Robbinsville farmers market reopens for season

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun SadieCakes Cupcakes, owned by township resident Cindy Lukenda (at left), did a brisk business on opening day at the Robbinsville Farmers Market.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun
SadieCakes Cupcakes, owned by township resident Cindy Lukenda (at left), did a brisk business on opening day at the Robbinsville Farmers Market.

State Agriculture Secretary Douglas Fisher recently helped open the Robbinsville Farmers Market for its fourth summer season in an effort to highlight the key role that community markets play in supporting farmers and local economies.

The outdoor market, located at Route 33 and Robbinsville-Edinburg Road in Town Center, is now open every Monday from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. through Sept. 26. About a dozen vendors are selling Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, cheese, honey, exotic mushrooms, pickles, flowers, homemade barbecue sauce, beef, coffee, gourmet nuts, desserts and even organic pet treats.

“People love their Jersey Fresh and the opportunity to buy from a local farmer and to be able to know where their food is coming from as well as so many other things that are produced locally,” Fisher told the gathering of shoppers and elected officials on June 17. “This really is a great location that you have here.”

Sharbell donates the use of the parking lot where the weekly open-air market is set up across the street from Centro Grille. This year, however, the market’s footprint had to be scaled back a bit because of the ongoing construction of a three-story residential condominium building next door.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture  Douglas H. Fisher opened the Robbinsville Farmers Market for another summer season on June 17.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun
New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher opened the Robbinsville Farmers Market for another summer season on June 17.

“We’re a little squeezed in this year, but we are still very thankful to be given the space,” farmers market organizer Linda D’Amico said. “We still have about 12 or 13 different vendors coming this year and we’re looking forward to a great season.”

Three businesses owned by township residents have booths this summer,  including SadieCakes Cupcakes whose owner Cindy Lukenda is also getting ready to open her first storefront on Route 33 in Town Center this week. Lukenda began selling her sweet treats at the Robbinsville Farmers Market several years ago and buoyed by the positive customer response is ready to take the next step.

“We started back in 2011 and used the farmers market to see how people would like our product,” Lukenda said. “We always hoped to be able to have a brick and mortar building some day and I think the exposure we’ve gained here at the market has helped make it happen.”

The SadieCakes Cupcake Café will serve salads and sandwiches, as well as the famous cupcakes and other desserts, she said. However, she said she’ll continue selling her baked goods at the farmers market even after the store opens.

Two other businesses owned by township residents also have booths at the market. New vendor Amy Giovanelli of Windy Acres Farm on Windsor Road, was selling garlic scapes, zucchini blossoms, peas and flowers on June 17.  Sheryl Smolenski and her business partner, Kelly DiNinno, owners of Country Dog, City Cat, were back for the third year selling their organic dog and cat treats.

“There’s a big push in Robbinsville to get people to buy local,” Mayor Dave Fried told the gathering that included shoppers as well as state, county and local officials. “Local businesses are so key to our community. They are the folks who keep our community moving, they support our baseball teams, our soccer teams.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun Charlotte Moorcroft, 2, of Robbinsville, enjoys a SadieCakes cupcake at the Robbinsville Farmers Market.

JOANNE DEGNAN/The Robbinsville Sun
Charlotte Moorcroft, 2, of Robbinsville, enjoys a SadieCakes cupcake at the Robbinsville Farmers Market.

“That’s why it’s so important for us to come out and support  local businesses, our local farmers … and make sure those businesses thrive because when we do we as a community thrive,” Fried said.

Other vendors at the Robbinsville Farmers Market include: the Darmo Family Farm of Moorestown, (produce); the Fulper Family Farm of Lambertville (cheese and dairy); Blueberry Wood Apiary of Jackson (honey); G&M Farms of Cream Ridge (eggs); Davidson Exotic Mushrooms of Pennsauken; Doc Pickle; Simply Grazin’ Beef of Skillman; Judith’s Desserts of Lawrenceville; Fair Mountain Coffee of Atlantic Highlands; Funni Bonz BBQ; Salad Station; and Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit.

The other elected state, county and local officials on hand for the market’s official opening were Township Council members Chris Ciaccio and Sheree McGowan; Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes; state Assemblyman Dan Benson, and state Sen. Linda Greenstein.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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