The Ventnor City Farmers’ Market
2018 Season: May 25 – August 31

Our Mission:
VCFM’s mission is to enhance the social welfare of Ventnor and its surrounding communities by providing access to a variety of fresh, locally grown agricultural products and specialty food and non-food items. Our weekly farmers’ market provides residents and visitors a place to gather, to build a strong sense of community, and to help revitalize the downtown area. Furthermore, the market welcomes local organizations that can bring sustainability and environmental issues to the forefront and to share information regarding the needs of individuals and families within the local community.

 

In 2017, VCFM initiated the following:
– Provided space at the weekly market, free of charge, for the Community Food Bank of South Jersey to share information, collect donations for individuals and families living in the South Jersey region, and to enlist volunteers.
– Provided space at the weekly market, free of charge, for The Surfrider Foundation to educate shoppers about how plastic bags negatively impact the environment and what can be done to help the environment.
– Offered reusable shopping bags to shoppers throughout the season either through giveaways or by charging a nominal fee, which covered the cost of the bags. VCFM is currently working with city officials to adopt a citywide ordinance for elimination of, or restricted use of plastic bags.
– Spearheaded a town wide call for non-cash donations to support Houston’s relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The farmers’ market acted as the repository.
– Enlisted community volunteers to help vendors unload their wares, answer questions, seek shopper feedback so improvements could be made, and to act as all-around good will ambassadors of the market. Volunteers were given VCFM t-shirts to identify their role at the market and invited to an end-of-season “Thank You Luncheon” to appreciate their dedication and hard work.

 

 

FAQs
Where and when is the Ventnor City Farmers’ Market?
The Market address is 6415 Atlantic Avenue. It’s at the corner of Newport and Atlantic Avenues in Ventnor City, NJ on the grounds of Holy Trinity Parish, across the street from the Ventnor Library & Cultural Arts Center. The Market will be open every Friday from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. Market hours will be 8:30 a.m. to noon.

How can I get to the Market?
The Market is conveniently located right on Atlantic Avenue, one block from the Boardwalk, and one block from Ventnor Avenue, which are all main thorofares in Ventnor. You can easily access the Market by driving, biking, or walking.
Public transportation is also available.
NJ Transit’s 505 bus operates in Ventnor and connects to the Atlantic City Bus Terminal. The bus stop is at Newport and Ventnor Avenue, just one block from the Market. Please check NJ Transits website for updated bus schedule. http://www.njtransit.com/pdf/bus/T0505.pdf
The bus stop is conveniently located near the market. If you are traveling south on Ventnor avenue (coming from Atlantic City), the bus stop is on the corner of Newport and Ventnor Avenue (in front of Agnes Cafe). If you are heading north on Ventnor Avenue (towards Atlantic City) the bus stop is located on the corner of Newport and Ventnor Avenue (in front of Bloom Liquors). Proceed east, toward the beach, from either bus stop. The market is at the end of the block on the left.

Where can I park?
There is free parking at the Market next to Holy Trinity Parish (parking entrance is on Newport.) There is also ample street parking.
What products can I find at the Market?
The list of products includes locally and regionally grown fruits & vegetables, plants, flowers & herbs, dairy products, meat products, bakery goods, honey, coffee, and a variety of prepared specialty foods. Beginning in 2018, non-food craft vendors will be joining the market line-up!
Are all of the vendors and farmers organic?
No. Although the Market will definitely have organic farmers and vendors, be sure to ask them how they grow or produce their products.

Will the Market be open if it rains?
The Market Managers will make every effort to keep the Market open on rainy days. In the event of weather situations that make it unsafe for vendors and shoppers, the Market Managers will make the decision to close.


Can I bring my pet to the Market?
Four-legged friends are welcome to stroll the market with you. We ask that you adhere to the following pet policy:
  • Dogs must be kept on a short, non-expandable leash. No exceptions.
  • Keep your dog under control and by your side at all times.
  • Keep dogs away from produce, plants and other food products. This means head and tail ends!
  • Your dog must be sociable to people and other dogs to earn the right to shop at the market.
  • Not everyone is a dog lover: Be considerate.
  • Come prepared to clean up after your dog!

Are Volunteers needed?
YES!! Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks.
  • Setup: Help set up canopies, umbrellas, tables, chairs, and signs from 7:30 to 8:30 AM. This position can include heavy lifting.
  • Information Booth: Info Booth volunteers staff the Ventnor City Farmers’ Market booth. Duties include answering customer questions and selling market merchandise.
  • Breakdown: Help take down canopies, umbrellas, tables, chairs, and signs from 12:00 to 1:00 PM. This position can include heavy lifting.
INTERESTED?
Visit our Volunteer web page – or –
Email Market Managers, Penni, Andy, and Maria:  ventnorcityfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Who is organizing the Ventnor City Farmers’ Market?
VCFM, Inc: A New Jersey Non-Profit is the organization in charge of running all aspects of the farmers’ market.
How is the Market supported?
VCFM is supported by the vendor fees it collects. The funds are used to cover marketing and operational expenses and any excess income is donated to the City of Ventnor. For 2018, we are reaching out to potential sponsors to help fund various aspects of running the market.

 

Who should I contact with questions about the Farmers’ Market?
Our Market Managers are happy to field your questions. Please contact Penni, Andy, and Maria at ventnorcityfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Is there a list of vendors?
You can find a comprehensive list of our 2017 vendors on the Vendor Page of our website. A final list for 2018 will be posted around April 1, 2018.

How can I become a vendor at the Ventnor City Farmers’ Market?
Vendor applications can be downloaded from the VCFM website.
Application packets can also be requested via email: ventnorcityfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Can I begin shopping  before the Market opens at 8:30 am?

Please refrain from shopping prior to the official 8:30 opening. Our vendors need time to unload and set up their booths. Their vehicles maybe in the shopping area at that time and we need to consider safety first and foremost.

Do the vendors accept credit cards?
Some merchants do accept credit cards, but it’s the exception rather than the norm.
There is an ATM within two blocks of the market, located at the corner of Portland and Ventnor Avenues at Ocean City Home Bank.

Are there restrooms at the Market?
Restrooms are located at the Ventnor Library & Cultural Center, just across from the market (outside on the beach side and off the indoor corridor.) Additional bathrooms are located on the first floor of Ventnor City Hall, two blocks north of the market on Atlantic Avenue.

Do I need to provide my own shopping bags?
VCFM supports a “green” approach, and has adopted a NO PLASTIC BAG policy beginning in 2018. We encourage patrons to bring their reusable bags, but if you forget, VCFM bright and cheerful shopping bags will be available at the market for a very nominal fee.

Fresh Produce

Choose from a selection of great local farmers for local grown produce.

Coffee, Tea & Juices

Enjoy local coffee, teas, and pressed juices.

Local Seafood

Choose from a variety of fresh seafood right off the Ventnor coast.

Flowers & Herbs

Pick up an assortment of locally grown flower and hand made bouquets.

Meat and Cheese

Enjoy a variety of fine cheese and delicious meats.

Breads and Pasta

Find that perfect bread or take home some locally made pasta.