SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Farmers Market reopened on Saturday, May 23, with social distancing rules in place. Masks are required and people in line at vendors must stay six feet apart.

Many longtime JerseyFresh™ farmers -- including Ort Farms, Asprocolas Acres, and Corner-Copia -- returned, as did Stella's Empanadas, Pickelicious, the Hummus Broad and the Luthuanian Bakery.  

Lisa Mohn of Apple Blossom Flower Shop and Jeffrey Stein of Incentives USA™, who co-manage the market on behalf of the Scotch Plains Business and Professionals Association, manned the welcome table that offered hand sanitizer. Township officials, including Mayor Al Smith, Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, Council members Elizabeth Stamler and Ted Spera, and Deputy Manager Margaret Heisey came to do some shopping and show their support.

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Cars are not permitted in the parking lot at the Farmers Market. Street parking is available on Park Ave., East Second St., and the two large Municipal Parking Lots across the street (behind the retail stores).

"Safety has, and always will be, first and foremost at our popular Market," Stein said. "Please tell your friends we are back."

Each week, the market will be counting visitors, gauging, and analyzing the operation, in terms of social distancing, placement of vendors, and adherence to safety measures.

The Scotch Plains Farmers Market is located in historic downtown Scotch Plains 430 Park Ave. (adjacent to the Municipal Building).