Warmth is growing in the air, which means one thing: the start of the spring farmer’s market. Shopping from local farms and town farmer’s markets can guarantee you fresh and flavorful foods, the support of small businesses in your community, and the ability to shop and social distance in the fresh air. While you will have to wait as many towns are prepping their summer markets for May and June openings, there are plenty of options to check out now. Farmer’s Market hop around Bergen County and stock your house with the goods.
Westwood Farmer’s Market Want to spice up your home with the flavors of Bergen County? Westwood Farmer’s Market offers a variety of fresh food items as well as products from local artisans. Organic and gluten free desserts, BBQ, organically grown produce, plus pet treats, soaps and crystals are just some of the items to gift yourself. (Open Saturdays from 10 am-2 pm, 40 Crest Street, Westwood)
Ramsey Farmer’s Market With such a long list of weekly vendors at the Ramsey Farmer’s Market, it’s easy to keep mealtime interesting. You’ll often find soups, pizza, chili, empanadas and fisheries with plenty of baked good mixed in. Be sure to stop by the artisan tables and enjoy the live music. (Open Sundays from 10 am-1 pm, Ramsey Main St. Train Station, Erie Plaza, Ramsey)
Abma’s Farm Market Of course we love to visit the barnyard animals on this farm, but stop into the farm market for an equally enjoyable treat. Stock your produce drawer with fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables; dig into their kitchen specials such as quiches (courtesy of Abma’s chickens) and buddha bowls; and be sure to snag one of their fresh baked desserts such as cheesecake and strawberry rhubarb pie. Bread, eggs, condiments and more are also available. (Open Monday-Saturday 9 am-5:30 pm, 700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff)
DePiero’s Farm Stand and Greenhouses This roadside farm stand was birthed after DePiero Farm turned The Shoppes at DePiero Farm. Locally grown fruits and veggies, flowers and plants, and sweets and treats are ready for consumption. Visit the farm stand and green house to bring some delicious beauty into your home. (Open daily 8 am-6 pm, 156 Summit Ave., Montvale)
Stokes Farm For eight weeks of the freshest produce delivered weekly, sign up for Stokes Farm’s Early Season Produce Box as part of their Community-supported agriculture (CSA). Each box contains fruits and veggies specifically selected by Stokes Farm, plus a mix of fresh produce from local and non-local farms. (Begins April 5th, ends May 24th, order by March 15th for a $20 gift card to Stokes Farm market)
Winter Market by Grow It Green Morristown Take a bit of a drive to the Morris Museum for the Winter Farmer’s Market. Vendors including Jersey Girl Cheese for Italian-style cheese, Om Champagne Tea for kombucha and Local 130 Seafood for fresh caught seafood. Other full time vendors including desserts, produce and meats, while part-time vendors include Oil and Flame Candles, Luxx Chocolat and Dose Coffee Co. for international roasted coffee. (Open Sundays through April 25, Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown)
Nyack Farmers Market Just over the border lives a smorgasbord of produce and local handcrafted goods to make your mouth water and home space happy. Shop from baked goods, works of art, local wine and plenty more, with a rotating list of food and artisanal vendors making an appearance. (Open Thursdays through March, 9 am-1 pm, Main Street Parking Lot, downtown Nyack)