Every year, I count down the days to farmer's market season. There’s something about the open air markets with fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and delicious prepared foods in cute packaging that makes me finally feel like it’s spring. Plus, by directly interacting with the farmers, you can ask questions to help you know you’re getting the freshest product available.
We’re so lucky to live in an area with so many amazing markets, and on National Fresh Vegetable Day, what better to have a farmer’s market round-up.
Photo Credit: Garden Street Farmer's Market Facebook Page
Downtown Farmer’s Market :: Tuesdays 2PM – 8 PM
Garden Street (between 4th and 5th)
Runs: June 5- November 20th
Some vendors you’ll see there: Dr. Pickle, Hoboken Farms, Poplar Wood Farms, Union Hill Farms, Stony Hill Farms
Anything else I should know? There used to be two markets one uptown and downtown, they merged this year to have more programming.
Garden Street Farmer’s Market :: Saturdays 9AM – 2PM
Garden & 14th Street
Runs: May 5th – December 22nd
Some vendors you’ll see there: Stony Hill Farms, Chickadee Creek Farm, JC Fish Stand, Cotton Cattle Co., Picklelicious, and many more!
Anything else I should know? Hudson Table is there every other week with a FREE sample dish highlighting the seasonal produce. Music & fun kids activities are available every week.
Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmer's Market:: Mondays & Thursdays 4PM – 8PM
Grove Street PATH Plaza
Runs: April 30th – December 23, 2018
Some vendors you’ll see there: Stony Hill Farms, Ort Farms, Taproot Organics, Bang Cookies, Hoboken Farms, FarmEats 100% Grass Fed Beef, Pasture Raised Pork & Chickens, Stella’s Empanadas & Argentine Grill, Vesco, Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit, Sweet Berry Bowls, Circle Brook Farm, Busy Bee Organics, United Food Concessions, America's Kettle Korn, Graze and Braise, Bread & Spoon, Jersey City Fish Stand, and more.
Riverview Farmer’s Market :: Sundays 10AM – 3PM
Riverview Fisk Park (Jersey City Heights)
Runs: May – November
Some vendors you’ll see there: Alstede Farms, Nature’s Own, Stony Hill Farms, Choc-o-Pain, RH Farms, Gina’s Bakery, and more.
Anything else I should know? Grab some lunch at nearby food trucks. They have by donation yoga classes at every market and surprise vendors throughout the season. Music & kids activities. Compost collection
Hamilton Park Farmer’s Market :: Wednesdays 3pm – 7:30 PM
344 Grove Street
Runs: May 2 – December 19th
Some vendors you’ll see there: Stony Hill Gardens, Carmine’s Pizza Factory, Lizzmonade, Hoboken Farms, Vesco Foods, Choc O Pain, Intrepid Fitness, Moffle Bar, Farmer & Chickpea, and more.
Anything else I should know? Over 20 vendors each week! They have live entertainment on the first Wednesday of the month and pop up vendors on the third Wednesday of every month.
Edgewater Farmer's Market :: Saturdays 9 AM – 2 PM
336 River Road
Runs: May 12 – November 17th
Some vendors you’ll see there: Central Valley Farm, Organic World US, Lizzmonade, Sweet Carol, Baked with Jake Cookies, Deliciously Alicia’s, Pickle Licious, WillYum Spice, and more!
Anything else I should know? There’s always a tent for neighborhood gathering and information sharing. You can hear the latest chit-chat and find out how you can get involved in the community.
For more local farmer's markets, check out our Little List here.
To end this fresh vegetable recap, here’s one of my favorite early summer recipes. A garlic scape pesto to toss into rice or pasta, drizzle onto grilled vegetables, or brush onto seared chicken or fish. Yum!
Garlic Scape Pesto
Garlic scapes are the green curly shoots from the garlic bulb. They have a mild garlic flavor with a little herbaciousness that’s perfect for pesto. At the market, you’ll find them in a bunch. I love to double or triple this recipe and put some in Ziploc bags in the freezer for future quick dinners.
* ¼ cup walnuts, pine nuts, or almonds, toasted in the oven at 350 until lightly browned
* ½ cup chopped garlic scapes
* ¼ cup chopped basil
* Juice and zest of ½ lemon
* ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
* ¼ cup grated Parmesan
* Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine the nuts, scapes, basil, lemon zest, and juice in a food processor. Blend while drizzling in olive oil slowly through the top, until combined. Transfer to a bowl and add the grated cheese. If freezing, wait until after you defrost to add the cheese.
Sara is a mom to an adorable little boy, a trained chef, and a culinary teacher at Hudson Table. She loves farm-fresh and wholesome food, and shares her delicious recipes and cookie tips for family-friendly meals.