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The Pop-up Farm Stand is ‘popping’ up all over Morristown

Grow It Green Morristown has had a successful summer at the Pop-up Farm Stand – despite the wet weather!

With our presence becoming more established in the neighborhood, we’ve seen a steady rise in customers at the Pop-up Stand. Our collaboration with Morris Arts’ and their miniseries at the Gateway Totems has helped attract interest to the Early Street Community Garden and our Pop-up Stand. We have also begun coordinating with Summit Medical Group Foundation to bring their mobile screening unit to our Pop-up Stand locations. They reached out to passersby to offer free health screenings and talk about healthy lifestyles. Their first event with us was a success and we are scheduling additional opportunities to bring their services to our neighbors.

Though there is much progress to report, we have experienced a couple of setbacks, including the resignation of our Farm Stand manager. However, we were quick to fill the position and did not experience any disruptions to our operations. Our biggest challenge throughout the summer was the weather. When the rain and humidity were not wrecking our leafy greens, tomatoes, and other produce, the sporadic thunderstorms forced us to pack up the stand on a couple of occasions.

Despite the weather, the Pop-up Stand has allowed us to meet new people, create and strengthen partnerships with other community organizations, and bring our fresh produce to people in Morristown. We’re looking forward to some cool fall weather, and hope to see an increase in customers with school back in session and people settling in to a seasonal routine.

Summer may be officially over, but our Pop-up Farm Stand will be up and running through October. Look for us every Wednesday, from 3-6 p.m. at various locations throughout Morristown, including the Neighborhood House and Gramby Park.

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North Jersey Health Collaborative

Grow It Green Morristown creates sustainable farms and gardens, and educates communities on healthy eating and environmental stewardship.