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October 12, 2017 is National Farmer’s Day. This is a day to appreciate the farmers who work to grow the food that we eat each and every day. New Jersey is home to many farms, all of which are run by hardworking farmers who produce the fruits and vegetables that we enjoy. Celebrate by going to a farmers market or starting your own garden.

Summit Farmers Market takes place every Sunday through November 19. Besides produce, they often have cooking contests and other fun activities. For more information, call 908-277-6100.

Ringwood Farmers’ Market in Ringwood is open every Saturday until October 29. They offer locally-grown foods as well as jams, pies, pasta, pizza, bread and more. They also have live music.

Collingswood Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 8:00 am to Noon until Thanksgiving. They provide local fruits, vegetables and more. They also host activities such as live music, adopt-a-thons and salsa contests.

Downtown Wildwood Farmers Market is held each Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm until October 28. There will be farmers, bakers, soap, wine and honey makers. There will also be music and children’s entertainment. For more information, call 609-523-1602.

October 12 is also National Freethought Day, National Fossil Day and National Gumbo Day.

For similar celebrations, check out Today in NJ: Wild Foods Day and Today in NJ: National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day.

Today in NJ, 2016: World Arthritis Day

October 12, 2016, is World Arthritis Day. The Arthritis and Rheumatism International started this day in 1996. They wanted to raise awareness to the issues of this disease. Arthritis causes joint pain. It is the main cause of disability. Over 50 million people have arthritis in the US (source.) Listed below are some New Jersey arthritis doctors and organizations.

Arthritis Foundation in Iselin offers information, resources and access to care for people with arthritis. They host many events to bring awareness to this disease. For more information, call 732-283-4300.

Allergy, Asthma and Arthritis in Dover is a multi-specialty practice specializing in allergy, asthma, rheumatoid, psoriatic arthritis and osteoporosis. Their hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm, Tuesday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:50 pm and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call 973-989-0500.

Arthritis & Osteoporosis Associates in Freehold treats many conditions and offers treatment options as well as clinical research. They are open Monday and Tuesday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, Wednesday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, call 844-262-4968.

Arthritis, Rheumatic & Back Disease Associates in Sewell diagnoses, treats, and manages arthritis, inflammatory and autoimmune disease, musculoskeletal and joint pain/disorders and osteoporosis. They are open Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, call 856-424-5005.

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