One of the things I love best about living in NJ is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. They don’t call it the Garden State for nothing! From tomatoes to corn to fresh berries, it seems you can find delicious, locally-grown produce everywhere you look. And what’s better than buying directly from the farmers who’ve grown it? We've already told you about Farmers' Markets in Hudson County and now Farmers’ markets are popping up all over Union County, offering wonderful food and gourmet items at many convenient locations. Whether it’s fresh nectarines, yummy whoopie pies or mouth-watering mozzarella, you’re sure to find something scrumptious!
June 11-November 26
Union Square Plaza (Elizabeth Avenue between First Ave & High St)
Visit historic Union Square in the Peterstown section of Elizabeth for this weekly market featuring an array of fresh produce from local farms, delicious baked goods and gourmet grocery items. The Market also serves as a community hub, often featuring special children’s events or live music performances, so bring the whole family along! For an updated schedule, visit their facebook page or call 908-965-0660.
June 12-Oct 30
Presbyterian Church parking lot, 1307 Springfield Ave
This market is moving to a new location this year—join them every Wednesday in the parking lot at the Presbyterian Church on Springfield Avenue. Fresh fruits and vegetables, a variety of dessert treats, gourmet nuts, Italian specialties and fresh-squeezed lemonade are among the offerings. This year’s vendors include Stony Hill Gardens, Melick’s Town Farm, Hoboken Farms and Paolo’s Kitchen. For more information, please call 908-665-1400 x401.
July 3-Oct 30
Michael Mauri Park, Chestnut Street & East Grant Avenue
Running weekly in the gazebo parking lot at Michael Mauri Park, this small but well-curated market is the perfect stop for everyday items or a special treat. Selections include “Jersey Fresh” produce from Valley View Farm, gourmet pickles from Vesco Foods, and baked goods from Amish Country Bakery. Special events such as live music and pony rides are often scheduled. For additional details, please call 908-245-0666.
May 18-November 23
Municipal Parking Lot on Park Avenue
Tons of scrumptious items including farm-fresh produce, handmade breads, yummy desserts, gourmet nuts and kosher pickles are available for sale. And don’t miss local delicacies such as stromboli from Florence Ravioli Company and stuffed cabbage from Krakus Polish Deli. The cupcakes made by Bake You Crazy are my personal favorite! For more information, please call 908-322-4999.
July 1-October 28
Dayton High School, 101 Mountain Ave
You’ll find plenty to enjoy at this farmers’ market in Springfield, starting in July at Dayton High School. Past offerings have included a variety of fruits and vegetables from local farms, delicious baked goods, specialty foods and hot sauces. Please check their website for up-to-date announcements or call 973-912-2202 for more information.
May 12-Nov 24
DeForest Ave & Maple St (May 12-June 23, Sept 1-Nov 24)
Beechwood Rd & Bank St (June 30-Aug 25)
Celebrating its 20th year, the Summit Farmers' Market is a local favorite. Vendors this season include organic farmers from Cherry Grove Farm and North Slope Farm, as well as specialty purveyors such as Brownie Points Bakery, Lizzmonade, Vita Organic Chocolates and Valley Shepherd Creamery. Take your pick from among the bounty of fruits, vegetables, desserts, specialty treats and more! For more information, visit their facebook page or call 908-277-6100.
June 29-October 26
South Avenue Train Station Parking Lot
Stock up on all the fresh fruits and vegetables you need while supporting local farmers—returning farms include Donaldson Farms, Skeba Farms and Peaceful Valley Orchards. Treat yourself to gourmet items including delicious desserts from Shonna’s Sweet Bites, yummy pizza from Pizza Vita and fresh mozzarella from High Mountain Foods. Be sure to come on an empty stomach! For more information, call 908-233-3021.