By MADDY VITALE
Cherries, Jersey corn, sweet apples and thick, ripe tomatoes are just a few of the delicious treats on offer for bargains on Wednesday at the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Farmers and Artisans Market.
The popular market, on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue, is held every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until September 29.
Hundreds of people walked from vendor to vendor, selecting treats ranging from produce to jams, jellies and baked goods. There is also a range of crafts to choose from, including artwork, jewelry, and housewares.
Rebecca Pascoe was looking for a specific product. She went directly to the supplier Savoie Organic Farm in Williamstown.
âI like organic products. I bought organic eggplant and garlic, âexplained Pascoe, from Lanoka Port. “I try to come to Ocean City a few times a year and I never miss the Farmers Market or the Fall Block Party.”
Carol Savoie, owner of the organic farm, said business was excellent. âWe have been extremely busy together,â she said. âThe market is our favorite.
While vegetables and fruits were on the minds of some buyers, others were aimed at the sugary treats – the sweet kind.
Joyce and Joe Tighe, and their grandson, AJ Tighe and his mother, Megan, all from Pennsylvania, stopped by a vendor so that AJ could feast on tropical water ice.
“It’s good!” exclaimed AJ, taking a bite.
Then it was time to find the best fruits and vegetables, noted Joyce Tighe. The family was on vacation for a week in Ocean City and one of their favorite annual stops is the Farmers Market, they said.
âWe came to the market for Jersey corn and tomatoes and to look at the crafts,â Joyce said.
âWe’re here for the week. We want to stay longer, ânoted Joe Tighe.
Pierre Koenig, of Newtown Square, Pa., Manufactures the items he sells. The 18-year-old has his own business called SawShark. He makes cutting boards, cabinets, tables and even wooden lifeguard stands. Each piece has its unique touch. No part is the same. A customer stopped and put a lazy Susan on hold.
âI started working with wood a few years ago. I made a business out of it, âsaid Pierre, adding that his family, including his mother, Denise Koenig, had helped him along the way. âI learned a little on my own. I like to do things.
Sweet treats such as lime pies from Matthew Pressler’s âChef’s Key Lime Piesâ are also popular with shoppers.
Kerri Dinan and her husband Charlie make a weekly stop at the market to buy two lime pies.
The residents of Ocean City, who work at the 7th Street Surf Shop, buy the pies from the instructors for the surf lessons on the 7th Street beach, Kerri said.
âThey love it,â Kerri noted.
âIt keeps the surf lessons going,â Charlie said with a laugh.
Pressler, whose sons Luke and Matt help him with his lime pie business, said the Ocean City Farmers Market is the family’s favorite.
âOcean City is our most successful market. The people are wonderful. They say, “I have to get my pizza and my lime pie,” Pressler said. âThese are the must-sees in Ocean City. It’s good.”