It’s the most wonderful time of the year…farmer’s market season!!! My weekends will soon be complete with my pit stop to the local market to get my weekly goodies. I subscribe to the Morristown farmers market because it happens to be right up the street. I’m treated to farm fresh fruits and vegetables directly from their sources, fresh baked breads, and chicken straight from the poultry farm; along with other occasional splurges like crisp pickles, homemade pierogis, and gourmet cheeses. It’s a food lover’s dream.
If you weren’t aware that there could be a farmer’s market in your own backyard or haven’t discovered it yet. ..here’s your chance. Jersey Fresh has a fantastic map of all the farmer’s markets around the state. I have chosen a handful from around our garden state to highlight in today’s post. After reading about these featured markets be sure to head to Jersey Fresh to get the whole list!
Ringwood Farmers Market-Passaic County: This market debuted for the season on May 23rd. Aside from their long list of vendors like Paolo’s Kitchen, The Empanada Lady, and Edgwick Farm this market has artisan and wellness events lined up for the year as well. They also have opportunities to take part in their community garden. Get the full scoop here: http://www.ringwoodfarmersmarket.org/index.html
Boonton Farmer’s Market-Morris County: Hooray for June 6th being on the way! This date marks the opening of this Morris county market. Every Saturday vendors like High Mountain Foods, Heritage Valley Farm, and The Farmhouse Kitchen will arrive at 8:30am to woo the market goers with their treats. http://www.boontonfarmersmarket.org/index.html
Montclair Farmer’s Market- Essex County: Montclair has two farmer’s markets that run weekly. The one I am featuring is their year round Saturday set up. The summer season kick off starts June 6th and visitors will get to rub elbows with Jams by Kim, Tree-Liscious Orchards, Matarzarros and more. They even have a Facebook page to keep you to date with the freshest product arriving and upcoming special events! https://www.facebook.com/MontclairFarmersMarket
Rutgers Garden Farmer’s Market-Middlesex County: Did you know Rutger’s hosts their very own farmer’s market? I had no clue until now that the University was hosting vendor gems like Beechtree Farm, O Made Granola and products from their very own Cook Campus’ Farm (Pork and Goat products). They have a very long and impressive list of farmers and artisans lined up for this year. Take a peek: http://www.rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/farmMarketVendors.html
Asbury Fresh Market-Monmouth County: The Asbury local, artisan, farmer’s market is back and better than ever. As this shore location continues to rise on the hot spot list, apparently so does their weekly market! It was voted Best in Monmouth County for their over 40 participating vendors who bring fresh products each week. Get there every Sunday afternoon or Thursday evening to see what the hype is all about! http://www.asburyfresh.com/#about-asbury-fresh
Point Pleasant Beach Farmer’s Market-Ocean County- For all you beach house owners, you can get for produce fix on your weekly visit down to the beach at this seaside spot. Pick up all your fresh fruit from Dewolf’s U Pick Farm, toppings for those burgers at Jaker’s Pickles, and sweet treats from Sunshine Kate’s. This market also has a Facebook page to keep you up to speed: https://www.facebook.com/PointPleasantBeachFarmersMarket
Merchantville Market Off Centre- Camden County: This market had some big news to share this year. Not only has the market become a weekly tradition this year, it’s also moving to a new location. The town is proud to provide “a variety of local, handmade and homemade products and services with a focus on sustainably farmed and organic options” This sounds like a great place to shop to me! http://merchantville.com/shop/farmers-market
Brigantine Farmer’s Market- Atlantic County: Not only does this market offer quality goods it’s also working to reduce our carbon footprint! Plastic bags will no longer be permitted at this Saturday weekly market. You must bring reusable bags to purchase all your goodies from artisans and farmers such as Viking Village, SeaTox, and Rolling Scone. http://brigantinebeachgreenteam.com/farmers-market/
West Cape May Farmer’s Market-Cape May County: This market has taken a weekly shopping errand and turned it into a date night out! Rather than running in the morning as most of the markets do, they have moved it to late afternoon into evening (3:00-7:30PM) on Tuesdays. They offer live musical entertainment and the vendors will even provide light meals. It’s a great spot to meet family and friends for a casual evening out while getting your grocery list checked off as well! http://www.westcapemay.us/EventsCalendar/tabid/2017/Default.aspx
If one of these featured farmer’s market isn’t in your area make a fun road trip out of it. Or check this full list of markets http://jerseyfresh.nj.gov/find/community.html . Our state’s motto is the “Garden State”, I think we often forget how lucky we are to be in the midst of some of the best produce in the country. Support these local farms while eating some of the freshest produce around…it’s not a bad bargain!
…all for the love of the dish