From the very first time I set foot in a C.R.O.P.S. Market, I knew it was something that needed to exist in our community.
Sundays at O'Donnell Park in Atlantic City are for the market. Organized by C.R.O.P.S. (Communities Revolutionizing Open Public Spaces), the market showcases fresh Jersey grown produce, eclectic handmade wares, and this past Sunday, SOUP CAN MAGAZINE. In addition to setting up and slingin' zines, we also curated a spoken word poetry reading, spotlighting the immeasurably multitalented Ameerah Shabazz-Bilal, featured in Issue #2, Paige Vaccaro, featured in Issue #3, and for the first time performing with Soup Can, poet Doris Zheku. We were even fortunate enough to be joined by artist Chanelle Rene, also featured in Issue #3, for some live painting in the park! We're grateful for C.R.O.P.S. and everything they bring to the community, and we're also thankful for all the poets who lent their talent and their powerful voices to this event. C.R.O.P.S. is hosting these markets every Sunday until Halloween. For info, click here.