Winter Farmers Markets opened in Bernardsville and around New Jersey

Although spring may still be a few months away, don't let that stop you from enjoying a trip to a farmers market in NJ! Contrary to popular belief, farmers markets aren't just for warm weather. Winter farmers markets are a fantastic opportunity to fill your pantry with fresh foods during your weekly shopping trips or enjoy a leisurely stroll with your family on the weekends. While you might not find the same abundance of summer vegetables and fruits, these markets offer a delightful selection of items such as meats, homemade soups, winter greens, locally made treats like honey and chocolates, and even unique artisan wares like cozy alpaca socks. So, don't let the chilly weather discourage you from exploring the wonders of a winter farmers market!

A farmers market is a vibrant gathering where farmers or their representatives come together to sell the food they have personally produced directly to consumers. These markets foster a sense of connection and mutual benefit among farmers, shoppers, and communities. By eliminating middlemen, farmers receive a greater share of our food dollars, while shoppers enjoy the freshest and most flavorful local produce. This, in turn, helps boost local economies. Each farmers market establishes its own definition of "local" based on the agricultural practices of its region and consistently communicates that definition to the public. To ensure the integrity of these markets, guidelines and operating rules are implemented, emphasizing that the primary focus is on farms selling directly to the public the products they have cultivated. For added protection, some states have even established formal definitions that specify market characteristics in more detail, safeguarding the interests of both farmers and consumers. The number of farmers markets in the USA has grown rapidly in recent years, from just under 2,000 in 1994 to more than 8,600 currently registered in the USDA. 

Here is a list of Winter Farmers' Markets

West Windsor Community Farmers Market
1st and 3rd Saturday, December-April at 10 AM-1 PM
Lower Vaughn Lot at Princeton Junction Train Station

(Entrance at 877 Alexander Road) Princeton, NJ 08540

Sundays, Now-April, from 9:30 AM-1 PM (closed 12/24 and 3/31)
Convent Train Station, Convent Road, Morris Township, NJ 07960
 
Bernardsville Farmers Market
Saturdays, January 13 to March 30, 10 AM

Route 202 and Claremont Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924 
(Outdoor Winter Market)
 
Select Thursdays, Now-April 25, from 11 AM-3 PM 
55 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
 
Montclair Farmers Market
Every Saturday, December-May, from 9 AM-1 PM

Walnut Street Train Station, 86 Walnut St, Montclair, NJ 07042
(One of the first towns to host a farmers market in the Garden State)
 
Sundays, Now-April, from 10 AM-1 PM
Main Street Train Station, Ramsey, NJ 07446
(Outdoor market, Greek specialties & many non-food vendors)
 
Days and hours vary for each market
2919 Route 206, Columbus, NJ 08022
(There’s more than produce at this vast market—it’s filled with retail shops, like antique stores, a garden center, an Amish market, and a flea market.)
 
Saturdays from 9 AM-3 PM
Mine Street & Stangl Road, Flemington, NJ 08822
(Housed in the original Stangl pottery factory)
 
Trenton Farmers Market
Thursday-Saturdays from 9 AM-6 PM and Sundays from 9 AM-3 PM

960 Spruce Street, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648
(This permanent market has been the center of local shopping since 1948)
 
Bell Works Fresh Farmers & Makers Market 
Upcoming markets Feb 14, 21 and 28
Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel, NJ 07733
 
February 11, 12 PM
Porta, 911 Kingsley St., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
(Eat, drink, and shop at this special event, where you can find local artists, crafters, food, and drinks)
 
Historic Jersey City Downtown Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, January 11-April 18
Grove Street PATH Plaza, (Newark Ave. and Grove Street) Jersey City, NJ 07302
(Off PATH Train Station & Grove Street bus stop)
 
Sundays, Now-April 28, from 10 AM-1 PM (No market March 31)
Bloomfield Ave. parking lot, Denville, NJ 07834
(25+ vendors)
 
The Greater Bridgeton Farmers Market
Thursday and Friday from 9 AM-6 PM, Saturday from 9 AM-4 PM
2 Cassidy Court, Bridgeton, NJ 08302
 
January 7 and 21; February 4 and 18; March 3 and 17; April 7 and 21 from 11 AM-1 PM
Dvoor Farm, 111 Mine St., Flemington, NJ 08822
 
Phillipsburg Farmers Market 
Sundays – Year Round, from November-April, the hours are 10 AM-1 PM
165 S Main St (2023-24 location)
Except for extreme weather, the market is open in the rain, snow, or shine.
 
Bi-weekly Saturdays through April 10 AM-12 PM
Sparta Town Hall, 65 Main St, Sparta, NJ
 
First and Third Saturday, 10 AM-2 PM 
Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Drive, Wayne, NJ
 

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