FARMERS MARKET FAQs

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FAQs

Who is sponsoring and organizing the Brigantine Farmers Market?

A team of volunteers is leading the charge to bring this Market to the community of Brigantine. They represent residents from across the island with varied interests, backgrounds and demographics. This group is a subset of the Brigantine Beach Green Team. The Green Team is also a volunteer committee founded under Sustainable Jersey, a certification program for New Jersey municipalities that want to go green, save money and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long-term.

Where is the Brigantine Farmers Market?

Our market is at the corner of 15th and Revere Blvd in Brigantine, NJ.

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What days and time is the Market open?

The Market will open on Saturday, May 27, 2017 for its third season. The Market will be open every Saturday through September 2, 2017 (rain or shine, except for declared weather emergencies). Market hours will be 8:30 a.m. to noon. Included in the 2017 season will be an Autumn Market, date to be announced.

Will the Market be open if it rains?

Yes. The Market is open rain or shine.

How can I get to the Market?

You can drive, bike, walk, or take public transportation to the Market.

To support sustainable practices and promote healthy living, we encourage people to walk and/or bike to the Market. Brigantine supports a biking community and has marked safe bike pathways all throughout the island and take you right to the Market. Bike racks are provided at the market.

NJ Transit’s 501 bus operates on Brigantine and connects to the Atlantic City Bus Terminal. Please check NJ Transits website for updated bus schedule. http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0501.pdf

The bus stop is conveniently located near the market. If you are traveling north on Brigantine avenue (coming from Atlantic City), the bus stop is on the corner of the corner of 16th and Brigantine Avenue. If you are heading south on Brigantine Avenue (towards Atlantic City) the bus stop is located on the corner of 15th and Brigantine Avenue (in front of the Firehouse).

Is it free to come to Market?

Yes. There is no entrance or parking fees. You simply pay for what you purchase from any of the vendors.

Where can I park?

The following city public parking lots:

On 14th street, between Brigantine Avenue and Bayshore Avenue (large lot behind City Hall) On 15th street, in front of City Hall and on new lot 15th and W. Brigantine Ave.

Street parking is also available.

Why should I shop at a farmers market?

By shopping at the Brigantine Framers Market, you support local farmers and the local economy, and reduce your carbon footprint. It is also a great place to meet your neighbors and enjoy a variety of unique and delicious prepared foods. As well, we have a wonderful group of artisan vendors bringing their wares which include jewelry, woodwork, knit or sewn items, soap, and baskets for example

How can members of the community support the Farmers Market?

There are a variety of ways you can help support the Market.

  • Get the word out to your family and friends.
  • Like us on Facebook, share and ask your friends to share.
  • On Market days, come, shop, enjoy and bring a friend
  • Participate in our  contests.
  • Answer our weekly market surveys.
  • Become a reusable bag sponsor or make a donation.
  • Help reduce your carbon footprint by bringing your reusable bags
  • Bike or walk to the market
  • If you enjoy the market, tell your family and friends.
  • Questions can be directed to Brigantinefarmersmarket@gmail.com

Volunteer to be a Market Day Host

Meet, greet and assist shoppers, vendors, and special guests.
Use your wonderful people skills and enthusiasm to insure that a good time is had by all.

INTERESTED? Contact Donna via email:  piekarskidonna@gmail.com

Will there be any special events?

There will be special, weekly events as well as cooking demonstrations.
For the latest information, visit our website: http://brigantinebeachgreenteam.com/farmers-market/
or our Facebook page: Brigantine Farmers Market

How is the Market supported?

Currently, the Market is supported by vendor fees & sponsors. The Market operates on a very small budget that must support a large array of operating expenses that includes signage, site improvements, and marketing. As such, contributions of any denomination are much appreciated. Unfortunately, at this time the Green Team is not a registered qualified 501(c)(3) organization; and therefore any donation is not tax-deductible.

Who is the contact for the Farmers Market?

David Roantree is our Market Manager who can be reached at  Brigantinefarmersmarket@gmail.com

What kinds of products can I find at the Market?

At the Market, you’ll find  locally and regionally grown fruits & vegetables, plants, flowers & herbs, dairy products, honey, jellies & jams, prepared foods, artisanal items and much more.

