Local farmers find new outlet for goods at Morris County winter market

January 20, 2014 by  

Denville residents who enjoy buying goods at their local farmers market may wish to expand the experience by attending similar markets in the area.

While the Denville market takes place every other Sunday, the new Morris County Winter Farmers Market is to be held only once a month.

Morris County’s new Winter Farmers Market had a successful beginning, with 665 shoppers browsing the wares of 16 vendors in the first three hours of its operation on January 12. It took place at Fosterfields living Historical Park’s visitor center and was a group effort of Sustainable Morristown, the Morris County Park Commission, and Foodshed Alliance Farmers’ Access Network.

The products at the new market leaned heavily toward proteins, with meats and cheeses in abundance, but there were also homemade artisan breads, organic wine, honey, and farm grown eggs. Prepared food vendors were on hand but were required to have sourced their ingredients locally in order to qualify to sell at the market. Nothing at the Morris County Winter Farmers Market is shipped in from outside of New Jersey.

Vendors who enlist the services of a printing company to prepare brochures, flyers, and other handouts increase their sales throughout the year. Some farmers market customers will follow some market suppliers from market to market, while other may buy directly from farmers and other vendors if they have the contact information.

The next Morris County market will take place on February 2, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and there is no admission fee.