New Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On June 2, 2018, the Foodshed Alliance Farmers’ Access Network will host the grand opening of the Blairstown Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Atlantic Health/Newton Medical Center, Remax Ridge Realty and American National.

Dedicated to bringing consumers and farmers together, this market features locally grown foods, all grown and/or produced in our beautiful area.  Special market events will take place throughout the season will include cooking demonstrations,  sample days, live music, children’s activities, a Tour de Blairstown bike ride and seasonal food celebrations.

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 11th 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 tent. The Market Manager will swipe your card for the amount that you want and give you Market tokens that can be used to buy groceries from stands at the market.

In addition, residents using their SNAP benefits card will get an added benefit–up to $10 in free Double Good Food Bucks a day to spend on produce. This benefit is made possible thanks to a grant 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 all the payments go directly to support 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 10am-1pm through October 27 and feature a variety of local farmers, artisans, speakers, workshops, musicians and children’s activities.  The Foodshed Alliance Farmers Access Network is a subsidiary of the nonprofit Foodshed Alliance. Please visit www.BlairstownFarmersMarket.com   for a complete list of vendors and additional information.