Why does a Land Trust run a farmers’ market? Because buying local keeps family farmers in business and farmland intact.
The Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market was started in 2007 to provide local farmers a place to sell their products directly to consumers. Though modest at first, it blossomed over the years into a highly anticipated community event that routinely attracts more than a thousand customers to the historic Dvoor Farm every Sunday from May to November.
The market features 15 to 20 farmers who sell only products they grow or make themselves, including organic produce, grass-fed meats, artisan cheese and bread, honey, wine, live plants and more. Our monthly Winter Market, though smaller in scale, has a similar choice of items.
Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market Re-opens May 17
The Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market kicks off its ninth season Sunday, May 17 offering shoppers a bounty of locally grown, organic vegetables, grass-fed beef, artisan breads, cheeses, honey, pies, plants and more.
The Farmers’ Market hosts 18 local farmers and vendors (including two from East Amwell) and will be open every Sunday through Nov. 22. It’s located at the Dvoor Farm off the Route 12 circle in Raritan Township.
What makes this market unique is the personal touch, literally. Here when you shake the hand of the person you’re buying from, you’re shaking the hand that picked the vegetables or baked the bread.
Each Sunday the Farmers’ Market features live music and hosts special events. In addition to its Opening Day festivities on May 17, the Farmers’ Market will: welcome a professional children’s storyteller on May 24; host several artisans on May 31; and offer tours of the 1798 stone Case-Dvoor farm house with Dave Harding of the East Amwell Historical Society on June 7. A food truck will also roll into the market each week, offering breakfast items and flatbread pizzas featuring farm-fresh ingredients.
Farmers’ Market sponsors this year are Basil Bandwagon Natural Market, Matt’s Red Rooster Grill, Tom McMillan with Weidel Realtors, Provident Bank, Amy Green Environmental Consultants, ShopRite of Flemington and NJ Environmental News.
2015 Farmers’ Market Events Schedule
Check back often as this schedule is being updated regularly.
|May 17||Opening Day; Adam Wengryn with special wagon house project display||Late Night Kennel Club|
|May 24||Children’s Story Telling with Carol Simon Levin: Farm Frolics||No Music (storytelling instead)|
|May 31||John Wear Pottery; Whimsey Eco Chick Repurposed Feed Bags; Audubon NJ Bird Seed, Feeders, Houses; Yuk Chuk Compost Bins.||Bill Ihling|
|June 7||Dvoor Farm House Tours; Book reading by Emily Schalk presented by 300th Hunterdon County Anniversary organization.||Ragtime Relics|
|June 14||International Picnic Day — Drawing for picnic basket of market fruit, spreads, cheese, bread and coffee. “Be Here Yoga” children’s demonstration with Karen and Abby Walsh.||Michael Long|
|June 21||Felicia Chernesky with new children’s book on farming/gardening. Master Gardeners with an activity for children.|
|June 28||Adam Wengryn, demonstration related to wagon shed project||Robert Viola|
|July 5||John Wear Pottery; Whimsey Eco Chick Repurposed Feed Bags; Audubon NJ Bird Seed, Feeders, Houses; Yuk Chuk Compost Bins.||Late Night Kennel Club|
|July 12||Bill Ihling|
|July 19||Tomato Tasting. Master Gardeners.|
|July 26||Lisa Eichlen, book author of The Bravest Boy I Ever Knew; children’s activity with the Waldorf School.||Michael Long|
|Aug. 2||Robert Viola|
|Aug. 9||National Farmers’ Market Week; Lucy Walsh, rug hooker; John Wear Pottery; Mustache Jack woodworker; Whimsey Eco Chick Repurposed Feed Bags; Audubon NJ Bird Seed, Feeders, Houses; Yuk Chuk Compost Bins.||Chuck Schaeffer|
|Aug. 16||Bill Ihling|
|Aug. 23||Kids Eat Right Month: games and information about food for children||Kaleidoscope|
|Aug. 30||Winged Wonders Education: Monarch Butterfly Release with Ann Ward; children’s activity with the Waldorf School.|
|Sept. 13||John Wear Pottery; Whimsey Eco Chick Repurposed Feed Bags; Audubon NJ Bird Seed, Feeders, Houses; Yuk Chuk Compost Bins||Chuck Schaeffer|
|Sept. 20||Master Gardeners||Bill Ihling|
|Sept. 27||Apple Tasting|
|Oct. 11||Dvoor Farm Barn Tour||Michael Long|
Check back as we continue to add more events.
2014 Economic Survey
The Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market had an annual combined economic impact of more than $2.7 million on its vendors, host neighborhood and surrounding region, according to a report recently completed by SEED. The SEED evaluation team also learned that our Farmers’ Market attracts about 800 shoppers per market day for an estimated annual attendance of 22,400 shoppers. You can read the SEED Report to discover how our Farmers’ Market benefits our local economy.
2015 Farmers’ Market Vendors
|Apple Ridge Farm||www.appleridge.net||wood-fired brick oven sourdough breads, farm themed muffins, cookies, tarts, granola, dog treats, liquid hand soap made from our farm and dairy product waste|
|Blue Mist Hollow Farm||www.stonybrookgardens.com 609-397-8599||perennials, seasonal greens at holiday time|
|Boblink Dairy and Bakehouse||www.cowsoutside.com||aged cheeses and artisan breads|
|certified organic vegetables and fruit|
|Fired Up Flatbread Food Co.||Fired Up Flatbread Food Co. on Facebook||flatbread pizza, pastries, coffee from The Coffee Scoop, cold beverages|
|Fulper Farms||www.fulperfarms.com||yogurt, greek yogurt, ricotta, mozzarella, string cheeses, butter, hard cheeses, potentially milk and additional dairy products|
|fresh and frozen poultry, pot pies, sausage, fruit pies, eggs, mushrooms|
|frozen lamb products|
|organic wheat grass and wheat grass shots; organic microgreens|
|Milford Farm||www.milfordfarms.com||beef, pork and eggs|
|fruit, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, potted plants, apple cider, jam|
|pastured brown eggs, bone-in pork chops, ground pork, pork cutlets, loin end roasts, shoulder roasts, chipped pork, artisan sausages, smoked ham slices, roasts & hocks|
|Rolling Hills Farm||www.rollinghillsfarm.org||organic oyster mushrooms, oyster mushroom kits, microgreens|
|Sandbook Meadow Farm||www.sandbrookmeadowfarm.com||certified organic vegetables|
|cut flowers beginning in late June/early July|
|Sweet Valley Farm||www.sweetvalleyfarms.com
|seasonal vegetables beginning in early July|
|Toadshade Wildflower Farmemail@example.com
|native plants, hot tea from plants they grow, foraged nuts|
|WoodsEdge Wools Farm||www.woodsedge.com
|llama and alpaca fleeces, rovings, yarns, socks, gloves, scarves, mittens, hats, shawls, rugs, honey, USDA yak and aged beef|
Are you a farmer interested in selling your products at our farmers’ market? Openings are limited. Contact market manager Catherine Suttle for information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 908-237-4582.
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