Holiday market days beginning Saturday at the Burlington County Agricultural Center

Holiday market days beginning Saturday at the Burlington County Agricultural Center

MOORESTOWN – The Burlington County Farmers’ Market wraps up another hugely successful season with two special holiday market days where residents can find fresh locally grown produce, delicious seasonal foods and handmade crafts.

This year’s Holiday Markets will be held on Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Burlington County Agricultural Center, 500 Centerton Road, Moorestown. Both markets will take place rain or shine.

“Our County Farmers Market has had another fantastic season and now we look forward to finishing strong,” said Burlington County Commissioner Director Dan O’Connell. “These are traditionally our two most popular markets of the year, and they feature additional performers and vendors. Whether you’re new to the market or a Saturday regular, holiday events are a must for anyone shopping for Thanksgiving or the upcoming winter festivities.

“The Holiday Market will feature dozens of farm and food vendors with plenty of seasonal produce, cheeses, meats, coffee, pastries, chocolate, craft beers, fruit and vegetable infusions and more, plus more performers and artisans than we have ever had in any single market,” added Burlington County Commissioner Allison Eckel. “Residents shopping for their Thanksgiving tables or looking to jump into holiday gift shopping will find it all here.”

Farms and food vendors participating in this Saturday’s special market include: 1895 Organic Farm, Bart’s Flowers, Black Sheep Farm, Cranberry Hall Farm, Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms, Durr’s Blue Box Produce, Little Hooves Romneys, Mill Creek Apiary, Pinelands Produce, Recklesstown Farm Distillery, bohemian foods, cheeses, etc. Mom’s Polish Food, Our Souls Shine, Peewee’s Ice Cream, Simply Bella’s Simple Syrups, Sweet Melissa Goodness, Tea for All, The Fresh Fuze, Piping Bag Bakery, The Soup Bar, Third State Brewing, Tis So Sweet Bakery, Truly Seasoned , Wild Flour Bakery and Zed’s Beer.

37 other artists and artisans will also be at the market to sell their handmade creations.

“These are all small local businesses. Shopping at our marketplace supports them and our local farms and communities,” Eckel said.

State Senator Troy Singleton also praised holiday markets for giving farms and small businesses a great place to market and sell their wares.

“The Burlington County Holiday Market is a fantastic way to get a head start on holiday shopping, while supporting local small businesses,” said Senator Singleton. “From one-of-a-kind gifts to delicious treats, there’s sure to be something for everyone.”

In addition to food and crafts, the November 19 market will feature a cooking demonstration by the Rod Homestead, live music and bunnies from the 4-H Carrot Club. Toys for Tots will also be collecting new toys to distribute to children in need during the holiday season.

Farmers’ Markets have been held on Saturdays in the spring, summer and fall since 2006 and have been credited with helping many local farms and small businesses.

An average of 1,073 vehicles were tallied at the Agricultural Center each Saturday this year during market days, including a record 1,470 during the July 16 market this year. The market was also recently voted one of the 10 most popular farmers’ markets in New Jersey in the American Farmland Trust’s annual survey.

“Word has spread about the beauty of our County Farmer’s Market and it’s now a weekly destination that draws shoppers from across the county and beyond,” Eckel said. “We are delighted with the market’s growing popularity, but what we are most proud of is the boost it provides to local farmers and small businesses. Whether it’s saving farms from development through our county farmland preservation program or supporting local farmers with the agriculture center and farmers markets, our county is 100% committed to maintaining the lively and dynamic agriculture in our county.

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