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To Market, To Market

The first East Brunswick Indoor Farmers Market drew big crowds Saturday,

The halls of the Cultural Arts Center will jam packed Saturday as people from the area hit the first Indoor Winter Farmers Market. From home made soaps, local wines, grass fed beef, and much, much more, almost everything you could think of was available for sale.

Sponsored by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, vendors included Moon Doggies Brewed Fresh-Roasted Coffee;Beechtree Farms; Crazy Steve's Pickles & Salsa; artisan cheeses from Cherry Grove; Unionville Vineyards;Bamboo Hollow Apiaries & Honey Farms; Picklelicious; Pleasant Valley Lavender; Rutgers Gardens; Rutgers Gardens; Fontanarosa's Fresh Pastas and Ravioli; Stefan's Gourmet Food; WoodsEdge Wools Farm; PlantWise Permaculture; George Street Co-Op; Griggstown Quail Farm & Market; the Bee Hive Barn; Pitspone Farm; How Lane Farm and Garden Center; Manalapan Agway;Love2Brew; Fantastic Thai Cuisine; Suburban Organics; Stony Brook Orchids; Lawrence Brook Watershed; Whiskerlicious; Rutgers Master Gardener Program; Artisan Tree; Mary Fairy Angels; Go Granola; and Totally Tempting Cookies.

Madzi March 14, 2012 at 12:40 AM
While I was grateful that EB hosted this farmer's market, it was painfully obvious that the Community Center was the wrong venue---wall to wall people and the thought of an emergency and necessity for exit was sobering. There were many people (myself included) who simply gave up trying to get to certain vendors. The high school would have been a much better location. That said, it was also quite apparent that this is something East Brunswick can be successful hosting. I was certain from the moment I found out that the farmer's market was coming that, "If you bring it, they will come." There's a need, EB...fill it!
Dave Moskowitz March 15, 2012 at 07:01 PM
It is simply hard to find enough superlatives to describe the amazing success of the Winter Market last weekend!!! Thanks for your comments and suggestions. It was the pleasure of the Friends (www.friendsebec.com) to bring such an incredibly successful first time event to East Brunswick and we hope to be able to do it again in the near future. Obviously events like this don't just happen overnight (like all the Friends FREE events and programs). Behind the scenes, we spent literally months and countless hours lining up vendors, music, meeting, coordinating with the town and the Health Department and "marketing" the market, obviously with success and attendance beyond anyone's imagination. We can't agree more that the market demonstrates that there is a great demand for this type of market in EB. The feedback we've been getting has been nothing short of phenomenal about its success. We've heard rave reviews from dozens of people that attended about how diverse the vendors were, how many there were, the very high quality of the products, the reasonable cost, how great the live music was, and how much fun it was to shop in such a unique social setting. Keep an eye out for the next one, it should be great. Dave Moskowitz, President, Friends of the EBEC (www.friendsebec.com)
John Saccenti (Editor) March 15, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Check back here for another post on the Market!
Kevin Wyman March 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Congratulations to the Friends of the EBEC....your hard work on the farmer's market paid "dividends" to our community. Madzi....as with any "first time" effort, there is always something to be learned from the experience. However, I observed that there were doors everywhere allowing for multiple ways of exiting and never felt any concern about exiting the building. Given the crowd and number of vendors, I think that a venue like the high school would only have allowed you more room to stand-in-line. Indeed, many of the vendors apparently sold-out of item they brought to the market. Given the success of this market, I'd anticipate that even more vendors might wish to participate next time requiring a location with more space to accommodate the vendors.

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