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A Trip To Bountiful: Jersey Farmers' Markets

Where farmers and shoppers meet, both benefit. Growers get a warm reception and a fair price, consumers unsurpassed quality and freshness—and a window into where our food comes from.

Posted March 12, 2013 by Tammy La Gorce

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West Windsor Farmers' Market
Kyle Goedde and Rita Robinson, apprentice farmers at North Slope Farm in Lambertville, present their crops at the West Windsor farmers’ market. Top, a handful of exotic mushrooms.
Photo by Michael David Howarth.

West Windsor Farmers' Market
At farmers’ markets across the state, including this one at West Windsor, growers and buyers come together over tables loaded with gorgeous edibles.
Photo by Michael David Howarth.

Jersey City Farmers' Market
Jersey City’s hardscapes brighten on Sundays with fresh produce, flowers and shoppers thronging its Grove Street farmers’ market.
Photo by Michael David Howarth.

West Windsor Farmers' Market
Kids find healthy snacks and refreshing beverages like fresh-squeezed orange juice at the West Windsor market.
Photo by Michael David Howarth.

A few years ago, Zach Nelson would not have called himself, as he does now, “a crunchy-granola kind of guy.” Then two things changed the Princeton resident’s life.

One was the artisanal foods movement, whose most visible manifestation just might be the tents and brimming tables at farmers’ markets that fill fields and parking lots from spring through fall. Nationwide, the number of community-hosted farmers’ markets has grown from 2,863 in 2000 to more than 7,800 in 2012, according to the nonprofit, Virginia-based Farmers Market Coalition. In New Jersey, roughly 148 such markets will operate this season.

“I’m really into it,” says Nelson, perusing stalls overflowing with deep-green, organic rainbow chard, bulbous heads of cheddar-yellow cauliflower and grapefruit-sized Mutsu apples at the West Windsor Farmers’ Market. “I love that restaurants are reviving the practice of making things like breads and cheeses. I see the farmers’ market as an extension of that.”

Nelson’s second revelation was parenthood. “Having young kids will definitely make you more aware of what you’re eating,” he says, as he roams the sprawling market with his 21-month-old son, Myles. Visiting the market—which this particular Saturday offered everything from pesticide-free eggs to alpaca-wool socks—is ingrained in the family’s weekend routine. “Myles likes the Macintosh apples I get here.”
What Nelson calls crunchiness, participants on both sides of the table might call the value of flavor, freshness and meeting the people who grow—or buy—our food. A farmer interviewed for a 2009 study by the Rutgers Food Innovation Center said that at farmers’ markets, he can sell produce that is actually ripe—produce whose very ripeness would fail wholesale grading standards.

No one entity oversees farmers’ markets in New Jersey, according to Lynne Richmond, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Agriculture (NJDA) in Trenton. Almost all are organized and operated by community organizations, many with municipal support, and staffed by volunteers. Each market sets its own rules as to what can be sold and where it has to come from. Almost all charge farmers a fee, currently averaging about $25 a day, says William Walker, an NJDA agricultural marketing specialist. But in most cases those fees don’t cover the costs of running the market. As a grassroots movement, the markets tend to attract what the Rutgers study called “organizers who are dedicated and committed to serving the communities they know and care about.”

Yet overall, the markets are big business. In 2007, says Richmond, 1,931 New Jersey farms generated $30.1 million in revenue through direct marketing, which includes sales at farmers’ markets, roadside stands and at the farms themselves. Sales at any one market might seem like a pebble tossed in a pond, but the ripple is impressive. A farmers’ markets study found that in 2010, the Flemington market, operated by the Hunterdon Land Trust, had an annual regional impact of $2.6 million.

While customers get a superior product at prices that average out to about what supermarkets charge, the people with dirt on their boots get a lifeline. “Farmers typically only get 50 percent of retail when selling wholesale, so this is a much more profitable way to sell their produce,” says Walker. In addition, he says, the presence of farmers at local markets helps promote “agritourism visits by patrons, families and schoolchildren.”

