So, the weather has been getting MUCH nicer here in NJ and last week as I was driving by the Galleria parking lot in Red Bank I noticed the farmers market.
Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market
|2nd Bridge Avenue, Red Bank|
|Directions:||Parkway to Exit 109 to Red Bank|
|Phone:||(732) 530-7300 - Jimmy & Ed, Fax: (732) 530-8713|
|Open:||May 9th - Mid November, 2010, Sundays, 9am - 2pm|
|Community Farmers Market:||Variety of fruits & vegetables|
| WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers accepted by some farmers|
Many of the stands in the farmers market are not fair trade certified (some of the stands are fair trade certified or use fair trade ingredients). Although many of the stands sell vegetables and fruits (depending on the time of year) or other things, all the money goes to to the farmers, which is the main cause of fair trade itself. Fair Trade is meant to give enough money to farmers, or factory workers for fair wages, along with safe working conditions, and avoids child labor. Even though some of the stands are not fair trade certified, instead of going to the store and buying fruits or vegetables that have the fair trade sticker on it, the farmers market cuts out the middle man altogether and the buyer is giving the money straight to the farmers themselves.
There are farmers markets all over New Jersey if you don't live near Red Bank check out this website that shows lots of farmers markets in New Jersey. Just click on this link. http://www.state.nj.us/cgi-bin/agriculture/jerseyfresh/search.pl?type=urban&county1=monmouth
I highly recommend farmers market because everything is fresh, hand made (not to mention everyones really nice). On a nice sunny day its always fun to get out and see who has a stand up this week. When you have some free time go out and try the farmers market!
Hope you go to the farmers market! -Ginger