MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Farmers' Market kicks off the 25th Summer Farmers' Market Saturday June 3 at 8 a.m. at the Walnut Street Train Station. The summer market runs until 2 p.m. every Saturday from now until Thanksgiving.
Jim Matarazzo, of Matarazzo Farms told TAPinto that he is "looking forward to opening day and successful season." Matarazzo was on of the original vendors 25 years ago. Matarazzo is one of five familiar family farmers who are returning his season. They will be joined by 15 specialty food crafters.
"We are excited for opening day and the official start of farmers market season in Montclair. We hope to have our Strawberry Rhubarb Jam freshly made with rhubarb purchased at the Montclair Farmers Market farmers at Tree-Licious and Vacciano Farms!" Kim.Osterhoudt told TAPinto. Osterhoudt is the 'Kim' behind 'Jams by Kim.Osterhoudt shared that she not personally be at the market this Saturday, as she will be receiving an award from the National Council of Negro Women on Saturday, but her team member Doyal will be at the market with her Jams. She will be back in Montclair the following week.
The Montclair Farmers’ Market is proud to have spearheaded the locally-sourced, fresh food movement a quarter-century ago. Dan Lipow of the Foraged Feast (the "mushroom guy") will be able to share a story or two about how he sources locally. Lipow shared in the enthusiasm for the opening day"The Foraged Feast is looking forward to another great season! We're hoping to see all our friends back at the stand. We'll have lots of great mushrooms and seasonal greens available every week"
The Montclair Farmers' Market is more than just a place to purchase local food, the market has become a community space where friends gathers, organizations tell their stories, and guest chefs sample their work. One of the favorite spots for samples is in the north end of the market where patrons will find favorite food artisans. "Pierogi, kielbasa, stuffed cabbage...oh my!" said Mario Bochna of Stefan's Pure Blends. "We are excited for yet another season with one of our favorite markets, here's to a prosperous market season!"
The 2017 summer season will be the third season in which SNAP, WIC, and Seniors Farmers Market Nutrition Program participants are offered double the value of their coupons, thanks to a generous grant from Partners for Health.
The summer Montclair Farmers' Market runs every Saturday from the first Saturday in June through Thanksgiving from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The smaller winter market runs the rest of the year.