For farmers like Brandt Davis, whose family owns Stony Hill Gardens and Farmers’ Market in Chester, the markets are crucial. “They’re at least 50 percent of the business we do,” he says as he bundles broccoli into a plastic bag for a customer at the Grove Street Farmers’ Market in Jersey City. Behind that customer snakes a line of 22 shoppers, giving them plenty of time to inspect Davis’s buckets of farm-grown flowers. (After produce, flowers are the most-offered products at Jersey farmers’ markets, according to a 2007 survey.) Nearby, a flotilla of food trucks prepares to serve hungry shoppers.

“We do markets every day of the week until Christmas for eight or nine months of the year,” says Davis. “The other three months we spend prepping for when they open again.”

The pace can be exhausting. “We all work in the field, too, so everybody in my family is putting in 100-hour weeks from July through November,” Davis says. He isn’t complaining. “People tell you how great the quality is, how they can’t find anything better. That keeps us feeling good about what we’re doing.”

By Mary Ann Castronovo Fusco

Blairstown This small market in farm country boasts some of the lowest prices for fresh produce. Selections include bushels of fruit from Best’s Fruit Farm (Hackettstown); vegetables from Godlewsky Farms (Great Meadows) and Arena Farms (Columbia) and pesticide- and herbicide-free fruit, herbs and hot peppers from Kimball’s Farm (Belvidere). LL Pittenger Farm (Andover) sells hormone- and antibiotic-free meats. Saturdays, 10 am-2 pm, Jun 1-Oct 26; lot at Route 521 and Stillwater Rd, across from Blairstown Elementary School;

Hoboken For the 17th year, tents will rise downtown on the broad sidewalk in front of the CVS across from City Hall, near the PATH station and half a block from Carlo’s Bake Shop, home of TV’s Cake Boss. Melick’s Town Farm (Oldwick and Califon), Starbrite Farm (Andover) and Union Hill Farms (Denville) are regulars. The newer uptown market features Gina’s Bakery (Montclair), Hoboken Farms (Hoboken), Jeff’s Organic Produce (Monroe), Ort Farms (Long Valley) and Stony Hill Gardens and Farmer's Market (Chester). Both are sponsored by the Hoboken Quality of Life Coalition. Downtown: Tuesdays, 3-7:30 pm, Jun 25-Nov 19; Washington St between Newark St and Observer Hwy; Uptown: Thursdays, 3-7:30 pm, Hudson St between 13th and 14th sts;

Jersey City Held in a park on the ridge that is Jersey City Heights, this market—one of several in Jersey City—boasts unsurpassed views of downtown J.C., Hoboken and Manhattan. While grownups rave about samosas and sweets from Honey Bakery and zesty barbecue sauces from Uncle Bud’s (both in Jersey City) and shop for organic and conventional produce from Alstede Farms (Chester) or grass-fed beef from Nature’s Own (Juliustown), kids can head for the nearby playground and shoot hoops. Plenty of park benches and lawns for picnicking. Sundays, 9 am-2 pm, May 5 – Oct 27; Palisade and Ogden avenues between Griffith and Bowers streets;

Montclair Ostrich tastes like mammal and cooks like fish, explains Lou Braxton of Roaming Acres (Andover), who sells ostrich meat and associated products here. Entering its 21st season, Montclair can be counted on for produce from Tree-Licious (Pt. Murray), Starbrite Farm (Andover), Sunden’s Stone Pointe Farm (Old Tappan), Matarazzo Farms (Belvidere and North Caldwell) and Vacchiano Farm (Washington), which also sells meat. There’s honey from Tassot Apiaries (Milford), Mangalitsa pork from Møsefund Farm (Branchville), seafood from Shore Catch (Barnegat) and specialties from pickles to pierogi. They get up to 3,000 visitors a week in midsummer, so arrive early for the best selection. Saturdays, 8 am-2 pm; Jun 1-Nov 16; Walnut St train station;

Morristown Everything’s from Jersey: cakes and breads from Baker’s Bounty (Linden); pickles from Pickle Licious (Teaneck); produce from Alstede Farm (Chester); Jeff’s Organic Produce (Monroe Township), Michisk’s Farm (Hunterdon), Pittstown Fruit Farm and Union Hill Farm (Denville). There’s poultry from Griggstown Quail Farm (Princeton), meats from LL Pittenger Farm (Andover) and seafood from Shore Catch (Barnegat). Non-food vendors from Morristown are invited the second Sunday of each month, when musicians add sound to the scene; fourth Sundays feature Morristown-based health practitioners. The market is about to start its 23rd year. Sundays, 8:30 am-2 pm; Jun 16-Nov 24; parking lot at Spring and Morris streeets;

