New Jersey ag commissioner tours farmers markets

06/24/2013 01:12:00 PM
Andy Nelson

New Jersey’s secretary of agriculture, Douglas Fisher, attended the June 18 opening of the Hasbrouck Heights Farmers Market as part of his 2013 Farmers Market Opening Tour.

Fisher attended the opening of several markets the week of June 17, according to a department news release.

The Hasbrouck Heights Farmers Market, now in its 10th year, is organized by the town’s chamber of commerce.

“The Hasbrouck Heights Farmers Market helps support our state’s farmers, and also attracts people to the business district,” Fisher said in the release. “The market brings just-picked produce directly to the area, giving people the opportunity to meet the farmers who grew their food and enjoy the freshest, highest quality produce.”

New at the Hasbrouck Heights market his year are chairs and cafe tables, set up to encourage visitors to stay longer, Ray Vorisek, the market’s founder, said in the release.

Farmers markets throughout New Jersey participate in the Women, Infants and Children and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which provide vouchers for locally-grown fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture program administered by New Jersey’s Department of Health and Senior Services gives vouchers to qualifying individuals.

For complete information on locations, days and hours of community farmers markets throughout New Jersey, visit http://tinyurl.com/mqe3lc.



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