A Guide to Essex County Outdoor Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are a great way to stock up on fresh, local, and seasonal produce to help meet your daily needs. It’s recommended to get at least three servings of veggies and two of fruit per day (a serving is about the size of your fist). The pandemic took a toll on many having access to fresh fruits and veggies. Read on to learn why you should take advantage of local farmers markets and where to find them in Essex County. 

Why You Should Purchase Fruit + Veggies from a Farmers Market

  • The produce is often more nutritious. The longer the produce sits on a grocery shelf, the more nutrients it loses.  
  • – Better for the environment since you’re shopping in-season. Be sure to bring your own reusable bags for produce
  • – Worried about no organic certification? Many farms don’t have USDA organic certification due to the cost, simply ask what types of pesticides they use. Always wash your produce before consuming it. Remember that any fruit or veggie, regardless of certification, is better than none. 

Outdoor Farmers Markets 

East Hanover | Lurker Park, 631 Ridgedale Avenue, East Hanover

Mondays | 12PM-6PM 

If your weekends are busy, no need to worry. You can still check out outdoor farmer’s markets during your weekday. Whether it’s swinging by during your lunch break or for a mid-day breather stocking up on your favorite produce can be quite relaxing, especially if it helps to break up your stressful workday. Although it’s not as large as other outdoor farmers markets, it’s a great place to stock up on awesome snack options that satisfy that sweet tooth like fresh peaches or cherries. Perfect for an afternoon treat. 

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Maplewood Farmers Market | 1848 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood

Mondays | 2PM-7PM 

Maplewood Farmer’s Market

(Photo credit: @maplewoodfarmersmarket)

If you’re looking for a smaller market as a quick grab-and-go stop, the Maplewood Farmers Market is the perfect place. Open Mondays 2PM-7PM  starting in June, swing by to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies to make your workweek lunches even easier. 

Montclair Farmers Market | 1-31 Depot Square, Montclair

Saturdays | 8AM-2PM (June to November) +  8AM-1PM  (December – May)

Montclair Farmers Market

(Photo credit: @montclair_farmersmarket)

From local and sustainable produce to proteins like eggs, meats, and wild-caught fish, you can buy just about anything. The wide array of vendors also features items like baked goods, spices, pickles, coffee, honey, and more. The market even has an awesome food truck, Mezoco – Mexican taqueria, for a quick bite while you shop. 

Morristown Farmers Market | Spring Street + Morris Street, Morristown

Sundays | 8:30AM-2PM 

Morristown Farmer’s Market

With a wide selection of vendors, this outdoor famer’s market that runs from mid-June to mid-November has all your favorites, like bread, pastries, cheeses, olives, fruits and veggies, pickles, and proteins like eggs, fish, and grass-fed beef. Produce is also grown using sustainable practices and certified organic farming. Check out Jeff’s organic produce, Pickle-licious, Jersey Girl cheese, and build the perfect cheese board. 

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Nutley Farmers Market | Municipal Parking Lot 9 – 537 Franklin Avenue, Nutley

Sundays | 9AM-2PM

Nutley Farmer’s Market

(Photo credit: @nutleynjgovernment)

Not only can you stock up the pantry essentials from June to October, but there’s live music while you shop, making it a great Sunday funday for the family. Be sure to check out vendors like Empanada Lady, Gourmet Nuts + Dried Fruit, and Amazing Fungi. MG Tip: Parking is available, enter the parking lot through lot 7.

Written by:

Christina Kamilaris, MS, RDN, CDN, CSSD is a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics. Outside of working with students and athletes at NYU, She has a local private practice, Veggies n Spice. Covering weight concerns, medical conditions, hormone balance, sports nutrition, and more, Christina helps customize your nutrition, regain confidence, and take control of your health. On the weekends you’ll find her checking out local restaurants and markets with her husband, strolling the Brookdale park, or recipe testing new dishes and desserts.