Take me to the Farmers’ Market, ANY Farmers’ Market, and I’m like a kid in a candy store or a country girl in the big city. The sight of fresh-from-the-farm produce, artisan bread or handmade jewelry gets me every single time. So when my friend Natalie and I ventured to the Newark Co-op Farmers’ Market one fine Sunday afternoon, I was blissfully giddy.
The number one reason I enjoy the Farmers’ Market is because I get to talk to the people actually growing the food I eat. They grow it, harvest it, and I am making Sunday dinner with it that evening. Since I’m new to this whole grow-your-own-food thing, this concept always astounds me! So when I saw Toby from Bayberry Farm (my CSA farmer) I felt like I was meeting a celebrity (I’m not exaggerating). I mean, this guy grows the food I eat. He had dirt underneath his finger nails (a very good sign) and chatted about the farm while wearing an epic T-shirt depicting vegetables as various Avengers characters. A great start to market day!
Taking a preview trip around the market, I saw a pizza oven on a truck (yum!), lovely jewelry for sale, farmers displaying their hard work in tangible vegetable form, cute kids playing violins, bakers wafting the scent of fresh bread through the market air, and families enjoying the sunshine and community. The other observation that struck me was the friendliness of the vendors. They are not at the market only to sell fresh, local food or goods. Instead, they want to get to know you. They also want you to know about them, what they sell, and how it’s produced. Everyone was so friendly my cheeks hurt from smiling so much!
Taking a break from the smiling and the chatting, Natalie and I enjoyed a ginger lemonade from Nature’s Juice Stand, which sells only healthy, raw, 100% organic juices, salads, and lemonades. The ginger lemonade was FANTASTIC! Next time, I’ll try the watermelon juice.
Wondering how far the vendors travel to get to Newark, I stopped by the information desk, run by Newark Natural Foods (who also run the market each Sunday). Talley, an informative gentleman with an awesome beard, said the farthest vendor is from Phoenixville, PA. Others come right from Delaware or just over the state line in Rising Sun, MD. Local heaven! Here are two of my favorites (click on the photos to learn more about each vendor):
Since there are too many outstanding vendors to mention, I suggest you head to the Newark Co-op Farmers’ Market this Sunday to see for yourself. While you’re at it, buy a handy and perfectly sized Newark Natural Foods tote bag to fill with all the fresh veggies, fruits, breads, spices, and miscellaneous items you will surely need to take home with you. Natalie bought me one for $1.50 and I’ve used it every day since.
Newark Co-op Farmers’ Market
280 E. Main Street
Open every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm. See you there!