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Farmers Market plans "Chili Cook-Off" for October

Merchantville's "Market Off Centre" will host their annual Chili Cook-Off during the farmers market on 10/21/17.  They have had good turnouts in past years and are looking for the best local chili recipes and competitors! Let us know if you want to join in the fun. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to let them know.

Basics of Raising Backyard Chickens in the Suburbs

Have you ever considered raising chickens in your backyard? Gwenne Baile, Chair, Camden County Chickens and Chair of Haddon Township’s Backyard Chicken Advisory Board will teach you how easy and rewarding it is to raise a backyard flock on Sunday, September 10th at 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM at the Camden County Environmental Center. Learn everything from choosing the right chicks, setting up a coop, and keeping them happy and healthy year-round. Rosebud, her Therapy Chicken, will be joining us!

 

Buying at the farmer's market is in our genes

One of the most notable things about the market is that it is energizing and lifts spirits. It is sensory heaven in a relaxed atmosphere. When people shop at the farmer’s market, they mention those feelings, and that people shopping and selling seem happy. The community aspect of farmer’s markets is also strong, and an important reason that farmer’s markets are growing across the nation. People seem to want to connect more with other people, something they do not get when shopping at large supermarkets. http://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_ef7f17d1-f4dd-53c3-9247-4c8e7f671113.html

 

NJ Keep It Green Coalition Receives Recognition from NJ Senate

The New Jersey Keep It Green Coalition was honored in the New Jersey Senate on Thursday with a ceremonial resolution recognizing the innovative land preservation work of the 150-member coalition. The resolution co-sponsored by Sen. Kip Bateman (R-16) and Sen. Bob Smith (D-17) cites the “vital role” of the coalition in securing long-term preservation funding by dedicating a portion of the corporate business tax specifically to open space, farmland, and historic preservation. http://www.njkeepitgreen.org/nj_keep_it_green_receives_recognition_from_nj_senate

 

Farmers Market registration begins

ONE MONTH ONLY! Early registration special for Merchantville's "Market Off Centre". As little as $10 per market. Send details on your handmade, homemade, and/or local products or services and you could be approved for the 2017 season. Offer ends February 28. Call (856) 816-2478 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2016 Market Season

 

farmktbag The Merchantville's Farmers Market will kick off its fifth season in June. This community market supports and promotes local farmers, growers and producers of agricultural products and features locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and packaged foods, weekly entertainment, arts and educational programs, and fun activities for everyone. Please visit our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/marketoffcentre/?ref=settings page join us in helping to promote this market season.

Clean Communities Grants available

cleanupdayMerchantville Borough is awarding one Clean Communities grant per month. Organizations that are interested will need to complete at least 2 hours of service. You pick a clean up date and the area your group would like to clean. Groups must not have fewer than ten (10) people in the clean up. Your group must have (1) adult for every (5) children. Groups coming to clean up without proper supervision will not be able to participate in the clean up. All groups must sign and return the signature sheet and map. If interested, please complete the application and return to Denise Brouse at Merchantville Borough Hall in the Clerks Office, 1 West Maple Ave. Application

Opening Day

Our 2015 "Market OFF Centre" is OPEN for BUSINESS today, June 13th, and every Saturday trough October 31st. Three local farms and lots of vendors will be joining us this season to serve you including: JM Ferrucci Nursery LLC, Paradise Farms, Taylor's River Side Farm, Ginkgo Girls, Groovy Bones, August Inspiration Creations, Avallone Tomatoes, Duckies Candles, Tub Time Teas & Scrubs, Fleurs de Lee, Evalilee Jewelry, McFarlan's Market, Wine Arts & More, Lori's Little Lovelies, In My Grandmother's Kitchen, Paver Pals, Puppies on Wheels LLC, The Wood Spoon, Night Owl Soap Company, Mystisk, Laughing Earth Chalk, How Cute Designs, Balic Winery, Yours Exclusively Desserts, Crazy Steve's Pickles and Salsa, Ziegfield Florist, Chain III, Everything Krochet & Kraft, GMO Free NJ, Horticultural Society of South Jersey, Backyard Chickens, Sugar Scrubs, Lisa Marks Designs ...and much more!

Enjoy musical entertainment while you shop courtesy of these bands and singers: The Merchant Villains, Laura Dishong,Tom Guggino, Mat Eiland, Marco Dolente, Corner Stone Ensemble, John Rossi and Jesse Molina. Weekly fun kicks off today with "Bicycle Day" and includes: Fathers Day on 6/20, Health Day on 6/27, Seedling/Plant exchange on 7/4, Open Drum Circle on 7/11, Food Pantry Donation on 7/18, Adopt a Pet on 7/25, Family Dance Party/Dance performance on 8/1, "Meet an Animal" on 8/1, Karate Demonstration on 8/22, Decoutique on 8/29, Pie Baking Contest on 9/5, Yoga Demonstration on 9/12, Ghost Tour on 9/19, Sidewalk Muriel on 9/26, Safety Day on 10/3, Open Drum Circle on 10/10, Chilli Cook Out on 10/17, Recycle Event on 10/24 and Halloween on 10/31.

A call for Market vendors

marketoffcenter_logo_150x150CALLING ALL VENDORS - The 2015 market vendor fee is $15.00 per space, per week. Vendors are encouraged to pay for a full 21 market season in advance, in one lump sum of $250, which results in over four free markets. Vendors also have the option, if they are not able to participate every week, to purchase a partial market season. ANY QUESTIONS? Just call 856-662-2474 ext. 357, email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or message us on Facebook.

SPREAD THE WORD - If you have a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker who would be a great fit for the 2015 Market let us know. We are looking for a variety of goods, foods, artists. All applicants must submit a preliminary application with product photos by email or website and be approved prior to registration and payment.

Merchantville's "Market OFF Center" has BIG news

marketoffcenter_logo_300x300BIG NEWS and BIG CHANGES - our 2015 market will run WEEKLY on Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 2:00 p.m. from June 13th thru October 31st. We'll get to show our LOVE for LOCAL every weekend at Merchantville's  "Market Off Centre". In addition to going weekly, the market is MOVING across Centre Street right next to The Station Coffee! Our Market philosophy CONTINUES - to provide an active and entertaining family oriented atmosphere offering a variety of local, handmade, and homemade goods and services with a focus on sustainably farmed and organic options.

 

CALLING ALL VENDORS - The 2015 market vendor fee is $15.00 per space, per week. Vendors are encouraged to pay for a full 21 market season in advance, in one lump sum of $250, which results in over four free markets. Vendors also have the option, if they are not able to participate every week, to purchase a partial market season. ANY QUESTIONS? Just call 856-662-2474 ext. 357, email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or message us on Facebook.

 

SPREAD THE WORD - If you have a friend, relative, neighbor or co-worker who would be a great fit for the 2015 Market let us know. We are looking for a variety of goods, foods, artists. All applicants must submit a preliminary application with product photos by email or website and be approved prior to registration and payment.

2015 Market Rules & Application

 

CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS - We welcome your input, collaboration and most importantly, YOUR HELP, to help make 2015 our most successful market yet. Just two hours of your time will fill lots of market needs! OUR NEXT MEETING - Monday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. at The Station - See YOU there!

Preservation funding at risk

A bill being considered by state lawmakers would implement the 2014 constitutional dedication of corporate business tax revenues for environmental purposes, including grants for historic preservation. However, as it reads, the measure proposes that 97 percent of dedicated revenue would be used for land acquisition, public recreation and conservation, Blue Acres and farmland preservation. That would only leave 3 percent for historic preservation. http://bit.ly/1xHKP2s

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