ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Roselle Park held its first Wednesday farmer's market of the year at Michael Mauri Park. The market hosts a variety of vendors including those selling fresh produce, homemade baked goods and a Latin food truck.
All of the produce sold at the farmer's market is grown in New Jersey. “We bring the farm into our community,” said Market Manager Antonette Signorello.
The farmer’s market began in Roselle Park twenty-three years ago and has had some vendors return every year since, like George Fetzer of Valley View Farms.
“I have very loyal regular customers here,” said Fetzer, who owns and operates his thirty acre farm in Newton with just one other employee. According to Fetzer, a lot of this year’s produce is delayed because farmers were weary of planting at the beginning of the pandemic. Now Fetzer has a lot of squash and root vegetables but expects to bring sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes to next Wednesday’s market.
“It’s convenient, the farmers are pleasant, and they have good prices,” said Sylvia Schnieder, who has been coming to the farmer’s market since it first opened.
“Everyone is nice and friendly,” said Jenny Belliveau. Her bakery, A Butter Life, debuting at the Roselle Park farmer’s market this year. “Having the market in the middle of the week is really nice, especially because more people are home now,” Belliveau added.
A Butter Life has had to divert from their traditional farmer’s market set up and is now exclusively offering online orders for pick up at the next market. This week, A Butter Life was offering samples of their different goods for customers to try out.
The farmer’s market will continue every Wednesday through October at Michael Mauri Park from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.