Friends & Family Farmer’s Market
The inaugural Friends & Family Farmer’s Market took place on Saturday, June 29, 2019 and it was a success. By the end of the event, the North Bergen Health Department was able to sell majority of the fruits and vegetables that were available to the public.
The Township of North Bergen Health Department was funded by a $20,000 grant from the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network (NJHCN) community grants program that allowed for the start of a Farmer’s Market as part of the department’s initiative to improve the health of the community. The market took place in front of Stan Newman Field, across 64th Street from the Recreation Center.
On sale was a large variety of produce including tomatoes, peaches, carrots, corn, cherries, potatoes, broccoli, cucumbers, green beans, summer squash, beets, onions, mint, cilantro, and more – all purchased in bulk by the township from local farmers and sold at cost to residents. In total the township purchased 260 pounds of produce, and sold majority of it.
To further promote healthy lifestyles, the event included a Zumba exercise class, with participants getting a fun workout. In addition, the health department also provided information on health resources and services that are available to the community.
The Friends & Family Farmer’s Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month during the summer and fall. The next one will be on July 27th from 10 to 2 pm. Watch the township website and social media for more updates.
About the Grantee
The North Bergen Health Department mission is to improve the quality of life for our residents by offering a wide array of services that target health prevention, health education, public health safety and code enforcement.