LINWOOD — The Linwood Farmers Market opened Saturday with a huge crowd filling their bags with everything from plum gooseberries to fresh ginger root to fresh flowers and all manner of tasty treats. Organizers were excited by the strong showing for the market in its second fall season.
Customers started to arrive at the market, in the back parking lot of the Central Square Shopping Center, before the 9 a.m. start.
Several dozen vendors filled the area as shoppers meandered and met friends. Kids created their own masterpieces on the parking lot with chalk. Music wafted across the lot as Visions of Indecision entertained for the morning.
Plenty of people brought their four-legged friends, and they were in luck because new this season is all-natural, grain-free and handmade dog treats from Black Sheep Dog Treats. Jaime Giordano offered customers micro greens, young seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs harvested less than 14 days after germination that provide intense flavor and crisp texture along with a nutrition boost. Giordano said micro greens can be cut and tossed in a salad or used in a sandwich. Grown in trays, the micro greens will continue to grow for another harvest.
Caryl Camp, a pastry chef with Stir It Up Catering, had a table filled with sweet and savory pies. Shelly Furman, of Linwood, had tables filled with handmade knitted glass bead bracelets that glistened in the sunlight. Sister Beads NJ is part of a project to help women in Nepal learn a skill and provide themselves a means of income.
Organizer Jaclyn Todd said the market will have more vendors in the coming weeks.
The Linwood Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 4.
Follow the Linwood Farmers Market on Facebook for information on weekly children’s programs and music at the market.