BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Fellowship Village Senior Living brought back their Farmers Market offering a mouth watering collection of produce for their residents and team members. 

Nothing says 'summer' like fresh produce grown and picked locally. Kristen Jessen-Brown, Asst. Dir. of Dining & Culinary Services at Fellowship Village, has been bringing the Farmers Market to Fellowship for 23 years. Residents can't always get out, so she wanted to bring the fresh produce to them. "This was the easiest way of doing it," she said.

The produce offered at the market is harvested less than 24 hours before it's sold. Jessen-Brown works with a local produce company and has met a lot of the local farmers. "We've used the same company for a long time. A lot of the farmers are coming from South Jersey."

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Last Friday's event was the first time they held the Farmers Market in over a year due to construction on Fellowship's campus and most recently due to the pandemic. Going forward, Jessen-Brown plans to organize a monthly market. 

"The residents have been looking forward to it for the longest time, and they just didn't want to wait any longer," said Jessen-Brown. "So, as long as we have Jersey tomatoes, cherries, blueberries and watermelon -- we're golden."  

When she selects the produce, she wants the best of the crop. She had delayed the market last month because the produce wasn't great. "I made a lot of phone calls last week, and the farmers confirmed the produce looked good -- so, we knew it was time to do this. We were able to pull this together last minute."

Jessen-Brown travels from the Shore to work at Fellowship Village and has been doing so for 23 years. She loves the residents, her team --- and she loves her job. "I have seen it [Fellowship Village] when it was just a little area to this big beautiful swan right now." She said, "If I didn't love my job so much, I wouldn't still be here -- this is where I'm supposed to be." 

About Fellowship Village Senior Living: Fellowship Senior Living: The 72-acre Fellowship Village wooded campus, located in picturesque Basking Ridge, NJ, is home to over 400 residents enjoying lifestyles from single family independent living homes, villas and apartments to assisted living, skilled nursing and memory care homes. The Life Plan Community (also known as CCRC) offers a full complement of lifestyle enhancements, in addition to five-star dining. A new cultural arts center featuring a state-of-the-art-theater, upscale bar & lounge with alfresco dining, expanded medical center and spa and fitness center will ensure Fellowship Village remains a leader in senior living.  Fellowship Senior Living provides a continuum of care for seniors throughout New Jersey to include home-health services, hospice, Fellowship Freedom Plans and physical, occupational and speech therapies both on and off campus. As a nonprofit organization, focus remains steadfast on providing optimal industry best practices for residents, so they may enjoy a vibrant lifestyle. For more information, visit us at www.FellowshipSeniorLiving.org or call 908-428-4238.