Ramsey Many of the 30-plus vendors cross the nearby New York border to sell here. “A quality farmer is a quality farmer,” says Nancy Boone, a volunteer who manages the market, which pulls some 1,000 customers a week. Attractions include seafood from Pura Vida Fisheries (Hampton Bays, New York), produce from Matarazzo Farms (Belvidere and North Caldwell), wines from Ventimiglia Vineyard (Wantage) and grass-fed chicken and eggs from Southtown Farms, down the road in Mahwah. Artisans sell pottery, jewelry and knits. LL Pittenger Farm (Andover) sells its naturally raised meat when the market moves indoors for the winter. Sundays, 9 am-2 pm, Jun 2–Nov 24; Ramsey train station; Sundays, 10 am-2 pm, Dec 1-Mar 31, inside Eric S. Smith Middle School, 73 Monroe St;

Ringwood Vendors within a 100-mile radius are allowed at this nearly 7-year-old market, steps away from the public library. You’ll find organic produce and local honey from Nina’s Red Barn Farm (Ringwood), meats and eggs from Snoep Winkel Farm (Branchville) and produce from Orchards of Concklin (Pomona, NY) and Bialas Farm (New Hampton). Edgwick Farm (Cornwall, NY) offers goat’s milk and meat; B&B Jams (New City, NY); Conturso’s (Towaco) stuffed breads; Fontanarosa’s (Totowa) offers ravioli; and artisans sell their crafts. Saturdays, 9 am to 1 pm, May 25-Oct 26, Park and Ride lot on Cannici Drive off Skyline Drive; third Saturday of the month, Nov-Apr, 10 am-noon;
Sparta Set on the rolling lawn of Town Hall, this market is run by Ben Del Coro, a former chef who works for Fossil Farms (Boonton), which raises specialty meats. His cooking demos use ingredients from the market to deliver what he calls “a taste of Sussex County.” Purveyors include Churutabis Farm (Branchville) for duck, goat, chicken, rabbit, guinea fowl and heritage turkey, and Kittatinny Mountain Farm (Wantage) for produce. The vibe is so friendly that one of the vendors got married at the market. (Psst: The municipal complex has public restrooms.) Saturdays, 9:30 am to 1 pm, Jun 1-Oct 26; 65 Main St, parking lot of the municipal building;

Summit Expect special events for this 20th season. Summit merchants can sell products or services, but the focus remains on food—honey from Tassot Apiaries (Milford); produce from Cherry Grove Organic Farm (Princeton), Race Farm (Blairstown) and Vacchiano Farm (Washington); glass-bottled milk and freshly churned butter from Green Market Dairy (Clifton); meat from LL Pittenger Farm (Andover); seafood from Shore Catch (Barnegat); artisanal fruit spreads from Jams by Kim (Hillsborough); local stuffed breads from Mangia Feast (Chatham); and sweets from Brownie Points Bakery (Summit). Through Give It Fresh Today, shoppers can buy extra food to donate. Last year, 5,000 pounds of food was donated to SHIP (Summit Helping Its People) and to St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen in Newark. Sundays, 8 am-1 pm, May-Jun and Sept–Nov, parking lot at Maple St and Deforest Ave; July–Aug, Beachwood Road;

By Pat Tanner

Asbury Park When Sandy struck, it wasn’t clear how it would affect the Carousel Farmers’ Market, the only one in the state held on a boardwalk. “We’d hold the market in the sand if we needed to!” declares Leslie Feingold, one of two powerhouse women behind the project (the other is Asbury Park restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach). Fortunately, the market’s section of the boardwalk survived largely unscathed, so expect the return of Carousel’s lineup of local organic farms, including Jersey’s only lavender farm, Pleasant Valley (Morganville), as well as prepared foods like the fiery sauces from Feingold’s own Mazi’s Hot Sauces (Asbury Park); organic, vegan sweets from Passion Flour Cupcakery (Forked River); and tasty spears from Jaker’s Pickles (Asbury Park). Thursdays, 4 pm to dusk, Jun 20-Oct 6; First and Ocean avenues;

