Grantee Blog 2020

Farmers Market Flourishes in Bloomfield, NJ

City Green’s Veggie Mobile has been a growing endeavor this harvest season. Bloomfield Township has led the efforts in developing a farmers market around the Veggie Mobile, located in front of the Bloomfield Library. And by the looks of how things are turning out every Tuesday afternoon in Bloomfield – Market Day is flourishing!

Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services (BDHHS) have distributed 276 outreach bags and 116 bento boxes (with instructions on how to pack healthy lunches) among market attendees. Eight new individuals have been enrolled into the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/ Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)/ Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).

Sales from SNAP and WIC purchases currently amount to $625.00 Additionally, market vouchers funded by Neighbor to Neighbor Network (NTNN) contributed to $613.00 worth of sales among all vendors at the market (majority Veggie Mobile). Other vendors include Green Grocer Food Hub, Mike’s Pasta and Sandwich Shop, Cozz Coffee, Flora Joy, In the Company of Yum, Articezen, Lulu’s Artisanal Café, Jed’s Bread, Maite Body Treats, Love & Plates, Varitage Brewery, Michmacs, Beyond Nirvana, Martinez Martial Arts and Fitness Center, and music from DJ Sol Blessed.

Bloomfield Community Garden is in the process of purchasing and installing of beds to incorporate more inclusive practices at Millbank and Pulaski parks. The goal is to increase access for gardeners who are differently abled via use of raised beds. Due to supply chain delays the project will continue into next Spring.

Bloomfield’s market day for this season will end on November 9, 2021; so, if you have not stopped by to check us out yet, then make sure to do so. Otherwise, see ya in Spring!

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Township of Bloomfield

The Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services' mission is to prevent disease and promote physical and mental well-being through policy development, disease detection, prevention, education, and enforcement. We aim to do so in a culturally competent manner that ensures the highest quality of life for the residents we serve.