Farmer’s market season is here!
Lots of towns all over New Jersey, as well as the country, are showcasing local produce and products. It is the perfect time to purchase local, organic, and wholesome products at a fraction of the cost that you would pay at a grocery store. In addition, since the items are being sourced locally, they are not contributing to the carbon footprint that often accompanies products brought in from other states. Lastly, you are supporting a local farmer or small business making a visit to the farmer’s market a win-win!
I wanted to highlight several tips that will enhance your trips to the farmer’s market. I am including a link at the bottom of this blog post of all the farmer’s markets in NJ. Find one that is close to you and visit it this summer!
1) Bring your grocery list!
Forget going to the grocery store on your Sunday afternoon- bring your grocery list and shop al fresco at the market! Many farmer’s markets have an assortment of produce, meats, cheeses, and breads, as well as baked goods! You can also get creative and challenge yourself to plan meals around what you find at the farmer’s market
2) Bring re-useable bags
Your farmer’s market is the perfect place to bring your re-useable bags. You can load them up with fresh veggies and flowers and bring them home without any extra waste. If you are planning on doing a lot of shopping, or bringing kids with you, bring a wagon!
3) Bring cash
Cash is always the best option. However, if you do not have time to run to the bank, many vendors are accepting credit cards as well.
4) Get fresh flowers or herbs
Many markets now feature fresh flower stands. Bringing fresh flowers into your home is a beautiful way to bring the outdoors inside. Plus, they smell great!
5) Get there early
Many of the popular items at markets sell out early, so get there early when you can!
6) Talk to the vendors
Many of the vendors can give you insider info about their unique products. In addition, you can also ask the farmers about cooking tips on special produce they are selling.
List of Farmer’s Markets in NJ
http://ediblejersey.ediblecommunities.com/shop/farmers-market-guide-new-jersey (Please note that this list was published in 2018 so some of the starting dates may be different but majority of the markets continue to operate on the same days/times)
Resources for “Pick your Own” and Events
Find us at Asbury Fresh Farmer’s Market
When: June 9th through September 22nd
Where: Kennedy Park (Cookman & Grand Ave)
What time: 10:00 am- 3:00 pm