HIGHLAND PARK – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher toured the Highland Park Farmers Market Friday to encourage customers to support the market throughout the fall.
“Fall is a wonderful time to visit a community farmers market to pick up fresh produce and other items grown by a New Jersey farmer,” said Fisher. “Some of these markets remain open through Halloween and can be very festive destinations for local residents and visitors.”
In Highland Park, the farmers market, managed by Main Street Highland Park, is in its 14th season and features eight farmers and two other vendors.
James McCrone, Main Street Highland Park executive director, said the market was started in 1995 as a way to bring people downtown to shop, and it has been very successful.
“The market is the gathering place in Highland Park with a good set of people who meet, lunch and buy each Friday,” said McCrone. “It also has helped to shape discussions about healthy food and eating.”
Allison Leigh-Perlman of Highland Park said she shops at the Highland Park Farmers Market throughout the fall. “I will enjoy it as long as they have it – no matter the season. I’m a huge supporter of the farmers market,” she said.
Leigh-Perlman said she buys winter squash, kale and pumpkins in the fall.
Sara Little doesn’t limit her shopping to the summer, either.
“I buy whatever they have in the fall – blue hubbard squash, pumpkins, apples, green tomatoes to make fried green tomatoes. I buy lots of things,” the Highland Park resident said.
The Highland Park Farmers Market is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday through Nov. 20. It’s located in the municipal parking lot on Raritan Avenue between Second and Third streets.
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