BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Bridgewater has launched its first farmers market at the Bridgewater Township Library, on Vogt Drive.
To kick off the market June 25, Bridgewater Mayor Dan Hayes drove a vintage cub cadet farm tractor as a way to start the inaugural year.
"Bridgewater is a community that absolutely cares how we live, we care what we eat and we're very excited about the opening of this event," he said in a release. "It's the farmer that of course keeps us in touch with nature, and we're grateful to them."
"I know I'm going to be a frequent visitor as the season unfolds and the offerings change," he added before cutting the inaugural market opening ribbon.
The farmers market will run every Sunday through Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The market is featuring a variety of fresh local produce, eggs and meat from Norz Hill Farm; vegetables and herbs from Martenette Farms; specialty meats, eggs and rubs from Stony Brook Meadows; at least a dozen types of mushrooms from Shibumi Mushrooms; and organic oats and soaps from Morganics Family Farm. There are also baked good from Aunt Dee Dee's Old Fashioned Oven Baked Goodness, and cold brew coffee and lemonade from Cheech's own.
In addition, the opening day featured live music by John Busse, and a discussion on "Supporting a Local Food System" with Adrian Hyde, of Northeast Organic Farming Association of NJ.
"We couldn't have asked for a better start to the Bridgewater Farmers Market season," said manager Tony Kennette. "Hundreds of shoppers came out to support the market and we look forward to seeing it continue to grow. We have a limited number of vendor spaces still availalbe."
Those interested can email Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Kristen at EmPoWER Somerset at 908-722-9400.
The farmers market was formed through a partnership led by Healthier Somerset, a coalition run by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, according to the release. They received a New Jersey Healthy Communities grant and teamed up with Bridgewater Township, EmPoWER Somerset, Kennette Productions and the Somerset County Library System NJ Bridgewater branch.