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Farmer's Market Begins June 3

The Montgomery Friends Farmer's Market begins its season Saturday, June 3 from 9 am until 1 pm. Market Manager Lorette Pruden notes, "We are celebrating our fifteenth season. We are the oldest 21st century farmer's market in the area." The market, run by the Montgomery Friends of Open Space (MFOS), features an extensive variety of locally grown and produced food.

Pruden notes, "At our Saturday morning Farmers' Market, shoppers can find Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, organic produce, locally raised poultry, beef and pork, fish from the Jersey Shore, pastas from New Jersey-grown wheat, flowers, pies, bread, pastries, gluten-free baked goods, alpaca products, honey, beeswax, sauces, soups, ketchups, ciders, and coffee--all worth getting up for."
Some of the vendors have a long history with the market. Orchard Farm Organics of Montgomery and Tree-licious Orchards and Bakery of Port Murray (fruit, cider doughnuts, and pies) have been at the market since its inception in 2003. Griggstown Farms (chicken pot pies, fruit pies, honey, mushrooms, and sausages), Von Thun Farms (produce and fruit from Monmouth Junction), and Woods Edge Wool Farms of Stockton (alpaca products, honey, soaps, and yak meat) have come to the market for five or more years.
New to the market this year are Local 130 Seafood of Asbury Park, offering fish direct from the Jersey Shore; Norz HIll Farms of Hillsborough, selling beef and pork; and Chutneys and Curries of Montgomery, with fresh sauces.
Other vendors at the market include Benfatto Coffee of Hillsborough, Hot Sauce 4 Good of East Millstone, Lore Pasta of Monmouth Junction (made in small batches from New Jersey wheat), and Nine Acre Farms of Skillman (sunflowers), The Eat Local table at the market will feature Orchard Farm Organics herbs, lettuces, eggs, and sauces and Terra Momo breads and pastries.
The MFOS has been instrumental in preserving land in the Township. Jack Roberts, President of MFOS, explains, "Part of the mission of MFOS is to support agriculture in Montgomery Township. Since the market was started in 2003, sources of 'people food' have increased in Montgomery. Much of that is grown on open space, the preservation of which was facilitated or initiated by MFOS and/or the Township. All produce at the market is sourced in New Jersey, sold by growers or direct representatives, much from Montgomery farmers or from surrounding towns."

Pruden adds, "We have also provided community service opportunities and paid employment for several Montgomery residents over the years. There are many ways to get involved. We have volunteer opportunities for adults and students to help with the market."

Residents are invited to come to the market. "Join us to shop locally, have a bite to eat and drink, listen to music and visit with your friends. We'll have regular appearances by - among others - the Mary Jacobs Library, the Montgomery EMS, and our sponsors."

Businesses and individuals sponsoring the market include Princeton Design Guild, Princeton Fitness and Wellness, 1st Constitution Bank of Rocky Hill, Terra Momo, Baez State Farm Insurance, Princeton Orthopaedic Associates, Clyde River Christmas Tree Farm, Radiation Data, Nassau Tennis Club, and Ed and Jaci Trzaska.

MFOS and the Farmers' Market are members of ShopLocalMontgomery (the Montgomery Business Association), the New Jersey Council of Farmers and Communities, the New Jersey Farmers Direct Marketing Association, and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey.
The Market will be held on Saturdays through October.

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