MILLBURN, N.J. - Dark skies did not dim the opening of the annual Millburn Farmers’ Market season today. Vendors ranged from bakers to mushroom foragers to farmers to florists, some veterans of previous years and several new to town. The market is sponsored by the Downtown Millburn Development Association (“DMDA”) under the direction of Karen Cummins, a member of DMDA and the manager of the Farmers’ Market.

Located in the parking lot at the corner of Essex and Main Streets, the Market will be open on Tuesdays from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. from today until November 10. The Market has been a popular presence in Millburn for 23 years.

Among the first time vendors were James Opie, the owner of Emerald Garden of Millburn and David Borgert, owner of Eat This of Stockton. Emerald Garden provides floral design and event planning. It designs the décor for many corporate gala functions, weddings, bar mitzvahs, charity events, and parties. The business has been in Millburn for 22 years and Mr. Opie decided to participate in the Farmers’ Market this year for exposure because “the location of his shop on Essex Street does not get the same foot traffic as other venues in downtown Millburn.” Emerald Garden plants and services the 100 flower pots located in the downtown area. Eat This sells all natural sustainable locally produced jams, marmalades and a few other things beautifully crafted in uniquely packaged Weck jars. These products are sold in Whole Foods and on the Food Network and were on Oprah’s Favorite List for Christmas.

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Selling at the Market were four New Jersey farms, including Alstede Farms of Chester, Ort Farms of Long Valley, J & R Farms, and newcomer Glenmalure Farms of Wantage and Frankford Townships in Sussex County. Glenmalure carries grass fed beef, lamb and chicken and pork and free range eggs. Ort Farms has been a vendor at the Market for 23 years, selling honey, milk, eggs and cheese. Jenn of Ort Farms stated that “the shoppers of Millburn are excellent customers and all-around nice people.”

Other vendors included Hoboken Farms, purveyors of artisan breads, fine quality meats and tomato sauce which has been ranked the top sauce in a blind test by the Wall Street Journal. Rory McQuillan, the operating manager of the company’s farmers’ market division, opined that “there is nothing like a farmers’ market to bring people together and enrich the lives of those who live in the town.” Dan Lipow of Maplewood’s Diningwild is a forager who sold his mushrooms at the Market and also sells them to Millburn restaurants including Basilico, La Pergola, and Twelve Islands.  He observed that “Millburn’s is a small market that has a passionate crowd that comes out every week to buy mushrooms.” Rounding out the list of vendors were Mr. Pickle, Gina’s Bakery, Paolo’s Kitchen, Gourmet Nuts, and Hummus Boss. On the first Tuesday of each month Neil's Knives will be there to sharpen knives and tools