HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Farmers Market, hosted by the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce, opened up once again. This time, however, operations were a little different from previous years, in an attempt to protect vendors and customers amid the coronavirus crisis. As the vendors set up on the hot summer morning for the first time since last year, they said they were more than happy to be back.
Returning with a colorful display of fresh fruits and vegetables this year was RH Farms. At their stand was Aspen Hildebrant who shared the farm's experience through the pandemic. "Our farm stand remained open for curbside pickup, but my twin sister and I have just started traveling to farmer's markets since early June." After selling strawberries to a shopper, she went on to share her excitement about being back at the Hawthorne Farmer's Market. "We really appreciate the support from this community and are so happy to be back!"
Ken Callaghan, owner of Orlando's in Lodi, said that although his business had to close the doors for its front deli, they were lucky enough to continue operating during the coronavirus pandemic by distributing wholesale to supermarkets.
Hana Sabol, owner of Rosie's Market in West Milford, said, "I conducted online sales during the pandemic. In early June, I finally started going to local Farmer's Markets. It's so good to see the familiar faces of Hawthorne again!"
There were slight adjustments made to the market, as tables were spaced out more so than usual, and signs were posted to wear face masks as well as to help maintain the flow of attendees as they perused the tents. Judy Kopitar said that the market was modified with one entryway and one exit. "All patrons and staff must wear a mask and practice social distance, which every one did."
Hawthorne Farmer's Market will run through to the last Sunday of October.
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