HOME > Chowhound > New Jersey >
What are you cooking today? Share your food adventure
TELL US

Farmers markets

r
Rzrosenstein Jun 30, 2013 09:49 AM

Can any one suggest a great farmers market? Preferably in the central part of New Jersey

  1. r
    Rzrosenstein Jul 15, 2013 11:40 AM

    Two weeks and a couple markets later this is what I can report back. Casted husband (he tore his Achilles' tendon and so is out of work for 2 months) and I took a ride up to New Providence. Five vendors. Very disappointed. We did have a nice bite in nearby Summit so that made the trip worthwhile. Next we tried Barnaget in Ocean Township. Better, but only slightly, with about 8 vendors. Stockton was next. Very charming setup but again a small venue. We did have a delicious barbecue lunch and sat for a while to escape the heat. I purchased bacon jam that was yummy and some beautiful bread. And since we were so close to New Hope, stopped there for a late afternoon ice cream cone.
    We hit Woodbridge next which was also small but they had a concert at dusk in the same park. We took some chairs, a bottle of red and a picnic dinner. Rare roast beef sandwiches with cilantro pesto (I always add chopped almonds, it gives a great texture) sun dried tomatoes and arugula. Some homemade potato chips and we were set. Delish.
    My next market was highlands. Again only a handful of vendors but a visit across the street to a sweet coffee shop (Water Witch Coffee and Tea) was a plus.
    I have Collingswood and Trenton on my to do list. I'm hoping it'll be more substantial.
    Thanks for the suggestions :)

    3 Replies
    1. re: Rzrosenstein
      seal Jul 15, 2013 02:27 PM

      I really like the Red Bank farmer's market at the Galleria parking lot on Sundays. Of course I am a big fan of the Cinnamon Snail food truck there too.

      1. re: Rzrosenstein
        f
        Forklaw Jul 15, 2013 03:01 PM

        Hoping you'll keep the Hunterdon Land Trust's Farmers Market at Dvoor Farm (near Flemington) on your list, since clearly from your report you don't mind traveling on your quest for a good farmers market. See my reply to your original post for website and vendor information. I have not been there this season, but in past years when I used to go regularly, there were always at least a dozen or more vendors, all local Hunterdon County and Bucks County farmers and food makers (cheese, breads, smoked meats, etc.). I don't recall whether there are tables to eat there, but you can always bring a blanket and picnic at the farm or at one of the nearby parks. Perhaps a Hunterdon County CH'er who has been there more recently can advise what is there lately and whether its worth the trip.

        1. re: Rzrosenstein
          p
          PuniceaRana Jul 16, 2013 12:42 AM

          Since you are willing to travel a bit, check out the markets in Morristown and Chatham. Both are great, plenty of vendors, well attended. An added plus is that in both towns you'll also find some great shopping and restaurants.

          http://www.localharvest.org/morristown-farmers-market-M2722
          http://www.chathamboroughfarmersmarke...

        2. j
          jennybird83 Jul 11, 2013 05:28 PM

          Rt. 28 Farmers Market in Middlesex Borough is good. I go there a lot for my produce. They have a fish market and a polish deli that are owned seperate. I never purchased from the deli but frequent the fish market. Somerset Farms in Rt. 22 Is good as well as Bardy Farms in Warren. Note that I have not been to Bardy Farms in a while.

          1. f
            Forklaw Jun 30, 2013 09:17 PM

            "Central part of New Jersey" covers a fair bit of territory, and everyone has their own definition. If yours includes Hunterdon County, or you just want to take a drive on a Sunday morning, check out the Hunterdon Land Trust's farmers market in Flemington, at Dvoor's Farm (Route 12). Here's a list of vendors: http://hunterdonlandtrust.org/farmers-market/

            Still further west (but still central NJ by some definitions) is the Stockton Market, an indoor farmers market. I have not been there personally, but I've seen others on CH recommend it, and Stockton is a great little river town not far from Lambertville: http://stocktonfarmmarket.com/index.p...

            1 Reply
            1. re: Forklaw
              c
              cwdonald Jul 1, 2013 06:03 AM

              I can certainly recommend Stockton's Farmer's Market, but it really is more of a general market. What I mean is that 1) it is indoors, has a lot of prepared foods, there are probably only two or three produce folks represented there, good fish monger, bbq place, baked goods, crafts, cafe, several meat purveyors. And to top it all off, it is open year round. Parking is relatively easy there (street, or you can drive about three blocks away and park at the firehouse... ).

            2. j
              JenniS Jun 30, 2013 04:41 PM

              Samaha's in matawan.

              1 Reply
              1. re: JenniS
                e
                eleeper Jul 1, 2013 04:06 PM

                Samaha's is a produce store, not a farmers' market.

                To me a farmers' market is a market where local farmers bring their products. While some of what Samhara's has may be local, I don't think those big piles of cantaloupes were grown in New Jersey. In fact, most of the produce is stickered as having coming from other states (or countries).

              2. s
                Spaetzle75 Jun 30, 2013 10:59 AM

                there is a nice one in Somerville on thursdays

                2 Replies
                1. re: Spaetzle75
                  r
                  Rzrosenstein Jun 30, 2013 11:48 AM

                  Thanks so much. Would you know the location?

                  1. re: Rzrosenstein
                    p
                    PuniceaRana Jun 30, 2013 01:06 PM

                    It is located on Grove Street, between Main and East High St. It is open from Noon to 6pm on Thursdays.

                2. j
                  johnpm Jun 30, 2013 10:34 AM

                  Here are a couple of websites with lists:

                  http://njmonthly.com/articles/lifestyle/a-trip-to-bountiful.html

                  http://www.jerseyfresh.nj.gov/

                  3 Replies
                  1. re: johnpm
                    r
                    Rzrosenstein Jun 30, 2013 11:59 AM

                    Great links. So apprecative.

                    1. re: johnpm
                      r
                      Rzrosenstein Jun 30, 2013 11:59 AM

                      Appreciative!!! :)

                      1. re: johnpm
                        g
                        Gastronomic Jun 30, 2013 12:34 PM

                        http://www.summitdowntown.org/events/...

                      Show Hidden Posts