As it enters its fifth season, the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market has more fresh things to offer than just the produce. Now, in addition to its primary location at Jones Avenue, there is a second location in the heart of downtown New Brunswick, at Kilmer Square Park. Also new is a fresh arrival of new vendors joining the local farm that has been the mainstay of the market, Pop’s Farm Market, from Monroe Township. Pop’s is returning with a variety of Jersey Fresh produce and they will be joined by Elijah’s Promise Raisin Dough selling artisan bread and baked goods, along with Rutgers Animal Care Program Farm Sales, selling a variety of locally raised meats – pork and beef, and seasonally available goat and lamb. Another new vendor, Canal Farm, will be coming later in the season and selling organically and biodynamically grown vegetables and their own honey and eggs.
For the opening week, consumers can expect spring seasonal produce, including a variety of greens, root vegetables (radishes, beets, etc.), fresh herbs, strawberries, and more.
The New Brunswick Community Farmers Market is a partnership between Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Johnson & Johnson, and the City of New Brunswick. Fresh at the helm is the new program coordinator, Paul Helms, who took the position at Rutgers after serving as community food security coordinator at Elijah’s Promise. Helms states, “Our team is excited to kick off the fifth season of the New Brunswick Community Farmers Market which started on Saturday June 15. There are a lot of good things happening at the market – we have a new location in downtown New Brunswick at Kilmer Square Park on the corner of George Street and Albany Street (Wednesdays 11:00 am -3:00 pm), and are continuing to offer fresh New Jersey produce and more from several vendors at our Farmers Market Pavilion and Gardens at 178 Jones Ave on Thursdays from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. We look forward to seeing you at the market this year.”
The market accepts cash and credit/debit cards, as well as SNAP, WIC, & FMNP vouchers, and Seniors Farmers Market Checks. While funds are available, voucher recipients can purchase $15 worth of items for $10. For more information and directions to the markets, go to: http://www.nbcfarmersmarket.com.