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Monday, May 27, 2024

Farmers Offering Winter Shopping Opportunities

The last day of the Blairstown Farmers’ Market took place November 19th and represented a chance, as usual, to meet friends and share comraderies.

It was a sunny, yet chilly day with just a few wind gusts for fun. Bundled up patrons eagerly shopped. The market had been operating from June to the end of October.

Then, at the request of several vendors, an extension was held through the third week in November. The Foodshed Alliance, promoters and facilitators of the Market, is a local nonprofit whose mission is to introduce people to farm-fresh food. They were more than happy to oblige by paying the extra rental fee for the site & bathroom equipment, getting more vendors, the professional live music and site manager, and the event took place for three more weeks.

Many folks will miss the market now that it’s over. But the good news is, some of the venders who’ve proved quite popular, independently offer their produce at various locations through winter.

Kimball’s Organic Farm sells certified organic vegetables, fruit and grain. Their produce is grown without the use of chemical pesticides or herbicides. If you are interested in purchasing produce from the farm sign up for Kimball’s Farm e-mail them Once a week an e-mail will be sent with
what the farm has to offer. Orders can be picked up at 110 Sarepta Road, Belvidere, every
Sunday after 12am. Check out their website

Hope Cress Farms sells their own Beef, Pork and Pork shares, pastured Whole Chicken or Chicken Cuts, plus 30+ varieties of microgreens, fresh vegetables, and pastured eggs. Their farm stand at at 440 Hope Blairstown Road, Hope, is open Thursday through Saturday,10am to 5pm. They have an online store that is very easy to navigate. Orders can be picked up or delivered to your home. Check out their website at

Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.