Last Saturday was a feast for the eyes and appetite as fruit was featured at the Brigantine Farmers Market.

Johnny Jadach won a $25 Richman’s certificate (in the under 18 category) at the watermelon eating contest. Chef Sal Giambrone won a Green Team hat and backpack in the adult category.

Fruits are at their peak right now so be sure to get to the market tomorrow to purchase your local fresh fruit for the week.

At the cooking demo tent, chef Sal Giambrone made Farmers Market Salad (bruchetta) with fresh arugula and basil leaves tossed with raspberry kombucha vinaigrette (goji), tomato chutney, grape tomatoes, shallots, lemon juice, olive oil, and Himalayan salt served over grilled Semolina bread (Aversa's). Chef Sal is a distributor of alkaline ionizer, a water filtration machine that transforms tap water into a pure, healthy electrolytically-reduced and hydrogen-rich drinking water.

Chef Josh Gamble made Red Thai with coconut curry and charred vegetables served over vermicelli. Both chefs' preparations were unique and tasty.

Speaking of fruit, sales of peach and blueberry pie slices after the contests in July and August resulted in a $135 donation to the True Spirit Coalition.

Children drew scenes on puzzle boards, making their own colorful puzzles to take home.

The St. Thomas Women’s Club had much representation as our Spotlight on Community. Their members have doubled this year. They foster a spirit of Christian charity to homebound and needy members of the community and they sponsor spiritual, social, cultural and educational activities, promoting friendship and goodwill. They have completed more than 10 service projects this year that touch the hearts of our community. The winner of their beautiful donated flower arrangement was MaryAnn DeJulius.

The Championship Trivia Contest was won by Bob Coates of Brigantine, who received a $50 Visa giftcard.

I hope you stopped by Lillie Rose, which was our Spotlight on a Local Vendor. Cheryl had beautiful designer blouses, jewelry, bathing suits, coverups, dresses, slacks and rompers. If you missed it stop by her store, as she has much new inventory and trendy fashions.

There were beautiful contemporary style and impressionist brushwork paintings of seascapes exhibited by Art of Kuzma, which Steve Kuzma painted. He can be found at the Noyes Arts Garage of Stockton University in Atlantic City.

Fun and fitness will be the focus on Saturday, Sept. 2. The spectacular Marisela Zumba Chic will perform her Zumba magic and have you doing the samba, conga, hip-hop, merengue and soca before you know it. She is known for making this health fitness exercise fun for everyone at every age, even in a chair. Join in with the crowd at 9:30 and "get your Zumba on."

For the children there will be a fun fitness circuit.

At the Art in the Park tent visitors will see Tara Rebel, a resident of Brigantine, and her amazing hoops. She makes Hula-style hoops, performs, and runs hoop fitness classes.

Learn how to strengthen your core by speaking to our local vendor in the spotlight this week, Megan Doran and Paul Donaher from Brigantine Physical Therapy and Fitness.

Friends Helping Friends will be the Community Spotlight. See their posters of cars and Randy Owens’ serigraphs available for purchase. All proceeds go to helping community members in need.

Bring your best tomato sauce/gravy for the Tomato Cook-off (may be vegetarian or may include meat) to the Cooking Demo Tent by 9:30 a.m.

Remember to eat three servings of fruit daily and to exercise daily to live a long, healthy and happy life.

Save the date for the Fall Market 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. There will be an apple and pumpkin pie contest and pumpkin decorating for the children. Follow our market on Facebook @BrigantineFarmers Market.

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