Believe it or not - the ground will begin to thaw soon, and the harbingers of spring will begin to make their presence known. One group of plants that is known for delicate blossoming in early spring, and is not well known outside of hard core gardeners is called spring ephemerals. Ephemeral means short-lived or lasting for a brief time. Spring ephemeral de- scribes perennial flowers that pop up early each spring, quickly bloom, then retreat into dormancy as the heat of summer approaches.
Hard to believe, but the LAST MARKET of the 2013 season is upon us this Saturday! Join us one more time for fresh, local goodness at the gazebo at Chestnut and Centre. Your tried and true FM favorites will be there - Natures Own Farm, Darmo Family Farm, Sea-Lect Seafood, Balic Winery, Fleurs de Lee, Mcfarlans Market Merchantville, Bear Soaps, and more! Live music by Tom Guggino and Mat Eiland, and featured guest crafter Barn and Stone House Soap! Get your pick of fresh, local fruit and veggies, eggs, honey, meats, seafood, flowers and herbs, breads, handmade soaps and crèmes, wines, baked goods, music, treats and of course...COMMUNITY! And, market friends, for the last market of this season Krista, from Fleurs de Lee, will be giving a short class, hourly, about what to do with your garden this time of year. Come learn about planting, pruning, and clean up in the fall garden. Join us from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Centre Street and Chesnut Avenue along the “green mile.”
Did you know that you can pre-order bulk amounts of some fruits and vegetables from our farmers for your canning/preserving needs at Merchantville's Farmers Market. Scott Rowe of Natures Own Farm and Tom Darmo of Darmo Family Farms will be only too happy to set you up with bulk tomatoes, blueberries, peaches and more! Interested? Contact them today!
Another market opens this week, and others lure visitors with the freshest fruit and special activities. Merchantville Farmers Market: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Centre Street and Chesnut Avenue along the “green mile.” On the market’s opening day, visitors will find everything from pastries to seafood to wine. Felt and wool crafts from Ginkgo Girls will also be for sale. http://on.cpsj.com/11yWgT7
The Master Gardeners of Camden County are on call for your questions from 9 a.m.-noon weekdays on gardening issues, plant identifications, insect identifications and remedies. Through the Master Gardeners program, administered by Rutgers University, residents who want to become Master Gardeners are trained in classes and then give back to the community by answering residents’ questions in clinics, online and by phone during those weekday hours. There is no fee for this service designed to promote healthy gardens. Call: 856-216-7130 or email.
The Farmers Market is a great place to bring your kids for so many reasons! The Farmers Market allows you to provide your family with wholesome, healthy food while supporting your local community at the same time. Here's the reality - Family farmers need your support! Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy. http://bit.ly/10FKRSr
Become a market vendor today! The Merchantville Farmers Market is a community market supporting and promoting local farmers, growers and producers of agricultural products. Our focus is on organic and sustainable foods and goods. We welcome applicants that wish to sell fruit, vegetables, herbs, baked goods, prepared foods, dairy products, meat, eggs, plants, cut flowers and other agricultural products. Our Farmers Market is located along a beautiful, tree-lined greenway in the heart of our downtown. The season runs from June 1st thru October 19th and will take place from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM on the FIRST and THIRD Saturday of each month. The Market operates rain or shine.
You know what would make this year's market even better, friends? YOU! The Merchantville's Farmers Market Committee would love to hear from you and have your input at our meetings. The first meeting of the 2013 Season is next Saturday, February 2nd at 9:00 a.m in Borough Hall. We're gearing up to talk with our wonderful vendors from last year, and hoping to add a few new vendors for this year! What can we tell them is on your wish list for the market this year? Join us!
You can help keep the environment clean and green on Saturday, Oct. 20, by participating in the Household Hazardous Waste Collection drive-through event at the Camden County Public Works Complex, 2311 Egg Harbor Rd, Lindenwold, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.