June at the West Windsor Farmers Market (Can you say blueberry pie contest?)

To continue our farmers market theme (and here’s a listing of New Jersey’s), here’s the latest lineup of events from the West Windsor Community Farmers Market, held every Saturday, from 9:00am-1:00pm, rain or shine until the Saturday before Thanksgiving. While you’re there, be sure to check out their new shed with a beautiful mural painted by Mikel Cirkus, husband of Market Manager Chris Cirkus! (He’ll be adding the finishing touches tomorrow, May 23.)

The artiste at work

The artiste at work

Besides locally grown produce and meats, the market offers live music, prepared foods, cooking demonstrations and special events to round out your market experience. There’s lots to entertain the kids, too, so bring them along and let them absorb the message of where good food comes from.

Fifteen of Central New Jersey’s best farms and eleven artisan vendors bring a wide array of local products to the Market including locally grown fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, pastured meats and poultry, dairy and farm fresh eggs, along with woven fiber products, breads, breakfast and baked goods, flowers, plants, honey, prepared foods, soap, sauces, jams, pickled vegetables and wine.

Don’t forget to bring your knives, scissors and lawn tools for sharpening at Nice and Sharp.  Bi-weekly massage returns with Gail Laboard’s The Touch That Heals.

Of note during June (Complete schedule of activities is below these highlights):

June 13: three of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North’s musical groups to the market.  Nonet strings, the ever popular Steel Drum Band and the A capella group, Out of the Blue, return for their annual market music day.

June 20:  Several events to enjoy.  Yoga event with sponsor, Yoga Soul; bring your yoga mat to the market at 9:00am to join in and welcome summer with us.  At 10:00am, Master Gardener, Susan Gange of Stony Brook Orchids will instruct market goers on orchid repotting.  Blueberry harvest permitting, the market will host its first ever blueberry pie contest.  Send an email to our market manager for rules and details wwcfm@yahoo.com.  If blueberries come in later than mid-June, we will push this event out to another date during the peak of harvest.

June 27: Food writer, chef and culinary instructor, Rachel Weston makes an appearance from 10:00am-12:00pm.  Rachel will be on site to sell, sign and chat about her new book, New Jersey Fresh, Four Seasons From Farm to Table.  The West Windsor Community Farmers Market is featured in her book as one of her favorite famers markets, along with stories on several of our farms.

The Market is located in the Vaughn Drive Parking Lot of the southbound side of the Princeton Junction Train Station, one mile from the Alexander Road and Route 1 intersection or half a mile walk down Vaughn Drive from the Dinky stop.  Ample car and bicycle parking is available.  For GPS directions, please use 2 Vaughn Drive, West Windsor.

West Windsor Community Farmers Market Schedule:

MAY  23: Music with Bruce Anderson. Watch Mikel Cirkus put the finishing touches on the new shed mural. (Jammin’ Crepes and Stony Brook Orchids will take a holiday break today, but return next week.)

My 30:  Music from 2 Octaves. Plus the West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance, Princeton Healthcare System Free Blood Pressure and Health Screenings, The Touch that Heals massage, and a cooking demo.

JUNE 6: Music from A Little Bit Off. Plus  the Friends of West Windsor Open Space

JUNE 13: Music WWP High School North Groups: Nonet, Steel Drum and Out of the Blue. Plus the West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance, Princeton Healthcare System Free Blood Pressure and Health Screenings, Yes We Can fresh food drive to benefit The Crisis Ministry, Massage from The Touch That Heals, and a cooking demonstration.

JUNE 20: Music from Ed Wilson. Plus a sponsor event with Yoga Soul Summer Solstice – Yoga at the Market 9:00am-11:00am, orchid repotting with Susan Gange of Stony Brook Orchids at 10:00am, and Blueberry pie contest (harvest permitting) email wwcfm@yahoo.com for entry information.

JUNE 27: Music from Ragtime Relics. Plus the West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance, Princeton Healthcare System Free Blood Pressure and Health Screenings, Yes We Can Fresh food drive to benefit The Crisis Ministry, Massage from The Touch That Heals, and a cooking demonstration.

Also on June 27, a special event: Book signing and talk with Rachel Weston, culinary educator and author of her new book: New Jersey Fresh, Four Seasons from Farm to Table 10:00am-12:00pm  http://www.racheljweston.com.

Since 2012, the WWCFM has been voted the annual Top Celebrated Market in New Jersey and a Top 100 Most Celebrated Market Nationwide, in American Farmland Trust’s I Love My Farmers Market Contest.

Up-to-date weekly events can be found on their website.  For more information, call 609 933-4452 or email wwcfm@yahoo.com.  Be sure to follow the market on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for timely market info and photos.  New this season, follow along on Pinterest for cooking inspiration.

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