List of Princeton Area Farmers’ Markets

Eat Healthy + Eat Local = Farmers’ Markets

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There’s nothing quite like a week of 80° weather to remind you that summer has arrived. Here in the Garden State, summer wouldn’t be the some without bucketfulls of ripe tomatoes, fresh corn, juicy berries, and crisp lettuce. A great way to support local businesses and be healthy is to get your summer produce from one of the dozens of farmers’ markets that pop up every week. We know it can be hard to keep track of their rotating schedules and it seems like you can never find a market until you’re driving home from the super market with a car full of groceries so here we present a list of some of the best places to pick up fresh, local, and often organic food this summer.

MONDAY:

Montgomery Friends Farmers Market
Where
: Route 206, Montgomery Township Village Shopper across from ShopRite
When
: Saturdays 9 am-1 pm (OPENS JUNE 11th)
What
: Fruits and vegetables, NJ honey, popcorn, juice, home made salsa, Griggstown Quail Farm pies and products, organic beef, pork, and poultry.
The inside Scoop
: Montgomery’s market is great because absolutely everything comes from local NJ farms and they are proud of it. Everything is labeled from meet from Simply Grazin, fruit from Treelicious Orchards, produce from Catalpa Farms, bread from Village Bakery, and much more.
More information
HERE

WEDNESDAY:

Hopewell Community Farmers’ Market
Where
: Hopewell Train Station (off of Greenwood Ave)
When
: Wednesdays 2-7 pm
What
: Local organic produce, flowers, herbs, eggs, fresh bread, gourmet foods, local meats, local wool and crafts.
The inside Scoop
: Aside from being one of the few markets open year round (the others mostly run June to September), Hopewell also distinguishes itself as a great place to pick up local llama and alpaca wool and wool crafts from Woods Edge farms.
More information
: email rsmit@olssonsfinefoods.com

THURSDAY:

Princeton Farmers’ Market
Where
: Hinds Plaza (next to the Princeton Public Library)
When
: Thursday, 11 am- 4 pm
What
: Vegetables, fruits, raw milk cheeses, mushrooms, flowers, healthy bread and pastries, eggs, chickens, local honey, juices, and prepared food from local stores.
The inside Scoop
: In addition to great fresh food, this market also has live music every week from 12:30 to 2:30 to enjoy while you shop and eat. They also encourage you to bring your own reusable bags or purchase one made by volunteers with donated cloth.
More information
HERE

Capital City Farmers’ Market (Trenton)
Where
: Corner of Broad and Montgomery
When: Thursdays 11 am- 2 pm (OPENS  JULY 8th)
What: A changing selection of local fruits and vegetables, fresh flowers, locally made pies and pastries, fresh cider, doughnuts, and Amish breads.
The inside Scoop: This market features great live jazz every week. Also it helps bring some much-needed business to our capital city. Even if you tend to shy away from Trenton, check out this market for great food and a festival atmosphere every week.
More information: (609) 393-8998

FRIDAY

Hightstown Farmers’ Market
Where: Memorial Park (center of town)
When: Fridays 4-8 pm
What: Variety of locally grown in-season fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fresh eggs, hand-crafted soap, dog treats/biscuits, fresh-cut flowers, specialty Italian foods.
The inside Scoop: This market features some amazing pastries from local vendors. From pies to scones, they’ve got it all and the turnovers are not to be missed. A fun extra is that they also have treats for man’s best friend. Crazy Dog Bakery brings freshly baked dog treats every week.
More information HERE

SATURDAY

Pennington Farmers’ Market
Where: At Rosedale Mills near the intersection of Rt. 31 and Titus Mill Rd.
When: Saturdays 9 am-1 pm
What: The Pennington Farmers Market is now open Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the lawn in front of Rosedale Mills.  The outdoor, seasonal market provides shoppers with organic produce and flowers from Chickadee Creek Farm; pasture raised and fed meats and cheeses from Beechtree Farm and Cherry Grove Farm; locally grown, prepared foods from Comfort Foods; artisan breads and pasteries from Village Bakery; eggs, honey and plants, plus, when ready, Kerrs’ Korn all from Kerrs Farm and Korn Stand.             More information HERE

West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market
Where: Parking lot of the Princeton Junction Train Station
When: Saturdays 9 am-1pm
What: Organic herbs; grass-fed beef, pork and lamb; chicken, quail, and pheasant; and both organic and conventionally grown vegetables including specialty Asian vegetables, pies and bread, live music, art exhibition.
The inside Scoop: The specialty Asian vegetables make this market a must for anyone who wants to avoid the wilted, sub-par fare often found in grocery stores. Also this market features fresh waffles and crepes which are great for breakfast. Another really unique feature is the option of a mid-shopping massage provided by a Princeton-area masseuse.
More information HERE

Franklin Township HSBCC Farmers’ Market
Where: 921 Hamilton Street (corner of Franklin Blvd)
When Saturdays 9 am- 2 pm (OPENS JULY 10th)
What: Fruits, vegetables, local crafts, and a variety of locally grown flowers.
The inside Scoop: Though there is fairly good variety for a small market, the stone fruits, plums and peaches, are what really make the Franklin Township market stand out. There are also fresh, vibrant mums every week.
More information
: (732) 873-2500, ext. 400

Montgomery Friends Farmers Market
Where
: Route 206, Montgomery Township Village Shopper across from Shoprite
When
: Saturdays 9 am-1 pm (OPENS JUNE 11th)
What
: Fruits and vegetables, NJ honey, popcorn, juice, home made salsa, Griggstown Quail Farm pies and products, organic beef, pork, and poultry.
The inside Scoop: Montgomery’s market is great because absolutely everything comes from local NJ farms and they are proud of it. Everything is labeled from meat from Simply Grazin, fruit from Treelicious Orchards, produce from Catalpa Farms, bread from Village Bakery, and much more.
More information HERE

Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market
Where: Lawrenceville Fuel’s parking lot at 16 Gordon Avenue
When: Saturdays 10 am-2 pm
What: Fresh vegetables, fruits, cider, cakes, pies, eggs and chickens, pork beef, vegan goods, milk and cheese, local honey, bees wax soap, cheesecake, Jersey ketchup and relish.
The inside Scoop
: A guest table every week spotlights a local organization or cause. This week stop by to hear from Sustainable Lawrence, an organization that looks into ways to make the town and individuals act more responsibly towards the environment.
More information HERE

And these are just the weekly markets! New Jersey has dozens of small historic farms and a few in the immediate area. Most of these farms have farm stands or stores where you can buy your produce directly from the source. Many also have farm share programs or pick-your-own days, which are great opportunities to find out where your food is coming from.

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Grace Rosen is a native Princetonian home for the summer. When she’s not enjoying the familiar sights, sounds, and tastes of Princeton she attends college at Columbia University. While decidedly undeclared, she plans on studying history, art history, and psychology. She is thoroughly enjoying her summer internship at PrincetonScoop and discovering new things about central Jersey even after 18 years.