair Acres".
"When the SFM comes to town you know spring has sprung. The vendors arrive with their colorful displays which brighten up Main Street. People begin flocking there. The market seems to lift peoples spirits. It makes food shopping an enjoyable experience and it feels good to make healthy choices. SFM has become a welcomed tradition,” according to Lee Daly.
"I love to get up early on Saturday morning and check out all the local items found at the SFM. Some of my favorites are the yummy baked goods and homemade sausage, the fresh vegetables and fruits and the beautiful flowers. My family and I enjoy having a farmers market in Sparta and we try to go as often as we are able. It's good to know too that our dollars are helping our local communities,” said Silvia Opresnick.
Margie Finkle Grogh, who is an avid SFM customer and will lead a Yoga class at 11 a.m. on May 31, said, “Yoga and the SFM is a perfect pair since the word yoga means union of both mind and body…your body is your temple, keep it clean and pure for your soul to reside in."
Samantha Smith, who will lead a Zumba class at the market on May 31 commented, “Summer calls to mind a time of freedom and celebration. There is no better way to express this happiness than through Zumba. Dancing is a fabulous way to connect families and communities and burn a few hundred calories along the way."
Anne Masters comments, “The Sparta Farmers Market offers wonderful food that is produced locally. I love being able to talk directly to the people that grow my produce, produce my meat, or prepare tasty treats and bread. There is also a nice assortment of locally produced items for the home. Shopping at SFM is fun, not the chore that going to the grocery store feels like."
"We hope you join us on May 31 and experience the SFM. It is a real happening,” said Mitch Morrison, a SFM Co-founder and volunteer. "The Sparta Farmers Market
is one of the premier NJ Farmer’s Market thanks to our customers, our farmers, our vendors, our volunteers and sponsors. We thank Lakeland Bank, Laddey, Clark and Ryan and the Newton Medical Center for their sponsorship and support."
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