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Ramsey Farmers' Market

A Corner on the Market

The Ramsey Farmers' Market is now in its 12th season of bringing fresh produce and artisan-crafted foods to our Northwest Bergen neighborhood each Sunday morning. Established in 2010 by the Ramsey Historical Association in coordination with the Borough of Ramsey, the Market has become a popular Sunday morning stop to purchase locally grown and artisan-made products in town. Since its inception, the Market has grown from hosting 12 to 50 vendors.

Organizer and manager Nancy Boone envisioned it as an extension of the Ramsey Historical Association while serving as president of that organization. She hopes that its existence will continue to stimulate interest in Ramsey’s historic past as a farming community and educate the community on the importance of eating locally grown foods.

“I love our vendors,” says Nancy. “It’s become like a family. They all help each other.” The non-profit gives back to the local community by donating food and monetary support to organizations like Center for Food Action, City Green, and Harlem Grows. “Wherever there’s a food desert and a need, we will help. We also sponsor non-perishable food drives here on Market Day,” she says. The Ramsey Farmers' Market also donates a portion of its proceeds to Ramsey’s volunteer emergency services.

“A few of our vendors also donate their leftover produce to Ramsey Responds, which supported 120 families in Ramsey during COVID,” says Nancy.

Tempt your palate with a wide range of culinary delights, including handmade dumplings from The Asian Farmer, mango salsa and guac from Anita’s Guacamole, organic bean chocolates from Mishti Chocolates, and fresh produce from MEVO Fresh Roots Farm. Cruise over to meet Captain Rick Lofstad at the Pure Vida Fisheries table and pick up fresh seafood from the Hampton Bays.

Also on the menu are artisan breads and cheeses, fresh pastas, homemade chili, granola, baked goods, pickles, nuts, beef jerky, gourmet teas and coffees, soups, spices, pierogies, and more.

The Market is dog-friendly but be warned...Rover may start begging you for some freshly baked dog treats from Aunt Vicky’s Bickys.

Nancy likes infusing an international flair by inviting purveyors specializing in ethnic specialties. Depending upon the week you visit, you may get the flavor of Greek, Mexican, Japanese, Caribbean, or Hungarian cuisines.

This fall, the Market kicks off its “Vegan Corner” by featuring vegan-friendly foods to accommodate visitors who follow a vegan lifestyle. There are also plenty of delicious offerings for gluten-free and dairy-free diets as well.

Need a gift? Artists vary from week to week, but you will see unique jewelry, pottery, and artwork whenever you attend. It’s an excellent opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their craft. Live local music adds to the relaxed vibe, and there’s also a children’s table to entertain the kids.

The Market sustains itself with a popular business sponsorship program. “All sponsorships are $100 for the year,” says Nancy. Sponsors get a link on our website, can display information at the Market, and get recognition on our ‘thank you’ board.” Health-centric businesses also have an opportunity to have an in-person presence at the Market as well.

Not only is the Farmers' Market good for your health and the environment, but it can also give a boost to new entrepreneurs.

Saddle River resident William Robinson has been marketing his Live Vessel Mylk for two years. His plant-based products are all-natural, unpasteurized, non-GMO, and free of preservatives, gums, oils, or fillers.

“This community is amazing and supportive,” says William, “our customers are health- and environmentally-conscious. They really want to make a difference.” William’s presence at the Market has helped him to build his business “organically.” He was excited to have the opportunity to have a presence one week. When Nancy invited him to have a regular weekly spot, he was able to quit his retail job and pursue his passion—developing his business full time. William uses reusable glass containers for all of his products. He has an internal recycling program so customers can return glass containers to be cleaned and recycled for a discount on their next purchase. This reporter can vouch for the great taste of his product. The cacao cashew mylk is incredible!

Plan a trip to the Farmers' Market this fall. It’s much more than just a shopping trip. “It’s a labor of love,” says Nancy.

Sundays
May-November 9 am-2 pm
December-April 10 am-1 pm

ramseyfarmersmarket.org

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