NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The city will kick off the opening of the annual New Brunswick Community Farmers Market (NBCFM) with a big celebration.

On Saturday, June 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be free yoga programs along with live music, cooking demonstrations,  henna tattoos and face painting. Cake will be available as part of the opening day.

The markets, which bring fresh produce from local farms to the city, are held Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the NBCFM Market Pavilion, 178 Jones Ave., and at the same location on Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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On Wednesday, you will see the market open at Kilmer Square Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shoppers can use EBT, WIC and SNAP funds to make purchases, and can earn “Market Bucks” or certificates to purchase more food. For every $10 spent to buy items at a market, a person receives $5 worth of Market Bucks that can be used to buy even more Jersey Fresh produce.

Baked goods, ready-to-eat prepared foods and gifts are also awaiting shoppers. 

This is the tenth year of the market, which is run through a partnership between the city, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Johnson & Johnson.  

In past years, the markets have offered nutritional education classes and children’s health screenings and taste tests.

More information about the markets is available at www.nbcfarmersmarket.com.