National Farmers Market Week August 3-9

Photo from Slow Food USA

Photo from Slow Food USA

National Farmers Market Week kicks off this Sunday, August 3 and runs through Saturday, August 9. I hope you will join me for this year’s celebration at your local market.

Of all food system innovations in the U.S. in the last 20 years, the resurgence of farmers markets may represent the most public expression of growing community via food.

When you head to the farmers market this week, I encourage you to go Slow and:

Talk with the farmers. Thank your farmers. Take this week to thank them for their commitment to the land, for their labor, and for coming to market.

Have a “Meatless Monday.” With countless tasty recipes and an interactive community, our friends at Meatless Monday make it easier than ever to give up meat one day a week, saving us money and cutting back on water and fossil fuels. Less meat on Mondays means you can have “better meat” (PDF) on other days.

Eat “ugly” fruits and vegetables. Imperfect fruits and veggies should not go to waste. When you see them at markets, purchase them for canning, roasting etc. If you don’t seem them at market, inquire. Your farmer might not realize there is a demand for what chefs call “seconds.” Encourage “ugly” at your market.

See you at the market,

Richard McCarthy Executive Director Slow Food USA

West Windsor Community Farmers Market News & Events

The WWCFM continues to be a popular gathering space each Saturday, rain or shine from 9:00am-1:00pm, for the community as well as neighboring towns, to directly connect with locally owned farms and local food producers. Please visit www.westwindsorfarmersmarket.org for up to date weekly events and a complete farm and vendor roster.

The WWCFM is proud to have been voted the Top Celebrated Market in New Jersey and  in the Top 100 Nationwide in the 2013 American Farmland Trust “I Love My Farmers Market” Contest.  In addition, live music and community groups help to round out the overall market experience.

Of note this month, August 9 will feature the NJ Peach Promotion Council Amateur Peach Pie Bake Off Contest, with the winning entry moving on to the NJ State Finals in late August for a chance to win the $300 prize.  Bakers are still being accepted until August 6!  Pies are due at the market at 10:30am with judging at 11:00am.  First, Second and Third place WWCFM winners will receive Market Bucks to be used as cash at the farmers market this season.  Amateur bakers only and pre-registration is required.  To register, for more details and rules, please email manager@westwindsorfarmersmarket.org.  The newly crowned New Jersey Peach Queen will also make an appearance at the WWCFM on August 9 as part of her statewide farmers market tour.

AUGUST 2:

             MUSIC: Jeff Griesemer

                COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

                WWAC (Children’s art projects)

                GIRL SCOUT CADETTE TROOP (Natural cleaners and planting information)

             COOKING DEMO: Holly Slepman

AUGUST 9:

             MUSIC: Mountainview

             COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                WWBPA Bicycle and Pedestrian Information and bicycle registration

                YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the Crisis       Ministry of Mercer County

                PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM  Free Blood Pressure and Health         Screenings

             AMATEUR PEACH PIE BAKE-OFF CONTEST (see our website for details)

             NJ PEACH QUEEN APPEARANCE

             MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

AUGUST 16:

             MUSIC: A Little Bit Off

             COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                FOWWOS Friends of West Windsor Open Space

                TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

                EASTERN SERVICE WORKERS

                WWAC (Children’s art activity)

             COOKING DEMO:   West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh

AUGUST 23:

             MUSIC: DBB Jazz Trio

             COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                WWBPA (West Windsor Bike and Pedestrian Alliance)

                YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the Crisis       Ministry of Mercer County

                PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure and Health        Screenings

             MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals]

             COOKING DEMO:   Monica Khanna Reichert

AUGUST 30:

             MUSIC: Bill O’Neal

             COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

                TWIN W RESCUE SQUAD Free Blood Pressure Screenings

             COOKING DEMO:   Denise Marchisotto

SEPTEMBER 6:

             MUSIC: Blue Jersey Band

             SPONSOR APPRECIATION DAY Meet WWCFM Sponsors

                COMMUNITY GROUPS:

                PRINCETON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM: Free Blood Pressure and Health        Screenings

                WWAC (Children’s art projects)

                YES, WE CAN FOOD DRIVE Fresh and canned food drive to benefit the Crisis       Ministry of Mercer County

             MASSAGE: The Touch That Heals

             COOKING DEMO: Chef Adam of Griggstown Farm

The Market is located in the Vaughn Drive Parking Lot of the southbound side of the Princeton Junction Train Station, one mile from the Alexander Road and Route 1 intersection and half mile walk from the Dinky stop in Princeton Junction.  Parking is always free. 

For more information, call 609 933-4452 or email wwcfm@yahoo.com.  Be sure to follow the market on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (wwfarmersmarket) for tidbits of great market info and photos.