There is much to celebrate when we reflect upon the many benefits of our Brigantine Farmers Market from the fresh, local New Jersey vegetables, fruits, herbs, pasta, pretzels, seafood, juices, crepes, donuts, scones, water ice, Hawaiian bowls, eggs, guacamole, nutty novelties, sandwiches, pizza, buns, key lime pie, cannoli, coffee and so much more. One can also find skin care, honey, soap, jewelry, coastal signs, paintings, painted glassware, pillows, creams and pet treats. Our fun community market elevates organic food and artisan ware shopping.

Activities for all ages are a big draw at the Farmers Market. There are always creative learning projects for the children, the Trivia Contest for the adults, the Chef’s Demo Tent, ART in the PARK, Spotlight on a Local Business and Spotlight on a Community Organization.

Last week our Local Business Spotlight was on Lynn from Wally’s Fashions. She brought an array of fashionable bags, scarves, jewelry, beautiful coastal “blu bottles” and tea towels.

One of our greatest assets is the weekly entertainment at the gazebo that keeps us tapping our feet and a song in our hearts. Last Saturday Brandon did an outstanding job singing Bobby Darin, Dean Martin, Ray Charles, Michael Buble and Frank Sinatra songs. This handsome 25-year- old, confident entertainer drew quite a crowd. One listener came to me and said, “I am enjoying his singing so much I just don’t want to leave.” I think that summed it up for all of us.

The chefs who have worked at the Demo Tent have been extraordinary and Maria Papale, Loving Locavore, carried on this tradition making clams from Clam Daddy’s and pasta from Red Room Café, along with a sauce made with garlic, clam juice, fresh flat leaf parsley, olive oil and shallots. The crowd enjoyed every last morsel.

Anita’s Guacamole was with us for the first time and was a huge hit. Owner Mauricio shared that his fresh guacamole is a vegan power-punch which has a high content of cancer preventative antioxidants, 20 vitamins, minerals and plant compounds that contribute to sound nutrition.

The trivia contest stumped 65 participants with onlytwo perfect entries. The winner drawn by Cameron was Dorothy Sydney Couval who will be dining at the Pirates Den with her $25 gift certificate. The number 8 stumper was the feminist novel by Zora Neale Hurston, and the answer was, “Their eyes were watching God.” Trivia buffs are in for some fun next week as the topic is “Movie Quotes.”

Our Children’s Activities are the best. I have a great photo of Austin Mulford completing his “All About Me” poster which explored the children’s family tree and their favorite things.

New Jersey produces 42.2 million pounds of peaches each year. Our market boasts some of the sweetest fresh peaches. If you did not sign up for the Peach Pie Contest for Aug. 12, send an email to BrigantineFarmersMarket@gmail.com.

Complete your registration including your recipe for the judges who will include Nadia El Baydi (worked as a Pastry Chef for Bobby Flay at the Borgata and now owns Nadia’s Tasty Home Made Cakes), Chef Michael D’Angelo (“Two Chics and a Chef” Radio Show) and Executive Chef Pam Green (Atlantic City Sheraton Convention Center Hotel) who will do her cooking demo following the Peach Pie Contest and the sale of slices of Peach Pie for Charity.

Paul, Mike and Dan will be featured singing their eclectic blend of folk, rock, blues, traditional and original sounds.

Stop by Art in the Park to see the works of three artists. Kathleen Schlotterback who brings a variety of creative art forms to life. Susanne Peterson’s main focus is on watercolor with pastels, mixed media and collage. Sales of her works are donated to the South Jersey Cancer Fund. Susan Gallagher’s mosaics are not to be missed.

TD Bank will be our featured spotlight on a local business.

Green Fest is scheduled for Aug.19 and there will be 15 environmental and energy exhibits and giveaways. For your future planning there will be a trash-n-show for folks who wish to make a cape using recycled or upcycled material. There will be two categories of prizes, a $25 prize for an adult (over 18), and another $25 for youth (18 and under). See our website for more details.

As we celebrate National Farmers Markets Month we look to our Green Team and the ways that we have grown as a sustainable market-now plastic bag- and bottle-free market, and we are working toward being plastic straw- and container-free. Check out the new website at brigantinegreenteam.com. We have much to celebrate, particularly our team of volunteers and our strong working relationship with the Brigantine City and Community.

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