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With spring in full swing and summer right around the corner, the Board of Chosen Freeholders is encouraging residents to shop local this summer for Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables.
Freeholder Deputy Director Linda Hughes announced today that weekly Farmers Markets are back for a new season, and will be held every Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. from now through October at the Burlington County Agricultural Center in Moorestown.
“This popular Saturday market is one-stop shopping for our residents who are looking to dig into some summer crops this season,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Hughes, liaison to the County Department of Resource Conservation.
In addition to locally grown Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, visitors can enjoy a community garden, annual and perennial plants, cut flowers, baked goods and other prepared foods, cheeses, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, unique crafts and more.
“I am so pleased to offer these weekly markets to our residents and provide opportunities to support and highlight our thriving local agricultural industry,” added Deputy Director Hughes.
For decades, the Freeholder Board has had a proud tradition of land preservation - protecting over 61,000 acres of farmland and open space - and consistently supporting a local agricultural community that produces plants, flowers, fresh tomatoes, corn, and blueberries, just to name a handful.
In 2005, the Freeholder Board established the Burlington County Agricultural Center as an educational facility focused on food production, health and nutrition, and land stewardship. The Agricultural Center offers special events and educational and culinary programs held throughout the year, which visitors can learn more about at the Farmers Market.
The Farmers Market will be open every Saturday rain or shine with free admission and parking. For more information, please visit www.burlcoagcenter.com or call (856) 642-3850.
The Burlington County Agricultural Center is located at 500 Centerton Road, Moorestown, NJ 08057.