Flemington “Why does a land trust run a farmers’ market?” asks the website of the Hunterdon Land Trust, answering: “Because buying local keeps family farmers in business and farmland intact.” Up to 20 farmers and food artisans assemble behind the big barn at Dvoor Farm each week, routinely attracting about 1,000 visitors. Among its draws are cheeses and breads from Bobolink Farms (Milford) and native wildflowers from Toadshade Wildflower Farm (Frenchtown), whose proprietor, Dr. Randi Eckel, is a gregarious authority on same. Sundays, 9 am to 1 pm, May –Nov (and limited winter hours); Dvoor Farm, Route 12 Circle;

Lawrence/Trenton At least five of the nine participating Central and South Jersey farms have been in this market since its inception in 1948. Yet this year-round, indoor-outdoor market does change with the times: The recent addition of a creperie, an Amish Country Store and bakery and, most significantly, the Amish takeover of the beloved Esh’s Meats have reinvigorated the place. Don’t expect fancy-schmancy or organic, but do look forward to blueberries from nearby Pineland Farms (Hammonton), cider donuts from Terhune Orchards (Princeton) and scrapple and pork roll brought in from Lancaster County in Pennsylvania. You’ll find stalls hawking everything from Tupperware to Fuller Brush products, not to mention vendor shelves groaning with Polish and Mexican groceries and goods from Hambone Opera Barbecue. Tuesday–Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm, May 1 through Oct 31 (winter hours: Thursday–Saturday, 9 am to 6 pm); 960 Spruce St, Lawrence;

New Brunswick The Rutgers Gardenmarket was voted Middlesex County’s favorite in a 2012 poll of Home News Tribune readers. It features meat, eggs and leather from ostriches raised at Roaming Acres (Andover); pork and goat meat from the university’s own Cook Campus Farm in New Brunswick; sweets from Charley’s Organic Toffee (Mountainside); fresh-made sauces and pasta from Paolo’s Kitchen (New Providence); smoked kielbasa, stuffed cabbage and other Polish goodies from Stefan’s Pure Blend (Wayne) and even an every-other-week knife-sharpening service. Fridays, 11 am to 5 pm; May 3–Nov 22; 112 Ryder’s Ln;

Somerville Positioned on the green next to the imposing, white-marble Somerset County Courthouse, the market lets you imagine you’ve turned back the clock just by turning your back to the cars on Main Street. Here you’ll find produce from Country Stand Farm (Closter) and Stony Hill Farm (Chester) among the dozen-plus stalls. Vendors like Ester’s (vegan baked goods) and Baby Bear (handmade baby food) return you, in a good way, to the 21st century. Thursdays, noon–6 pm; Jun 21–Oct 31; Grove St between Main and E High sts;

Stockton Farmers here hail from both sides of the Delaware. The products come from farms such as Gravity Hill, Purely, Tullamore and Storybook. The meats are all pasture raised and include many heritage breeds, and the fruit and produce is all raised on local farms. A carefully selected collection of artisans sell their baked goods, marmalades, pot pies and chocolates. The market also features a top-notch fishmonger, Metropolitan Seafood, a barbecue (Ron’s Barbecue); an artisanal ice cream maker (Half Pint Kitchens); and a cafe. Fridays, 3–7 pm; Saturdays, 9 am–4 pm; Sundays, 10 am–4 pm; 19 Bridge St;

West Windsor Voted New Jersey’s favorite farmers’ market in a 2012 poll of farmers, policy experts and researchers by the American Farmland Trust, West Windsor brings in a dozen meat, dairy and produce farms, organic and conventional, including Griggstown, Cherry Grove (Lawrenceville) and Terhune Orchards (Princeton). You’ll also encounter harder-to-find items like Asian produce from Chia-Sin (Pittstown) and microgreens and herbs from North Slope (Lambertville). Artisanal eats include ketchup from First Field (Princeton), barbecue sauces from FunniBonz (West Windsor), and hot, made-to-order, sweet and savory Jammin’ Crepes (Princeton). Saturdays, 9 am–1 pm, May-Nov; Princeton Junction train station; ­­

