Ocean City Farmers’ Market wraps up a successful season
By MADDY VITALE
On Wednesday, shoppers took advantage of the final day for the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Farmers and Artisans Market.
The grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle were teeming with shoppers picking up fresh Jersey fruits and vegetables to buy from local farmers.
Fresh cut flowers, herbs, jams and sauces were among the many treats available in the market.
There were key lime pie pizzas and a host of artisans selling clothes, jewelry and household items.
Barb and Roy Law, from Longport, said they thought it was important to support local suppliers. For them, the Ocean City Farmer’s Market is their favorite of all the farmers’ markets in the area.
The Laws made sure they stocked up as much as they could while they were there, relishing the last day of the farmers market for the season.
“There’s a really good variety here and there’s some unique jewelry,” Barb noted, while holding flowers and a bag full of fresh apples, tomatoes, squash, and jewelry. “People are nice. It’s just a fun place.
Roy said he was really impressed with the vegetables.
“I’m holding a five pound squash. My son is going to make soup for us,” he said.
Then he joked, “I never thought I’d get my picture taken holding a five-pound squash.”
And when it comes to variety, the Ocean City Farmers Market definitely seems to have something to appeal to everyone.
Pizza may seem like an unlikely food offered at a farmers market.
But judging by the line of people at Tony Boloney’s table waiting for thick Sicilian slices and traditional chunks of pie, pizza seems to be a popular food pretty much everywhere.
Carol and Herb Brown of Egg Harbor Township eagerly awaited slices of Sicilian pie canned by Tony Boloney’s owner, Mike Hauke.
“We go where the food is,” Carol said with a laugh. “We love pizza and Tony Baloney’s has an excellent reputation.”
And just like the laws said, the Browns said they like to shop locally whenever they can.
The Ocean City Farmer’s Market ended its 26th year on Wednesday. Sellers said it was one of the best – if not the best – season they’ve had.
“It’s our busiest season in 10 years,” Hauke said between two client assists. “It’s one of my favorite markets. Everyone here is nice.
Ocean City’s Mike Buchinski filled baskets with shiny apples for the Wm. Schober Sons Orchards, based in Monroeville, NJ, vendor tables.
Buchinski said he helps his friend at the market every year because he loves it.
“We always do very well here,” he noted. “It’s a wonderful market.”
He then showed some of the apples he offered to customers.
“These are the best,” he said of some honey crispy apples.
Pete Pittaluga of Sea Isle City-based Hank Sauce helped Gerry Schmidt, of Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania, who owns a vacation home in Ocean City, with some homemade sauce selections.
“We come to market every year,” Schmidt said.
Pittaluga said the market has been busy all season.
“We do it every year because the customers are so nice and the atmosphere is fantastic,” he said.