As farmers markets get underway across the Garden State, the Forrestal Village of Princeton recently announced its Farm-Fresh Friday Market lineup.
Every Friday starting June 6 (and running through the end of September), Forrestal Village will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering the area’s best meats, vegetables, cheeses, wines, dairy, and much more.
Princeton Forrestal Village Sr. Property Manager, Brian Hannan, arranged the event.
“With our eclectic mix of vendors and family-friendly atmosphere – plus great dining and shopping – we hope area residents will make our farmers market a regular Friday destination throughout the summer,” he said.
Among the vendors is Cameron Stark of Unionville Vineyards in Ringoes. Stark is passionate about his vineyard and is excited to get the opportunity to change the perception of New Jersey wine.
“The farm markets are our exposure,” Stark said. “It is our firm belief that New Jersey wines don’t necessarily have the best reputation, so the best way to change that is for customers to have a glass of our wine in their hand.”
On the fruits-and-vegetables front, Robson’s Farm will be one of the local farms supplying produce for the market.
Rose Robson is the fourth generation to farm in her family. After downsizing the farm a few years back, Robson started up production again last year and will contribute to the market to help reestablish her family’s farm.
“It’s about getting back out there,” Robson said. “I really enjoy these farmers markets. It’s great to have that face-to-face interaction with our customers and educate them on what we grow, and how we grow it.”
Robson’s Farm will provide more than 75 varieties of tomatoes—most of them being heirloom—as well as peaches, lots of
greens, beets, beans, and more.
The open-air, all-weather market will also feature cooking classes, an e-newsletter with recipes, and a new food blog.
Participating businesses include the following:
Beechtree Farm (Hopewell): grass-fed meats, eggs and honey
Double Brook Farm (Hopewell): cured meats, “farmstead” jarred foods and bread
Fulper Family Farm (Lambertville): sustainably farmed dairy products including cheese and yogurts
Herb N Zest: natural artisan foods
Lillipies (Princeton): locally sourced, seasonal pies, focaccia, brioche and other baked goods
Rolling Hills Farm (Lambertville): “Beyond Organic” fresh-farmed vegetables
Robson’s Farm (Wrightstown): farm fresh fruits and vegetables
Stults Farm (Cranbury): farm fresh fruits and vegetables
Taking Tea In Style (Princeton): custom-blended teas, and iced teas
Tre Piani Restaurant (Princeton): fresh, made-to-order mozzarella, and slow-food recipes
Unionville Vineyards (Ringoes): award-winning artisanal wines
The market will be held in the Plaza of Princeton Forrestal Village between CanDo Fitness and Tre Piani Restaurant. Free parking. Princeton Forrestal Village is located on US Route One South and College Road West next to Princeton’s Westin International Hotel and Conference Center. For more information visit pfvillage.com or call 609-799-7400.
Thanks to DeSio Associates for providing photography.
Editorial Intern: Lou Petrella is a senior at Rutgers University, with a double major in Journalism and Media Studies, and Sports Management. Having grown up in Whippany, Lou is passionate about his Morris County roots. Aside from being an avid sports lover, Lou cares deeply about food and should not be bothered while enjoying a good meal. Italian food and seafood are his favorites, but a nice summer barbecue just may trump them both. At school, Lou works as a correspondent for the Daily Targum, and is preparing for a career in writing or communications.