We are just past the halfway point of winter, and summer produce feels like a distant memory. It will be several more months before Jersey and Pennsylvania farms get into their groove, but all is not hopeless! One of my favorite weekend activities is to visit the great indoor farm markets throughout the area. Many of these markets not only have fresh local produce, but also breakfast & lunch and provisions from local artisans.
From Left to Right: Zach & Zoe Honey at Stockton Market (Photo by Cheryl Olsten), House-cured Charcuterie at Brick Farm Market, Greens from Roots to River Farm at Gravity Hill Farm,WoodsEdge Stuffed Alpacas at Wrighstown Market, Succulents from Stony Brook Farm
Stockton Farm Market (Stockton, NJ)
This indoor farm market never gets old! There’s always something exciting going on, whether it’s a fun new vendor to check out or a special popup gift shop. The vendors run the gamut, from healthy organic produce to the most incredible doughnuts you will ever have. Of the 22 current vendors, there are approximately six eateries that will satisfy your gourmet food cravings, and the rest supply some of the highest quality food goods the area offers. When I leave the market, our bags are always full of something different. DELICIOUS healthy pastas, the freshest seafood you can get, NJ grown organic rice, perfectly baked bread, unique spices, specialty meat cuts and more.
Brick Farm Market (Hopewell, NJ)
This market is about as close to the farm as you can get. With Double Brook Farm right up the road, the farm can supply the market with extremely fresh meats and vegetables. Pick up high-quality pastured pork from the butcher, enjoy a grassfed burger & freshly pressed juice, and shop for their homemade pantry essentials. With a juice & coffee bar, bakery, cheese shop, and prepared foods section, you can really get everything you need without visiting the grocery store. It’s so refreshing going somewhere that you know is putting only the best on your plate. Try their Jersey Tomato jarred sauces & pesto with housemade pasta, awesome frozen soups and of course, their unbeatable PORK.
The Market at Gravity Hill Farm (Titusville, NJ)
When you realize you can drive 5 minutes down the road to get beautiful local produce no matter what time of year, you realize how lucky you truly are. Gravity Hill Farm has been a saving grace for me, and I can always rely on them for a wide assortment of produce, meats and prepared foods. The market has recently gone through some changes, with produce being supplied by Roots to River Farm, and prepared lunch items from the Farm Cooking School. Local grassfed meats, eggs and soaps are available from Beechtree Farm (Hopewell, NJ) and they even have pantry goods made with their own produce.
West Windsor Farmers Market (West Windsor, NJ)
It’s always prides me that one of the best farmers markets in the country is in my hometown. At their last indoor market (they happen the first Saturday of every month) the market had nearly 25 local vendors! Last time I went I scored some amazing shibumi mushrooms and pasta, but every time I go I discover some new business that wows me. The truly bring in the best of the best and I love the variety of offerings.
Newtown Dutch Farmers Market (Newtown, PA)
You don’t have to drive out to Lancaster to have an Amish experience. Each Thursday, Friday & Saturday the market is bustling with the sights, sounds and smells of 16 vendors all under one roof. Dutch country dairy and amazing baked goods make it worth the visit alone. But they also have things you wouldn’t expect to find, like a seafood market, sushi counter and Mexican eatery!
Wrightstown Indoor Farmers Market (Wrightstown, PA)
I love seeing how some of my favorite OUTDOOR farm markets have moved indoors for the winter. This is such a great trend! Over the river in Bucks County you can check out the Wrightstown Indoor Farmers Market until April. With over 30 rotating vendors, this is one of the biggest indoor markets I’ve seen yet. The spot is at The Barn @ The Gathering (2324 2nd Street Pike) and it’s every 2nd and 4th Saturday. On their list are some of my favorites like Cherry Grove Farm (CHEESE!), Mainly Mushrooms, Lower Mountain Road Pottery, Offtbeat Gourmet and more!
Shady Brook Farm (Yardley, PA)
Shady Brook Farm has anything and everything! Their own produce, Rosebank Wine, DiBruno Brothers Cheese, Uncle Dave’s Ice Cream, and a variety of gourmet spreads. JustFood Catering and their deli counter will help to ensure you don’t shop on an empty stomach 😉 I’m planning on making my way over there soon for some beautiful succulents!