West Cape May Farmer’s Market 2013

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Cape May, NJ -  You have only one more week to stop by the West Cape May Farmer’s Market. The popular Tuesday afternoon gathering place is wrapping up business for the year Tuesday, August 27.  The farmer’s market has been held every Tuesday from 3PM to 7PM behind the West Cape May Borough Hall on Broadway.

The weekly market’s been a great source for everything from bright yellow squash to white and purple eggplants to heirloom tomatoes.   So why not keep the market going?

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A West Cape May spokesman says there are two reasons they close up shop at the end of the summer – the tourists aren’t usually around midweek after Labor Day and the local farmers don’t have as much produce to sell.

Three farmers – two of them from Cape Island – sell Jersey fresh produce at the market. The rest of the market is devoted to both prepared food and other food products like local honey, hot sauce and even olive oil and vinegar.

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West Cape Mayor Pam Kaithern said, this summer, “The weather was definitely challenging.”  The market had to contend with rainstorms and heat waves. Even so, the ten week long market has had a good run.  Kaithern said the crowds got bigger later in the day, when the live music started. Many people would stop by for a quick BBQ or crabcake sandwich.

Brooke Dodds of Empanada Mama’s says she sold out  of her empanadas every week except for one.  Gaiss’s Sausages did so well last week, they ran out of their signature item – homemade kielbasa.

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Kaithern says if you’re looking for your favorite vendors after Tuesday,  stop by the West Cape May Tomato Festival in Wilbraham Park, Saturday August 31.

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About Jane Kashlak

Jane Kashlak is a journalist, a gardener and a Cape Island resident. She's also Cape May Times' photographer. She founded Cape May Times after a long and lively career in TV news.