A big slice of normal is being served up this Saturday!  It's the triumphant return of the annual Brick Farmers Market to Windward Beach Park starting this weekend!  This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside (and excited to fill my fridge)...yes, there will be vegetables out the wazoo, but more importantly there will be key lime pie.
The market will be open ever Saturday between tomorrow May 1st and Oct. 2 from 8:30 a.m.to 1:30 p.m.  These are expanded hours due to the success of the program in the past and also to make up for not having it last year. Nearly 50 vendors have signed up to be a part of this year's market. Here is a list of vendors and their featured items:

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502 Baking Company:  Specializes in Key Lime, Chocolate Cream, Apple, Scones including flavors such as Blueberry Lemon, Cranberry Orange, Frittatas: Broccoli Ched, Spinach Swiss, Bacon Cheddar and their famous Cheese Crumb cakes              Abraham’s Landscape Design and Nursery Landscape plant material
America’s Kettle Corn Fresh popped kettle corn, fresh lemonade/iced tea
Baker’s Bounty Bread, stuffed bread, crumb cakes
Beansy’s Biscuits Homemade organic dog treats
Beckage Farms Local in-season produce, honey, PA Dutch baked goods and cider
Bon Nut Butters Stone-ground nut butters including almond, peanut, pecan, coconut, hazelnut casehws
Caldino’s Ravioli, fresh pasta, fresh made mozzarella, variety of tomato sauces
Cream Ridge Winery Wine
Devil Brownies Baked goods, brownies
Farmer Al’s Market & Greenhouses Flowers, fruits and vegetables
Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit Nuts, dried fruits, seeds, brittles, dry mixes
Green Goddess Raw honey, organic herbal teas
J. Josephine Creations Handmade 100% soy candles
Jaker’s Pickles Pickles, sauerkraut, olives
Jersey Charm Gourmet Coffee Gourmet coffee
Kauffman Farms Jersey-grown fruits and vegetables, cut and potted flowers
Krakus Deli Pierogies, kielbasa, soups, stew cabbage, cabbage noodles
Little Bean Apothecary Elderberry Syrups, cough syrups, herbal tinctures
Port Coffee Fresh hot coffee, coffee beans, cold brew, nitro cold brew, local honey
Rella Works Woodwork from locally fallen trees
Sea Glass Jewelry by Kristen Handmade necklaces, bracelets and earrings made with genuine sea glass
Shore Shake Smoothies
Simply Sofrito Handmade organic empanadas and traditional Puerto Rican specialties
So Good Guacamole & Dip Co. Fresh made guacamole and hummus
Thompson Brothers Farm Fresh grown vegetables
Three Girls Garden Flowers Unique and colorful mason jar and hand tied flower arrangements
Toby’s Tail Dog treats
Bark & Bites Dog treats – frozen and cookies
Dutch Hill Farm Pasture Raised antibotic & hormone free Pork/Chicken/grass fed beef & pink veal Wild game/eggs
Jeanne’s Humble Pies Hand made pies filed with meat and vegetarian fillings
Ramblin Sol Farm Chemical free sustainably prodcts; vegetable herb flower seedlings mixed vegetables eggs
The Spoon & The Bowl Hot soups, cold soups, sauces and spices
Shore Sauce Hot sauces
My Brittle Gourmet peanut brittle
Butter Me Up Gourmet flavored butter
Savvy Fit Soaps by TASCO Natural soaps, lotions, candles
Desired Dish 100% Vegan baked goods with gluten-free options
The Micro Green Market Micro Greens of different varieties
A&A Dips Party dip mixes
Barbara’s Kitchen Jams and jellies
Canning Cabinet Jams, jellies, chutneys and salsas
Garden State Distillery Vodka, bourbon, whiskey, rum
Icarus Brewing Company Craft beers
Betsy & Lola’s Dairy-Free bakery and Gluten Free Cupcakes in a jar/Frosting
Spotted Leaf Plant Co. Homegrown houseplants,handmade pots & Soil Mixtures
Two River Gourmet Mushrooms
Thank you to Brick Shorebeat for the original reporting!  I can't wait shop local. Enjoy!
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