Brigantine Farmers Market Article: The Press of Atlantic City, January 22, 2014

By LUCIA C. DRAKE, Staff Writer

The calendar may say midwinter, but the Brigantine Beach Green Team is already thinking about freshly grown produce.

Plans are being finalized to bring a much needed weekly farmers market to the island to start this summer.

The anticipated opening day is June 28, according to Cheryl Mascioli, Green Team co-chair and coordinator of the farmers market project.

“People have been asking about this for a long time, and we are all very excited that it will finally happen,” Mascioli said recently. “We have a lot of good energy coming together to help bring this to Brigantine.”

She said one potential site being discussed is the 15th Street area, although nothing has been officially announced yet.

Bringing a farmers market to the island was one of the Green Team’s priority projects when the group formed about a year ago. There has not been a large-scale, seasonal farmers market available to residents in several years.

Residents normally have to travel off site to find farmers markets during the summer season.

Mascioli said the group would like to pattern the farmers market experience on what nearby towns offer their residents.

“We’ve talked to people in Margate and Ventnor, and they’ve been very helpful and informative,” she said. “They offer a beautiful example of what this can be,” she said.

The group got good news in mid-December when the city committee gave its unanimous support to the farmers market plan. A Green Team sub-committee has been meeting every other Saturday to get the program started.

So far, plans call for the farmers market to run every Saturday for eight weeks, starting the last Saturday in June. The hours of operation have not yet been determined.

The primary focus will be the sale of fresh produce, but Mascioli said the committee is open to include other ideas at the farmers market such as holding health fair screenings and maybe healthy cooking demos.

“We want to try and get the community involved as much as we can,” Mascioli explained.

The Green Team plans to have an informational table each week staffed with volunteers to keep the community aware of the group and what it is doing, she said.

Besides the farmers market, the Green Team is working on community projects and initiatives such as increasing recycling on the island, exploring energy ideas, water conservation, dune beautification, composting, a community garden and rain gardens.

Any resident of the community can volunteer to become a member or a friend of the organization. All ages are welcome and no experience is needed. All that is needed is a desire to educate and promote awareness by working on projects that address green-related issues important to the community, Mascioli said.

For more information, Mascioli urges residents to visit the group’s website at BrigantineBeachGreenTeam.com

For vendors looking to apply for the farmers market, or for any farmers market inquiries, email BrigantineFarmersMarket@

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