ANDOVER TOWNSHIP, NJ - Local farms and vendors came together on Sunday, Feb. 24, to celebrate the Sustainable Andover Mid-Winter Farmer’s Market.
The free to the public event took place at Hillside Park Barn on Lake Iliff Road in Andover.
“It is a part of a package of sustainability to create access to local foods and vendors to achieve a mission of saving the environment,” said Eric Olsen, chair member for Sustainable Andover and coordinator of the event.
Olsen explained that the event is a part of “Sustainable Jersey” where, “Towns do green projects like a farmer’s market to educate about energy, recycling and local food.”
The vendors included local farms with local grown food for sale consisting of vegetables, fruits, canned, pickled and baked goods, herbs, garlic, honey, fruit preserves, jams, pastries, cheeses, vinegar, and all-natural pet treats, just to name a few.
Handmade jewelry and clothing such as hats, scarves, socks and sweaters were made from all-natural, un-dyed fibers.
Other vendors sold organic skin products made from all-natural ingredients including eye serum, lip, hand, and body balm, bath salts, soap, perfume, body mist and body scrubs.
“There are 35 local vendors here today,” said Dolores Blackburn, Andover Township Committee Member. “There is a variety of products, food, crafts and a local winery, and not to mention the good music. It is a great family fun afternoon with a free admission. It is amazing the number of families that came. There is a great lunch also.”
In addition, there was a menu prepared by Andover Farmers Market that included: Caribbean Jerk Chicken, Chicken Burrito, Moroccan 7-grain Meatless Burger, Over-Stuff Baked Potato with Broccoli, Cheddar and Bacon, Stuffed Calzone with Ricotta, Ham and Salami, BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich, Beef Gyro, and a Grilled Cheese and Soup Combo. Sides included: Asian Slaw, Homemade Cream of Carrot Ginger Soup and Toasted Almond and Cranberry Quinoa Salad. The average price of the items with a side included was roughly $5.00.
Children had Pixie Pop The Clown, who made everything from helmets to an octopus out of balloons, and also provided children with face paintings.
Adults 21 and older participated in sipping on free wine samples from Ventimiglia Vineyard, located at 101 Layton Road in Wantage, N.J., the wines included: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Merlot/Cabernet, Pinot Noir, Carignane, Rocky Ridge, Chambourcin, High Point White, and Buongiorno.
“This event was put together by the green team,” said Elizabeth Vernon, coordinator. “We work with the town of Andover to bring green sustainability. Eric’s [Olsen] dream was to have a free event for the public and the vendors. It is much bigger than last year.”
Guests listened to music performed by Jordan Koza music and The Hawk Owls.
Vernon stated, “They are locals who perform original music.”
She continued, “A lot of people that are here are friends and family. It is really good for the kids this year with balloon animals and face painting.”
Local Sussex County vendors included the following:
“All Things Good: Food For Your Face and Body” located in Hopatcong, N.J. All Things Good was founded by Jennifer Goldenberg who decided to make all-natural skin products since she is allergic to most brand name products we see daily on the store shelves. All of Goldenberg’s ingredients for her skin care products are derived from Genesis Farms.
“I use eco-friendly packaging from recycled things people throw out,” said Goldenberg.
Goldenberg sells her products through her online site, events, some spas, stores, markets and it is 100 percent organic and fair-trade.
‘It’s funny how you find your audience,” said Goldenberg of attending small events such as the farmers market.
Goldenberg uses all-natural honey and beeswax as a main ingredient. Other products contain organic Bulgarian lavender, Australian sandalwood and organic lavender essential oil, organic jojoba, coconut oils and pure distilled water.
For more information and how to purchase one of Goldenberg’s products visit: allthingsgoodonline.com
“Humming Meadows Alpacas: In Harmony with Nature:” located at 131 Halsey Road in Newton, N.J.
Denise Spina of Humming Meadows Alpacas knits, spins and is in the process of learning crocheting for her collection of Alpaca-based products.
The Alpaca hair comes from Peru where they are paid fair-trade salaries.
Spina was selling a collection of hats, scarves, stuffed animals and also very amazingly soft and warm socks made from Alpaca hair.
Spina was also selling finger puppets designed to look like animals, which were knitted by abused women in Peru.
“Brandywine Farms” located at 24 Yates Avenue, Newton. N.J.
Beth Malkin of Brandywine Farms stated, “Our chickens are cage-free so you have a better egg.”
Malkin also explained that all the chickens are Americana chickens which lay different colored eggs. Some of the produced eggs on display were white, yellow, and even green.
“My son and stepson prepared these jars and even grew the peppers themselves,” said Malkin’s sister, Christine Kretzmer, who is on the Andover environmental commission, and the open space committee.
Brandywine Farms already sold 26 jars of canned and pickled goods, such as jalapeno and hobarno peppers at the time The Alternative Press had interviewed them.
Other local vendors included:
<3 Love Yourself Jewelry <3
Amber and Jackellyn Designers
Dingman’s Ferry, Pa.
<3 Love Yourself Jewelry <3 on Facebook
The Little White Dog
Hand Knitting by Jennie
283 West Mountain Road
Sweet Jane’s Roadhouse
278 Main Street
Flower Creek Farm
Naturally grown veggies, eggs, heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, raspberries, jams and jellies
39 Halsey Road
Sunset View Farm’s Community Supported Garden
27 Pierce Road
North Jersey Custom Coops
Helping to build small farms close to home
914 Quail Trail
The Sustainable Andover Mid-Winter Farmer’s Market takes place once a year inside the barn in Winter. The same event also takes places during the start of Harvest season located outdoors.
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