On Saturday, June 4, the Foodshed Alliance Farmers’ Access Network will host the grand opening the 15th season of the Blairstown Farmers’ Market, supported by our seasonal sponsor, Atlantic Health/Newton Medical Center.

Dedicated to bringing consumers and farmers together, this market features locally grown foods, all grown and/or produced in our beautiful area.  Special market features include live music and children’s activities.

The market fulfills a major role in the Foodshed Alliance Farmers’ Access Network’s mission to develop a local food system, where eating locally and seasonally is the first choice. Executive Director Kendrya Close explains, “We want to provide all residents in our area with a centralized location to obtain fresh, locally grown and produced food all grown by our farmers. Doing this while meeting your neighbors and helping to support your local farming community makes for an ideal family-focused experience!”

Now in the market’s 15th year, vendors offer everything from abundant produce, meat and artisan breads to fruit, eggs, baked goods, local honey and pickled and prepared foods.

The market will again accept EBT/SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) benefits this year. Simply bring your EBT card to the table with the sign that says “SNAP/EBT accepted here” at the Foodshed Alliance table. The Market Manager will swipe your card for the amount that you want and give you market tokens that can be used to buy food from stands at the market.

In addition, residents using their SNAP benefits card will get an added benefit–up to $20 in free Double Good Food Bucks a day to spend on produce. This benefit is made possible thanks to support from the Garden State Good Food Program, administered by City Green, a nonprofit working to improve access to fresh, locally grown foods in underserved communities.

“Bringing the Garden State Good Food Program to our market makes it easier for our community members to buy local, healthy fresh fruits and veggies for themselves and their families,” said Kendrya Close, manager of the market. “Plus it is additional sales for our local farmers, keeping our dollars on the local level.”

The market, located on Route 521 across from the Blairstown Elementary School next to the Blairstown Firehouse, will run every Saturday from 9:30am-1pm, from June 4 to October 29.  There is plenty of free parking in the elementary school lot.

The Foodshed Alliance Farmers Access Network is a subsidiary of the nonprofit Foodshed Alliance. Please visit BlairstownFarmersMarket.com for a complete list of vendors and additional information.

To learn how you can become a part of the Farmers Market as a vendor or sponsor, email kendrya@foodshedalliance.org.