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New Farmers Markets to Open in Camden, Essex, Hudson,
Salem, Somerset & Union Counties

For Immediate Release: June 12, 2003


Hope Gruzlovic




Eight new community farmers markets will open this season in Camden, Essex, Hudson, Salem, Somerset and Union counties, Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus announced today. Altogether, a record 50 community farmers markets around the state are expected to be in operation this year.

"We're happy to work with communities to help establish and promote these markets, which continue to increase in popularity for a number of reasons," said Secretary Kuperus. "Consumers appreciate the high-quality, fresh fruits, vegetables and other farm products these markets offer. At the same time, farmers markets provide another sales outlet for farmers, which is an important part of our efforts to strengthen the agricultural industry."

At least 150 New Jersey farmers are expected to sell at community farmers markets in the state.

This year, the N.J. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Senior Services will make available $1.66 million through the federal WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Programs. These programs offer nutritionally at-risk children, women and senior citizens an important opportunity to include fresh fruits and vegetables in their diets. Eligible participants receive checks that may be redeemed for Jersey Fresh fruit and vegetables at community farmers markets and approximately 100 authorized roadside markets in New Jersey.

Following are the new community farmers market that will open for the first time this year:

  • Jersey Fresh Farmers Market along the Camden Waterfront
  • Woodbury Farmers Market in Camden County
  • Common Green Farmers Market in Newark
  • Irvington Farmers Market in Essex County
  • Van Vorst Farmers Market in Jersey City
  • Salem Farmers Market in Salem County
  • Montgomery Farmers Market in Somerset County
  • Elizabeth Farmers Market in Union County

Attached is a list (PDF 85K) of the 50 New Jersey community farmers markets expected to operate this season. (Market end dates listed are approximate and may change due to seasonal conditions.)