BARNEGAT, NJ - In early March, the Township Committee announced the extension of hours for the Barnegat Farmer’s Market. Amid the pandemic, some worried that the popular offering would not open at all. While some adjustments have been made, the Farmer’s Market is back in business starting June 18th.
“We’ve moved the location and have some new modifications in place,” shared Jeanne Broadbent, Recreation Director. “We have also added on three special night markets.”
The Farmer’s Market will now be held in the fenced field across the Barnegat Firehouse on Birdsall Street on Thursdays. It opens on June 18th and will run every Thursday until October 29th. From 10-10:30 am, there are limitations concerning entry to the market. Anyone age 60 and over, as well as those with compromised immune systems are permitted early admittance.
“Pregnant women may also shop during the first half hour,” Broadbent added. “The General Public Hours are from 10:30am until 3pm.
Meanwhile, the township has instituted a few modifications to help control the spread of COVID-19. Vendors will be spaced further apart on the field and are all required to wear masks. Hand washing stations will be set up at each booth, as well at the entrance to the market.
It is no secret that one of the attractions of the market was an occasional taste test. For safety reasons, vendors will not be offering samples or hot ready to eat food.
Both customers and vendors alike are expected to maintain social distancing of six feet from other people. No restrooms will be available. Other than service animals, dogs may not visit the market.
The special night markets are scheduled for July 9, August 6, and September 3. The first half hour between 2-2:30 pm, mirrors the same restrictions regarding access to a limited group. The General Public can shop from 2:30 pm until 7 pm.
This year, Stillwell Farms, Krowicki Farms, Beaver Dam Farm, Eckert Farm will all be on hand. The township is not accepting other farmers to the market. Shoppers can also visit these vendors:
High Mountain Foods -frozen pastas, crab cakes, perogies, Italian bread, stuffed breads, pickles, olives,
Jersey Charm Coffee - Coffee pods, Bean Coffee, Ground coffees
Green Goddess - artisan honey & honey products, organic herbal teas, essential oils
Wicked Good Spice Mix Company -spice blends, oils, fruit infused balsamic vinegars and mustards
Hoop House - sour dough breads, cinnamon buns, stuffed french rolls, loose granola, croissants
“There’s still space for vendors who do not sell produce, “shared Broadbent. “Anyone interested should call me at 609-698-0080 ext. 122.”