WESTFIELD, NJ — Shoppers at the first Westfield Farmer’s Market of the season enjoyed beautiful weather Saturday morning.
Returning this year are Peaceful Valley Orchard from Pittstown, Donaldson’s Farm from Hackettstown and Skeba Farms from Monroe Township. Other participants include Patricia & Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics, High Mountain Foods, Lithuanian Bakery, The Juice House, Gourmet Nuts, Paolo’s Kitchen and Nicola’s Pasta.
“Our goal is to increase our vendor population,” said Chris Devine, chairman of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce and manager of the Westfield Farmer’s Market. “Mark your calendars: Saturday is Westfield Farmer’s Market Day!”
“The Westfield Farmer’s Market is the best alternative to supermarket and private market shopping,” said shoper 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.”
Joseph Skeba, owner of Joseph Skeba Farms, brought an abundance of green zucchini and yellow squash to the market that morning.
“We’re returning next week with eggplant, tomatoes and fresh sweet corn,” said Skeba.
In addition to produce are artisan products, like Nicola’s Pasta Fresca, artisan homemade pasta made with 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, Chef 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 sauces.
Arielle Cassidy, owner of The Juice House in Garwood, was touting the popularity of her kale, lemon, apple and pineapple (KLAP) juice.
“We offer four different sizes, priced from five to seven dollars a glass,” said Cassidy. “Stop in and sample many of the delicious juices served at The Juice House in Garwood.”
At Lithuanian Bakery’s booth, visitors can choose from mounds of delicious bread and popular sweet treats like cherry cheese babka and Danish pastries.
Lorie Hart of Donaldson Farms said she is thrilled to be back in Westfield and looks forward to helping shoppers here. The farm, which welcomes visitors to pick their own produce on its hundreds of acres in Hackettstown, offers a full line of fresh produce, pies, gluten-free products, gift certificates and more at its Westfield booth.
Got kids? The next Westfield Famer’s Market on July 12 will feature face painting, temporary tattoos and lots of colorful balloons for kids to enjoy. The market is open every Saturday through Oct. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South Ave. side of the Westfield Train Station.