Hoboken and Jersey City farmers markets are open, and more are on the way as residents embrace warmer weather and search for fresh produce and delicious baked goods.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, outdoor farmers markets provide a lower risk shopping option for shoppers and the community-at-large during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to food security in the United States,” states the CDC. “Access to healthy food options and nutrition are an important part of overall physical and mental health. Across the United States, farmers markets have been named an essential service because of their role in supporting local farms and providing communities access to fresh, healthy food during the pandemic.”
Ten farmers markets take place in Hoboken and Jersey City. Here are a few of the farmers markets near you.
Hoboken announced the start of one of its two farmers markets this month. The Uptown Farmers Market, sponsored by Bijou Properties, takes place on Saturdays under the 14th Street Viaduct between Grand and Adams streets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will remain open until fall.
Vendors include Stony Hill Farms, Cotton Cattle, Hoboken Farms, Roger’s Seafood, Picklicious, Choc o Pain and Paolo’s Kitchen.
There will also be live music on select dates.
The Hoboken Farmers Market, sponsored by the Quality of Life Coalition, will return for its 23rd season starting June 1.
It takes plan on Garden Street at Church Square Park between Fourth and Fifth streets Tuesdays from 2 to 7:30 p.m.
Union Hill Farms, Melick’s Town Farm and Circle Brook Organic farms will sell New Jersey produce. Pickle-Licious, Gourmet Dried Fruits and Nuts and Hoboken Farms will sell locally made products.
Both markets offer fresh fruit, vegetables, and other local products.
“The City of Hoboken is proud to bring back both farmers markets for another season,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “I thank Bijou Properties, the Quality of Life Coalition, all of the vendors, Director Jen Gonzalez, and Dave Calamoneri for once again providing access to fresh fruits and vegetables for our residents.”
Jersey City markets
The Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmers Market is at Grove Street PATH Plaza near the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza every Monday and Thursday through December 20 from 4 to 8 p.m.
It’s sponsored by the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District. Vendors include Gourmet Nuts & Dried Fruit, Pickles Olives Etc., Stony Hill Farms, Jersey City Fish Stand, Hoboken Farms, and Sweet Cheeks Farm and Apiary.
Hamilton Park Farmers Market is back every Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m., near the large dog park.
Vendors include Stony Hill Farms, the Cake Pound NJ, and Scale Fish Market to name a few.
The Riverview Farmers Market, operated by nonprofit Farms in the Heights, takes place every Sunday at Riverview Fisk Park at 320 Ogdon Avenue between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Vendors include Fed Direct, Oh Honey, Headquarters Farm, and Riggs Provisions.
The Friends of VanVorst Park Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays at VanVorst Park until December.
Vendors include Asprocolas Acres, Jersey City Fish Stand, and many more.
The Historic Paulus Hook Association sponsors the Paulus Hook Farmers Market that takes place every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until December.
It ‘s at the end of Washington Street in the Morris Canal State Park next to the Korean War Memorial.
Stony Hill Farms is a vendor, and shoppers can pick up produce and cut flowers, plus pies, muffins, donuts, cookies and breads, and other seasonal items.
The West Side Community Alliance hosts the Lincoln Park Farmers Market in Lincoln Park by the water fountain, according to the WSCA website. The not-yet-announced market typically begins in June and runs every Sunday until October.
The Journal Square Green Market in the Journal Square PATH Plaza is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 2 to 7 p.m. until December, according to its Facebook page.
Past vendors included Alstede Farms, Stony Hill Farms, and Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit to name a few.
The Arlington Park Farmers Market has not yet been announced but typically takes place in Arlington Park on Saturdays from July until October.