Last week finally got us revved for outdoor activities, with enough teaser sunshine to seal the curiosity. We often think of Farmer’s Markets as a very Summer activity here on the East Coast, but a tremendous amount of Garden State vendors represent more and more at these gatherings for what is actually at least 6 MONTHS each year. Here’s a collection of some local farmer’s markets with dates and times.
Burlington County Community Agricultural Center
500 Centerton Rd. at Harford Rd. in Moorestown, NJ Saturday, 8:30 am -1:30 pm
Find diverse conventional Jersey Fresh produce as well as quality fresh meats, eggs, fleece, etc.
May 17th-October 25th 2014, 8:30am-1:00pm
Berlin Farmer’s Market at 41 Clementon Road, Berlin
Year Round Indoor: Thursday and Friday 10 am – 9 pm, Saturday 10 am -8 pm Sunday 10 am – 6 pm
(Outdoor Flea Market Hours are weather-permitting and on weekends, 8am-4pm. Many fresh local suppliers are involved and I’m extra-curious how often they extend the 6 month track record of neighboring outdoor traditions.)
Lew’s Farmers Market
864 N Lenola Rd, Moorestown, NJ AT LEAST EASTER THRU FALL.
“Their prices are great compared to other stands and especially the big farmers market in Moorestown. They do have a lot of things that don’t come from their farm (bananas, lemons, etc that aren’t native to the northeast), so be careful to make sure you’re getting local produce.” – Madeline S., Yelp user
“The market always seems to be open during daytime from spring through the fall.” – Michelle C.
Lews Farm Market is not municipally organized but gets great reviews on yelp and foursquare for its own produce.
Another way to go is getting a member share in a CSA, and one with good recent reviews is Dogwood Farms, an organic plot farm operating thru a public grant at Duke Farms. According to their FB page’s 2013 description, the CSA season at Dogwood Farms… “runs for 16 weeks from late June through mid-October. There will be two pickup points: every Tuesday at the Knox Family Farm just south of Liberty Corner, and every Thursday at Duke Farms just south of the Somerville Circle. A member share will cost [around]$395.” Keep them in mind. Their website mentions exactly what crops they’re growing for when.
Finally, a very good resource for details is the Jersey Fresh website, offering a helpful search tool by county and according to categories like Community Farmer’s Markets, Roadside Markets, Pick-Your-Own, CSA’s, and farm-related events. The listings are great for including extensive descriptions of the produce to expect. Below is an example for Mercer County (Farmer’s Markets):
More in the Philly Metro/South Jersey area:
Collingswood Farmers Market
Atlantic Avenue between Collings and Irvin Aves
May – Thanksgiving, Saturday 8 am – 12 pm
Haddon Heights Farmers Market
Station & Atlantic Avenues
May 5 – October Sundays, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Haddonfield Farmers Market
Kings Court (Center of Historic Haddonfield)
5/18 – 10/26 Saturdays, 8:30 – 1 pm
Blackwood Farmers Market
Blackwood Library Parking Lot
15 S. Black Horse Pike, Blackwood
Every Saturday starting 6/29, Gloria 856-278-4810