Farmers Markets start their engines!

The season is upon us. The thirteenth year of the West Windsor Community Farmers Market kicks off on Saturday, May 7 at 9:00am at the Vaughn Drive Commuter Lot in West Windsor. (Information on other area markets is below.)

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With sixteen regional farms, twelve artisan food and natural product vendors, weekly community groups, live music, special events and cooking demonstrations, the WWCFM continues to be New Jersey’s favorite farmers market* and place to spend Saturday mornings. The market runs weekly, rain or shine from 9:00am-1:00pm until the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

New this season, the WWCFM will accept SNAP EBT, offering a wide assortment of food access to the community at large. Shoppers using food assistance should visit the Market Information Tent to swipe their EBT card to obtain market tokens for shopping throughout the marketplace. In addition, the Market will continue to offer the popular Market Bucks tokens for shoppers short on cash; simply swipe any major credit or debit card and receive tokens to spend at any farm or vendor as cash while saving ATM fees.

Joining the WWCFM this year is Fields Without Fences, an herb and perennial farm bringing healing herbal salves, elixirs and teas, Squirrel and the Bee, creating delicious bakery items free from grain, gluten, dairy and refined sugar, and LoRé Pasta offering fresh pasta from locally grown grains.

Directions, vendor lists, and 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 @wwfarmersmarket for market info and photos.

*Since 2012, the WWCFM has been voted the 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.

Now, there are of course several other markets in our area, including:

Princeton Farmers Market (opens May 19),

Princeton University (limited time span through May 11),

Pennington Farmers Market (starting May 28),

Montgomery Friends of Open Space Market (June 4 start date).

If you want to to look at a broader area, or keep up on similar events, be sure to check out Rachel Weston’s blog. Her website in general is a great resource for New Jersey foodies, and note that she’ll be visiting all the libraries in the Somerset County Library System this spring/summer!

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