WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Farmer’s Market will be returning this spring on May 18 and will run through Nov. 2, finding its new home at 80 Main Street on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Located in close proximity to the Thomas Edison Museum, the West Orange Farmer’s Market will host local farmers and vendors selling an assortment of items including produce, cured meats, flower, cheeses and different organic and non-GMO foods.
According to Stacey Reese, manger of the West Orange Farmer’s Market, patrons have the opportunity to purchase fresh food with “no middleman.”
“You meet the farmer that has grown and produced the food,” said Reese, who recently came together with Megan Brill, executive director of the Downtown West Orange Alliance, to bring back the farmer's market after a three-year hiatus.
Reese, a West Orange resident, said she was inspired to take up gardening after her exposure to the West Orange Farmer’s Market when she first moved into town five years ago. As she anxiously awaited the return of the market, Reese realized that in order to have it return, she would have to take a leadership role and make it happen herself.
“If it’s going to be anyone, it’s going to be me,” said Reese when commenting on the lack of a farmer's market in town over the past few years.
Reese explained that she hopes the farmer's market will provide high-quality organic foods and other specialty items often found in a boutique setting, but at an affordable price.
Potential vendors for the West Orange market include farmers from Essex County and as far as Middlesex County. According to Reese, the idea is that the farmer’s market will draw from farmers and vendors within 20-to-30 miles of West Orange.
Reese is still looking for local farmers and vendors to be a part of the return of the West Orange Farmer’s Market.