New Jersey Ag News
Market in Chester has unique attraction
By JANE PRIMERANO
CHESTER (Aug. 15, 2015) — Every farmers’ market has a few hooks to bring in customers, but not every farmers’ market has a resident Grateful Dead cover band.
A Touch of Grey isn’t really the market’s own band, but it plays there often and is a complement to Let It Grow Farm.
Not only is the farm’s name a play on a Grateful Dead song, all of the products made from the farm’s produce are named for Dead songs, like Jack Strawberry Jam.
“The band just happened,” farmer Josh Chaffee said at the market Sunday, Aug. 2.
He and his brother operate Let It Grow Farm on the property of the old Larison’s Turkey Farm restaurant.
They lease the 10-acre parcel from family members and have a bio-intensive plot on a little more than one acre.
In addition to doing the market in downtown Chester every week, they have a farm stand on the property.
The Chester Farmers’ Market is a project of the Chester-Long Valley Rotary, according to Crystal Sanders, a new member of the group who volunteers at the market.
“I wanted to help the area, I was born and raised in Long Valley,” she said.
The market runs every Sunday from June 21 through Oct. 4, except Sept. 13, the weekend of the Chester Craft Market.
The borough blocks off Perry Street for a block south of Main Street for vendors to set up and sell their wares from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Brook Hollow Winery is another regular vendor in Chester on Sundays and Morris Plains on Saturday and is now featuring a new cranberry wine.
Other vendors are Top of the Mountain Honey Bee Farm, Patricia and Paul Artisans of Fine Oils and Balsamics, Lazy Susan’s Granola, Ladybug Fashions by Christine Pane, Damn Good Chicken, Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit, High Mountain Foods, Pickle Licious, Mini Mac Farm and Stony Hill Gardens.
A number of Chester businesses are market supporters: Plant Detectives, Chester Art of Dance, John Johnson Automotive Group, Michael’s Salon and Spa, The UPS Store and Random Acts of Fresco Boutique.