Going the the grocery store is fine and dandy, but farmers markets are so much more fun. They bring the community together, focused around fresh, healthy fruits and veggies, along with a selection of goods by local vendors. They’re great way to spend a day, and lucky for us, New Jersey has plenty. You wouldn’t expect less from the Garden State.
1. Cowtown Farmers Market
One of the most popular farmers markets in the state, Cowtown (780 Harding Hwy, Pilesgrove) has been in business for 90 years. The indoor/outdoor market is held each week on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8-4, year-round. In addition to fresh food, there is a flea market and over 400 vendors.
2. Sparta Farmers Market
Sparta Farmers Market is now held year-round. The summer market (which started May 7th) is held on Saturdays from 9-1 at the Sparta Health and Wellness Center. The winter farmers market is held on Saturdays at the Sparta Middle School from 9:30-1. There are over two dozen vendors in the summer season including Kittatinny Mountain Farm, Hummus Boss, and Mo Green Juice.
3. Princeton Farmers Market
Princeton Farmers Market runs on Thursdays from 11-4, between May 19th and November 17th. It is held rain or shine in Hinds Plaza. Enjoy over a dozen vendors including Jammin' Crepes, Jersey City Veggie Burgers, Picklelicious and Terhune Orchards.
4. Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmers Market
This farmers market is held from May-December, 4-8 pm on Mondays and Thursdays in the Grove Street PATH Plaza. Enjoy fruits and veggies from local farms along with baked goods and fresh cut flowers. With vendors like Bread and Spoon, Raritan Bakery, How Sweet It Is, Bang Cookies and Elements Truffles, the selection of sweets is fantastic.
5. Berlin Farmers Market
This indoor/outdoor market is located at 41 Clementon Road, Berlin. The outdoor market is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8-4 and offers fresh produce and over 700 vendor spaces selling food, farm fare, flea market finds and more. The indoor market is open Thursday-Saturday from 9-8 and Sunday from 9-6. You'll find over 70 shops indoors selling food, furniture, Amish goods and more.
6. Stockton Farmers Market
This indoor market is located at 19 Bridge St. in Stockton and held on Fridays from 3-7, Saturdays from 9-4 and on Sundays from 10-4. You'll find nearly two dozen vendors including Apple Ridge Farm which offers amazing breads, Curiosity Doughnuts, Metropolitan Seafood, Bonjour Creperie and Storybrook Farm.
7. Ramsey Farmers Market
Ramsey's indoor market is held on Sundays from December through March, 10-2 at the Eric Smith School. The outdoor market is held on Sundays from June-November, 9-2, at the Ramsey Main Street Train Station. Shop for fresh food and natural gifts from over 40 different indoor and outdoor vendors including Spice It Up (spices), Southtown Farms (meat and eggs), Valley Shepherd Creamery (cheese, butter, yogurt) and Villa Milagro (wines). Please note that not all vendors are available every week.
8. Trenton Farmers Market
What began as an outdoor market in 1948 is now an indoor market held at 960 Spruce Street
Lawrence Township. Summer hours are Wednesday-Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 10-4. Enjoy over a dozen vendors selling meat, cheese, seafood, fruits, vegetables and baked goods. Options include Cedarville Farms, The Pie'd Piper, Pulaski Meats and The Amish Country Store.
9. Point Pleasant Beach Farmers Market
The seasonal market is held on Sundays from 10-2 in the Borden's parking lot, June 5 through September 25. Reviewers highly recommend the fresh eggs.
10. Summit Farmers Market
This market is located at DeForest Avenue & Maple Street, and held on Sundays, 8-1, from April 17 through November 20. There will be half a dozen farmers on hand along with other vendors selling prepared foods and gifts. Options include Lizzmonade, Boxwood Coffee and Secret Garden Soap.
11. Denville Farmers Market
The summer farmers market is held on Sundays, 8:30-1, from May 1 to November 20 in the Bloomfield Ave. parking lot in Downtown Denville. Choose from around two dozen vendors including Circle Brook Farm, the Empanada Lady, Happy Harvest Hydroponics, Melick's Town Farm and Lazy Susan's Granola.
12. Garden Street Farmers Market
Opening day for this outdoor market is June 4th. It will be held rain or shine on Saturdays from 9-2 at 14th and Garden Street in Hoboken. One of several farmers markets in Hoboken, vendors here include Squirrel & the Bee Grainless Bake Shop, Anita's Guacamole and Stony HIll Farms.
13. Burlington County Farmers Market
This market is currently open and held Saturdays until October 29th, 8:30-1. The location is 500 Centerton Rd. in Moorestown. In addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, there will be live music, master gardeners on hand to answer your questions, crafters and over 30 other vendors to choose from.
14. West Windsor Community Farmers Market
In its 13th season this year, the market can be found in the Vaughn Drive lot of the Princeton Junction train station. It is held on Saturdays from 9-1, beginning in May and running until Thanksgiving. Choose from nearly 15 farm vendors and over a dozen non-farm vendors including Cherry Grove Farm, Fields Without Fences, Jeff's Organic Produce and Frank's Pickled Peppers.
15. Brick Farmers Market
Enjoy scenic Metedeconk River views from this market's location at Windward Beach Park. It is held on Saturdays from April 25-September 12, 9-12. In addition to farm goods, shop sea glass jewelry from Sea Glass Jewelry by Kristen, natural soaps from LAVE Handmade Soap, soy candles from The Candle Bistro and incredible cookie shooters from La La's Gourmet Cookies.
16. Ringwood Farmers Market
Held on Saturdays from 9-1 at the Ringwood Park & Ride, opening day is May 28th. There will be live music including a performance by The Voice contestant, Garrett Gardner. Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, honey, jam, eggs, pasta and more.
17. Brigantine Farmers Market
This outdoor market is held on Revere Boulevard between 15th and 16th Streets, on Saturdays starting May 28th from 8:30-12. The market runs until September 3rd, with an autumn market event on October 8th.
18. Collingswood Farmers Market
The Collingswood Famers Market is held on Saturdays, 8-2, starting the first week of May until Thanksgiving between Haddon Avenue and the PATCO station. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome for a small fee that helps to support local rescue groups. Bring your own reusable bags or learn to make one from an old t-shirt. Vendors include Eckerts Corn, selling corn and homemade dressings, Hymer Farms selling produce and plants, Savoie Organic Farm
, selling organic produce and farm-raised duck eggs, and La Pooch Patisserie, selling bakery-style dog treats.
These 18 New Jersey farmers markets are just a sampling of what the state has to offer. There are dozens of markets to choose from in the Garden State, so find one near you, shop for fresh produce and support small businesses and local farmers.