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New on the New Jersey Barn Quilt Trail
Release Date: October 23, 2009

New on the New Jersey Barn Quilt Trail

Visit the Farmers Market at the Sussex County Fairgrounds!

New Jersey barns are starting to have eye catching barn quilts adorning their sides. What is a barn quilt? It is a plywood square, either 4'x4' or 8'x8'that is painted with a quilt pattern and then mounted for all to see. Why barn quilts? This is a national project designed to draw attention to our agricultural heritage and promote agritourism by drawing people to an area to view them. Additionally, they preserve both agricultural and cultural history and have the potential of increasing traffic to local businesses. Barn quilt trails have popped up in 23 states – some of which are advertised on quilt trail brochures. And where can you find them locally? The newest one in New Jersey is now located at the Sussex County Farmers Market at the Fairgrounds. This beautiful 8'x8' quilt was painted by Lauren Brodhecker of Hampton Township and donated for the newly opened market. The design selected is called "Country Roads" and the pattern draws you to the center – come from all directions to beautiful Sussex County.

As a reminder, the Farmers Market will continue to be open through November 21st. Although you can view the quilt at any time, stop by on Saturdays between now and 11/21 to buy fresh food and support your local farmers. While doing so, please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to our food drive to help the hungry of Sussex County. And for a fun time, visit the market on Halloween and participate in events for young and old alike – prizes for best and funniest costumes!

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