Jersey City Farmer’s Markets

“Fresh and delicious food is very important to my family,” says Hunt Ethridge, manager for the Arlington Park Farmer’s Market. (Ethridge has also been a contributor for JCI.) “I grew up in upstate NY where every farm had a stand next to the road. You’d drive up, pick up some veggies, plop some money in their lock box and head on home. The corn and tomatoes were to die for!  Now, I live in a food desert. It’s very difficult to access fresh food. Having the market not only gives me, but all of my neighbors access to great vegetables and fruits.”

Ethridge, like so many Jersey City residents, knows the significance of fresh and healthy food. “Fresh food is very important to the vitality of a community. There are many issues including food justice, healthy eating, community building and getting back to nature that are all helped by having access to fresh food.”

Dan Haag, chef and Jersey City Heights resident, attends the Riverview Farmer’s Market every Sunday. “Then with the produce, we cook a large vegetarian meal that evening. It’s one of the highlights of our weekend. It also helps teach our three year old where his food comes from, different ways to prepare it, and how it it should be stored.”

Haag agrees with Ethridge on the role of healthy food to the community. “Fresh food is vital. It gives everyone an excuse to shop locally, eat better looking and tasting veggies and protein, see what’s going on in the community, and most importantly, it provides an opportunity to interact with neighbors in a friendly, vibrant, and beautiful environment.”

This year, farmer’s markets can be found almost daily in locations around Jersey City:

Arlington Park
Arlington Park at Arlington Avenue and Grand Street
Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm
(June to October)
Friends of Arlington Park Facebook Page

Hamilton Park
Eighth Street and Jersey Avenue (around the gazebo)
Wednesdays, 3 pm to 7:30 pm
(May to December 7)
Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association

Historic Downtown
Grove Street PATH Plaza, Newark Avenue and Grove Street
Mondays and Thursdays, 4 pm to 8 pm
(May through December 22)
Downtown Jersey City Historic Special Improvement District

Journal Square
Journal Square Plaza (across from the historic Jersey Lowes Theatre)
Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 am to 8 pm
(May to December 23)
The New Journal Square

Leonard Gordon Park
Kennedy Blvd. and Manhattan Ave.
Saturdays, 8 am to 2:30 pm
(June through November 26)
Friends of Leonard Gordon Park Facebook Page

Lincoln Park
West Side Ave. and Belmont Ave. (At the gazebo near the fountain, parking is available.)
Sundays, 10 am to 3 pm
(June though October 30)
Farmer’s Market at Lincoln Park Facebook Page

Paulus Hook
Washington St. south of Dudley St. (next to the Korean War Memorial)
Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm
(April 30 – November 17)

Riverview-Fisk Park
Palisade Ave. (between Griffith St. and Bowers St.)
Sundays, 10 am to 3 pm
(May through November 22)
Riverview Farmers Market

Van Vorst Park
Jersey Ave. and Montgomery St. (around the gazebo)
Saturdays, 8:00 am to 2 pm
(May through December 19)
Friends of Van Vorst Park

Catherine Hecht contributed to this article. Photo by Mel Kozakiewicz.

Mel Kozakiewicz

is a writer, performer, and professor. She lives in the Heights section of Jersey City and she is a former editor for Jersey City Independent.