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Wayne Looking For Farmers

Vendors needed for first ever Wayne Farmers' Market. Township will receive points towards sustainable certification.

The township is accepting applications for what officials hope is the first annual Farmers’ Market on June 23.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the municipal parking lot across from the . Spots are available at no charge to vendors.

“We’re providing residences the opportunity to purchase fresh produce and maintain farming in the state of New Jersey,” said town planner John Szabo. “We’re saving gas, reducing fuel consumption and our greenhouse gas emissions too.”

The market Sustainable Jersey certification initiative. The point-based system is a statewide program. Municipalities achieve the certification based on actions they take to improve the local environment and sustainability efforts.

There are 16 spaces available to use. Each spot will be 30 feet by 30 feet. Tents may be used, but they cannot be secured into the pavement. Electrical hookups and water will not be provided.

Spots will be given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants will be responsible for installing and removing all their equipment.

Resident Victor Alfieri thinks the market is a “great idea.” Alfieri was instrumental in getting the idea for the market off the ground. Alfieri and annually grows several hundred pounds of produce at his home.

“It’s fantastic that we’re moving in this direction,” Alfieri said. “I’m disappointed that it is only happening one day and only for four hours, but I think it’ll probably be a success. I think the town is just putting their toe in the water and you can’t really tell how cold the water is just by doing that.”

Prospective participants need to return the attached application and waiver form to Szabo. Forms can be mailed to the Planning Department, care of Szabo, at 475 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470. Forms can also be faxed to 973-872-0586 or scanned and e-mailed to szaboj@waynetownship.com.

Applications are due by June 17.

