They say there is a first time for everything and Sunday was the first Eatontown Farmers' Market which was held at Wampum Park.
I spent about an hour at the market on Sunday chatting with the vendors and others in attendance while also checking out the products being offered. There was a variety of food items including fruits and vegetables, artisan breads and sweets, syrups, jellies and other delicious products.
Non-food products included handcrafted and restored décor fine art, pottery and glass work. The only grill at the Market will be run by Oksana Levina and family of Creamrich Farm. They are an Amish organic farm and dairy out of Bensalem, PA. They will be grilling hamburgers made from grass-fed beef, spicy chorizio sausage, and hot dogs. All their products are natural, and chemical, hormone and antibiotic free.
In coming weeks, they will start to add organic dairy: probiotic rich organic yogurt from grass-fed cows, organic soy-free eggs, and organic butter. They will also carry all their meat products, frozen and ready to go.
The idea for the farmers' market was originally proposed by the Downtown Business Association as a way of drawing attention to and revitalizing the downtown business area. Market Manager Pamela Caputo noted that "the operational plan for the market is to start with five vendors and gradually add more in coming weeks as the community starts to support the market."
"Traditionally, market vendors will wait a couple of weeks to decide if they are committing to a market," Caputo said. "We need these vendors to do well."
The Eatontown Green Team is sponsoring the market which gives local residents the opportunity to purchase freshly grown/made products. The market will be held every Sunday (weather permitting) through Nov. 25. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with fresh produce arrving by 10 a.m. Those arriving early can get a bite to eat at Pizzuto's, The Rise N Shine Diner or 7-11 (all of which are located on Main Street.)
To learn more about the Eatontown Farmers Market, check out and like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eatontowns-Downtown-Farmers-Market/365565713491014?ref=stream