When chef and restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach took the helm at The Whitechapel Projects in Long Branch, she had plans to grow the beer hall, restaurant and event space.
A proponent of local and sustainable agriculture, she plans to utilize the property’s 8,000 square feet of outdoor space to grow mushrooms for her business, Two River Gourmet Mushrooms, as well as organic herbs and vegetables for the restaurant. Farming classes also are planned.
Beginning July 18, Whitechapel will be a place where local shoppers can find fresh produce and locally made items during a weekly farmers market. Hosted with the organizers of Asbury Park Bazaar, a seasonal pop-up marketplace, The Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through early October.
Participating vendors include Two River Gourmet Mushrooms; Amber & Earth, which grows and sells fresh flowers; Kigh CBD, which produces wellness products; Somers 27 Soap Co.; Terra Cotta Tides, which offers handmade planters and flower pots; and My Happy Nest Decor, which offers handcrafted wood signs and home goods.
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Organizers still are seeking local farmers, makers of artisan, handcrafted and vintage items, and producers of pre-packaged foods or goods.
The market also will feature food trucks from Betty’s Ice Box, an Asbury Park boardwalk shop that makes natural and vegan ice pops, shave ice and gelato, and Red Bank’s Johnny’s Pork Roll & Coffee Too, which makes pork roll sandwiches.
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The Whitechapel Projects opened in December 2018 after owner Preston Casertano spent years renovating a crumbling 1900s-era warehouse in the city’s lower Broadway corridor. The Marilyn Schlossbach Group, which includes Asbury Park restaurants Langosta Lounge, Asbury Park Yacht Club and Pop’s Garage, became an operating partner in 2019.
Go: The Whitechapel Projects is at 15 Second Ave.; 732-963-9218, whitechapelprojects.com.
A lifelong Jersey girl, Sarah Griesemer joined the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey more than 15 years ago. Send restaurant tips to [email protected] and follow @jersey.shore.eats.