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Leila Oxford June 12, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I don't understand why anyone would want a farmers market in Wayne when we have a genuine Farm in our own town! Victor, I don't understand, you of all people who have been fighting with this town for who knows how long are being given partial "credit" for starting this. If I were you, I would be embarrassed if people thought I had anything to do with presenting the idea of a farmers market after all you are the one that wants fresh and Wayne already has fresh. I know that the produce at Farms View will be fresher than that at a farmers market located in our municipal parking lot. I would agree with you if we did not have a farm in our town but we do and I think it is sinful that Wayne has even promoted this idea. I actually met you at Farms View a few years ago and talked to you in great length about the importance of "farm fresh" I don't understand why we need this additional market when we have our own already. Wayne we should all pull together and support our last farm in Wayne!
Leila Oxford June 12, 2012 at 03:30 AM
"Thank You" for what? Wayne already has a farmers market...Farms View. Overdue, they have been in this town since 1893! "Bringing the chickens" makes me realize that you are just adding fuel to the fire and burning more of our tax dollars.
Nose Wayne June 12, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Leila, If our town fathers did the right thing that as the LAW is stated,Victor would not be at odds with the town for doing NOTHING WRONG!! The only BURNING going on is our politicians BURNING more of our tax money for no reason.The LAW is the LAW!!
Scondo June 12, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Victor has a letter in the op Ed section of The Record today. When will the judge decide? Probably after the town scold finishes scolding him for his support of a farmers market.
Josie Wanna June 12, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Farms View LOLOL they are WAY over priced and not to mention when asked to donate even a bale of hay to our local school for Halloween they refused so why should we support them? Myself and other mothers refuse to purchases from them due to the lack of support for our children’s school which their children and grandchild attended/attend!
Rob Burke June 12, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Hi Scondo. Are you coming to the ribbon cutting on Saturday, at 1 pm, for our Victory Garden? You don't write, you don't call...
Frank Gallagher June 12, 2012 at 01:23 PM
What locally-grown produce will be ready to harvest by June 23?
Victor Alfieri June 12, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Many residents have been asking for a farmers market for years. Erica Evans took the time to pursue it and she was successful. The farmers market is just one new exciting project. Tonight at the Green Team meeting we will be discussing possible locations for the new Wayne Community Garden Project coming this fall. http://www.woodlotfarms.com/community_garden.html It took a while, but town officials are starting to embrace this local movement. Wayne is now apart of the Sustainable Jersey initiative. http://www.sustainablejersey.com/ Raising backyard hens, community gardens, and farmers markets, all count for points to qualify for future grants for new Wayne projects. For those of you who object to this inevitable positive progress, I suggest you get used to it. This is just the beginning. There are many new exciting projects on the horizon.
Nose Wayne June 12, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Just past the field yesterday,corn only a foot or two. Others just recently planted ?Ready for June 23,Put on the MIRACLE GROW!!
Victor Alfieri June 12, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Frank.........There are spring, summer, and fall crops. I have been harvesting produce in Wayne from my home gardens for the last 30 days. In fact I have already started my second round of broccoli, cauliflower, all kinds of lettuce. My zucchini is almost ready and I have green tomatoes.
Nose Wayne June 12, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Hey Victor, I NOSE what you been doing with your chicken manure .
Resident Kelly June 12, 2012 at 02:08 PM
@Victor...Wow that's great. I've been harvesting Sugar Snap Peas, String Beans, Lettuce and Strawberries. I had a problem with my broccoli this year. I don't know what happened, I had a few shoots and they all flowered right away. Any advice?
Victor Alfieri June 12, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Kelly......Yes I had some of that also, it's called BOLTING. With the crazy warm to cold weather patterns plants get confused and start early to prepare for winter. Chop off the flowering broccoli head and wait for side shoots to come up for second harvest. Start new broccoli seed now and plant for a fall harvest. http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/vegetable/what-is-bolting-what-it-means-when-a-plant-bolts.htm If you or anyone else ever needs help with gardening let me know. Go to my website for contact info. http://www.woodlotfarms.com/
VeggieLvr June 12, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Leila, a farmer's market and Farms View are not mutually exclusive. Actually, many farms take a stand in their local markets as another opportunity to sell their fine produce. Wayne is a very large area which supports many outlets of similar kinds of businesses. There's certainly more than one coffee shop, grocery store, and nursery. A farmer's market sells more than just produce. Farmer's markets in the area also sell freshly baked organic breads, local honey products, local cheeses, cut flowers, house made pies, delicious local pickled vegetables and preserves - not to mention providing exposure to local artisans. A local collective market provides a place for people to congregate, say hello to each other, share ideas, enjoy and share the bounty! Many Wayne residents visit farmer's markets in Pompton, Ringwood, Montclair, Ridgewood and more. The fact that Wayne hasn't yet developed a farmer's market puts us a little behind other neighboring communities. Even Oakland will have one this year. Kudos to those who have convinced our town to give it a try.
Resident Kelly June 12, 2012 at 02:49 PM
@VeggieLvr...Well Said! Bravo!
Resident Kelly June 12, 2012 at 02:56 PM
@Victor...Thank you for the info. I am glad I am not the only one having broccoli issues this year! I am going to start seeds this weekend and hope for a better crop this fall. Headed over to your website now for more helpful tips. Thanks again!
Wayne's World June 12, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Josie - your comment couldn't be more petty. A family business with all sorts of demands and costs which is probably asked for a million little donations by everyone and anyone. A farm no less, where they take it on the chin if the weather is bad for only a few weeks. Do they ask the community for donations after their farm was wiped out from hurricanes last year? How about you pay 20 bucks for a couple of bales. My lord, Josie. Their produce prices are marginally higher than the supermarket, like within 50 cents per pound on every item. In some cases, cheaper. The public schools already get plenty of support. A boycott, really? Shame on you for your pettiness.
