The NJ Department of Agriculture’s website has a comprehensive list of neighborhood markets by county. For the last two summers, I found myself referring to that list frequently to find a convenient market for a last-minute produce run.
This season, I realized a visual representation would be more helpful to me, and on the off chance that other locals might feel the same way, I created this public calendar. Included are all farmers’ markets in the northern counties of New Jersey, as listed on the Jersey Fresh website. Now, when I realize on a Tuesday afternoon that I’d like a fresh pepper for my salad that evening, I can see if there’s a farmer’s market nearby on that particular day.
How to use this calendar
Click on each calendar entry to pull up more detailed information on that market.
Unless you are referring to this calendar in late April or early November, you’ll probably notice that some of the days are so packed with farmers’ market events that they are completely unreadable. You can solve this problem in one of two ways:
- Use the Agenda view. It will show you all markets in an easy-to-read list.
- Eliminate the counties that are of little interest to you via the down-arrow at the top left of the calendar. Uncheck the appropriate boxes, so that only your local county is visible.
If you have your own Google Calendar, you can add these markets to your personal calendar either by individual event, or by importing the entire calendar.
There were a few cases where a particular market’s start and end dates were difficult to decipher, and in those events, I made educated guesses. Additionally, there may have been errors in my transcription, or changes made to the markets after I added them to the calendar. I recommend that you check the Jersey Fresh website before setting out to visit any market for the first time. Also, if you do find any incorrect data, I’d love for you to leave a comment so that I may fix it.
I am by no means a local food expert. My kids would live on Pop Tarts if they could, and I have a Dr. Pepper habit from which I don’t particularly want to be weaned. But over the last few years, I have learned more about where our supermarket foods come from and what they are doing to our health, and with each summer I become more enamored with the farmers’ market. If you’re interested in some related reading, I recommend the books below, most of which I’ve read myself, and the rest of which are on my to-read list.