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Elizabeth, N.J. –July 13, 2012— July not only marks the first full month of summer, but also the first full month of the Farmer’s Market on Elizabeth Avenue. For the next 19 weeks, Union Square Plaza will be the home of fresh, homegrown “Jersey Fresh” produce and homemade baked goods. The market, which Mayor J. Christian Bollwage and the Elizabeth Avenue Partnership officially opened on June 26th, will run every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until November 26th.

“This time of year allows Elizabeth residents to explore healthy eating options,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “The Farmer’s Market gives our community the opportunity to purchase farm fresh fruits and vegetables that they might not always have access to in the supermarkets.”

Alstede Farms of Chester, NJ returned to the market this summer, bringing new varieties of fruits and vegetables each week. This New Jersey family owned farm not only vends fresh produce, but each week Alstede sells ornamental plants, cut flowers, home-baked pies and brownies. Paul’s Gourmet Pickles and Olives of Ridgefield Park and Princeton Cupcake and Pastries Company joined Alstede Farms this year, in this much anticipated season.

Eligible senior adults have the opportunity to receive $20.00 vouchers to purchase “Jersey Fresh” fruits, vegetables and herbs through the 2012 Farmer’s Market Program run by the county’s Department of Human Services, Division on Aging and Disability. Proof of income and Union County residence is required with annual income not exceeding $20,665 or for a married couple, $27, 991. Please call the Division on Aging toll free at 1-888-280-8226 or 908-527-4872 for more information about this program.

“The market draws residents of all ages to Union Square Plaza each Tuesday” said Dave Strochak, EAP Executive Director. “It is great to see so many individuals taking advantage of the fresh produce that is available each week.”

The market provides free children’s events and entertainment throughout the summer. On Tuesday September 18th, September 25th, October 2nd, and October 9th in celebration of Hispanic Heritage there will lunchtime concerts. Last but not least the annual Thanksgiving Day pie sale will be held Tuesday, November 20th. For updated schedules of events please log on to www.elizabethavenue.org or call the EAP office at 908-965-0660.