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Bayonne Farmers Market reopening on DelMonte Drive

A few changes due to COVID-19

The local Farmers' Market is back.

As New Jersey continues with Phase 2 of reopening after the COVID-19 pandemic, more aspects of daily life resume. In Bayonne, the local Farmers’ Market is an important summer institution.

The Bayonne Farmers’ Market reopened June 16, Mayor James Davis announced. The market operates every Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. and runs until October.

The market will now be held on DelMonte Drive and 22nd Street, between Broadway and Avenue C. Normally, the Bayonne Farmers’ Market is held at Fitzpatrick Park, at Avenue C and 27th Street. The market’s relocation is to allow for maximum public safety.

“We are moving to DelMonte Drive to allow for more room for social distancing, as safety is our number one priority,” the Bayonne Farmers Market announced.

Face coverings must be worn, and social distancing is required when shopping at the market. Some vendors will offer online ordering for pick-up.

“We look forward to seeing our vendors and customers and appreciate your support!” said the Bayonne Farmers Market.

Parking will be available at the 22nd Street lot.

COVID-19 complications

Due to the ongoing pandemic, things will be a little different at the market. Only one farmer will be present this year.

“We will have one farmer this year, Alstede Farms,” the Bayonne Farmers’ Market said in a statement on social media. “With the amount of traffic that we currently get, we can’t support more than one farm. We are opening cautiously this season due to COVID. We will grow if there is demand. Thanks for the support and understanding.”

Many residents commented online, asking about local vendors who would be thee. In response, the Farmers’ Market confirmed that Empanada Lady would be on hand.

Empanada Lady provides empanadas made from scratch on location, with a creative range of fillings and salsas.

In May, farmers’ markets in Jersey City and Hoboken reopened, and now Bayonne joins them in offering Hudson County residents fresh food and ingredients.

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