Slow Food Northern NJ and Maplewood Loves Wellness will sponsor an indoor winter farmers’ market on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 from noon to 4 p.m. at The Woodland, 60 Woodland Rd., in Maplewood, NJ. (Snow date is Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017).
This indoor market is an opportunity to meet local farmers and food artisans, and to stock up on the best of local, sustainably produced foods while supporting the growth of school and community vegetable gardens in low-income areas of northern New Jersey. This year our market features more than 20 local farmers and food makers.
Visitors can purchase seasonal vegetables, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, lamb and poultry, eggs, cheese, breads, mushrooms, pickles, jams, olive oils, soups, stews and other prepared foods.
Among vendors’ offerings: Grass-fed meats and pasture-raised poultry fed non-GMO grain from Churutabis, Cherry Grove, Purely, Aspen Ridge and Stryker farms; artisan cheese from Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse and Cherry Grove Farm; breads and baked goods from Apple Ridge Farms, Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse and Ester’s Treats; vegetables from Rogowski Farm and Chickadee Creek Farm; honey from Tassot Apiaries; wild and cultivated mushrooms from The Foraged Feast; organic Greek olive oils and tapenades from Ev Eleon; fresh artisanal pasta from Nicola’s Pasta Fresca; chili from Wild Honey Catering; pickled vegetables from Frank’s Pickled Peppers; bone broths and stews from Bone-In; granola from Lazy Susan’s Granola and Krunch Kitchen, fruit smoothies from Breezy Organic Snackery and aromatherapy eye pillows and body wraps from DeGage Gardens.
A suggested donation of $3 at the door supports Slow Food Northern NJ’s school and community garden fund, helping to supply fresh, organic vegetables to low-income families in Newark and Jersey City. A portion of the proceeds will also help fund the activities of Maplewood Loves Wellness.
Slow Food NNJ’s current projects include: Jersey City: Gardens have been started and integrated into the curriculum of two preschools in the city serving low-income children and their families.
Newark: SFNNJ supports the SWAG Project, which partners with a Newark hospital to offer low-cost vegetables from their organic garden to patients suffering from diet-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. SWAG runs two organic vegetable gardens in the South Ward, operates a farmers’ market, and works with area schools to educate children about food and farming.
Slow Food Northern New Jersey is one of 175 Slow Food chapters across the country. We support local farmers, ranchers and fishers. Our mission is to counter the effects of a destructive industrial food system by advocating for food that is good, clean and fair:
GOOD: Our food should be tasty, seasonal, local, fresh and wholesome.
CLEAN: Our food should be produced in ways that preserve biodiversity, sustain the environment and ensure animal welfare, without harming human health. We oppose the overuse of harmful synthetic chemicals and genetically engineered crops.
FAIR: Our food should be affordable by all, while respecting the dignity of labor from field to fork.
For more information, visit www.slowfoodnnj.org