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Long Valley Kicks Off NJ Farmers Market Week

Department of Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher honors Long Valley Green Market.

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. 

Tracy Tobin August 03, 2012 at 10:49 AM
This was really a tribute to Leona, Kate and all the small business owners who have made this local market a success. Agricultural Secretary Fisher spent time talking to busine owners and shoppers and listening to their thoughts on how valuable the market is to people who want to purchase fresh New Jersey food. Director Dombrowski spoke briefly about farmers markets throughout NJ contributing to USDA efforts to promote better nutrition. Congratulations to Kate, Leona and all the small businesses on making the Green Market a success and a great place to shop for NJ Fresh products.
Joseph Keyes August 04, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Can’t say enough about what Leona and Kate’s market is doing for WT. It continues to provide a center for farmers, vendors, community groups, and, of course, us—the customers. The presence national and state DoA representatives emphasized the importance of these markets. The state proclamation praising the endevour was well deserved. Congratulations, Kate and Leona!
Leona Harrington August 05, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Thanks for the kind words... it's the terrific vendors that we've gotten together that make the market so successful....that's what keeps the customers coming back every week!
Liberty September 12, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Congratulations to all involved in promoting and implementing this local endeavor! Nice to be recognized by the state and to host the annual NJ Farmers Market--quite a coup for only the second year of operation. The produce and other items are great, but just shopping and socializing is fun, too! Kudos!

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