Starting Sunday, July 16, Montclair Center’s Farmers Market (previously located on South Park Street and in the parking lot on Church Street) now takes up residence at Crane Park (Glenridge and Greenwood Aves.). The market will operate on Thursdays, from 3 to 8 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.
The main farmer is Profeta Farms, an organic farmer bringing fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs and dairy. Other non-food vendors will also be included in the market.
The market will continue throughout the fall.
“We are so excited to partner with Profeta Farms on this exciting project,” said Israel Cronk, executive director of the Montclair Center BID. “With this market, we hope to help address some of the food scarcity issues facing our community and better serve our seniors and families that have limited access to fresh, local, fruits and vegetables.”
The Montclair Center BID has been actively seeking ways to alleviate some of the food and grocery issues for residents within the BID district and the surrounding areas. By working together with Profeta Farms, the Township of Montclair, grassroots activist Daniel Cruz, and the Montclair Community Farm, the BID has developed the Crane Park Market and hopes it will benefit the community.
Profeta Farms plans to bring beets, broccoli, collard greens, kale, lettuces, zucchini and more to the market.
The Crane Park Market will also include a selection of vendors and nutrition-related businesses as well as music performances. The Montclair Center BID is also working with local stakeholders to develop community gardens within Crane Park to also help address food issues.
The Montclair Community Farm will also be selling produce at Crane Park on Thursday, July 20; Thursday, Aug. 24; Thursday, Sept. 21; and Thursday, Oct. 26. The Community Farm hours on those dates will be announced shortly.
The Montclair Center BID also thanks The Hampshire Companies and the Pinnacle Development Companies, developers of Lackawanna Plaza, for their support of the project.