Jersey Fresh Farmers’ Market Open Fridays Through September

Participating farmers pick the produce just hours before the sale

Looking for fresh food to put on your table? The Jersey Fresh Farmers’ Market of Lacey returns to the Community Hall parking lot today at noon.

The farmers' market has been held in Lacey for the past 10 years and has featured fresh produce including vegetables and fruit.

The participating farmers, who have participated in the market for the past seven years, includes Farmer Al’s, Korwicki’s, Cranberry Hall Farm, Eckert’s Corn and the Bread Man.

Most of the farmers provide a variety of “quality” fruits and vegetables such as watermelon, peaches, tomatoes, and cranberries while Eckert’s Corn exclusively sells corn.

“Primarily people come for the corn,” said John Kilmurray, the organizer of the event.

One of the highlights of the market is the Bread Man, Kilmurray said. The Bread Man provides “Italian treasures” — a variety of fresh Italian bread, cheeses, and special desserts.

Prices are competitive but the big draw for this event is that the produce is fresh, Kilmurray said.

“The Jersey Fresh logo sells itself. That’s the attraction of the market. They’re out in the morning picking the corn and produce. It comes right from their farm to you,” he said. “It’s fresh and people buy it in the afternoon and that night they’re cooking it.”

The farmers’ market began in 2001 by a group of volunteers led by Kathy Gartar and Barbara Schuetz. Both ladies fell ill and the responsibility fell on the township. Kilmurray was the Director of the Recreation Department then and got involved.

Once Kilmurray left his work with the township in 2010, he stuck with the farmers’ market. 

“I think it’s a really nice thing for the town and the town’s people,” he said. “The town has been very cooperative.”

The farmers' market will be held on Fridays, July 13 through September 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at Community Hall at the intersection of Route 9 and Lacey Road.

Abby Normal July 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I wish we could have this available for more than two months, I love this market!
Ryan Hardy July 13, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Finally! This is something that this town needs. With all of the McDonalds and cancer causing fast food, wholesome local-grown fruits and vegetables are the solution and the answer! Buy fresh, and buy local!
Lynn inglis July 13, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Yeah love this time of year
klem July 13, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Having better hours or weekend hours would be really beneficial... Noon to 5 (especially on a Friday in the summer) makes it very difficult for people who work full time to get there before it shuts down. Same thing with the Farmers' Market held in Toms River.
diane July 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM
It would be wonderful to go to the Farmers Market but it is always when I am working. Any chance for a Saturday?
Louie July 15, 2012 at 01:48 PM
First stand on right closest to parking lot never has price signs and caught them adding up basket prices incorrectly. Same problem last year. Who s watching.
grace July 15, 2012 at 04:08 PM
i look so forward to this thanks everyone who is involved...the town and the farmers who make the trip every friday
. July 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Check out the Jersey Fresh website. It tells you all of the Farmer's Market in the area. Same vendors that go from site to site. I think there is one in Tuckerton on a Saturday.
Abby Normal July 20, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Check out the days and times for neighboring towns. http://www.nj.gov/cgi-bin/agriculture/jerseyfresh/search.pl?type=urban That page is organized by county, and ocean county is towards the bottom. Take a look at farm markets in neighboring towns, maybe there's one that fits your schedule.
Christina krowicki July 20, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I'm the owner of the first stand on the right and if you shopped with me last week which was opening week you have seen all my signs out in the baskets and on front of the tables taped below the product and as for my baked goods and jams and jellies the price is righ on the product itself. If you had a problem with my stand you can confront me at the market and I will take care of it. As for your comment about adding up items wrong..... If you claim i had no signs out how would you know that I added wrong?! Just saying those two comments together dont make sense Please come and see me either today or next Friday and I will do my best to resolve your issue with my stand Thank you christina krowicki
Joe Kitzler July 25, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Attempted to go to the Waretown farmers market today... What an absolute waste of time. All the signs & banners are out on the road & what is there when I pulled in 1 pickup selling organic produce & that is it... WTF is up with that.. I will be giving Lacey a shot on Friday sure hope it's not as pitiful as this was... But I guess it can't be any worse now can it....
grace July 26, 2012 at 11:53 PM
i make sure i go to your stand every time i go to the market! you are so nice to me and i enjoy seeing your son who also helps me carry my produce to my car! love your vegetables and cant wait to try some of the jams etc. keep up the good work...you are much appreciated
grace July 26, 2012 at 11:55 PM
joe you will like friday in lacey or even thursday in barnegat... agree waretown was a joke


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