My Farmers Market Trip + I Need Your Best Farmers Markets

At the recommendation of reader Beth I headed out to a local Farmers Market that I never knew existed.  I can see why.  It was located on a very busy highway but was set way back with not very good signage.  Even though she told me where to go, I still pasted it 3 times.  It’s one of those places you just have to be told about, you would never find on your own.

Well, I went there and was pleasantly surprised.  What a great place!  Thank you Beth for the recommendation.  I will definitely be heading back there.  The prices were great.  Most of the items there were what I would consider a great sale at the supermarkets.   Plus, they had incredible prices on spices and a bunch of other non produce items.  All the stuff you see cost me $34 which included 3 large containers of spices, fresh whole wheat rolls, fresh regular rolls, mixed nuts and olive oil. I’d say that was pretty good.  I just wish I had known about this years earlier.  Which got me thinking.

Most of these places are from word of mouth.  Hardly ever do you see them advertised as that is how they keep their prices down.  So, I need your help.

I would like to start a list of Farmers Markets in different areas so that we can refer to it.  So, it would be great if you could let me know places that you have found in your area (any state) that have a great selection and great prices.  You can leave the info in the comments or send me an email via the contact tab above.  I will put it all together and make it accessible on the site for all to use. Leave any details you would like and I will include it all.

The first one on the list is the one Beth recommended:  46 Farmers Market in Totowa, NJ.  Located on the east bound side of Rt 46.  Enter through the Nissan & Saturn parking lot and the market is in the back.

I’m looking forward to making a great list to share!

(Thanks Beth!)

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  • Susan Z

    Times Market – One in Union and another in Plainfield, NJ. Fresh rolls daily (portuguese, sandwich, sub, and bagels), all 4/$1.00. Watermelon, .69/lb. Green grapes, $.99/lb. Romaine lettuce, $.99 bunch. Their prices are great, they have clearance food which is still good and usable, sell spices, fresh local cakes, Boars Head lunch meat at great prices. They even sell lunchmeat (not together) that’s either from the ends, or they cut too much, and it’s very freshly cut….the prices are fabulous! You can’t beat this place.

    • Esther

      @Susan Z,
      I can’t seem to find Times Market in Union when I google it. Do you know where it’s located?

  • Melissa

    I have two to add. In North Brunswick area there is one that always has very low prices
    Garden State Farm Market
    2549 Route 1 South
    North Brunswick,NJ 08904

    The other one is a favorite of both hubby and I. Fresh fruit/vegetables at great prices. Great prices on bulk spices. They have great fresh seafood and a deli counter and great fresh bread.

    Somerset Farms Inc Fresh Fruit‎
    950 U.S. 22, North Plainfield, NJ 07060-3625

    Cindy I love that you are coming up with this list I would also like to suggest that when we get closer to fall coming up with a list for great places to pick apples and pumpkins.

    • Cindy

      @Melissa, good idea on the apple & pumpkin picking!! Will do that in the fall for sure.

    • Anonymous

      I’ve been a regular at Somerset Farms in North Plainfield on Route 22 for about 12 years now. My niece told me about the Farmers Market in the old Drug Fair strip mall (now Walgreen’s) on Route 28 in Middlesex. It’s about 3 times the size of Somerset Farms and 1/2 the price! Great Polish deli and an Oriental family runs the fresh fish section. Saleo rolls are 5/$1 and ripe pineapple $1.99! Parking is wonderful! (Greenbrook Rd. & Bound Brook Rd. in Middlesex, NJ)

    • @Melissa,
      This is really not a related comment, other than these are in my parent’s old stomping ground.
      Frederick W Cook Elementary school in Plainfield, NJ is named after my Great Grandfather!
      Ok, sorry for the sidetrack….and thanks for the moment to reminisce!

  • Cheryl

    We have 2 local markets that start in the spring (not sure the exact date) and end in late fall.
    1st on Main Street in Riverdale on Tuesdays. Lots of local farmers
    2nd In Pompton Lakes next to the high school in the lower parking lot. On Fridays.
    (both northern nj)

  • Dawn

    The Rt 206 Farmers Market in Hillsborough is great! Its across the street from the Shoprite. Prices are low and the produce is very fresh. They also have a deli, dairy items, spices, fresh rolls, nuts and they sell flower arrangements. We love it!

  • Kristine

    Anyone know of any good ones in Ocean or Monmouth county, I live in Ocean, work in Monmouth, would love to find a good one!

    • Colleen

      @Kristine, There is one off of Lakehurst Raod in Toms River. I haven’t been there yet, butmy mother has. If you are coming from Rt. 37 go to Hospital drive at commnity medical center then make a left onto Lakehurst Road. I believe it is about2 miles dow nthe road.

