From left: Roseland Councilman Richard Leonard, Roseland Farmer's Market Manager Frank Butterfield, Councilman Mark Vidovich, Councilwoman Michelle Tolli, Roseland Borough Administrator, Tax Collector and Treasurer Maureen Chumacas, Mayor John Duthie, Councilman David Jacobs, Roseland Environmental Commission and Sustainable Roseland member Paul Mastrangelo, Famers Market Social Media Manager Donna Conklin King, Sustainable Roseland President Mario Silvestri, Green Team Member Susan Hamburger and Market Supervisor John Fitzgerald Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley
ROSELAND, NJ - Voted one of Morris and Essex County's best farmers’ markets, the Roseland Farmers' Market is now in full swing this summer every Friday, from noon to 7pm. The market is located at the corner of Roseland and Harrison Avenues.
The Roseland Farmers' Market will be open on Fridays until November 7.
This year marks the market's fourth season and the ribbon-cutting on Friday, June 20, was only a prelude to the crowds that come faithfully in search of fresh organic produce, delicious bakery items, homemade meats and dinners, as well as home services and decor.
At the opening celebration of the new season, Roseland Farmers' Market Manager Frank Butterfield thanked the entire community for their support and acknowledged the efforts of Roseland's Mayor John Duthie and all the members of the governing body for seeing that the marketplace thrives for another year. He noted with appreciation the support of the Roseland Environmental Commission, Sustainable Roseland and the Roseland Green Team.
Every year we've taken it to the next level,
Also visiting the market were Roseland Council Members David Jacobs, Richard Leonard, Michelle Tolli, Mark Vidovich. Joining them was Green Team Member Susan Hamburger and Roseland Borough Administrator, Tax Collector and Treasurer Maureen Chumacas.
Duthie also welcomed all of the guests and thanked Butterfield for his involvement and noted the "very vital role" which Sustainable Roseland member Paul Mastrangelo plays and expressed his appreciation to Farmers' Market Social Media Manager Donna Conklin King, Market Manager Mario Silvestri and Market Supervisor John Fitzgerald.
Pointing to the committee members, Duthie said,
Gone are the days of a farm market being "only" fresh from the garden fruits and vegetables. The Roseland Market offers the delicacies and products from over 21 vendors. Many customers arrive during lunch time so they can enjoy their lunch while listening to live music.
Below is a listing of each vendor and their selections along with links to their online websites.
Allstate NJ Insurance Company
Rosemary Finnegan and Neil Greco offer great coverage and great rates on Auto, Home, Life, Motorcycle, Boat, and more, to protect the financial future you deserve.
Started as a small business based on traditional and family recipes, Arepa Shack serves all natural, gluten-free arepas which are also low in fat. An arepa is a corn meal griddle cake stuffed with either meat, veggies, chicken, cheese, beans or avocados. Arepa Shack takes pride in knowing the ingredients they use are sourced from New Jersey farmers.
Bakers Bounty of Linden
Baker's Bounty is a family run, farm-to-market bakery which uses locally grown, seasonal, all-natural ingredients. They provide homemade Italian breads, handmade pastries, cakes, muffins, pies, scones, quiches, cookies and loaves.
Country Candles creates
clean-burning soy candles.
Eden Fresh creates Middle Eastern style hummus in various varieties including "Original Hummus," "Hummus with a Kick," and a garlic mint sauce. They also carry Babaganoosh (a roasted eggplant dip) and Zhug (a jalapeno hot sauce marinade).
Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit
Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit, of Denville, allows customers to mix and match anything they would like. With their large variety of nuts (raw, roasted, salted, unsalted, and countless flavors) they have a product to meet anyone's craving.
Krakus Polish Deli of Phillipsburg
Krakus offers traditional sausages, a home-made dark-skinned, low-fat smoked kielbasa, along with Polish foods such as potato and cheese pierogies, cabonossi and kapusta.
Le Petit Temptation
Bringing a taste of Paris to New Jersey, Le Petit Temptation, of Scotch Plains, offers the finest macarons and handmade pastries created with passion and dedicated to bringing out the selected ingredient's intense flavor. They use only Valrhona chocolates and their fruits are supplied by Borion.
Live, Love, Granola is dedicated to providing healthy, preservative-free wholesome snacks, made with only 100% natural ingredients. They start with the basics: oats, almonds, honey and coconut and create a crunchy treat with a hint of sweetness.
Muth Family Farm of Williamstown
Certified-organic produce grown without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Each week the season's finest selections of vegetables, herbs, melons are delivered fresh from the farm. This practice is healthier for you, and healthier for the environment as well.
