Kelly Erlink, Mike Stanton, Tisa Batchelor, Helen John, Bootsie Rebstock, Mike and Linda Tedesco, and others have volunteered their time to create the Gloucester City Farmers Market.
It will be open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marina in Proprietor’s Park from May 10 to November 22.
“This town needs a farmers market,” Erlink (nee Light) said. “There is no bakery, and no supermarket. People need somewhere they can buy fresh produce and baked goods.”
Also, “the market will bring people into town” and help the local business climate, she said.
The idea came up two years ago, and Erlink, Stanton and Batchelor have been working hard the past year making it a reality.
“This is a way for the town to market itself,” said Stanton, who moved to Gloucester City four years ago.
“It will be a social event every Sunday. It reinforces a sense of community, and a chance for people to meet one another and get together,” he said.
Erlink said there will be live music, by volunteers, and a fun atmosphere.
Also, on the second Sunday of each month, it will be open to “crafts people and artisans,” she said. “This is not a flea market. There will be original paintings, crafts and jewelry.”
The Farmers Market will be set up in the Marina parking lot along the Delaware River, and it has the support of the local government.
Spaces cost $20 for one week, $60 a month, or $300 for the season, she said. Funds will be used for advertising and to promote the market, and anything left over at the end of the year will be given to Gloucester City for a special project.
“This is a non-profit venture, and we are volunteering our time,” Erlink said.
There will be a wide range of produce available, including Jersey Fresh vegetables from several farms, Jersey Fresh fruits from local orchards, certified organic produce, fresh herbs, fresh honey, fruit preserves, jams and butters, sweet bakery treat, authentic French-style baked breads, Jersey Grown cut flowers, gourmet coffees and breakfast treats.
Also, there will be a Gloucester City table, giving out info about the town and local businesses, and fundraising tables available for local organizations.
To buy a space, or for information, call Kelly at 1-888-202-2155, or email gcfarmersmarket@-gmail.com.