New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas Fisher and Jef Buehler, state director of Main Street New Jersey & Improvement District Programs, visited the West Orange Farmers Market June 29.

The two officials made the visit to highlight the opening of farmers markets in the state for the Fourth of July week, according to a news release.

State officials visit New Jersey farmers marketsNew Jersey has 148 farmers markets, with ten new markets opening this season. Main Street New Jersey helped develop markets in 67% of its program communities, according to the release.

“These markets give our state’s farmers a place to sell their just-picked fruits and vegetables directly to consumers, who have an opportunity to access this fresh produce through assistance programs for purchasing New Jersey agricultural products,” Fisher said in the release.

Main Street organizations are trying to restore and promote historic assets and recruiting and retaining businesses within the downtown district, according to the release.