NJ Gourmet Pickles and Olives
Paolo’s Kitchen of New Providence
Raritan Bakery of Edison
Raritan Bakery offers a vast array of breakfast foods, cakes, breads and pastries. Their award-winning Hungarian Nut Roll is often in high demand.
Romarsi Pesto to Go of Moonachie
All natural gourmet pesto sauce made from garden fresh basil infused with the finest pure olive oil, classic Parmesan cheese and other high quality ingredients, which makes preparing food for busy lives incredibly healthy and easy.
of Mountain Lakes
Simplify Marketplace bakery prepares fresh scones, muffins, biscuits, bread loaves, crumb cakes, tarts, pies, brownies, cookies, and sauces made out of fresh fruits and nuts, cheeses and vegetables. Each week their selection is made especially with the market customers in mind.
Southwest Soul Salsas and Such
Homemade fresh salsas.
Lemonade and Limeade
Stella's Empanadas Argentine Grill of Kearny
Stella maintains the Argentinean traditions of past generations and uses old fashion techniques to maintain the flavor and quality of empanadas, burgers and steaks which will delight your palate. She uses combinations of fresh herbs, spices, champagnes, wines, and fruits which result in a delectable and unique experience. Stella was recently featured on Telemundo NY.
Tender Luvin Cupcakes of Caldwell
For more then 20 years, Aunt Laura's delicious cupcakes have been a family tradition as much as the holidays themselves. These delectable desserts come in both custom and petite shapes and are some of the best cupcakes you will ever taste!
Fantastic Thai of Old Bridge
Fantastic Thai offers cuisine created by owner Chef Phensri who was born and raised in UdornThani, Thailand. Phensri's authentically prepared Thai dishes, including spring rolls, noodles, curries and BBQ Pork on-a-stick are made using herbs and vegetables from her own organic garden.
X-Calibur Knife and Scissor Sharpening of Wood Ridge
Scott Jennings uses state of the art water-cooled professional machines with both standard sharpening wheels and diamond wheels for high end beauty shears.
As the crowd shopped during the afternoon, they were entertained by the sounds of jazz and blues guitarist and songwriter Charlie Jones.
Mario Silvestri is a Market volunteer and president of Sustainable Roseland, the non-profit that manages the market. He greeted everyone and told the guests that if they have an idea for a vendor or activity or if they have any problems, they should just let the committee know.
"We're all in this together, we're very proud of it, we don't take it for granted," Silvestri said, "and we are going to take it to new heights each and every year. But not through the efforts of one or a few, but through the efforts of all of us. We're open minded, we're proud, we're strong and we're growing.
All donations are tax deductible. Those wishing to support the Roseland Farmers’ Market can do so by contributing to the non-profit that supports them, Sustainable Roseland. A contribution may be made online here.
Checks may be sent to:
P.O. Box 32
Roseland, N.J. 07068
Anyone interested can sign up for the Roseland Farmers' Market Newsletter at the home page of their website online here.
CALDWELL, NJ - A little rain didn't stop the Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association (GCBMA) from offering an afternoon of historical fun and culinary treats at their annual July 4 Ice Cream Social. Without having to change their plans, and thanks to Saint Aloysius, guests were able to experience all the social had to offer indoors in the church's parish hall and gym.
The ceremony was followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson, as portrayed by Paul Maloney of Caldwell.
The Memorial Association hosted a full afternoon of historical activities including individual trunk presentations featuring 1830s toys and games, 1880s and 1890s costumes and continuous tours of the Grover Cleveland Birthplace House Museum. Maloney again presented the crowd with an historical reenactment, this time as Abraham Lincoln who sang songs and told stories of the Civil War.
There was plenty of food for guests to enjoy. The main event's ice cream was donated by Gelotti Ice Cream of Caldwell, while the Cloverleaf Tavern had lunch available for purchase.
In addition, there was free popcorn and lemonade for guests to enjoy while they watched a number of performances throughout the afternoon including George Espanza the Flea Circus Master, Marco Fishman the Magician and his balloon-designing friend who gave out free balloons and Anthony Uccello the singing DJ.
During the afternoon, the winner of the association's Sand Dollar Cookie Bake-Off was announced. All entrants to the competition had to provide two dozen of their "from scratch" cookies for consideration to the judges: Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Caldwell Mayor Ann Dassing and GCBMA Trustee Matt Rolling.
The judges accessed the recipes on taste, appearance, texture and the use of traditional ingredients. Ultimately, they decided on the recipe of Peggy Scott Fleming, of Montclair.
"It really takes a town wide effort for everybody to have a good time," commented the Memorial Association President Dave Cowell.
During the event, the Women's Club of Caldwell presented a check for $50,000 to the Association to be used in the building of the new Visitor's Center.
