Farmers Market set to open in Crest

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Photo by Jen Marra/The West Cape May farmer’s market has become one of the most popular in the county, and its former organizer is starting a new market in the Crest. Photo by Jen Marra/The West Cape May farmer’s market has become one of the most popular in the county, and its former organizer is starting a new market in the Crest. WILDWOOD CREST— This Sunday, the Crest is set to get fresh.

For the first time, Five Mile Island will be home to an open air farmer’s market starting Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Rambler Road Park. The market is set to run weekly through Sept. 1.

Following the success of farmer’s markets around the county, organizer Annie Mullock said that the Crest was an ideal location on the island because it has a high number of renters, rather than visitors staying in hotels.

“Location is absolutely everything,” she said. “And the Crest is smack dab in the middle of rental city.”

She also mentioned that the easy access to the farmer’s market from the bike path will bring visitors as well.

Mullock had organized the farmer’s market in West Cape May for six years, which has been named one of the top 20 farmer’s markets in the state by the American Farmland Trust.

The addition of another farmer’s market in Cape May County is indicative of a national trend. Farmer’s markets are hip, and growing- since just last year, these markets have grown 9.6 percent. In 1994, there were 1,755 markets registered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture- there were 7,864 last year.

She said that the popularity of farmer’s markets in the area had inspired local officials to start one in the Wildwoods.

“It’s just a nice service to offer people to come to the island,” she said. 

The Crest’s market will start small, with between 10 and 15 vendors, Mullock said. It will also focus on locally grown and made foods, with just a few eclectic vendors.

She mentioned that organic and non-organic farmers will be selling their wares, as well as beach plum and apple farmers. A beekeeper will also be selling honey, she said.

Other merchants will bring homemade jams and jellies, as well as balsamic vinaigrettes, cheeses, and olive oil.

Non-food items will include Tupperware, and a local sea glass artist selling her jewelry.

“Most farm markets start small and grow as they age,” she said. “It will grow throughout the summer.”

The farmer’s market in the Crest will take place every Sunday starting June 30 through Sept. 1 at the park on Rambler Road and Ocean Avenues. The market will open at 8:30 a.m. and run until 12:30 p.m.

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