Do farmers at the Market buy at auctions or wholesale and resell at the Market?

Absolutely not.

Are all of the farmers organic?

No. The Market has organic farmers.  Be sure to ask them how they grow their foods.

What are the criteria to be a vendor at the Market?

Vendors must grow, raise, harvest, fish or make the products they will sell.

Do you have a list of vendors?

Visit our Vendors page: (check back for new 2016 vendor list)

Vendors

Why are vendors not allowed to sell before the Market opens at 8:30 am?

Fairness to customers. Our posted, advertised hours of business are 8:30-noon. If customers come at 9:30 and consistently find producers sold out because they’ve sold early, it’s not fair to other customers. Fairness to producers. Not all arrive and unload at one time. If some are selling while some are still arriving and setting up, it’s not an even playing field. Safety. All unloading producer vehicles are not moved away until nearly 8:30 a.m. To allow customers to come earlier is a safety issue. Pedestrians and moving, large vehicles do not mix well.

Do your vendors accept credit cards?

Our merchants are individually owned & operated businesses. Some do accept credit cards; however, they may require a minimum amount. Once our vendor list is finalized, we will provide an updated list.

As we all know, on any given day, there could be issues with technology and the vendors are unable to accept credit cards. As such, we encourage patrons to pay with cash. Please note, the closest ATM is located at the corner of 12th and Brigantine Avenue.

Do your vendors accept EBT payments?

Yes, several vendors accept EBT payments,  the following three farmers accept EBT:

1. Dave Monteleone Farm

2. Woodland Produce

3. Whitetail Acres

Note. Jah’s Creation Organic Farm, is in the process of applying for EBT. We will update this page once official confirmation is received.

Do any of your farmers accept senior farmer’s market vouchers?

Yes, they all do.

If I come for the market and stay for the day, what activities does Brigantine offer?

Well, first and foremost, our beach is first-rate. The sand is well-groomed and soft. The beach is deep and the ocean bottom is sandy. There are 20 life-guard stations covering 5 miles of beach. (locations) The 15th Street beach has restrooms. Parking lots require permits, but free street parking is plentiful. Beach tags are necessary for the beach. Day passes can be obtained at the Brigantine Community Center for a nominal fee. The office for tags is around the side of the building. A large sign directing you to it can be seen from the sidewalk. The address for the Community Center is 265 42nd Street; phone: (609) 264-7350.

Brigantine offers a range of restaurants to suit on-the-go and casual dining preferences – indoor and out.

Rent a bike or a kayak. Visit the dock along the bay on 26th Street South for free bay swimming. Go fishing. Take a surfing lesson.
Play a round of mini-golf.

See details and more options for things to do.

What shopping is available in Brigantine?

Visit our surf shop, various beach and clothing stores, and gift shops, most line West Brigantine Avenue near the market. We also have an excellent bike shop.
If you enjoy thrift stores, check out the Presbyterian Church Thrift Shop. This fabulous shop is located right next to the market and is open on Saturday mornings.

Is Brigantine part of the Atlantic County Library System?

Yes. And it’s located across from the market. Restrooms are also available at the library. Saturday hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Where are the restrooms?

Restrooms are open every Saturday morning at City Hall, just steps away from the market.

 

Will the market be “green”?

Please bring your reusable bags, this is a plastic bag free market.

Please bring your reusable water bottle/canteen and refill at the filter/cold water refilling station in city hall.

Will the vendors provide bags for my purchases?

Brigantine is a clean, green community. We are home to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, which covers all NJ areas. Plastic kills at least 2 million birds, whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions and turtles every year. They choke or are tangled in the plastic and die. Alternatively, they eat plastic, leading to internal infections, starvation and death. The Brigantine Farmers Market is FREE from ‘one-time single use plastic bags’ (except for fish & meat vendors using ice). We are requiring that Vendors provide an alternative packaging/bag solution. If requested, the Committee will assist vendors with finding alternative solutions. As well as encouraging residents to utilize their own reusable shopping bags, the Brigantine Farmers Market and the Brigantine Community will have initiatives to provide free or for sale acceptable reusable bags for all shoppers.

How can I become a Vendor at the Brigantine Farmers Market?

FARMERS MARKET VENDORS

 

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