SPARTA, NJ - The Sparta Farmers' Market will kick off the ninth season with some special guests on Saturday, June 1.  Elizabeth DeGasperis will sing the National Anthem followed by Henry Masterson reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and his rendition of “It’s a Grand Old Flag.”

Senator Steve Oroho and Joseph DiPaolo, President of Newton and Hackettstown Medical Centers will welcome the patrons and farmers to the official opening of the market according to Mitchell Morrison, the market co-founder and manager.

The Sparta Farmers’ Market has had a soft opening for the month of May getting ready for the season.

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“We look forward to Saturday mornings at the Sparta Farmers’ Market where we get vegetables picked that morning, artisan cheeses, wonderful breads and baked goods ideal for a Sunday morning treat,” Lorraine Parker said.  “And then there is the fresh brick oven pizza to take away for an alfresco lunch. The best part is meeting so many friends and neighbors browsing the market too.”

Anne Masters said, “I’m looking forward to the Sparta Farmers’ Market opening with its great lineup of vendors for produce, eggs, meats, cheese, bread, honey, soap and more. Aldo is too, as it is a very dog friendly space.”

With over 30,000 visitors throughout the year, the market takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday from June through October, rain or shine. 

"We are excited to be returning for our ninth year at Sparta Farmers Market," Kittatinny Mountain Farm's Dave and Danielle said. "The weather so far this growing season has been relatively good and we are on track to have lots of our delicious Certified Organic produce at the opening day of the market."

Morrison said, “Our market is a fun happening.  Our customers become our friends. They meet up with their friends and family in our market. The Sparta Farmers Market is largest farmers market in the region with over 20 local vendors.  We give our community the opportunity to understand exactly who produces their food, how their food is produced, where it is produced, etc.”

This Saturday Chris Sudol from CS Expressions Photography will be at the Sparta Farmers Market taking free pictures with the Top of the Mountain Honey Farm baby goats. 

“We look forward to seeing returning customers and meeting new ones,” Dave and Danielle said.

The Sparta Farmers’ Market will be held in the back parking lot of the Sparta Health & Wellness Center located at 89 Sparta Avenue in Sparta, NJ.