Many community groups from all over West Essex saw to it that everyone had an entertaining time. A lot of financial planning, goods and volunteer hours went into hosting the event and generous donations of time and money were given by:
At the end of the day, many of those who attended the Ice Cream Social also attended the Annual Fireworks Display at James Caldwell High School. Below is some live video from the evening:
"Thanks to everyone for coming
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
207 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006
Memorial Association Website
Facebook: Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
Women's Club of Caldwell Presents Generous Gift of $50,000 to Grover Cleveland Birthplace Memorial Association
CALDWELL, NJ - On May 27, two Caldwell residents, Thomas Nancoz and Tom Neill, were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in scouting, at a Court of Honor ceremony at the North Caldwell Fireman’s community center. Both young men are members of Troop 9, West Caldwell.
Just over two percent of all Boy Scouts in the history of scouting have achieved the rank of Eagle and a boy scout must fulfill requirements in the area of leadership, community service and outdoor skills in order to earn the privileged ranking. The young man must pass specific tasks which are organized by requirements and must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges to advance through all of the ranks.
A scout must also participate in at least 18 hours of service leading up to his Eagle service project, which is meant to be something which will be helpful to a community organization. He is required to be involved with all phases of its development, including the planning, development and leadership to see it through.
Nancoz, 18, is a 2013 graduate of James Caldwell High School. For his Eagle project, he manufactured new cribbing for the West Essex First Aid Squad. The previous cribbing was over 25 years old and in need of replacement and the new cribbing will be used to stabilize vehicles during extrication and other rescue tasks. Sufficient surplus cribbing was manufactured to allow for replacement of any cribbing that may be lost or damaged in the next decade or longer. Nancoz is currently attending the University of Scranton where he majors in Business Administration.
Neill, 18, graduated James Caldwell High School in June. For his Eagle project, he painted over 100 fire hydrants in the township of Caldwell which will help to maintain the condition of the hydrants as well as increase their visibility in case of emergency. In the fall, Neill will be attending High Point University and plans to major in business.
For more information on Troop 9 visit their website, online here.
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com Published 7:10pm
ROSELAND, NJ - It was a great day in Roseland according to the borough’s Mayor John Duthie. The mayor joined the crowds of people gathered at the Harrison Avenue fair grounds to enjoy the many artisans and food providers which attended the event. The occasion was hosted by the Roseland Rotary Club along with the Roseland Junior Woman's Club and the Roseland Boosters.
“What a great day this is, such beautiful weather,” enthused Duthie.
"The tradition continues on this first Saturday in June when, as always,
we host our fair. Really huge crowd today, parking was tight
but I was able to find a spot at the library.”
There were plenty of activities for the children including sand design, games, bouncy houses and a unique train ride which took passengers around the tennis courts.
The main stage hosted a variety of acts including a martial arts demonstration, a fencing exhibition, a fitness class as well as live entertainment.
Along with Fire Chief Kent Yates, volunteers from the Roseland Fire Department were on hand to display their latest rescue engine, Squad 662. The wetdown for the new vehicle is scheduled for early September.
From left: Roseland Probationary Firefighter Kyle Jezewski, Probationary Firefighter Nick Palatella, Cadet Richard Sessa, Firefighter Kevin Loveless
Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley
The Mayor was met by members of his council including Councilwoman Michele Tolli, Councilman Rich Leonard and Councilman Mark Vidovich, who were also enjoying the fair. Vidovich brought his dog along for the occasion.
From left: Roseland Mayor John Duthie, Councilwoman Michele Tolli, Councilman Mark Vidovich and Councilman Rich Leonard
Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley
Members of the Roseland First Squad relaxed as best they could during the day, but were also happy to provide complimentary blood pressure checks at the fair.
From left: Roseland First Aid Squad Members Tim Allendorf, Rima Patel , Alex Borg , Lieutenant Kishan Patel , John Collins , Nick DeBellonia
Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley
“I’m inspired that my blood pressure was 110/58
according to the First Aid Squad,” Duthie joked.
“It’s a good thing they weren’t checking my cholesterol.”
Continuing to raise money for the NJ State Policeman's Benevolent Association were West Essex Local President David G. Courter and Roseland Police Officer Jason Hiter who displayed the Mercedes-Benz which will be going to one lucky winner next weekend.
Roseland Police Officer Jason Hiter and West Essex Local #81 President David G. Courter
Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley
Host families who train guide dogs for The Seeing Eye in Morristown took some time to relax in the shade with their temporary pets. The Seeing Eye is known world over and many West Essex families give of their time and energy to train the canines.
“This has been such a great day,” Mayor Duthie remarked again,