Summer is almost here and the farmers markets in our area are now open for business! Farmers markets are some of the best places to find just-picked produce and meet the farmer who grew it. They are important sources of income for farmers and help sustain New Jersey’s agriculture industry. We know that eating fresh fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products can go a long way to improving our overall health. And choosing locally grown products helps keep New Jersey farmers on their land, preserving the Garden State’s quality of life.
There are many farmers markets open throughout the spring, summer and fall months in our local area. Farmers who attend these markets sell produce they’ve picked within 24 hours of sale to ensure the best taste and highest quality.
Stop by some of these markets to enjoy the healthy, nutritious, freshly picked Jersey fruits and vegetables.
Chatham Farmers Market
Chatham Borough is kicking off its 12th season of providing Jersey Fresh produce! The market will be open from 8:00am to 1:00pm every Saturday from June 16 through November 17, 2018 at RR Plaza South off Fairmount Ave.
You will find locally harvested fresh fruits and vegetables as well as locally sourced meat and dairy products. Organic produce will be featured as well as prepared food and farm related products to provide greater choices for healthy living.
Madison Farmers Market
The Madison Farmers Market will be celebrating its 26th season in 2018! The market is open every Thursday from 2:00pm – 7:00pm between May 31 and October 25, 2018. The market is located on Central Avenue between Main Street and Cook Avenue.
From opening day to the final market day, you will find the freshest, most delicious foods a market can offer! Enjoy fruits, vegetables, nuts, pickles, oils and vinegars, baked goods, soaps, wines and much more. And live music will be featured each week!
Maplewood Farmers Market
The Township of Maplewood is sponsoring the 24th season of the Maplewood Farmers Market starting June 4, 2018 until November 19, 2018. The market will be located at 1848-1852 Springfield Avenue between Yale & Oberlin Streets. The hours of operations will be every Monday from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
Find Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, pickles and olives, breads, pastries, preserves, and cheeses. There will also be prepared foods, gluten-free meals for “on the go” and olive oils!
Millburn Farmers Market
Enjoy the freshness of the 26th season of the Millburn Farmers Market. The market is held at the corner of Main St. & Essex St. in downtown Millburn on Tuesdays from June 5th through October 30, 2018 from 8:00am to 2:00pm. USDA Certified Organic products are available.
Here you will find a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as baked goods, frozen foods, eggs, meat, poultry, olive oils, vinegars, spices, honey, jam, pickles, dried fruits and nuts. You can also have your knives sharpened while you wait!
Montclair Farmers Market
Montclair was one of the first towns in New Jersey to host a farmers market. This year, the season begins June 2 and runs through November 17, 2018. The market is open every Saturday from 8:00am to 2:00pm at the Walnut Street Train Station. Free parking is available across the tracks in the train parking lot.
You will find vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, fish, cheese, prepared foods, baked goods, condiments, honey, wine, pickles, and flowers. And to make it even more enticing, food trucks will be at the market!
South Orange Farmers Market
The 27th annual South Orange farmers market will be held June 6 through October 31, 2018. The market takes place in Lot 9 at Sloan St. & First St. (across from the NJ Transit station) on Wednesdays from 2:00pm – 7:00pm.
A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables will be available. Eggs, milk, baked goods, local honey, nuts, pickles, olives, breads, cheese, gluten-free meals and more will also be available for your selection.
Summit Farmers Market
The 23rd season of the Summit Summer Farmers Market begins April 22 and runs through November 18. The market is open every Sunday from 8:00am – 1:00pm in Park & Shop Lot #2, at the corner of DeForest Ave. and Maple St. Parking is free and conveniently available in K Lot off Maple St., behind CVS and the other Park & Shop lots on DeForest Avenue.
In addition to all the wonderful fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, nuts and condiments available for purchase, Summit will be hosting several Fundays at the market:
Blueberry Muffin Contest July 8
Salsa Contest September 30
Pumpkin Painting October 29
Apple Pie Contest November 4
Visit the Downtown Summit website for more information on each of these contests.
Union Farmers Market
The Union farmers market provides a place where local farmers, artisans and crafters can sell their goods. The goal of the market is to encourage nutritious food choices through buying fresh and eating local.
The season begins June 21 and runs through October 25, 2018. Each Thursday, the market is open from 3:00pm to 8:00pm at 1976 Morris Ave in the parking lot in front of Town Hall.
Enjoy some farm fresh produce this summer!