CHATHAM, NJ - John Holman, Chatham Borough Council member, rang the bell to signal the opening of the ninth season of the Chatham Farmer's Market on Saturday at the Chatham Train Station.
Chatham resident Kathy Byers played her guitar and sang for visitors. Mangia Stuffed Breads began its 10th year at the market and the goats from Secret Garden Soap, along with Edge of Knife and the Chatham Historical Society were among the vendors on opening day.
Byers, a music teacher at Assumption School in Morristown, welcomed shoppers at the farmer's market with her repertoire of children's songs. She is 30-year resident of the borough.
Chatham-based Mangia Stuffed Breads is celebrating its 10th year under the ownership of Dawn Paskalides. The inspiration for Mangia Stuffed Breads came from Paskalides' grandmother, who is now 98. The family would gather together and make stuffed breads and her grandmother would invite all to the table with, "Mangia, Mangia."
Joe and Tracee Palmer brought goats "Opal" and "Brownie" to the farmer's market, where Secret Garden Soap products, made from goat's milk, were on display for sale.
Edge of Knife from Bergen County also was on hand, sharpening knives for customers who dropped them off for service.
Pat Foca and Diane Conlan of the Chatham Historical Society were on hand, offering fridge magnets commemorating "300 years of Chatham" and selling Chatham puzzles.
"We got the idea from Fran Drew, who raised money with a puzzle to save Glimmer Glass Bridge in Manasquan," Christine Grobert, treasurer of the Chatham Historical Society, said. "We tried to make the puzzle a blend of the past and present."
One of the more recent events included in the puzzle is the Guinness Book of World Records entry by Chatham, the 2014 record of simultaneous blowing of a wooden train whistle.