      • vj

        @Colleen, I live in monmouth county. There’s one that I go to on Rt 9 (in the strip mall with Burlington Coat Factory & a chinese buffet) and there’s more on Rt 18. Where in monmouth county are you looking for?

      • Kristine

        @Colleen,
        is that the one in downtown Toms River? If so I wasnt’ overly impressed with it last year, I’ll try it out again though.

        • @Kristine, The one in downtown Toms River is at Huddy Park. That one isn’t great. I’ve never been to the one on Lakehurst Road.
          I’m in Brick & haven’t found any really good markets. The best thing I’ve seen are the stands down Squankum Road.

        • EgyptLyn

          @Kristine, Thanks for the tip..I’m also in Brick and can never find a good one. We used to go to Allen Farms, a little stand by the side of Lanes Mill Road, but now it’s a development 🙁 They had the best Jersey Tomatoes ever!

  • Robin Willis

    The Easley Farmers Market, Easley SC they have a facebook page
    http://easleyfarmersmarket.com/

    the SC State Farmers Markethttp: //www.scstatefarmersmarket.com/

    The Greenville Saturday Market , in Greenville SC http://www.saturdaymarketlive.com/

    The Clemson Market, in Clemson SC http://clemsonfarmersmarket.org/

    Hope this helps!

  • jaclyn

    another recommendation for the Farmer’s Market in Hillsborough on 206/Amwell Road. Fabulous prices!

  • Melissa B.

    Produce Junction & Meat Stop Plus, Rancocas Rd., Willingboro, NJ.

    There is a place called Produce Junction(I’ve seen others around, but I haven’t found any prices quite as good as this place.) I don’t know prices off the top of my head. There is a meat store right next door.

    • Kristine

      @Melissa B., Although Produce Junction is a bit too far for me to just drive to, every time my Aunt comes to visit from PA, she always stops there for me and picks up produce and flowers at great prices!

      • Melissa B.

        @Kristine, Excellent prices on flowers!

  • Natalie

    I love the 46 Farmers Market! Or as I call it, Farmer 46! 🙂

  • Joanna

    West Milford, NJ, has a farmers’ market returning in mid-June. It is on Wednesdays (2-6pm I think) in the parking lot for Our Lady Queen of Peace church (across from A&P) in the Hewitt section of town.

    Also, Ringwood has a farmers’ market on Saturday mornings in the library parking lot. It is held every Saturday from June to October and once per month in the winter.

    I love this list!

  • Alyssa

    I haven’t been, but there’s one at the Sussex County Fairgrounds every Saturday from 9-2.

    I like the idea of pumpkin pickin’ places. Any suggestions for strawberry & raspberry picking?

  • Beth

    Cindy…Sorry that you passed it so many times, especially since the highway around there really stinks. I’m glad you liked it though. I actually found the place a few years ago when I came out of Bob’s Store across the street. My eyes were drawn to that little Farmer’s Market sign as if it were lit up in neon! The problem was finding my directionally-challenged way across that busy highway and bridge with all that crazy traffic, but I finally made it and it was definitely worth the driving challenge!

    • Cindy

      @Beth, I have to agree with you. It was worth it. It really is hidden. Thanks again. I will be going back often!

  • Laura

    I’m in south jersey-but we have some great places here too!
    Stokes Family Market Main Rd, Vineland, NJ
    Marlboro Market Rt 49, Bridgeton, NJ
    M&S Produce on BHP in Mays Landing, NJ

    They all have amazing prices!

  • Lisa

    Rt. 46 Farmers Market is on my way home from work so I stop there at least once a week and have been for years. It’s the best place in the area. Apple Tree in Wharton is a close 2nd, they have a great deli and a can’t-be-beat fish counter. Thanks for so many great deals. PS – I love your new look but miss your cute little characture.

  • Victoria

    I am in Gloucester County. I just tried Verrchios on Fries Mill Rd, 08080 for the first time. Mixed reveiws. The prices were not as good as Produce Junction, but better than the super markets. It may have been an off day, because some of the produce was “hurtin'” alittle, lol! I will try again. Does anyone know of a great place in the Washington Twp/Sewell/Turnersville area?

  • Hallie

    It isn’t a farmers market, but I get all of my produce in Corrado’s in Wayne on Berdan Ave. I go about two times a week and the prices are the BEST around!

    • Sandie

      It’s actually in Clifton but well worth the trip!

      • Anonymous

        @Sandie, Yes, the original is there, but I live in Wayne, so the one on Berdan is more convenient. Actually, I usually see the Housewives of NJ there too! 🙂

        • Diane

          @,
          I’ve only been to the original in clifton but i would guess the wayne location is nicer being it’s new. There is also the Paterson farmers market around the corner from the clifton Corrados. I think it’s on Railroad Ave (off Crooks ave). I also think it’s open all year round.