By Robert Strauss

Atlantic City While the state’s 2012 takeover of the city’s main tourist district emphasized big-time entertainment and shopping, one of the first things the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority did with the new mandate was enhance the farmers’ market. Most of the vendors, including Hedgerow Farms, are from nearby towns like Franklinville, and bring the top-notch berries and veggies customers are seeking. Local bakeries, especially Italian ones, like Rando Italian Bakery of A.C., are always represented. Cut flowers abound. It’s another reason to get off the Boardwalk and celebrate the city. Thursdays and Saturdays, 9 am–3 pm; early Jul–late Sep; Atlantic Ave between North and South Carolina avenues;

Berlin Opened in the 1940s, when Berlin was an outpost surrounded by ranches and cropland, the market has thrived as the borough has grown and suburbanized. At the weekend flea market, dozens of vendors (including the sought-after Golden Touch Pretzels) hawk tchotchkes and food, while the indoor market has more stores. The main draw is ethnic foods—Amish bakers, Asian spices, Italian meats and cheeses. Thursday-Saturday, 10 am–9 pm; Sunday, 10 am–6 pm, year-round; 41 Clementon Rd;

Collingswood With bands almost always serenading shoppers in summer, the Saturday-morning market takes on the air of a community fiesta. The market runs for several blocks under the PATCO High-Speed Line a block south of the Haddon Avenue shopping strip. You’ll find lots of Italian and Latino items, plants, honeys, spices, herbs, tomatoes and flowers from vendors like Buzby’s Market (Woodstown) and Springdale Farms (Cherry Hill). Saturdays, 8–noon, May 4–Oct 26;. Collings to Irving avenues along Atlantic;

Columbus In 1919, a horse-trading and livestock market started in the rural Burlington County town of Columbus. Ten years later, it moved to its current site northeast of Willingboro, bisecting Route 206. Its indoor and outdoor flea- and farmers’-market facilities now cover 200 acres with vendors such as Cannuli’s Produce, Stoney Brook Garden Center and Willow Valley Meats. Indoors you’ll find 30 or more vendors, a boon on inclement days. Columbus probably has the biggest Amish market outside Philadelphia, with six huge stores selling goods ranging from pretzels to fresh meats. Other vendors offer cut flowers, herbs, even vitamins. Thursday-Sunday, hours vary; May–Nov; 2919 Rte 206;

Haddonfield Small but well stocked, the market functions symbiotically with the kitschy Kings Highway shopping district. Lots of volunteers help direct shoppers to the various vendors. There’s a good range of cut flowers and plants. Head to the upscale shops after picking out your veggies. Saturdays, 8:30 am–1 pm; May 18–Oct 26; Kings Court, 150 Kings Hwy E;

Pilesgrove Cowtown is the oldest continuous weekly rodeo in the United States, and on Saturdays you can make a day of it by arriving before the show for the Cowtown Farmers’ Market just to the west along U.S. 40. This is major farm country, so everything is super-fresh. You can find meats, cheeses and, not the least, Western wear. The Amish come, too, selling not only cut flowers but also shrubbery. Look for the big, ornery statue of a bull out front. And, seriously, stay for the rodeo—it is loads of fun on a summer Saturday night. Tuesdays and Saturdays, 8 am–4 pm, year round; 780 Route 40;

Stone Harbor For those who summer on Seven Mile Island—home of the tony resort towns of Avalon and Stone Harbor—the Stone Harbor farmers’ market is a godsend. Bakeries supplement the seven or eight produce stands. These are usually joined by fish vendors, cheese purveyors and specialty honey, coffee or herb specialists. Nearby, the 96th Street shopping strip beckons with upscale dress shops and mid-scale beach-stuff stores. Sundays, 8–noon; late June –Labor Day; under the water tower at 95th St and 2nd Ave;

Dates and times subject to change.

