After months of living indoors and waiting on lines for basic supplies I have been waiting impatiently for the return of our favorite source of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods and flowers- Farmer’s Markets!
Like everything else these days there are changes to the way these outdoor markets are run to keep everyone safe while supporting hardworking local farms who work all year for the produce they sell in Summer and Fall. I spoke with Debbie Mangual Condi who is the Public Events Manager at CDS (Commercial District Services) and manages the Journal Square Green Market as well as the Artist & Maker Market in Journal Square to talk about the markets she is helping to open in Jersey City.
Debbie began her career as a vendor in the local street markets around Jersey City selling her handmade jewelry as well as handpainted leather clothing and luxury purses as Vera Vixeness. Her expertise in the markets make her an invaluable member of the team at CDS that brings street markets in the area to life. In 2015, Mangual-Condi founded the Artist & Maker Market, which is a Jersey City based pop-up event company, expanding from six markets a year with currently over 90 markets a year. Mangual-Condi is passionate about empowering communities through collaborative strategies and discovering ways to reclaim and value their public spaces.
If I have bags can I use them?
Reusable bags are fine to use as long as the shopper bags his/her own products
What’s the best and safest way to pay?
Card/ Debit purchases are encouraged since it minimizes contact. Cash is only handled by one staff member. Staff must wash their hands and sanitize after handling any form of payment.
What else do I need to know?
The Journal Square green market is opened every Wednesday & Friday from 2pm until 8pm- however since NJ is at 8pm curfew our new operating hours are from 2pm-7pm
Any word on the future of artist and maker markets yet?
Thanks so much for all the work you are doing to make this happen and keep us safe!