HOBOKEN, NJ — Farmers' markets are a seasonal highlight for residents, as #JerseyFresh products roll into the Mile Square City by the truckload. This year, that load will be rolling in a bit less often, as at least one market has stuck a pitchfork in their 2020 season.
According to Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, "Unfortunately, the private organization that normally runs the uptown farmers' market on Garden Street at 14th Street has decided to cancel their farmers market for the rest of 2020."
Running each Saturday from May through November, the 14th Street Farmers' Market routinely drew a significant number of visitors, thanks to a terrific variety of farm-fresh fare and an assortment of local vendors.
Meanwhile, the City-sponsored Hoboken Farmers' Market will continue its annual run, starting early next month.
"We are carefully reviewing various activities that have been considered routine for years, due to the safety challenges of COVID-19," said Bhalla. "One outdoor activity that we have determined can safely re-open with added precautions, beginning June 2, is our Hoboken Farmers’ Market, located on Garden Street between 4th and 5th Streets."
The announcement comes about a week after Jersey City officials gave the green light for their farmers' markets, with several having already had their first events of the season.
"I believe it’s important for residents to continue to have access to fresh produce and products in order to stay healthy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic," said Bhalla.
As the Hoboken Farmers' Market is held along the edge of Church Square Park, a strict adherence to protocols will be required.
"The vendors and staff have agreed to additional social distancing regulations including increasing the space between each vendor by operating on both sides of the block, a requirement of all staff, vendors and customers to wear glove and face masks, and each side of the street operating in one direction with pedestrian traffic," said Bhalla. "I ask residents to please take extra precautions when heading to the farmers’ market."
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