Mayor Mark A. Smith announced that Bayonne Farmers’ Market will return for its third season on Tuesday, May 6, from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. It will run through October 28, 2014, rain or shine. The market is held in the parking lot at West 23rd Street and DelMonte Drive, next to Mini Golf. Mayor Smith said, “The City of Bayonne and the Bayonne Urban Enterprise Zone are happy to bring back farmers’ produce and other farmers’ market merchandise to our community for the 2014 season We are proud to provide Bayonne consumers with a new season of opportunities to purchase the produce that made New Jersey the Garden State.”
Participants this year will include both new and returning famers’ market businesses. The Opening Day lineup of participants includes:RH Farms, Dr. Pickle, Paolo’s Kitchen, Baker’s Bounty, Gourmet Dried Fruits and Nuts, Green Acres Organic Baking Mixes, Excaliber Knife Sharpening, Outer Limits Hot Sauce, The Empanada Lady, Aurora Naturals, and Corny Cookers.
Beginning May 13, Ort Farms and Hoboken Farms will join the market. Starting May 20, Lizzmonade, Happy Faces Face Painting, and SPArties Mobile Spa will come to the farmers’ market. According to Bayonne Farmers’ Market Coordinator Lauren Halecky Dellabella, “We are still recruiting new vendors, so check our Facebook page for new additions.This year we’ll have musical guests and chefs’ demonstrations. Check our Facebook page for information at https://www.facebook.com/BayonneFarmersMarket.”
Last season, the Bayonne Farmers’ Market piloted a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program with Ort Farms. CSA allows city residents to have direct access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. When you become a member of a CSA, you’re purchasing a “share” of vegetables. Weekly, from May until October, your farmer will deliver that share of produce to the Market for pick-up. CSA members pay for an entire season of produce upfront. This early bulk payment enables your farmer to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, and more. Our CSA was very successful last year and will be returning again this year. Our CSA program is unique in that it is customizable, so you only get the produce that you want each week. Registration is ongoing. The first date for CSA pick-up is May 27. The CSA program offers three options: full, half and personal shares. CSA is a twenty-one week program (May 27-October 14). The program assumes each customer has one week of vacation from the program. Eggs or cheese can be added to your share. Flexible payment plans are available.
More information and CSA applications can be found on the Bayonne Farmers’ Market Facebook page or at www.ortfarms.com.