Students at the Ross and Tighe schools in Margate sold vegetables grown in the school garden. Students will go food shopping with the money they made and bring the food to the Community FoodBank of NJ Southern Branch.

MARGATE – It’s sad to see it end. The final Margate City Community Farmers Market was held Thursday, Aug. 29 in the parking lot at Steve & Cookies By the Bay. But don’t fret. The Thanksgiving farmers market is just a few months away. It will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 in the veranda, restaurant owner Cookie Till said.

“It was a great season,” Till said. “Our first market was rained out, but we had stellar weather even though it was hot. Today was the nicest day of the summer.”

Till said that after the market closed at noon, the vendors would be treated to a luncheon catered by Hannah G’s of Ventnor.

“It’s a treat to thank all our vendors for being with us,” she said.

Till credited Market Manager June Martin with recruiting the vendors, several of them new to the market this year.

“She does a fantastic job,” Till said.

Jim McGettigan of New Gretna was one of the first-year vendors selling homemade food stuffs at the market, which celebrated its 10th year. He started his business, Jim’s Jams, this year after dabbling in making jellies and jams with hot peppers from his own organic home garden.

“I made them for friends and for the holidays, but my friends said I should do this, so I found a commercial kitchen,” he said. “People are alarmed at first when they see the jellies are made with hot peppers, but once they taste it, they like it. It’s savory, sweet and spicy.”

McGettigan said he made out well at the market this year and had a lot of repeat customers. So much so that he’s planning to deliver to Brigantine and the Downbeach area twice a month during the off season.

Nanette LoBiondo Galloway

Award winning journalist covering news, events and people of Atlantic County for more than 20 years.