Farmers Markets in NJ: It’s Not Just About the Veggies


Farmers Market, Photo Courtesy of Pixabay


Spring has finally arrived and we’re rediscovering all of its beautiful gifts. One favorite spring tradition is exploring local farmers markets where juicy fruits, crispy vegetables, fresh eggs, homemade preserves, and other delicious foods await. Farmers markets have evolved into local vendor havens where unique delicacies and treasures abound. Each town’s farmers market offers special items in addition to fruits and veggies, making them virtually irresistible.

Here’s New Jersey Next’s guide to the some of the best finds at individual New Jersey farmers markets. Visit their websites for locations, hours, vendor names, and more information. (Check Jersey Fresh’s website for opening days).

Let us know if you don’t see your favorite farmers market or specialty item by emailing editor@newjerseynext.com

Northern Jersey

Chatham Borough

Chatham Borough Farmers Market receives routine visits from Pizza Vita, a food truck featuring a wood-burning oven, where hungry patrons can enjoy a pie in less than two minutes. For those who are gluten-intolerant, the market also hosts gluten-free favorites made by Paolo’s Kitchen and Squirrel & the Bee.

You can also find wing sauces, gourmet empanadas, sweet plantains, yucca fries, and much more.

Hoboken

Colorful Produce at Garden Street Farmers Market

Garden Street Farmers Market’s most popular offerings include Choc·O·Pain French Bakery & Cafe’s delicious patisseries and sandwiches. Also, Valley Shepherd’s Creamery brings a variety of freshly made hard cheeses.

Other items at the Garden Street Farmers Market include gluten-free baked goods, fresh prepared meals, homemade hummus, and other tasty goods.

Jersey City

Riverview Farmers Market’s special items include El Chilango’s made-to-order tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, and tortas. Don’t miss Gina’s Bakery where you’ll find cookies, muffins, scones and pastries made with the freshest ingredients.

Other vendors offer chai products, natural body care items, Cuban sandwiches, and a crab and lobster food truck.

Montclair

Montclair Farmers Market’s attendees love Stefan’s Specialty Foods’ handmade pierogis, stuffed cabbage, and other Polish favorites. Seafood lovers enjoy Shore Catch’s fresh fish caught off the shore in Barnegat.

You’ll also find croissants, bratwursts, creamery cheese, a Mexican food truck, and other delights at the Montclair Farmers Market.

Summit

Summit Farmers Market features popular Ester’s Treats which include perfect scones and other amazing baked goods. People also love the WoodsEdge Farm alpaca hats, scarves, and socks.

Summit Farmers Market also has gourmet salads and sandwiches, fruit sorbets, artisanal homemade pasta, and Italian prepared dinners as well as other items.

Central Jersey

Brick

Brick Farmers Market, Photo Courtesy of Brick Farmers Market

Brick Farmers Market’s Calvino’s makes their fresh mozzarella on site, sauces, and their fresh ravioli are wildly popular. Brick Farmers Market is also the place to get Cream Ridge Winery’s handcrafted white wines, red wines, and original fruit wines.

In addition, you’ll find organic dog biscuits, lasagna rollets, woodwork made from fallen trees, organic Puerto Rican sofrito and empanadas, beef jerky and bacon jerky, and more.

Highland Park

Main Street Highland Park’s Will’s Amazing Vegan Burgers are healthy and delicious, which makes them a popular pick. Visitors also love the Global Grace Cafe’s Indian, Syrian, Jamaican, Ugandan, and Indonesian cuisine. Another favorite is House of Treasures, which offers essential oils, bath salts, and aromatherapy products.

Other goodies at Main Street Highland Park are gourmet grilled cheese, Thai food, Greek pastries, Puppy Pies (for your pup), and lots more.

Hunterdon

Hunterdon Farmers Market’s favorites are Fired Up Flatbread’s breakfast and lunch pizzas and Fulper Family Farmstead hand-braided mozzarella string cheese.

Other items include tasty pot pie, llama and alpaca clothing accessories, and plenty more.

Scotch Plains

Kettle Corn, Photo Courtesy of Scotch Plains Farmers Market

Scotch Plains Farmers Market features Backiel’s Lithuanian Bakery’s artisan-crafted Lithuanian breads and cakes. Another favorite is Florence Ravioli Company’s rectangular ravioli that’s been served at the Reservoir Restaurant since 1941.

Other tems you’ll find at the Scotch Plains Farmers Market are organic cookies made with European butter and Belgium chocolates, vegan home-style baked goods, Polish comfort food, kettle corn, plus more.

Stockton

Stockton’s Farmers Market’s favorite foods include Pulled Fork BBQ’s Texas-style smoked bbq, and Sciascia Confections artisanal gourmet chocolate, confections, and french macarons.

It also features Turkish botanical body care products, Mediterranean delicacies, Mexican food, a patisserie, and more.

Southern Jersey

Bridgeton

Trays of Chocolate Covered Strawberries, Photo Courtesy of Marty’s Candy & Bulk Food

Bridgeton Amish Market features a sweet throwback: Marty’s Candy and Bulk Foods that carries old fashion candies, popcorn creations, and caramel apples. Another favorite is Balic Winery’s handcrafted and award-winning European-style wines.

Bridgeton Amish Market also has an indoor section that houses health and beauty products, ice cream, pretzels, and Amish vendors.

Burlington

Burlington County Farmers Market’s popular bread pudding is made by Yours Exclusively Desserts. There are 15 types of bread puddings including a “sugar free” version. Another favorite stop is MS Food Creations for their delicious crab cakes (also their vodka sauce, chicken salad and rice pudding are crowd pleasers).

Other special products are wings, prepared foods, gift baskets, homemade soups, and more.

Haddonfield

A Rainbow of Peppers, Photo Courtesy of Haddonfield Farmers Market

Haddonfield Farmers Market boasts plenty of tantalizing goodies like vegan fruit and vegetable guacamole salsas made by Anita’s Guacamole. Another fav is John & Kira’s gourmet chocolate. Prepare to drool.

You’ll also find homemade cheese spreads, gourmet gifts and gift baskets, seafood, handmade soap, and other products.

Click on Jersey Fresh to search for local farmers markets. Jersey Fresh also provides facts about produce sales in the Garden State and recipes.