The strawberries are ripe, the asparagus is green, the radishes are ready. It’s farmers market season.
During these golden months of summer through fall, we can avoid the fluorescent-lit grocery stores and instead shop in the balmy sun, browsing stalls filled with locally grown produce. In fact, many farmers’ markets have become destinations, even if you don’t need groceries, with live music, crafts for kids, and food trucks ready to serve you lunch.
Looking for a farmers market near you? This is what you need to know.
Denville Farmers’ Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, hot foods and artisanal items. Providers include Sweet Leaf Farm and Planted Eats.
When: Sundays until November 20
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Bloomfield Avenue parking lot in downtown Denville
More information: denvillefarmersmarket.com
Weekly live music will keep guests entertained as they shop the rows of fresh produce. Vendors include Alstede Farms, Sugar Lips Donuts, and Melick’s Town Farm.
When: Thursday until November 17
Hours: 1 to 6 p.m.
Location: Central Avenue between Main Street and Cook Avenue, Madison
More information: rosenet.org/380/Madison-Farmers-Market
Head to this market to see vegetables, fruits, meats, cheeses, honey, flowers, wine and more. Vendors include Jams by Kim, Mezoco tequila, and Pickle Licious.
Times: 8 am to 2 pm through November; 8 am to 1 pm from December to May
Where: 86 Walnut St., Montclair
More information: montclairfarmersmarket.org
Expect fresh produce, baked goods, frozen and convenience meals. Vendors include Stony Hill Farms, Rabble and Lion Coffee, and Vesco Pickles.
Times: 4 to 7 p.m.
Location: 344 Grove St., Jersey City
Historic Downtown (Jersey City)
Over 25 vendors offering candy, takeout, antiques, organic skincare, and fruits and vegetables. Suppliers include Hoboken Farms, Bang Cookies, and River Valley Community Grains.
When: Monday and Thursday until December 20
Times: 4 to 8 p.m.
Location: Grove PATH Plaza, 319 Grove St., Jersey City
More information: facebook.com/downtownjcfarmersmarket
A good mix of produce, coffee, bakeries, jams, breweries and more. Vendors include Brownie Points Bakery, Bloomont Farm, and Bull ‘N Bear Brewery.
When: Sundays through December
Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Park & Shop Lot No. 1 corner of DeForest and Woodland avenues
More information: summitdowntown.org/events/farmers-market
This indoor market is open year-round and features more than nine vendors and 10 farms selling fresh produce.
When: the 365 days of the year
Times: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 449 E. Rail Ave., Paterson
More information: patersonfarmersmarket.com
Greens of Newark DD Commons
Expect live music, a Cooperativa Agrícola Urbana farm stand, self-care booths, and plenty of gifts and crafts. Vendors include Bread Lock Botanicals, Karima’s Paparazzi Jewelry and Lulu’s Artisanal Lemonade.
When: Thursday until October 13
Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: PSE&G Plaza, 80 Park Place, Newark
More information: downtownnewark.com/farmersmarket
It offers items from about 50 local farmers and food vendors. Items include homemade pasta, hummus, jams and jellies, fresh fish, and dishes from around the world. Vendors include Edgwick Farm, Far and Away Flower Farm, Foraged Feast, and Freakin Vegan.
When: Sundays through November
Times: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Main Street railway station, Ramsey
More information: ramseyfarmersmarket.org
Alstede Farm brings its organic produce to the Maplewood Farmers Market. Previous vendors have included Smokehouse BBQ, Mexi-Boys, Paolo’s Kitchen, and Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit. The list of providers for 2022 is not finalized.
When: Monday through November 21
Times: 2 to 7 p.m.
Location: 1866 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood
More information: maplewoodnj.gov/government/public-works/farmers-market
Fresh fruits, vegetables and more.
When: Tuesday through October 18
Times: 1 to 6 p.m.
Location: Municipal Lot #1 at Main and Essex Streets, Millburn
More information: youwp.millburn.nj.us/648/Millburn-Farmers-Market-2022
It offers fresh pickles, fruits, vegetables, and herbs, all locally grown, many organic, and GMO-free. Providers include Circle Brook Organic Farms, Kimchi Culture, and Melick’s Town Farm.
When: Tuesday starting June 4
Hours: 2 to 6 p.m.
Location: Between 4th and 5th streets, Hoboken
More information: hobokenfarmersmarket.cometer
Along with products, customers can search for vendors that offer honey, pickles, soaps, essential oils, dog treats, and more. Providers include Top Of the Mountain Honey Bee Farm, Hope Cress Farms, and Empanada Lady.
When: Wednesday through October 12
Times: 3 to 7 p.m.
Location: Presbyterian Church at 1452 Union Valley Road, West Milford
More information: wmfarmersmarket.org
Teaneck Farmer’s Market will have hot meals from food trucks, including Anthi’s Greek Food and The Original Empanada Factory, along with boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Times: 12:00 to 18:00
Where: The corner of the municipal lot of Garrison and Beverly
More information: facebook.com/TeaneckFarmersMarket
A market with picnic tables, kids’ crafts, live music, and lawn games. Suppliers include Muckley Eye Spirits, Montclair Brewery and Race Farms.
When: saturdays until november
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Upper Plane Street Parking Lot, Boonton
More information: boontonmainstreet.org/farmers-market
Celebrating its fourth year with a variety of vendors and fresh produce.
When: Saturdays until October 29
Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: 475 Valley Road, Wayne
More information: facebook.com/WayneYNJFarmersMarket
Market with occasional magic shows and performances. Vendors include Cano Coffee Company, Doughboy On The Rise, and Mo & Jay Pastry.
When: Sundays until October 30
Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Parking at Town Hall, 225 Main St., Little Falls
More information: facebook.com/LittleFallsFarmersMarketNJ
Fresh local produce and delicacies, along with entertainment for children. Vendors include Nonna’s Gluten Free, Antojitos de Mi Tierra, and ChicWix.
When: Saturdays until October 22
Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Dowling Parkway at the corner of McBride Avenue, Woodland Park
More information: facebook.com/WoodlandParkFarmersMarket
Along with vendors offering local food and produce, Nutley Farmers Market offers Market Walk & Talk. This 3-mile loop through the parks of Nutley begins at 8:30 am and gives walkers the opportunity to speak with an expert on topics such as health, wellness, government, art, and writing. Vendors include: Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit, Grandma Emma’s, and Hidden Valley Farm.
When: Sundays until October 20
Hours: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Municipal Lot 7, 507 Franklin Ave., Nutley. Parking available in Lots 7 and 9 (enter behind Bella Luce).
More information: nutleynj.org/farmersmarket
The Bloomfield Community Farmers Market aims to increase access to local produce for members of its community. Vendors include City Green, Cozz Coffee Roasting, and LuLu’s Artisanal Lemonade.
When: Tuesday through October 25
Hours: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: Bloomfield Public Library Courtyard, 90 Broad St., Bloomfield.
More information: bloomfieldtwpnj.com/1570/Bloomfield-Community-Farmers-Market
This year the Paramus Farmers Market is starting late. It will kick off in September with vendors offering baked goods, fresh produce, eggs, cheese and more.
When: Saturdays from September
Hours: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Midland and Forest Avenues, Memorial School, Paramus
More information: facebook.com/The-Paramus-Farmers-Market-165713057147164
Rebecca King is a food writer for NorthJersey.com. For more information on where to dine and drink, sign up today and sign up for our North Jersey Eats Newsletter.