New Jersey’s top-notch selection of community farmers’ markets offers the perfect place to buy fresh produce and other goods directly from local farmers. One of the best experiences you can enjoy when you’re living in New Jersey is interacting with the farmers and asking them about the produce, and joining neighbors and friends while soaking in the sights and sounds of market day.
Farmers’ markets in New Jersey sprout up in almost every county, from the southern shores of Cape May County all the way to Sussex in the far north. In this section, we’ll take a look at some of the many excellent seasonal farmers’ markets you can check out.
The Galleria Red Bank
Corner of Bridge Ave. & West Front Street, Red Bank, NJ
The Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market offers a delightful selection of fresh, locally grown produce from some of the top farmers in New Jersey, in addition to showcasing unique crafts and incredible eateries. The market features over 40 vendors and serves more than 1,000 visitors every Sunday, from May through mid-November.
DowntownFreehold.com Farmers’ Market
10 E. Main St., Freehold, NJ
The DowntownFreehold.com Farmers’ Market is a community event that serves as a reliable source for people looking for easy access to healthy, locally grown food. The market brings vendors to the center of town each Friday, right in front of the Hall of Records.
Held from July through October, the DowntownFreehold.com Farmers’ Market is a terrific place to shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables, baked goods, artisanal products, and more.
Rutgers Cook’s Market
Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryder’s Ln., New Brunswick, NJ
Started as a student-led initiative with only nine vendors, the Rutgers farmers’ market eventually moved into a new home known as Cook’s Market, a permanent, protected, and well-organized space designed for vendors and customers.
The primary goal of Cook’s Market is to gather support for and encourage development of local agricultural goods and specialty products, and to promote community building through fun, family-friendly activities.
Cook’s Market now features more than 25 vendors, which includes the Student Farm at Rutgers Gardens, which practices sustainable growing techniques and provides local communities with fresh, top-quality, nutritious food.
619 Lake Ave. 3rd Flr (Cowerks)
Asbury Park, NJ
Started in the spring of 2012, Asbury Fresh was created out of a desire to provide fresh, local produce, handmade goods, and artisan products to downtown Asbury Park. They rebranded in 2016, and is now known as Fresh Markets.
Today, Fresh Markets has become one of the largest and most popular farmers and makers markets in the region, operating weekly events in communities including Asbury Park, Pier Village, and Bell Works.
Sea Bright Farmers Market
1097 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, NJ
Head to Sea Bright Farmers Market to enjoy the fresh ocean breeze and shop for high-quality fruits, veggies, baked goods, homemade pet treats, artisan products, and more. The market is open from June through September, and is pet-friendly so feel free to let your furry pal tag along as you shop for goods!