The usual hustle and bustle of downtown Long Valley on a Thursday afternoon had an extra flair to it on Aug. 2, as the Green Market hosted the annual New Jersey Farmers Market kick off through the Department of Agriculture.
The Green Market was chosen from 153 farmers markets from around the state to be the host site of this year's event, which marked the start of the annual statewide initiative.
"It's really been a community effort for this to work," said Green Market co-founder Kate Munning. "Whatever we're doing is working, and I think we should stick with it."
New Jersey Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher was on hand to present Munning and market co-founder Leona Harrington with a proclamation, signed by Governor Chris Christie, and praise the efforts of the two and the market as a whole.
"(The Green Market) presents so many opportunities for farmers to sell their goods locally," Fisher said. "This market has really blossomed in its second year, and it creates a true sense of community."
The secretary toured the market and spent time with each vendor Thursday afternoon, along with Munning, Harrington, and Patricia Dombroski, the USDA Food & Nutrition Service Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator.
The Long Valley Green Market is open from 3 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through the end of the year at 20 Schooley's Mountain Road.