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Chatham Borough Farmers' Market

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 Railroad Plz & Fairmount Ave Chatham NJ 07928  See map

Farmers' market featuring Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised beef, poultry, fresh eggs, cheeses and yogurt, local wine, baked goods, stuffed breads, ravioli, Jersey tomato sauce, dried fruits and nuts, BBQ, snack foods, pickles and olives, Italian ices, knife sharpening and more.  Special events, cooking demos and tastings are offered as well.

A_Chatham_Citizen July 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I had an extremely disappointing observance at the Chatham Borough Farmers Market on July 7th, 2012. I arrived at 8:00AM, just as the market was opening, and I saw one of the fruit and vegetable vendors doing something shocking. This was the large fruit and vegetable vendor directly across from the bakery vendor at the far end of the market - closest to Fairmount Avenue. I saw them opening several of those ziploc-style bags of cherries we get from the grocery store (ShopRite, Stop & Shop, etc) and placing the cherries into small green farmstand containers. It was clear that the cherries were purchased (likely at a sale price, as I had purchased them at ShopRite two days prioer) from a supermarket and simply made to appear as if they were grown locally. There needs to be some type of regulation regarding these vendors - that should clearly NOT be allowed without CLEAR disclosure as to where the fruit was purchased. I live in Chatham, but will NOT go to the Chatham Farmers Market again. I will now only go to the Summit Farmers Market on Sunday. It is a much bigger market with LOCAL NJ vendors selling LOCAL NJ produce. It's sad that people have to be duped into thinking they are buying local, when they are simply being price gouged using supermarket produce. So much for our lovely town of Chatham.
heretoolong July 11, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Wow.
A_Chatham_Citizen July 30, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Just an update to my previous trip to the Chatham Farmer's Market this past Saturday (July 28, 2012). I decided to give that same farmstand (Muth) another chance, and my experience was horrendous. I wanted to purchase a container of what they were calling "Heirloom Tomatoes", so I asked for one. Please note there are only 4 tomatoes in the container, and so I just took out one of the top tomatoes and saw the bottom one (the largest, of course) was MOLDY. I showed him and he gave me another container. Once again, the bottom tomato was MOLDY. I said they shouldn't really hide the moldy tomatoes underneath. He then said that "the tomatoes are organic". HUH? When does being organic mean moldy is OK? The tomatoes were simply too ripe, and started getting moldy (not just a small spot, but a large part of the tomato). The tomato was clearly not edible. Also - he insisted that the large tomato on top was "Heirloom" when it was in fact a regular field tomato. He claimed it was a "Brandywine". I happen to know my heirloom tomatoes, and I am 100% certain it was NOT A BRANDYWINE. Needless to say that was the last straw, and I will not patronize that stand again. I thought I would give them another chance, but they purposely misrepresented their products AGAIN. I always thought Caveat Emptor (buyer beware) wouldn't pertain to LOCAL farmers markets and family-run farms. I was wrong. You have to ask questions and know your products. Honesty doesn't appear to exist any longer.
DevilsFan July 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I love the Chatham Farmers Market. I have been shopping at the Market since it started. I find it to be a great market. The vendors including the farmers are all friendly and knowlegeable about the products they are selling. The prices are fantastic. i go to many markets including Summit and I find Chtham to be the most reasonably priced and best run. The vendor selection is great and is a one shop shopping destination for me. You can bring the dog and kids and there is something for everyone. Chatham has done a great job with their market. They should be proud.
Michele S November 02, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Is the market actually open tomorrow (11/3)?

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