Community Life

Farmer's Market Brings Fresh Produce, Unique Snacks To Springfield

7f016ecb86e7b452f663_2018FarmersMarket.jpg
Martin Schwartz conducts business at the Unique Snacks of America table. Credits: Matthew Kass
72bd8b54114f688ba3b2_2018FarmersMarketa.jpg
Fresh jersey peaches are ready for sale at the Country Stand table Credits: Matthew Kass
7f016ecb86e7b452f663_2018FarmersMarket.jpg

SPRINGFIELD, NJ - The Springfield Farmer’s Market is back for another year. The event, which runs every Monday from July through October is being held this year on the front lawn of the Springfield Public Library. The farmer’s market is open each week from 11 a.m. to six p.m.

Martin Schwartz was one of the vendors at the farmer’s market. He and Raquel Gemer are co-owners of Unique Snacks of America, which is located in nearby Cranford, New Jersey. He said that his business works to curate a variety of different snacks and spreads.

“We look for products that are made by family owned businesses, small batches and that are a little bit different, a little bit healthier,” Schwartz said. “Our goal is eventually maybe we’ll cover all 50 states. I tell people I’m a snack researcher.”

Sign Up for E-News

He pointed to various displays on the table and said that he found a variety of different products from all over the country that he was partnering to sell. These included chips from Long Island and Memphis, cookies from a company in Minnesota, apple butter and chutney locally sourced in New Jersey and jam from San Diego.

Next to his booth, Donna Zyck was busy running a fresh fruit and vegetable tent. She also runs The Country Stand, a fresh produce business in Washington, New Jersey. Zyck had multiple tables stocked with certified jersey fresh fruits and vegetables.

“It helps people to eat healthy and try new stuff,” Zyck said. Like our eight ball. That’s a type of zucchini. It has more kids eating fruits and vegetables.”

Zyck said that a lot of the fruit available at the stand, including the peaches and blueberries was sourced from south jersey, as well as the corn. She explained that at the moment, some of her farm’s produce was not fully grown and ready for sale yet.

One of the customers shopping at Zyck’s stand was Grace Reina. A Springfield resident, Reina said she has been coming to the farmer’s market for the last few years and that she always enjoys seeing what is up for sale.

“This stand is always a very good variety,” Reina said, gesturing towards the fruit and vegetables for sale. “I’m not really in the market for anything but fresh produce.”

Reina also said that having jersey fresh products at the farmer’s market is nice and knowing that her purchase supports local farmers is an added benefit. She also said that while the prices at the farmer’s market are higher than a regular super market, it is a nice change of pace and a regular part of her week.

“I come every Monday in the summer and buy a bunch of kale, and in one week I’ve eaten it all,” Reina said.

For more information about the Springfield Farmer’s Market, contact Maryellen Brennan by phone at 973-912-2202 or by email at maryellen.brennan@springfield-nj.us

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Springfield

Boxwood Coffee in Downtown Westfield Holds Soft Opening

July 21, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Boxwood Coffee is officially open in Downtown Westfield.

The coffee shop and café, at 143 East Broad St. where Panera was, hosted a friends and family event on Wednesday evening to celebrate what owner Stephen Bellamy is calling a “slow open.”

“We are planning to phase in items like our made-to-order menu and we are looking forward to our ...

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 18, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

3rd Annual Meadowlands BBQ Battle a Smokin’ Success

July 19, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Seven competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's 3rd Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 14, all vying for $2,000 in prizes and most importantly, bragging rights. 

The BBQ categories of best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, came with a $500 prize to the winner of each category. A panel of five judges conducted a blind ...

Local people with disabilities measure success and shortcomings of Americans with Disabilities Act

July 21, 2018

Local people with disabilities this month are lauding progress made since enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 28 years ago, but also point to the remaining distance between where they stand today and equal access to all sectors of the community.

Signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, the ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals based on ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, July 23, 7:45 AM

17 Kent Place Boulevard, Summit

Monday Morning Yoga

Health & Wellness

Wed, July 25, 6:00 PM

JCC of Central NJ, Scotch Plains

The JCC’s Barracudas Swim Team Meet the Coaches ...

Sports