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Additional farmer's markets:

Emerson: Sundays, 10 am–3 pm; June-Oct Emerson Train Station
Englewood: Thursday, 9 am-1 pm; Oct-April; Historic Dearborn St
Fort Lee: Sunday, 8 am-2 pm; June 30-Nov 24; Plaza of Fort Lee Community Center (1355 Inwood Terrace)
Hasbrouck Heights: Tuesday, 12-6 pm; June 18-Oct 31; Parking lot at 320 Boulevard
Haworth: Tuesday, 2-7 pm; mid-June-end of October; Terrace Street parking lot across from the pond
Paramus: Wednesday, 2:30-6:30 pm; June 19-Sept 18; Petruska Memorial Park’s North Parking Lot (475 Farview Ave)
Ridgewood: Sunday, 9 am-3 pm; June 23-Nov 3; West side of NJ train station
River Vale: Thursday, 12-6 pm; June 20-Oct 24; Town Hall parking lot (406 River Vale Road)
Boonton: Saturday, 8:30 am-2 pm; June 8-Nov 16; Upper Plane Street parking lot, 808 Main St
Chatham Borough: Saturday, 8 am-1 pm; June 15-Nov 23; Train station, Railroad Plaza off Fairmont Ave
Denville: Sunday, 8:30 am-1 pm; June 16-Nov 24; parking lot adjacent to 21 Bloomfield Ave
Long Valley: Thursday, 3-7 pm; April-Dec,;The Market Square Building (20 Schooley’s Mountain Road)
Riverdale: Tuesday, 2:30-7 pm; June 18-Oct 8; 211 Hamburg Turnpike at Glenburn Estates
Nutley: Sunday, 9 am-1 pm; June 16-Oct 27; Franklin Ave and William St, lot 1
Roseland: Friday, 12-7 pm/dusk; June 14-Oct 2;, Roseland and Harrison Aves
West Orange: Friday, 12-6 pm; June 28-Oct 25; parking lot behind Town Hall, (66 Main Street)
Hawthorne: Sunday, 9 am-2 pm; June 23-Oct 27; Grand Ave behind the library
Little Falls: Thursday, 4-8:30 pm (free concert in the park series from 7-8 pm); June 27-Aug 29; Memorial Park (Wilmore and 1st Ave and Main Street)
Jersey City – Friends of Van Vorst Park: Saturday; 8:30 am-3:30 pm; April 27-Dec; Jersey Ave and Montgomery St near Grove St PATH
Jersey City – Hamilton Park: Wednesday; 3-7:30 pm; April 17-Dec 18, Hamilton Park
Jersey City –Historic Downtown District: Monday and Thursday; 4-8 pm, May 13-Dec 19, Grove Street Path Plaza
Jersey City – Newport Center: Tuesday, 12-7 pm; June-Oct, level one of Newport Center Mall
Kearny: Thursday, 12-6 pm; June 20-Oct; Kearny Ave between Afton and Bergen
Augusta – Sussex County: Saturday, 9 am-2 pm; June 1-Oct 26; 37 Plains Road
Hopatcong: Sunday, 9 am-2 pm; June 16-Oct 13; Parking lot of Hopatcong Borough Municipal Building (111 River Styx Road)
Newton: Saturday, 10 am-1 pm; Nov 12-May 18; 145 Spring St
Elizabeth: Tuesday, 9 am-6 pm; June 25-Nov 26 (market preview on June 11, 25); 1 Union Square Plaza (Elizabeth Ave and High St)
Roselle Park: Wednesday, 1-6 pm; July 3-Oct 2; gazebo in Roselle Park
Scotch Plains: Saturday, 8 am-2 pm; May-Nov, 430 Park Ave
Springfield: Monday, 12-6 pm; July 1-Oct 28; 139 Mountain Ave (summer) and Ruby Field, Caldwell Place (fall)
Westfield: Saturday, 8:30 am-2 pm; June 1-Oct 26; South Ave train station (corner of Summit and South)
Hackettstown: Saturday, 9 am-2 pm; June 1-Sept; Moorse St (between Main and Washington Streets)
Washington Borough: Friday, 3-7 pm; June 21-Sept 28; 54 E. Washington Ave
Chester: Sundays, 10am-3pm, June 23-Oct 13, Perry Street

