Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market has room to grow at former dairy farm
FLEMINGTON — Smaller and specialty farmers from Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex and Mercer counties have another option for selling their products with the Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers’ Market.
Located on the former Dvoor Dairy Farm at 111 Mine Street in Flemington, the market is open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Robert Reid, a sculptor and furniture maker with a home office on Rt. 29 in Frenchtown, is the market manager at the Land Trust Farmers’ Market.
He said there is still room for expansion on the spacious Dvoor Farm site, and noted the market began to take shape in 2007 and 2008.
“The Hunterdon Land Trust preserves farmland and open space and so it seemed like a logical fit at that time for an organization that preserves farmland to invite area farmers to sell their produce,” Reid said on May 15, at the market’s opening day for the season.
The market is held every Sunday at the site until Thanksgiving.
A scaled back winter market is scheduled for December, January and the winter months.
Hunterdon Land Trust’s market has grown from the initial six or seven vendors to now 18 to 20 vendors. Vendors reach across a broad spectrum of local, organic and conventional farm operations.
They include Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse, Bubbly Goat, Cabbage Throw Farm, Comeback Farm, Neshanic Station Apiaries, Pickle Culture, Purely Farm, Two Barn Farm and Untamed Ferments among others.
A complete listing is available on the Hunterdon Land Trust’s web page.
The land trust raises funds to preserve tracts of land through grants from government agencies, charitable foundations, corporations based in Hunterdon County.
Northfield Bank is a major corporate sponsor.
In the winter, Reid said, “we switch over to the other side of the white barns and the parking lot.”
Reid, raised near Knoxville, Tenn., said he is semi-retired but has been an enthusiastic land preservationist for decades. Since he’s been living in Frenchtown, “I’ve reached out over the years to a lot of land owners and helped them to reach out to Green Acres.”
He found his paid position as market manager after years of serving on the board of the non-profit group.
“They were a great resource to help me make things happen, and they liked my energy and I was on the board of trustees for 10 years. When that term ended I was offered the job of running this farmers’ market.”
Specialty food makers and farmers are encouraged to apply for spots at the market, as it continues to expand.
All prepared foods must be rendered in commercial kitchens and the committee aims to keep a diversity of food stuff vendors.
“We have a committee of four or five volunteers who review all the vendor applications,” Reid said.
David Harding of Ringoes is director of outreach for the Flemington-based Hunterdon Land Trust and works out of offices at the 40-acre Dvoor Farm.
“We’re delighted how well-organized it is, we have people looking after parking, you can come right in, park quickly and get right out if you need to, but we also encourage people to sit and talk at picnic tables under a big tent,” Harding said. “As of the beginning of June we’ll have a coal-fired home-made specialty pizza truck on site, as well as musicians every other week, so anyone who wants to linger and enjoy the music and food can do so.”