ROSELAND, NJ — Roseland-area residents interested in fresh and healthy foods, handcrafted jewelry, natural products and more are encouraged to take advantage of the Roseland Seasonal Community Farmers’ Market, open every Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the corner of Roseland and Harrison Avenues through Oct. 26, rain or shine.
John Fitzgerald, supervisor of the farmers’ market, said the market started eight years ago when an interest sparked in the neighborhood. He said it started small, with only about four of five vendors, but that the increasingly popular market now has up to 14 vendors every year.
“The corn and fruit are absolutely delicious,” Fitzgerald said of some of the fan favorites.
He also noted that Mario Silvestri, a Roseland resident, was among those who were instrumental in getting the farmers’ market going.
New to the market this year are two farmers to choose from: Valley View Farmers in Newton and Silver Lake Farm and Greenhouses of Blairstown, which both have a variety of fresh, local vegetables and fruits, along with honey.
“We love it,” said Roseland resident Patti Franchino, who frequents the market with her children, Aydan and Sammi. “It’s great every year. We especially love the empanadas, zucchini and the blueberries.”
Olivia DeGrenier and her mother, Andrea, said that they love the fresh vegetables, along with the great empanadas.
“It is great that the town brings services like these to the community,” said Andrea. “It encourages everyone to make better and healthier food choices.”
Kate, from Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruits, said that this is the organization’s first season at the market, and that her team is “doing fine” selling gourmet pickles and olives along with the fruits and nuts.
“The horseradish pickles are a big hit,” a co-worker said. “Everyone seems to love them.”
Other customers said that the pickles on a stick are a big hit as well, and that sampling is welcome.
Many stop by the market for their lunch break at places like Stella’s Empanadas and Argentine Grill, which has been a vendor at the market for four years and in business for seven. The vendor also sells in Jersey City, Kearny, Scotch Plains and Ramsey.
The variety of food vendors also includes Killer Coffee, Belle Johns with fresh fried fillet of whiting, Baker’s Bounty and Italian food. In addition to the food vendors, X-Calibur Knife and Scissor Sharpening sharpens the knives of those in need, and Ashea Natural Body Products sells natural body products that are homemade using all natural ingredients.
“My products are for peace of mind for the total body,” said the owner, whose motto is “Keeping America Green.”
Cheryl and her daughter, Taylor, said they come to the market every week to sell their hand-casted jewelry from Bluesky Creations. Cheryl has been making jewelry for 40 years, and said that everything she sells is handmade. Her leather bracelets are even sold at Nordstrom.
This is her second year at the market, and Cheryl encourages Roseland residents to come out to support their town.
“If you can envision it, I can create it,” she said.
Patrick and Katya, Roseland residents, said that they come every week to the farmers’ market, and they are excited to see all the fresh produce and enjoy selecting their food. They come to support their local community and said they would like to see even more vendors in the future.
Read more about the Roseland Farmers Market HERE.