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“Top Tomato” judges Fran Paullin, left, Kathy Hipple and Chrissy Lauletta sample homemade marinara Saturday, Sept. 2, at the final Brigantine Farmers Market of the summer. No word on whether the three agreed on whether it should be called “sauce” or “gravy.”

Ray Schweibert / For The Beachcomber

Forty vendors will participate in the last Farmers Market of the season. The theme will be Halloween and Halloween characters in costumes will visit.

Pumpkins will be available for purchase for $2 near the Halloween-themed Children’s Tent. Children will be able to decorate their purchased pumpkin from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Children’s Tent.

Nearby, at the gazebo, entertainment will be provided by Adam Berardo’s band Noise Museum.

Participants in the Pumpkin and Apple Pie Contests should register their pies at the Demo Tent at 9:30. Judges will begin tasting at 10:00. Contestants and their families are not permitted to be present during the judging so judges may feel free to discuss and critique each pie. Following the announcement of the winners, the crowd may purchase slices of the pies for $1.00. All proceeds will be donated to the True Spirit Coalition.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, nonperishable food items will be collected at the Green Team Tent on Saturday to be donated to our local food pantry.

The Green Team made a scarecrow, which will be displayed at the Green Team Tent and which may also be viewed on Facebook. Vote for your favorite scarecrow in the Library and in the Community Center.

A scary movie trivia contest will take place at the Contest Tent from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Spotlight on Community will be the Crossroads Youth from the Brigantine Community Presbyterian Church. Chat with these endearing young people who are positive role models in the community. They will have flyers for the upcoming Children’s Hayride.

A second Spotlight on Community will be HiArbor Inc., a registered New Jersey Charity that specializes in cat adoption, rescue, education and sanctuary. HiArbor’s purpose is to find permanent homes for cats and kittens who have no home, to promote spay and neuter programs and to educate the public about feline overpopulation. Donations will be accepted to offset the costs for bloodwork to test for disease, to spay and neuter and for shots appropriate for each age.

The Spotlight on a Local Vendor will be Insurance Agencies Inc. of Brigantine, “Southern New Jersey’s coastal risk specialists since 1879.”

ART in the Park artists Elizabeth McKenna and Heather Anton will display their work near the fountain. Anton is known for Heather’s Feathers, beautiful jewelry and accessories made from feathers. Elizabeth McKenna is known for her black and white ink drawings, watercolor and ink as well as acrylic and oil paintings.

Come to the Farmers Market to get into the spirit of Halloween, a fun, cultural celebration.

Get ready for the winter holidays by purchasing gifts for family and friends. Buy your nutritional vegetables, fruits and treats to savor and remember until next year when the Farmers Market opens again in the spring.

Remain in touch with the Farmers Market on Instagram and Facebook. Follow us @BrigantineFarmersMarket.

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