Why shop at local markets?
Why do local markets need your support?
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Real local Farmers’ Markets are fragile small local businesses threatened by supermarkets, developers, unrealistic regulations and other issues. Farmers are an endangered species. We lost one of our farmers this year. They could not afford to stay in business. Farming is risky…so much can go wrong.
The tradition of local markets goes back to ancient times when local farmers and vendors would meet on “market days” in the town square. That tradition continues in Atlantic Highlands, as well as other local towns, and is a pleasant way to support the community, meet your neighbors, make new friends and purchase wonderful fresh food.
Area residents have enjoyed the Atlantic Highlands weekly Farmers’ Market since June 5th. It is now even better, especially with all the fresh produce being harvested daily. This season, along with the regular vendors, many new and exciting products are being offered. New vendors continue to join the Market “Family” even at this late date. The produce from Farmer Al and Beckage Farm has been abundant and wonderful. In addition to them, “Oasis” is offering fresh eggs and produce. Oasis is a program run for Autistic young adults in Middletown and a wonderful program it is. Paulo’s Kitchen still offers great crab cakes as well as other “ready to go” meals… Smiling Earth Elixirs offers fine herbal teas as well as fresh brewed ice tea. The Picklelicious stand is always crowded with customers trying their pickles and tapenades. Fair Mountain Coffee serves “Nitro” iced coffee that has a creamy taste. It is like drinking a coffee “Guinness”. Their organic, fair traded coffee beans are roasted fresh for any type of coffee maker. Greg and Barbara are there to advise you on all the varieties. They will be glad to give you a sample. Gourmet Fruits and Nuts offer a selection of healthy snacks to pick at while shopping. Try the candied nuts!
Breadsmith’s customers do not need to be told how great the bread is and there is always a “sample” tray to try. Mediterra is a great source for Middle Eastern condiments and Ali encourages everyone to sample his wares. Don’t miss the garlic spread. Holly Jolly Jam has become a must buy. The garlic pepper jelly is great on pork. Big Spoon Little Spoon is selling out their all natural bug repellent and their soaps are wonderful. Krakus Deli has incredibly good Kielbasa and Perogies. New this season is Liberty Bakery which specializes in Greek breads and pastries, including baklava and spanakopita. My Momma’s Kitchen is serving vegan and gluten free products. Ask True about his full line of goodies. From Scratch is a new addition. The talented chef, Meredith is offering delicious samples and she is drawing a crowd every week. You can order ready to serve meals from her and let them do all the work! Also new is Waggle Snaps. They make organic dog treats. The dogs that attend the market each week gave their sign of approval. Starting this week, Shannon Black Designs will be at the market. She specializes in floral creations for any event and she will have fresh cut flowers as well.
The Farmers’ Market is open rain or shine on Fridays from 12 pm to 6 pm and because of popular demand will continue through October 9th.
The Farmers Market is presented by the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce. For further information about the Chamber and their upcoming activities visit www.atlantichighlands.org, or call 732.872.8711. The Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce is a not for profit association dedicated to supporting and enhancing the economic vitality of Atlantic Highlands. The Chamber welcomes members and non-members alike to attend and network at all events.