Josie Wanna June 12, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Petty? Wayne, I do not think so I’m simply stating the facts. 20 bucks for the bale? It’s for the children of the community in which they are in. FYI… I and other families lay out plenty of our own money for all the schools in Wayne’s activates so that the children can have a great time and do fun things, I'm sure your child has benefited from a school function that received lots of donations from Wayne business just like their children & grandkids have. As for helping them with the hurricane once again I was busying helping the families and children of the Wayne school who needed it more than them as well as dealing with my own issues. So please stand on your soap box someplace else bc clearly you have a passion for Farm View as I do for the children/families & schools of Wayne.
Lorraine June 12, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I love the idea of a farmers market in Wayne. I travel to the one in Pompton Plains but it will be nice to have one closer to home.
Wayne's World June 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Josie - What if they already donate to other worthy causes and just feel they can't support yet another charitable donation? Why are our privileged school children entitled to a bale of hay that you could purchase for a few dollars? Why is that so important that it would cause you to organize a boycott? How self-important can you be? Do you have any idea how hard it is to make a farm work financially, much less to feed a few families and have a stable financial life? One bad season and you're screwed financially. How about giving them a lot of credit for keeping the farm alive and not selling out to developers like the dozens of previous Wayne farmer's have? There's an act of community and selflessness there whether you realize it or not. I wasn't suggesting you help the farm with the hurricane - my point was that when their crops were severely damaged, did they ask ANYONE for help? Josie, maybe you can reconsider and just realize you are being selfish, spiteful and petty on this issue. It seems the kids are near and dear to your heart, and that's certainly noble. But to go to such lengths to harm a great local business that gives a lot to the community, you're just dead wrong. It's ok to admit you might have gone over the line. On a selfish note, I'm kind of happy your crew doesn't shop there. The place is sold out all the time and that leaves more for me to purchase. Your loss, Josie, in more ways than one.
Josie Wanna June 12, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Okay Wayne Thank you for that but I don’t need to keep going back and forth with you. Just so you know it wasn’t about a bale of hay! It was an example. It’s called freedom of speech and that’s what I expressed, sorry you don’t like it but that’s the way it is and the damage has already been done. Good luck
leanbean June 12, 2012 at 06:35 PM
@Josie Wanna, With the school taxes that we pay in this town and what the teachers get paid? No one should be going around looking for donations. Let the teachers pay for the bail of hay if they want one. The farm has to buy the hay they don't grow any hay. Try BOYCOTTING the BOE for there wasteing of your tax dollars. The past few years the late season rains have hurt the farm. With loss of acre's of pumkins. Last year they brought them in from the mid west so that there would be pumkins there for Halloween. That farm has helped many of residents in there time of need. Your statement was uncalled for.
Justice June 12, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Josie, great comeback for one of the Wayne's. Go get em...
fboy1932 June 12, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I agree, over priced. I get it but those market days are over. Farmers, butchers and fish stores reamed us for years just like cable and phone companies... guess what? now its our turn to save as much money as we can. Its bad for all of us and I sure will not help the farmer when I need to help my own family. Sorry If I hurt anyone's feelings.
Nose Wayne June 13, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Lean, If Josie had water running thru her house like the farm had water running thru their field,maybe she would have a change of heart over a $20 bale of hay.
LVMay June 13, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Well Said...VeggieLvr. I think the Farmer's Market is a great idea. I will absolutely still go to Farms View for fresh produce during the week but a farmer's market in Wayne on a Saturday morning, what a great meeting place for the community and also a great place to purchase the "non-produce" items.
Leila Oxford June 13, 2012 at 02:57 AM
LOLOL...we are all laughing at you Josie Wanna. Who do you think you are? Why do you think that any business in this town "owes" your school a donation? Why don't you go back to Farms View and offer to pay their taxes or offer to give them something. Nope you only expect from people. You just open your trap and try to give them a bad reputation, well it doesn't work that way. I am a business owner in this town and get bombarded by requests for donations. With the taxes that we pay in this town our schools should not have to send scavengers out like you begging and expecting donations from business owners. You are clearly a selfish self centered individual who thinks that the world should cater to you. If your child asked for something and you denied the request would you want your child to act toward you the way you have treated Farms View? I remember driving up Jackson Ave and reading the sign at Fire Company 3 last year that stated "Thank you Farms View for your continued support" Did you ever think that they only donate to Fire/First Aid or charities that are deserving of a donation? You repel me and should be ashamed of yourself for expecting that they should just give to YOU! Lets just start asking every business owner for something, a car, a diamond ring, a membership to karate or a gym or anything that you feel you need for your cause...see how many business you and "your friends" will be boycotting. Beware KARMA will eventually get you!
Nose Wayne June 13, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Josie, The PTO can't raise $20 for a bale of hay ? How sad, Farmsview brought flowers to my daughters school for a fund raiser and i spoke to the owner and he stated they gave them the flowers at cost so they could raise funds for a new playground.Don't NOSE how you went about it but they give alot back to the community.One owner is and one was on the Wayne First Aid Squad.AGAIN,GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY!!
Wayne's World June 13, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Leila - this is the point I was trying to make in a less direct way. Bravo.
Cathy Kazan June 13, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Took the words out of my mouth Veggie Lvr. I was going to say that Farms View is free to set up a stand as well. All of the markets I attend have stands from farms who also have stands on site. I think this is definitely a step in the right direction. I will still go to Farms View. There is a big difference between locally grown and supermarket produce. I also grow my own, but can't grow everything. Hope everyone comes out for this. Needs attendance to be successful.

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