SOMERVILLE, NJ - Farm-fresh produce, meats, eggs, cheese, artisanal foods – even fresh seafood – will be available at the weekly Somerville Farmers Market, opening Wednesday, June 7 on Grove Street between East Main and High Streets in front of the Somerset County Administration Building.
Open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., the farmers’ market will run Wednesdays each week through the summer and early fall, closing on Oct. 25.
The Market returns to Somerville after a one-year absence, returning to the location where it first began in 2009. The market had relocated to the Division Street pedestrian mall for a few years before closing down at the end of the 2015 season.
The market will open with 15 vendors and is expected to get bigger each week, according to Jay Scott, chairman of SAFE, the parent organization and sponsor.
"We're excited about being back on Grove Street, we always liked the openness and setting," Scott said. "We've always prided ourselves on the community feeling of our market and our hope is that the new vendors get the same feeling. The nice thing about Grove Street is that vendors can park their trucks and cars right next to the stand.
"We're also happy that several businesses from town are vendors," Scott added. "That makes us even more of a Somerville Farmers Market."
Scott said the organizers are also pleased with their location because it has a built-in customer base inside the county administration building and other county employees in nearby buildings who can stop by during their lunch hour to pick up fresh produce, meats, cheese and other farm goods.
Several downtown Somerville restaurants and food artisans will come outdoors for the day, including Boulevard Seafood Company, selling fresh seafood purchased daily at the Fulton Fish Market; fresh-baked gourmet pastries from Conlin’s Café & Bakery; Casa Luna Mexican Grill; Cheech’s Own Coffee and Teylev Teas.
Two new farms will also be selling produce, meats and other food products at the market this year - Norz Hills Farms and Dogwood Farms. The Norz Family is a legend in Somerset County while Dogwood Farms has been part of the Duke Farms Farmer program in Hillsborough, with the farmers living in Somerville.
Vendors from previous years are returning to the market, including Country Stand Farm, Caldo Sauces (formerly Hot Sauce 4 Good), Patricia and Paul Fine Olive Oils & Vinegars, Ester’s Treats, The Farmer and The Chickpea, Pickle Licious, Krakus Polish Deli, Gourmet Nuts, and Dried Fruits.
The Somerville Public Library will also be back with deals on gently-read books.
Neil’s Knife Sharpening Services will visit the Market once a month. Dates will be announced.
Throughout July, the Market will host representatives from RWJ Barnabas Hospital. Topics will include information on Diabetes, Cardiac Care, Nutrition, Blood Pressure and more topics, from noon – 2 p.m..
Volunteers interested in helping can sign up online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information is available on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/somervillenjfarmersmarket/. The page will feature a weekly newsletter with healthy food tips, recipes and news items about the vendors and other information.
The Somerville Farmers Market Committee includes borough residents Mary Ann Reh, Betty Krupka, Renee Hoy, Kaitlin Horvath, Beth Kovacs and Scott. The committee has organized as a non-profit 501-C3 corporation known as SAFE - an acronym for Somerville Alliance for Food Education.