Spring may be weeks away still, but if you think that going to a farmers market is only a warm-weather thing, we’re here to tell you it’s not—winter farmers markets are happening, and yes, most of them are indoors. What this means is that you can hit one during the week for your weekly shopping hauls or make it a family affair on the weekends (some even have entertainment). From spots that feature meats, produce and locally made goodies like honey and chocolates, these are the best cold-weather farmers markets around the Garden State.
featured image via West Windsor Community Farmers Market
Check Out These 13 NJ Winter Farmers Markets
West Windsor Community Farmers Market
Ferbuary 15th, then 1st and 3rd Saturdays through April, 10AM – 1PM
Meander throughout the rooms of the Windsor Athletic Club to find winter produce, pastured meats and poultry, fresh seafood, jams, chocolates, wine and much more. Plan on bringing the fam to a morning filled with good food, live music and positive vibes.
MarketFair 3535 Rt 1 South, West Windsor, NJ
Bell Works Fresh Farmers & Makers Market
Wednesday, 12PM – 6PM
This mid-week market in the atrium is the place to pick up lots of fresh veggies, fruits and meats, as well as yummy treats like waffles made on-site. Don’t miss the non-food stuff from wellness practitioners, crafters and artists.
Bell Works, 101 Crawfords Corner Rd, Holmdel, NJ
Morris County Farmers Market
Sundays through March 29, 10AM – 1PM
This Sunday morning market is a partnership with the Foodshed Alliance Farmers’ Access Network and Grow it Green Morristown. Each week, you’ll find a revolving list of local vendors who offer a great assortment of cheeses, produce, prepared foods and baked goods.
Alexander Hamilton School, 24 Mills Street, Morristown, NJ
Hunterdon Land Trust’s Winter Farmers Market
Two Sundays per month, February 16 – April 19, 11AM – 1PM
This popular market has picked up new vendors this year, including Local 130 Seafood; Aquasprouts Farm, an aquaponics farm with lettuce and kale; and Will’s Amazing Vegan Burgers. There are also local coffee roasters, homemade dog biscuits, goat’s milk products and a garlic-centric purveyor.
111 Mine St, Flemington, NJ
Bernardsville Farmers Market
Saturdays through March 28th, 10AM – 1PM
Go inside the train station to find vendors featuring homemade bakery goods, cheeses, local meat purveyors, nuts and produce at this market that’s an offshoot of the popular summer one.
Inside Bernardsville Train Station, Bernardsville, NJ
Asbury Park Porta Winter Market
Two Sundays per month, February 16 – April 26, 12PM – 5PM
Eat, drink and shop on these Sunday afternoons, where you can find all your local favorite farmers and food purveyors as well as makers, including artists, crafters and wellness providers.
Porta, 911 Kingsley St., Asbury Park, NJ
Princeton Farmers Market
2nd and 4th Thursdays in February, March, and April, 10AM – 3PM
Located inside the gymnasium at the YMCA, this market offers the best of local, including seasonal organic produce, free-range beef, poultry, pork, eggs, cheese, pickles, honey, baked goods, linens, nut butter, and more.
Princeton Family YMCA, 59 Paul Robeson Place Princeton, NJ
Montclair Farmers Market
Saturday, 9AM – 1PM
One of the first towns to host a farmers market in the Garden State, this market is year-round, but hours are less in the winter. You’ll find treats like gluten-free baked goods, micro-greens, fresh-cut bouquets and herbs, spices, soups and many other locally-made specialty items.
Walnut Street Train Station, 86 Walnut St, Montclair, NJ
Ramsey Farmers Market
Sunday through March 31, 10AM – 2PM
This indoor market boasts a variety of specialty food purveyors—check out the empanadas, sea salt, kimchi, fermented veggies and more on the schedule that alternates each Sunday. There are also many non-food vendors as well, including knife-sharpening, jewelry and other crafts.
Eric Smith School, 2 Monroe St, Ramsey, NJ
Columbus Farmers Market Complex
Thursday and Saturday 8AM – 8PM , Friday 10AM – 8PM, Sunday 8AM – 5PM
There’s more than just produce at this huge indoor space—it’s filled with retail shops, like antique stores, a garden center, an Amish market and a flea market. Head to the produce row area to find local offerings including fish, fruit and eggs.
2919 Route 206, Columbus, NJ
Friday 12PM – 8PM, Saturday 9AM – 4PM, Sunday 10AM – 4PM
This isn’t your typical farmers market: Besides buying the usual local produce, you can have a meal here (there’s a cafe and eat-in food stands) and enjoy the river views. Friday nights typically host live jazz music, and many pop-up vendors appear, offering the best from area makers.
19 Bridge Street, Stockton, NJ
Stangl Factory Market
Saturday, 9AM – 3PM
Housed in the original Stangl pottery factory, this unique atmosphere makes it fun to browse through purveyors offering locally-sourced vegetables, grass-fed meats, artisan bread and cheeses, pastured eggs, specialty prepared foods and desserts. The market also has plenty of beautiful artisan goods, including handmade baskets, turned wood, soaps and bath products and handspun yarn.
Mine Street & Stangl Road, Flemington NJ
Trenton Farmers Market
Thursday – Saturday, 9AM – 6PM through end of April
This permanent market has been the center of local shopping since 1948. Inside, you’ll find 40 different businesses highlighting local fresh produce, Amish baked goods, fresh meat and seafood, candy, snacks and much more. Be sure to check back with them at the end of April, as the hours change for summer in May.
960 Spruce Street, Lawrence Township, NJ