New Jersey is known as the Garden State for a reason. Home to over 9,000 farms, NJ is a prime location for the production of bell peppers, peaches, tomatoes, and corn, to name a few. Visiting weekly farmer’s markets is a fantastic way to celebrate and support local farms and artisans, as well as a ton of other unique vendors, businesses, eateries, and wineries.
North to South, East to West, shore to mountains, it’s not hard to find a weekly farmer’s market no matter where you happen to be in this beautiful state! Here are a few that came with high praises and recommendations.
Summit Summer Farmer’s Market: Sundays, 8am to 1pm, 22 DeForest Avenue (on the corner of DeForest and Maple)
Summit boasts an impressive list of farms and vendors that open up shop on the weekends. Pick up a variety of tasty Kimchi at Kimchi Culture (@kimchiculture2017). Follow that by quenching your palate with Lizzmonade’s (@lizzmonade) signature fruit-infused lizzmonade, coffees, and teas. In addition to the number of other bakeries, food stalls, and drink specialties, be sure to pick up some fresh produce from the likes of farms such as Cherry Grove Organic Farm (@cherrygroveorganic), Vacchiano Farm, and Hoboken Farms (@hobokenfarms).
Sparta Farmer’s Market: Saturdays, 9am-1pm, 89 Sparta Ave
Sparta also has quite the number of farms and vendors. @livelovegranola offers a variety of flavored granola and overnight oats, as well as gluten-free/vegan granola bars. The Everlasting Garden offers fresh cut herbs and beautiful flowers from their third-generation greenhouses fields. @thegreekkithcensparta specializes in, you guessed it, delicious Greek cuisine! They pride themselves on using locally grown produce, too! Unwind with a visit to the Ventimiglia Vineyards tent for some of their tasty wines and baked treats.
Duke Farms (Hillsborough): Sundays, 10am to 3pm
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Our friends at Duke Farms have a “Farm to Table Market” every Sunday at the Farm Barn orientation center, where vendors are focused on environmental stewardship. Locktown Farm specializes fermented drinks like kimchi, kombucha, ginger beer, and root beer, while building soil fertility on their farm. Woods Edge Wool Farm, a sustainable fiber farm, brings “slow fiber” home decor, honey, and yak meat to the farmers market. Other local vendors that frequent other farmers markets across the state include Hoboken Farms (@hobokenfarms) and Pickle Licious LLC (@pickle_licious) (their new pickles are to DIE for).
Haddonfield Farmers Market: Saturdays, 8:30am to 1pm, Kings Court
It’s all about fresh and local at the Haddonfield Farmers Market! Take home everything you need for the week — vegan guacamole from Anita’s Guacamole, juice from Chrissy’s Cold Pressed, your next bag of coffee from Jersey Devil Java, ribs from Smoke BBQ — and finish it off with a sweet treat from the Custard Cart!
Morristown Farmers Market: Sundays, 8:30am to 2pm, corner of Morris and Spring Streets, off Dumont Place
The farmers market in Morristown features Be Well Yoga classes, fresh seafood from Shore Catch, and maple syrups, crumbles, and interestingly enough, dog treats from Our Woods Maple Syrup (@ourwoodsmaple) — and LOADS of local farms’ delectable fresh fruits and vegetables.
Princeton Farmers Market: Thursdays, 10am to 3pm, courtyard by the Witherspoon Grill
Visit the downtown farmers market in downtown Princeton (@princetonfarmersmarket) to catch food, yoga, live music, and the most beautiful bouquets you’ve ever seen from the many farm stands at the market! There are so many unique finds at this farmers market, including Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms, Demi Olive Oil, LoRe artisan Pasta, Curries and Chutneys, and Bon Nut Butters and Sweets. You can even get lunch take-out from Terra Momo or Jammin’ Crepes along the way. When you’re done walking around, grab a quick massage from The Touch that Heals — you deserve it!
Downtown Toms River Farmer’s Market: Wednesdays, 11am to 4pm, 28-46 Hadley Avenue (free parking at the Ocean County Parking Garage)
Don’t miss picking up some new spices from Wicked Good Spice Mixes, such as ‘Clucking Good Chicken’, ‘MMM…Meatloaf’, and ‘A Fish Seasoning Called Wanda’. Fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables from Krowicki’s Farm are a local favorite. Also stop by the High Mountain Foods tent to check out their selection of fish, meats, and cheeses.
Collingswood Farmers Market: 8am to 12pm, between Haddon Ave and the PATCO Speedline
Every week, this jam-packed farmers market the farmers market posts a guide online that includes all the info you may need before heading out that weekend! This farmers market is big on Jersey Fresh produce, boasts some notable local meat vendors, including Buck Wild Bison, Wilk Lamb Farm, and Woods Edge Wool Farm (which farms yak!).
Other noteworthy vendors that make their appearances at a number of NJ farmer’s markets are:
- Windy Brow Farms (@windybrowfarms) which offer produce, flowers, and delicious homemade ice cream); Wichdogs Street Food (@wichdogs_streetfoodandcatering) who make hot dogs, gourmet sausages, sandwiches and other street food
- Secret Garden Soap of Madison make their own goat’s milk soaps and lotions
- For those who are looking for yummy vegan, gluten-free, organic treats Ester’s Treats (@esterstreats) are an excellent go-to
- Spoon Me Soups (@spoonmesoups) offer a variety of all natural soups aimed to be both exotic and healthy
- The beloved Empanada Lady (@cyndiemanadalady), who has a food truck and is a farmer’s market favorite, serves sandwiches like the El Cubano, as well as other meat, veggie, and even sweet empanadas.
There are a number of local farms that are also frequent staples of the farmer’s market scene:
- Alstede Farms (@alstedefarms)
- Griggstown Farm (@griggstownfarm484)
- Union Hill Farms (@unionhillfarms)
- The Farmer & the Chickpea
- Melick’s Town Farm (@melickstownfarm)
- Sweet Carol’s
- Race Farm
- Valley Shepherd Creamery
- Squirrel and the Bee (@squirrelandthebee)
- Ideal Farms
And there are more farmers markets in NJ than we could even list! But here’s a start.
- Madison: Thursdays, 2-7pm, Central Ave between Main St. and Cook Ave
- Denville (@denvillemarket): Sundays, 8:30am-1pm, Bloomfield Ave in Downtown Denville
- Hopatcong: Sundays, 9am-2pm, 111 River Styx Rd
- Chester: Sundays, 10am-3pm, Gazebo Park (175 Main St)
- Maplewood: Mondays, 2-7pm, Springfield Ave between Yale & Oberlin Streets
- Englewood: Fridays, 11am-6pm, Depot Square Park
- Nutley: 9am-2pm, 537 Franklin Ave
- Westfield: 8am-1:30pm, North Ave Train Station
- Sussex County: 9am-2pm, 37 Plains Road in Augusta, NJ
There are so many more creative and unique and tasty vendors out there! Remember, most markets run not only in summer time, but also through the fall as well. If we missed any, let us know!
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