Edison: Sunday, 8 am-2 pm; June 2-Oct 27; 925 Amboy Ave
Jamesburg: Saturday, 10 am-3 pm; July 6-Sept 28; Veterans’ Park on Rte. 522/East (Railroad Ave and Lincoln Ave)
Metuchen: Saturday, 9 am-2 pm; June 15-Oct 19; Pearl Street parking lot (New and Pearl Streets)
Woodbridge: Wednesday, 3-8:30 pm (concert at 7:30 pm); June 19 or 26-Sept 25; Parker Press Park, 400 Rahway Ave
Asbury Park: Saturday, 8 am-1 pm; June 15-Oct 26; Firemen’s Park (Main and Sunset)
Atlantic Highlands: Friday, 12-6 pm; May 10-Sept 6; Veterans’ Park across from Borough Hall (111 1st Ave)
Bradley Beach: Wednesday, 11 am-4 pm; late May; Giamano’s parking lot (301 Main St/Rte 71)
Freehold: Friday, 11 am-3 pm; July 12-Oct 18; Hall of Records Plaza (1 East Main St)
Highlands: Saturday, 8:30 am-sellout, early July-end of Oct; Huddy Park
Manasquan: Thursday, 9 am-3 pm; June 27-Aug 29; Miller Preston Way
Red Bank: Sunday, 9 am-2 pm; May 12-mid-Nov; the Galleria (2 Bridge Ave)
Montgomery Friends: Saturday, 9am-1pm, June 1-Oct, Village Shopper, Route 206
Clinton: Sunday, 9 am-1 pm, May 5-Oct 27, Clinton Firehouse parking lot (1 New St)
Sergeantsville: Saturday, 8:30 am-noon; May 11-end of Oct, Rte 523 and 604, Village Green
Princeton: Thursday, 11 am-4 pm; May 16-Nov 21; Hinds Plaza at 65 Witherspoon St
Robbinsville: Monday, 3-7:30 pm; June 17-Sept 30, Washington Town Center parking lot, corner of Rte 526 and 33

Margate: Thursday, 8:30 am-12:30 pm; June 13-Aug 29; 9700 Amherst Ave
Bordentown: Wednesday, 4 pm-dusk,;June 6-Sept 26 (not on July 4); Carslake Community Center (207 Crosswicks Street)
Moorestown: Saturday, 8:30 am -1:30 pm; May 18-Oct 26; 500 Centerton Rd
Merchantville: 1st and 3rd Saturday, 9 am-1 pm; June-Oct; along Chestnut Ave at Centre St
Westmont: Wednesday, 4-7 pm; May-Oct; Haddon and Stratford avenues
Ocean City: Wednesday, 8 am-1pm; June 26-Sept 4; Tabernacle Grounds
Sea Isle: Tuesday, 8 am-1 pm; June 18-Aug 27; Excursion Park (JFK Blvd and Pleasure Ave)
Barnegat: Thursday, 12-5 pm; June 20-Oct 24 (special one on Nov 24); Gazebo Park (Rt. 9 and East Bay Ave)
Lakehurst: Sunday, time undecided; June 23-Sept 15, Lake Horicon
Manahawkin: Friday, 9 am-3 pm; June 28-July 26; 657 East Bay Ave
Seaside Park: Monday and Friday (11 am-5 pm, June 3-Sept 2); (Sunday, Sept 2-Oct 14); Marina Lawn on J St and Central Ave
Toms River: Wednesday, 11 am-5 pm; May 22-Oct 30; south corner of W. Water and Iron Streets
Uptown Pitman: Saturday, 8 am-1 pm; June 1-Sept 7; Sunset Auditorium, 200 Laurel Ave

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Shout out for NJCFC markets

Hi, nice article and thorough listing. I was disappointed of course to see the Montgomery Market listed but not featured.

All our produce growers are members of the NJ Council of Farmers and Communities, a 20-plus yr old organization dedicated to the integrity of community markets. See

The Montgomery Farmers Market is sponsored by Montgomery Friends of Open Space (
For our 11th season we are adding two new growers: Von Thun Farms from Monmouth Junction and Chickadee Creek Farms (Jess Niederer) of Hopewell. They will join our returning farmers: Griggstown, Tree-licious, Orchard Farm Organics, Simply Grazin, Fulper Farms, and Woodsedge Farms (in the fall).

Plus we have fresh bread from Terra Momo of Princeton; Jersey-grown and packaged teas, sauces and jam; and coffee, music, people and fun.
Saturdays 9-1, June 1-Oct 19, Village Shopper, Route 206 Skillman. See you there! Lorette Pruden, Market Manager

Posted by: Lorette Pruden, Belle Mead (Montgomery), NJ | Mar 23, 2013 22:57:02 PM |

PPB Farmers Market

Hello, I am writing on behalf of the Point Pleasant Beach Farmers Market. We were not listed in the Farm Market coverage and are hoping to be included.

