The column that says the adopted town center in Hopewell Township is now entirely owned by immigrants, who have done more to improve it than all of Bridgeton put together, especially North Laurel Street.
By Jack Hummel
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Marlboro Market in the Amish Market, we can help.
We cover four counties on radio, but especially the 60,000-strong city of Vineland where everybody is focused on the municipal election.
Kenny, call us at 856-237-6645.
You’d be astonished at how many people tell us how much they miss the huge farm market on the Cumberland-Salem border on Route 49.
We loved the unsalted peanuts, even when they were in the backroom, so to speak.
Marlboro Market lives, but they’re now in the Amish Market in Hopewell Township.
Good Lord, who took this picture? He looks 100 years old.
Remember, the sage of Bridgeton has returned from Atlanta to talk for two hours on 92.1 FM Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.
David Price is on Facebook and you’ll find most of those who communicate with him are the leaders in the county.
In Washington, D.C., he rubbed elbows with famous writers, social leaders along with other famous people.
We may buy a new studio chair for him.
With him will be Librarian Courtenay Reece and Main Street Director Steve Paul to talk about Bridgeton being Gotham City during the month of October.
Price discovered that fact in 1978 when he found a Batman comic with a map pointing in the general direction of Bridgeton as Gotham City.
He called DC Comics and they concurred.
Saturday, Oct. 15, 5 to 8 p.m., will be the Gotham Gala at Jorje Romero’s stone house at 151 W. Commerce St. on mansion row.
Hors d’0euvres, wine, music.
Speaking of wine, right now in the Amish Market, Baltic Wines.
They arrived about three weeks ago.
You know that Jonas King, who runs the eatery there as well as the Amish furniture shop, has always been our contact person because he has his finger on the pulse of the market.
A little history.
June 23, 2013
Jonas King was farming 115 acres in Lancaster County, Pa., when he decided his back wouldn’t let him hand milk cows any longer.
As an Amishman, he wasn’t going to switch to electric milking machines. The Amish aren’t allowed to use electric.
Thus, began his long trek to an unlikely place like Hopewell Township.
First came a two-year stop in Baltimore.
“We opened an Amish market down there,’’ said the man not only owns the restaurant in the Greater Bridgeton Amish Market, but pretty much oversees the place.
“It was not a good location in Baltimore. We could have held on longer and maybe made it, but the other vendors didn’t want to.’’
They left Baltimore in February 2012.
“We hauled six trailer loads out of there,’’ he said, “and headed back to Lancaster.’’
Then he heard about Hopewell and a guy who was going to do a sandwich stand, but he went elsewhere.
“So I called Scott (Burnley) and we talked,’’ said King. “I had a daughter in Florida who said we couldn’t make a decision until she came home.’’
His impression of Hopewell wasn’t good.
“Where are the people?’’ he said. “In Baltimore, we had 2,000 cars an hour pass by the place.’’
King was the last one to sign up for the market.
“We looked at the set-up here and it wasn’t right for us,’’ he recalled.
He went down to the Green Olive restaurant for lunch.
“My daughter said, do you see the prices on these menus?’’ he said. “And there’s a pizza place next door.’’
King watched the Saturday night crowd at the Green Olive and got a good feeling.
But something puzzled him about the area.
“In Lancaster, we have $250,000 houses and older cars,’’ he said. “Down here, I noticed $40,000 pickup trucks in the driveway of $70,000 homes.’’
What gives, he asked somebody.
“They have jobs,’’ he was told.
He kept doing research.
He had to convince his wife, Lillian, and most of his seven children.
They all came down again and told Burnley want they needed in the restaurant.
“A wall had to come down and the counter had to be relocated,’’ King recalled. “He told me he’d do whatever we wanted.’’
The daughter who had come from Florida said, “I don’t even know why we’re coming down here.’’
“Then we visited the Amish Market in Mullica Hill and my daughter started to change her mind.
“What we discovered was, it’s a lot easier to bring the city people to the country than it is to entice the country people to the city,’’ he said.
King arrived for good in the middle of April and “found everybody standing around.
“You see, unlike the other vendors, I had the experience in Baltimore. So I began cracking the whip.
“It was kind of difficult, being the last one in.’’
Dutch Family Restaurant opened with the rest of the market on June 22, 2012.
Three of King’s daughters work there.
“We haven’t lost a single vendor,’’ he noted of the market. “That’s unusual for an Amish market.’’
He felt honored to be invited to the economic development meeting last week in the township.
“In Baltimore, I attended all the meetings, but I’m not a public speaker,’’ he said. “But I like to be involved.’’
He went to the meeting with Kenny Harris Jr., of Marlboro Market, one of the vendors in the Amish Market.
“Kenny’s good,’’ said King.
He’s kind of in charge of publicity for the market.
Just like King is kind of the manager, who goes around solving problems ”because I’m always here.
“You see those goats outside in the water retention pond,’’ he said. “I brought them down from Lancaster to keep the grass down.
“The hill was too steep to mow and it was beginning to look ragged.
“Looks pretty good now, doesn’t it.’’
This isn’t Baltimore.
This is country.
“But there are some places that the cats are seen in plain view and people that are unaware of colony rules think they are lost and starving. We know different.
“A post was made for help for 4 cats by Union Lake. These cats were very friendly, not sure of all names involved, but the best part was someone stepped up and said they would take all four.
“To me, a cat lover, I feel this is great! They will have a better life and somewhere safer to live their lives out.
“Just one suggestion: When someone confirms this to be part of a colony , caregiver needs to be contacted to let them know they have someone interested in giving part of their group a better home.
Gary E. Meyer
“MCC R.E.A.L.I.T.Y Check will be holding its next FREE youth event Nov. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Phenom Factory.
“We will have special guest from Tori’s Critters w/Tori Leibrock.
“MCC’s own Bree Smith will be teaching the youth some dance moves. There will also be some fun in the game room.
“Mark your calendars. More fun announcements coming soon.”
— Jason Patterson III,
Millville Community Church
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