West Windsor, N.J. - April 26, 2004 - West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu
Hsueh today announced the West Windsor Community Farmers' Market will
begin operation on Saturday, June 5.
"One of the most effective ways to bring people together is a
farmers' market," said Shing-Fu Hsueh. "Not only will it provide an
opportunity for the residents to pick up produce locally; it will also
offer a place where neighbors can meet and socialize."
Eight farms are currently registered to participate in the market, a
grassroots initiative proposed and implemented by West Windsor
residents. The market will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
at the Vaughn Drive Lot of the Princeton Junction Train Station from
June 5 to early November. The official grand opening is June 19 as part
of the first annual "West Windsor Farm Heritage Day."
Shoppers will find organic herbs; grass-fed beef, pork and lamb;
chicken, quail, and pheasant; and both organic and conventionally grown
vegetables including specialty Asian vegetables. There will also be
flowers, pies and bread available in addition to other products and
produce brought by the growing list of participants.
According to the USDA, farmers markets, an integral part of the
urban/farm linkage, have continued to rise in popularity, mostly due to
the growing consumer interest in obtaining fresh products directly
from the farm.
"New Jersey has successfully protected thousands of acres of
farmland with open space and farmland preservation programs," said
Ronald Good, Bureau Chief at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
"But it is vital that we maintain the viability of these farms by
supporting the purchase of New Jersey locally-grown products. With the
opening of the West Windsor Community Farmers' Market, residents are
sending a message that farms are critical to the quality of life we
cherish in this region."
Residents of the community are looking forward to the opening of the market.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the West Windsor
community and beyond to buy regionally grown food from local farmers,"
said Kristin Appelget, President of the West Windsor Township Council.
"It's also a good opportunity for consumers to meet the people who grow
their food - further strengthening our reputation as a community that
supports regional agriculture."