Spring may be weeks away still, but if you think that going to a farmers market in NJ is only a warm-weather thing, we’re here to tell you it’s not—winter farmers markets are happening, and yes, due to COVID-19, most of them are outdoors. In 2021, this means that you can hit one during the week for your weekly shopping hauls or make it a family affair on the weekends. 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
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Check Out These 11 NJ Winter Farmers Markets
West Windsor Community Farmers Market
February 20th, March 6th, and 20th, then April 3rd and 17th, 10AM – 1PM
Meander through this open-air market to find winter produce, pastured meats and poultry, fresh seafood, jams, chocolates, wine, and much more. Masks are required and pre-ordering options are available with certain vendors.
MarketFair Parking Lot 3535 Rt 1 South (in front of AMC Theaters), West Windsor, NJ
Morris County Farmers Market
Sundays through March 28th, 10AM – 1PM (High-risk shoppers 9:30AM – 10:30AM)
This Sunday morning market is a partnership with 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.
6 Normandy Heights Road (Morris Museum Parking Deck), Morristown, NJ
Hunterdon Land Trust’s Winter Farmers Market
Two Sundays per month, December – early May, 11AM – 1PM
This popular market has picked up many great vendors, including Aquasprouts Farm, an aquaponics farm with lettuce and kale, and Will’s Amazing Vegan Burgers. There are also local coffee roasters, homemade dog biscuits, and goat’s milk products.
111 Mine St, Flemington, NJ
Bernardsville Farmers Market
Saturdays through March 27th, 10AM – 12PM
The market has moved to the train station parking lot. You’ll 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.
Bernardsville Train Station Parking Lot, Bernardsville, NJ
Princeton Farmers Market
February 18th, March 4th and 18th, April 1st, 15th and 29th, 10AM – 2PM
Located outside at a temporary location due to COVID-19, 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.
Franklin Avenue Parking Lot, Princeton, NJ
Montclair Farmers Market
Every Saturday, 8AM – 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 April, 10AM – 1PM
This outdoor market boasts a variety of specialty food purveyors—check out the empanadas, sea salt, kimchi, fermented veggies, and more on the alternating schedule. There are also many non-food vendors as well, including knife-sharpening, jewelry, and other crafts.
Main Street Train Station, Ramsey, NJ
Columbus Farmers Market Complex
Days and hours vary for each market
There’s more than just produce at this huge market—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 3PM – 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. Pop-up vendors are available, 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
This permanent market has been the center of local shopping since 1948. 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
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Bell Works Fresh Farmers & Makers Market (no upcoming events)
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
Asbury Park Porta Winter Market (no upcoming events)
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