New Jersey Ag News
Morris County Winter Farm Market to be weekly
By JANE PRIMERANO
MORRISTOWN (Jan. 15, 2016) — Alexander Hamilton School in Morristown is an elegant brick structure with columns at its entrance and large sunny windows.
It is a welcoming place for students but also for farmers’ other vendors and customers of the Morris County Winter Farmers’ Market.
The market was at Fosterfield’s Living History Farm in nearby Morris Township last year, because of the commitments of the farm to weekend events, it was only open once a month.
Farmers said they wanted a weekly market so the Foodshed Alliance, sponsor of the market, looked for a new space, according to Kendrya Close, executive director of the alliance.
Co-sponsors are Sustainable Morristown and the Morris School District.
In addition to the scheduling problems, the space at Fosterfields was crowded and all vendors who wanted to participate couldn’t fit inside.
Some vendors were outside under a canopy which wasn’t too pleasant during inclement weather, Close said.
“There were no hard feelings between us and Fosterfields,” she said.
The market is now in two rooms of the school, the auditorium and gymnasium, with plenty of room for the vendors.
One is Long Valley Greens.
Sean Cowperthwaite operates the farm on leased property.
He built a greenhouse in April and planted in the greenhouse in August.
He sells to local restaurants and health food stores and does the Morris County market.
He grows hydroponically with a vertical drip system. “It uses 90 percent less water than conventional systems,” Cowperthwaite said.
Long Valley Greens belongs to the Upstart Farmer group. Cowperthwaite and his wife, Linda, and daughter, Lucy, sell at the market.
Another vendor is Apple Ridge Farm and Stone Oven Bakery of Saylorsburg, Pa., which sells sourdough breads, Bavarian-style pretzels and other baked goods.
Tyler Simonnovich was selling breads at the Morris Market on Sunday, Dec. 6, after spending the day before at the Hope Craft Market in Warren County.
The baker is represented at the Blairstown and Belvidere markets during the summer season and also at the German Christmas Market in Lake Mohawk, Sparta.
“When we do the craft shows we bring more cookies and smaller boxed items,” Kate Nycz said as she served homemade soup. “We make the soup using our own pork, turnips and potatoes. We are very farm to table,” she added.
A fixture at the Morris market from the beginning is Race Farm of Blairstown.
Doug Race noted his wife, Jeanny, is making hummus for people who follow the Paleo diet, with no dairy.
Besides that, he was selling applies and other winter vegetables.
Race’s also participates in the Sparta Winter Farmers’ Market, which is also in a school.
“We’re very excited about this market going weekly,” Race said.
A brand new vendor is Woof Biscuits from Scotch Plains.
Melissa Nardone said she has been doing craft shows and this is the third farmers’ market she has done since she started the business In August.
She started making homemade dog treats when she had a dog with allergies and started giving them to the clients of her pet sitting business.
Friends encouraged her to start a business, so she and her husband, Rob, along with Paul and Emily Raphael started the company.
Susan Varilias of Lazy Susan’s Granola LLC, Ledgewood, was giving out free samples of her home made all natural, vegan and gluten free granola. Also offering free samples was Pie Eye Bar Pies.
Other vendors familiar to farm market visitors in northwest New Jersey are L.L. Pittenger Farm, Valley Shepherd Creamery, Let it Grow Farm, Pickle Licious, Valley Fall Farm, Tassot Apriaries and Rimi Studios.
A new vendor to the market is Frank’s Pickles.
Also on the roster for the market, but not necessarily in attendance every week are: Bay Berry Bliss, Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse, dining Wild, Ester’s Treats, Everlasting Garden, Glenmalure Farm, Griggstown Farm, Grow it Green Morristown, Hidden Pastures Alpacas, Hummus Boss, Lakeside Maple, Maria’s Gourmet Edibles, Silver Birch Kitchen, Stefari’s Pure Blends, Michisk Farm, Mo’ Pweeze Bakery and Nicola’s Pasta Fresh.