The Longport Bike Walk Eat Farmers Market will open for the season 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 24 behind Longport Borough Hall, 2301 Atlantic Ave. This year the market will be held every Saturday until Sept 2, rather than biweekly as it was held last year.

In addition to vendors who will be appearing every Saturday selling farm-fresh vegetables, local seafood, baked goods, artisanal foods and handcrafted items, this year there will be different pop-up vendors each week.

Organizers encourage shoppers to bike or walk to the market, and to bring reusable shopping bags to carry their purchases. Longport was the first New Jersey municipality to require vendors to charge 10 cents for each single-use plastic bag they provide to shoppers.

Vendors will include a jewelry maker and several artists, including local painter Anita McGinn-Natali of Spring Lake Studio, who paints seascapes and sea life in oils, and Dr. Doug Farrell with his whimsical painted seashells and household items featuring Longport's smiley-faced water tower.

The Longport Farmers Market started in June 2016 through the efforts of Sustainable Longport, the borough’s green team, as a way to support the local economy, bring fresh produce and products to the community, and raise sustainability awareness.

Contact: 609-601-5196

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