Farmers’ Market Season is Here
It’s that time of year—the start of the farmers’ market season. As produce starts to come into season here in the Garden State, these markets begin to pop up in many towns across Southern Jersey. Farmers’ markets are food markets at which local farmers sell fruit and vegetables as well as other handcrafted food items. There are many benefits of shopping at farmers’ markets including getting vegetables at their peak freshness; no long-distance shipping or having produced gas to change the ripping process; meeting people, something we have been longing for since the start of pandemic; and supporting local businesses, farmers and their families.
Here are some local farmers’ markets from across the counties:
In Burlington County, at the Burlington County Agricultural Center, they offer a Saturday market starting at 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. There is live music, vendors offering baked goods, handmade chocolates, coffee, teas and much more. They have a charming country farmhouse where they offer live cooking demos. Here’s a recipe featuring all produce from local farmers. This plant-based spring dish is full of flavor, nutrients and uses local ingredients.
Heading to Camden County, we’ll find many farmers’ markets, but in the heart of Collingswood business district on North Atlantic Avenue, Saturday mornings have become a ritual to visit the Collingswood farmers’ market. Now in its 22nd season, this market began in 2000 with a primary focus on supporting local farmers. Along with local farmers with Jersey fresh produce, the market showcases other local vendors and restaurants offering food as well as hosting an apple pie and peach contests. The market runs from May to Thanksgiving, 8:30 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.
In Gloucester County, in its 11th season in downtown Haddon Heights is a Sunday farmers’ market that strives “to help turn a sleepy downtown into one that is hip-alive and a destination.” This market is on the corner of Station and Atlantic Avenue and is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday from May until the end of October. They have a wide range of vendors from local farmers to artisans.