NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley’s annual Farmers’ Market will continue this year despite the coronavirus.
Plans for the 11th annual farmers’ market are under way Public Works Commissioner Joseph P. Scarpelli said in a phone interview. The market will open up a little later than usual this year on June 28. The market traditionally begins on Father’s Day coinciding with the street fair, which is canceled this year. “We are modeling it after what Montclair is doing,” he said.
The market will again be held on the former Ciccolini property, 537 Franklin Ave., Municipal Lot 9. Parking is available in Lot 7 (behind Bella Luce) and Lot 9 (enter through Lot 7) as well as on the street. The market is usually open every Sunday through October from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Shoppers will have the choice to walk through the market or place orders in advance either through a vendor’s website or through the township. “They won’t be able to pick out their own produce, maybe point at it,” said Scarpelli.
Vendors will be spread out and the number of stations will be limited if necessary, however Scarpelli said some already said they won’t be doing it this year.
All shoppers will need to wear a mask to enter the market. “We will work it out social distancing vendors and people visiting the market. There will be no congregating, no hanging out. We will take it week by week. And it may change between now and June ,” he said.
All events at the market including live entertainment and the annual tomato and zucchini contest and peach pie contest are canceled.
Shoppers can usually find items including a large variety of regionally-grown produce, homemade cheese, dried fruit and fresh nuts, pickles, bread at the Nutley Farmers Market.
According to the township’s website the Nutley Farmers’ Market is the only Sunday market in Essex County and the only Sunday market within 12 miles of Nutley.
The Nutley Farmers Market was established in 2009, by the Greenutley Committee. The Greenutley Committee, formed in 2008, is the township of Nutley’s 'go green' initiative and comprises the five commissioners and community members under the direction of Commissioner Scarpelli.
Visit TAPinto Nutley and the Township’s website: nutleynj.org/farmersmarket for the latest information on Nutley’s Farmers Market.
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