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Wayne Looking For Farmers

Vendors needed for first ever Wayne Farmers' Market. Township will receive points towards sustainable certification.

The township is accepting applications for what officials hope is the first annual Farmers’ Market on June 23.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the municipal parking lot across from the . Spots are available at no charge to vendors.

“We’re providing residences the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and maintain farming in the state of New Jersey,” said town planner John Szabo. “We’re saving gas, reducing fuel consumption and our greenhouse gas emissions too.”

The market Sustainable Jersey certification initiative. The point-based system is a statewide program. Municipalities achieve the certification based on actions they take to improve the local environment and sustainability efforts.

There are 16 spaces available to use. Each spot will be 30 feet by 30 feet. Tents may be used, but they cannot be secured into the pavement. Electrical hookups and water will not be provided.

Spots will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants will be responsible for installing and removing all their equipment.

Resident Victor Alfieri thinks the market is a “great idea.” Alfieri was instrumental in getting the idea for the market off the ground. Alfieri and annually grows several hundred pounds of produce at his home.

“It’s fantastic that we’re moving in this direction,” Alfieri said. “I’m disappointed that it is only happening one day and only for four hours, but I think it’ll probably be a success. I think the town is just putting their toe in the water and you can’t really tell how cold the water is just by doing that.”

Prospective participants need to return the attached application and waiver form to Szabo. Forms can be mailed to the Planning Department, care of Szabo, at 475 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470. Forms can also be faxed to 973-872-0586 or scanned and e-mailed to szaboj@waynetownship.com.

Applications are due by June 17.

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LVMay June 13, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Well Said...VeggieLvr. I think the Farmer's Market is a great idea. I will absolutely still go to Farms View for fresh produce during the week but a farmer's market in Wayne on a Saturday morning, what a great meeting place for the community and also a great place to purchase the "non-produce" items.
Leila Oxford June 13, 2012 at 02:57 AM
LOLOL...we are all laughing at you Josie Wanna. Who do you think you are? Why do you think that any business in this town "owes" your school a donation? Why don't you go back to Farms View and offer to pay their taxes or offer to give them something. Nope you only expect from people. You just open your trap and try to give them a bad reputation, well it doesn't work that way. I am a business owner in this town and get bombarded by requests for donations. With the taxes that we pay in this town our schools should not have to send scavengers out like you begging and expecting donations from business owners. You are clearly a selfish self centered individual who thinks that the world should cater to you. If your child asked for something and you denied the request would you want your child to act toward you the way you have treated Farms View? I remember driving up Jackson Ave and reading the sign at Fire Company 3 last year that stated "Thank you Farms View for your continued support" Did you ever think that they only donate to Fire/First Aid or charities that are deserving of a donation? You repel me and should be ashamed of yourself for expecting that they should just give to YOU! Lets just start asking every business owner for something, a car, a diamond ring, a membership to karate or a gym or anything that you feel you need for your cause...see how many business you and "your friends" will be boycotting. Beware KARMA will eventually get you!
Nose Wayne June 13, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Josie, The PTO can't raise $20 for a bale of hay ? How sad, Farmsview brought flowers to my daughters school for a fund raiser and i spoke to the owner and he stated they gave them the flowers at cost so they could raise funds for a new playground.Don't NOSE how you went about it but they give alot back to the community.One owner is and one was on the Wayne First Aid Squad.AGAIN,GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY!!
Wayne's World June 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Leila - this is the point I was trying to make in a less direct way. Bravo.
Cathy Kazan June 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Took the words out of my mouth Veggie Lvr. I was going to say that Farms View is free to set up a stand as well. All of the markets I attend have stands from farms who also have stands on site. I think this is definitely a step in the right direction. I will still go to Farms View. There is a big difference between locally grown and supermarket produce. I also grow my own, but can't grow everything. Hope everyone comes out for this. Needs attendance to be successful.

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