Our community is fortunate to have the Brigantine branch of the Atlantic County Library System, an amazing facility where one can borrow books, videos, and relax while reading magazines and newspapers. The library has something to offer for all ages.

At this week's Brigantine Farmers Market, which runs 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday in Haneman Park, the library will host a face painter 9:30-11:30 at the children’s tent.

Library associate Bonnie Cohen is the popular "Miss Bonnie" at the Brigantine branch. Local children have been enjoying her themed story times for years. Miss Bonnie will be doing two story times at the gazebo, about 30 minutes each. The first reading will be at 9:30 and the second at 11:30. Story times are suggested for children age 3 to 6 accompanied by an adult.

The library will be this week's featured Spotlight on a Community Organization. Stop by to learn more about the library and its many programs. There will be chalk available for all to write their favorite book title or author on the library steps on 15th Street. It will be exciting to see the variety of books residents and visitors have enjoyed.

Art in the Park artist Susan Gallagher will be on hand. She began doing mosaics five years ago after taking a mosaics class in Cape May. She loves going antiquing for vintage plates to use for her pieces.

Chef Pam Green will be at the demo tent. This energetic chef who has created delights at the farmers market before will be back on Saturday. She imparts her passion for cooking and eating healthily to as many people as possible, enabling them to prepare delicious cuisine for themselves and for the people they love.

Berkshire Hathaway Fox and Roach, Realtors will be featured as the Spotlight on a Local Business. Learn about the market from these knowledgable Realtors.

The Peach Pie Contest will be held Aug. 12. Pick up a registration form at the contest tent this Saturday.

Last week Lisa Coates, from Brigantine, won the trivia contest. There were 70 entries, four of which were perfect. Bryce pulled Lisa’s name. She won a $25 certificate to Laguna Grill.

At 9:30, a surprise flash dance broke out as a group of local Zumba dancers rocked to “Let’s Get Loud” by Jennifer Lopez. Spectators clapped, danced and smiled at this fitness choreography led by Brigantine Zumba instructor Marisela Zumba Chick.

Thank you to Danielle Smith, who welcomed Gary Schemp, a master beekeeper from Cape May County. Gary shared information about his Busy Bees NJ, which rescues and relocates hives found on new home properties, farms, orchards and vineyards. The crowd learned about the complex world of bees, how they pollinate flowers and how to remove the honey from the hives.

Local honey is pure, raw, from natural wildflowers. One 1 tablespoon of honey taken every day can combat seasonal allergies. Here are some other benefits:

— Contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that help to reduce the risk of disease.

— Reduces cough and throat irritation.

— Helps heal wounds and burns.

— Acts as a moisturizer when added with other ingredients.

You may have seen that honey crystallizes over time. It may be brought back to its liquid form by placing it in a container of hot water.

Bee pollen reduces inflammation.

In the next tent over from the demo tent, children were making colorful bees and butterflies.

Hopefully you saw Jane Ann Hart’s colorful signed and matted photographs of sunsets, her notecards and coastal art.

Carol’s Custom Birdhouses are made from natural gourds that are cleaned out, hand-painted and ready for mama bird to go in and build her nest.

Deborah Chinn, owner of Wireworx, has a variety of serving pieces handmade from wire and beautifully beaded to complement your table.

RSK Doughnuts literally melt in your mouth. Owner Joe Griesbach said, “If you haven’t had ’em come and get ’em.”

Sprout and Thicket Flower Farm owner Katie Wiegand, of Galloway Township, specializes in high-end blooms. She had a number of extraordinary bouquets that were selling fast.

Karen Gaffney was seen selecting ears of corn at Jah’s Creation. Owner Linda Bruckler and son Ben said everything is picked the night before at their organic farm in Egg Harbor Township, which practices community supported agriculture, or CSA, and sells seasonal boxes for weekly delivery.

The Either Way Band was phenomenal, drawing crowds with its sensational music.

Please remember to bring reusable bags and beverage containers, as we are a plastic-free market, and to use the correct receptacle for trash and recycling, as they are well-marked.

Get in touch with the farmers market on Instagram and Facebook. Follow us @BrigantineFarmersMarket.

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