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Pleasantville hopes to grow its successful farmers market in 2015

55149002456a1.imagePLEASANTVILLE (March 30, 2015) – After the Pleasantville Farmers Market enjoyed a successful inaugural season in 2014, city officials are hoping to make it bigger and better this year.

The Pleasantville Farmers Market will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning June 24 and ending Sept. 30, according to Jacqueline Amado-Belton, Pleasantville director of economic and industrial development.

“We are looking for even more merchants,” Amado-Belton said. “Last year was very successful and we want it to grow to be an even bigger and better success in 2015. We are starting early to get the word out to merchants.”

Pleasantville’s Farmers Market offers plenty of space for merchants to set up and parking for patrons, Amado-Belton said.

“It’s on a 9-acre site, with plenty of parking and great exposure to traffic,” she said.

The cost for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space at the market is $150 for the season, Amado-Belton said.

“It’s very affordable,” she said.

Pleasantville’s Farmers Market is located where the old Pleasantville High School once stood at Ansley and South Franklin boulevards.

“It’s easy for merchants to drive in and set up,” she said.

On-street parking is located just a few feet away from the merchants.

“It’s very easy for customers to pull right up,” she said. “There are no parking hassles.”
Also, Pleasantville’s Farmers Market is located close to two area north-to-south and east-to-west highways, she noted.

“We are close to the Black Horse Pike and close to Main Street,” she said.

Anyone traveling through or working in Pleasantville can easily drive to and get to the Farmers Market.

Pleasantville began formulating plans for a farmers market in the spring of 2014 after creating its own green team. The city then applied to become a certified sustainable city with the Sustainable New Jersey program, an organization that helps New Jersey communities go green, save money and take steps to sustain their long-term quality of life.

“You get points toward your certification by hosting a farmers market,” Amado-Belton said.

Even better, hosting a farmers market encourages residents to live a healthier lifestyle, she said.

Amado-Belton said she is hoping to attract more “green” vendors this year, including farmers, food venders, and artisan vendors.

“We want people who sell products that are only made in America,” she said. “It would be even better if they were made in New Jersey.

For more information about the Pleasantville Farmers Market, call Amado-Belton at 609-677-4925 or email her at jamado_belton@pleasantvillenj.us.

Pleasantville Farmers Market also has a Facebook page.

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