It’s that time of year again when the freshest produce is available right in your back yard.
The Caldwell Farmers' Market is back every Friday between noon and 6 p.m. at the Smull Avenue Municipal Parking lot until Oct. 24.
This year’s market promises to get bigger and better every week, with returning old favorites and quality newcomers. From Iona Farms’ famous tomatoes to Jaker’s Pickles or Snoep Winkel Farm’s quality meats, there are a variety of options for anyone seeking fresh goods.
It’s all part of an effort by Project Main Street to give local businesses places to show their wares and local consumers a convenient way to support local farmers.
“We are really focused on downtown, and how we can make downtown better,” said market organizer and Project Main Street President Christy Berg.
There will be live music each week, along with special events from local artists, magicians and even the Caldwell Police Department. That’s in addition to some products only available at the market.
Steve Jaker, of Jaker’s Pickles, makes and sells all his pickled concoctions by himself. Semi-retired, Jaker only does business at farmers markets and festivals.
“If you’re a pickle lover, you’ll probably think these are the best pickles you’ve ever had,” Jaker said.
All of his products are kosher, including the pickled tomatoes, stuffed olives and sauerkraut. This year, he’s unveiled a new spicy pickle, in addition to sweet, sour and his regular spicy pickles.
Iona farms are known for their tomatoes, which will be in season by next week, along with their peaches, nectarines, cherries and greens. Schaefer Farms has a variety of flowers, bedding plants, honeys and produce. Midura Farms are new to the Caldwell market and they have an assortment of organic mushrooms. Snoep Winkel Farms has a variety of hormone, steroid and anti-biotic-free meats; including chicken, lamb, beef, pork and eggs.
Feel free to ask the farmers themselves about what they have for sale this Friday!