We are entering our 8th season this summer 2013. We run on Sundays from 10-2. Stay tuned at:

Visit us on Thursday afternoons in our neighboring town of Bay Head. We will be returning to Bay Head for our second summer, as the community rebuilds from Hurricane Sandy.

Contact Kim Deitz for more information.

Posted by: Kim Deitz, Point Pleasant Beach | Mar 24, 2013 17:53:35 PM |

Markets located in Newark New Jersey

No markets listed for Newark New Jersey...please help me locate markets in Newark

Posted by: Nazly Alvarez-Lopez, Newark New Jersey | Sep 30, 2014 21:23:30 PM |

Markets located in Newark New Jersey

No markets listed for Newark New Jersey...please help me locate markets in Newark

Posted by: Nazly Alvarez-Lopez, Newark New Jersey | Sep 30, 2014 21:23:39 PM |

Markets located in Newark New Jersey

No markets listed for Newark New Jersey...please help me locate markets in Newark

Posted by: Nazly Alvarez-Lopez, Newark New Jersey | Sep 30, 2014 21:23:25 PM |

Markets located in Newark New Jersey

No markets listed for Newark New Jersey...please help me locate markets in Newark

Posted by: Nazly Alvarez-Lopez, Newark New Jersey | Sep 30, 2014 21:23:39 PM |

Best & biggest farmers makets near Jackson

We are buildinga studio-kitcehn in the Jackson area and would like to buy fresh veggies,fruits & herbs. Whats the best Farmers Market within a 30+- minutes drive from Jackson.

At our present studio (Smithtown, NY) we drive to the market at Union Sq. in NYC. Is there a market in NJ that compares to Union Sq?
Thank you for your help and advice.

Marc Resynolds, editor
631 863 2233.

Posted by: marc reynolds, editor, Jackkson | Jun 14, 2013 17:25:14 PM |

Haddon Heights Farmers Market

Haddon Heights has a weekly Farmer’s Market, also.

Here is the info from the town website:

Posted by: Will Hartsough, Haddon Heights | Jul 08, 2013 16:13:19 PM |

Bradley Beach

The market in Bradley Beach is no longer operating. According to Giamano’s it probably won’t be there this year at all.

Wednesday, 11 am-4 pm; late May; Giamano’s parking lot (301 Main St/Rte 71)

Posted by: Hank Degenring, Neptune | Jul 24, 2013 20:26:17 PM |

New farmers market -vendors wanted

I am opening a new concept farmers market in a previously occukpied 20,000 sf grocery market in Bayville NJ on Route 9

I am looking for vendors who would like to occupy stalls on a full time basis. Rent will be set and expenses shared.

If interested please contact me at

Posted by: William Klein, Tinton Falls | Aug 27, 2013 18:52:28 PM |

vendors needed for farmers market

we are looking for vendors for a farmers market on Thursdays from 10.00 am til 230 pm call 732 738-5620

Posted by: sidney pater, edison | Sep 17, 2013 11:44:11 AM |

Highland Park (in Middlesex Co) Farmers’ Market runs from May to Nov on Fridays.

Posted by: Alvin, Highland Park | Feb 22, 2014 19:26:12 PM |

Metuchen Farmers Market

Due to customer (and vendor) demand, our market season is now extended to run from mid-June to mid-November.
Visit our website at
Hope to see you there!!

Posted by: Nelson Li, Market Manager, Metuchen | Apr 08, 2014 19:53:50 PM |

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I looking for farmers markets in long branch please

Posted by: Alba, Long branch ny | Jun 16, 2014 12:52:39 PM |

Farmers Market

Please add The Farmers Market in Rutherford, NJ (Bergen County).
They are open Wednesdays and Saturdays now thru Oct.

Posted by: Marianne Barry, Rutherford | Jun 24, 2014 01:26:49 AM |

Branchburg framers market

Please add a farmers market in Branchburg NJ. Open Saturdays from 9 to 2 though September. Address is 2088 south branch rd. Branchburg NJ. It’s located on the township farm

Posted by: Farmers market Branchburg , Branchburg NJ | Jul 01, 2014 23:45:08 PM |

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