HAWTHORNE, NJ - The skies were clear, the sun shone brightly, a steady breeze kept the atmosphere comfortable, and the rain was gracious enough to wait until the Farmer's Market, hosted by the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce at the Louis Bay 2nd Library, had closed for the day.
The farmer's market drew new vendors as well as veterans which have been attending since its inception. Perhaps a testament to the appeal of the Hawthorne community, vendors from other towns came to set up as well: RH Farms traveled from as far as Hackettstown. The vendors and crafters who spoke with TAPinto Hawthorne universally reported a satisfactory morning and said that they were happy to see a strong turn out of customers. Some visitors picking up fresh produce or specialty foods said that they had come over from the Glen Rock Street Fair, which was held at the same time, and were glad to make a full day out and about.
Brett, originally from Hawthorne and now working with the Ramsey-based dressing company "Elia's Creations", said that he had actually run out of dressing during the early afternoon and needed to leave and return with more inventory.
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were on hand, collecting donations for their pet food pantry. Stephanie Hornback, PCSPCA Board Member, lived in Queens and has called Hawthorne her home for several years. "We love Hawthorne," Hornback said, "and we want people to know this is here," she said of the pet food pantry. "Animals have to eat, too."
Mary Mahon, a local potter, has been making her own ceramic items for decades and is proud to say that she makes every one of her products from start to finish, including making her own glazes. "Some places that make things have one person who makes a bowl, one person who makes the handles, one person who puts it in the kiln, one person who gazes, so while that is technically hand-made, it's really 'hands-made'." Not so for her, and all her products are marked as originals.
Jay from Pickle-Licious, a Teaneck-based company, was very pleased with the day and presided over a long table of pickles of all varieties, olives, tomatoes, sauerkraut, and more. They had sold out of New Pickles before the end of the day, the barrel empty.
Island Love Cognac and Rum Cakes sold sweet treats to locals while RH Farms, set up across, offered decorative plants, fruits, and flowers. Kariba Farms had an array of packaged snacks and vegetables for any enterprising cook. North Haledon-based Eden Glory Farms set up their greens and herbs which they supply to restaurants and offer eco-friendly vertical gardening options.
JuLouLa Handmade Creations was another crafter set up and they intend to return for the July 14 craft fair as well. All their jewelry items were hand made and included a range of earrings and bracelets.
"Everything's gone very well," Meg Natale of the Hawthorne Chamber of Commerce said. "We've got a lot of vendors and crafters and people like to come out to this."
The Farmer's Market will be held each Sunday until October 27.
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