  • Jessica

    I agree that Garden State Farm Market has great prices, but I have found that sometimes the produce isn’t the best. If you are gonig to eat it quickly it is fine. They used to have a discount for using cash, but I don’t think they do anymore.
    The PA Dutch Farmers Market on Rt 27 between Franklin and Princeton has a few good deals on meats, but mostly I just go there because they sell such wonderful things. Their baked goods are great and they make these fresh pretzles that you can have stuffed with meat and or cheese that are so good

  • Susan Z

    I think the Times Market in Union is on Galloping Hill Rd, at least it used to be! 🙂

  • Smitha

    Mt Olive Farmers Market Llc.
    (973) 347-1041
    375 Us Highway 46
    Budd Lake, NJ 07828

    Very nice place. Costs around 25-30$ everytime we go there. Also it releases the coupons in Monthly mailer for below items
    * free 1 dozen large eggs when your bill is more than 20$
    * 1 gallon Milk (limit 2) for 1.99$ each
    * Bananas for 0.19$ per lb (limit 5)
    * 25% off on fresh cut flowers

    Great place with rolls, fresh veggies, fruits, Tofu, spices, home made breads. They also have 1$ packs of bananas, tomatoes, pears, apples,lemons and other stuff which are about to get expire but can survice for next day or 2. Too good for smoothies or apple sauce or just about anything if you can use it in next 2 days. The same pack will cost you more than 3$ regularly. I recommend it to anyone who is near to make use it.

    Also its right on Rt-46 as soon as you cross buddlake (coming from rt-80) and you cant miss the big signboard of ‘FARMERS MARKET’

  • Vicky

    The Rutgers Gardens Farmers market was pretty decent, really large selection and fair prices, great produce though. http://rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu/farmmarket.htm

    Cindy, you should also look into what’s called a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) which is where you buy a share of a farm for a season.
    Local Harvest (http://www.localharvest.org/csa/ ) has a database where you can search and find one near you. This will be my first year taking part in Rutgers CSA, but family and friends have done it and loved it. Most break down the prices and they are very thrifty in deed if the farm has a good season.

  • Marisa

    I always go to the farmers market on Rt. 17 N in Rutherford or maybe its considered east Rutherford, Its right next to Staples and in front of BJ’s warehouse! It has the best prices for produce I can get a whole shopping cart full of produce for$25!!! Which is great for being a vegetarian and going through a lot of produce. I would recommend going during the week because the weekends get very busy there .I find it to be better than the one on Rt 46 But thats just me!!

  • andrea

    There’s a Garden Farm Market right off Rt. 1 South in Metuchen. The exact address is 927 West Kelly Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840. It’s a bright orange building tucked away behind some restaurants so make sure to turn in by the Pollo Tropical or Bennigan’s.

    They have great buys on fresh produce, seafood, fresh/dried herbs, floral items, and more.

  • Rosanne

    Hi. Times Market is located in the shopping center at 5 points in Union (not the one with Food King but the one with the liquor store and Subway). I go to somerset farms on 22 but I will try the one in Middlesex on the reccomendation of Anonymous.

  • Tina

    Rt. 17 Farmer’s Market
    201-939-1710
    370 Union Ave
    East Rutherford, NJ 07073

  • Rosendale Farmers Market
    Rosendale, NY
    Sundays June-October
    http://www.farmersmarketonline.com/fm/RosendaleiFarmersMarket.html

  • Kristie

    I live in Atlanta and we have an awesome market here
    The Dekalb Farmer’s Market on East Ponce in Decatur!!

  • Andrew

    The one in Livingston NJ just opened. On route 10 east in the toys r us complex next door to Irving’s Deli.

    • Cindy

      @Andrew, I just saw that today!! I was driving down Rt 10 and I was like, WHAT! Look at that, we have one now right here! Have you been? I’m going there tomorrow to check it out.

  • Elizabeth

    For a change of pace…a market that is primarily pick your own. This market will open next month and is truly an amazing local gem.

    Please support local farmers!

    moodsfarmmarket.com

    901 Bridgeton Pike
    Mullica Hill NJ

  • Jamie Langner

    Morris Farmer’s Market
    30 Lafayette Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960

  • I live in Morrisville, PA, right across the river from Trenton, NJ. There is a little place in the shopping center on the corner of West Trenton Avenue & Pennsylvania Avenue (just after you cross the Calhoun St Bridge) that just has a sign that says Garden Farm Market. Their prices are amazing! If you can find it at one of the many grocery stores in the area for $1, then there it is 75 cents. I can always get what I need. In addition to a large variety of produce, they also sell fresh seafood, ethnic groceries (latin & asian), breads & rolls, spices, dried fruits and nuts, and dry goods. They take cash, credit card or debit only, and are open 7 days a week.

  • I just thought of another one!
    Princeton University has a farmers market on campus every Tuesday. All of the food is local & organic.
    http://webscript.princeton.edu/~greening/market/