2017 Jersey City Farmers Markets

Farmers all over New Jersey and in surrounding states are beginning their harvests, and farmers markets all over Jersey City will be bringing that farm-fresh goodness to us city dwellers starting this weekend. The season officially kicks off at the Van Vorst Park Farmers Market on Saturday, April 22. Marc Wesson of the Friends of Van Vorst Park says, “This year we will also have health related events at the market throughout the season, provided by the Health Dept and local hospitals.”

In addition to the variety of fresh fruits and vegetables most of the local farmers markets also feature prepared foods from local businesses and food trucks, artisan foods including nuts, grains, pickles, oils, honey, organic meats, fish and cheeses, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, potted plants and herbs, health and beauty goods, and much more.

Grove Street Farmers Market

Grove Street Farmers Market – Photo Micky Mathis © Harmony Media, NJ

Grove Street Farmers Market

Grove Street Farmers Market – Photo Micky Mathis © Harmony Media, NJ

Grove Street Farmers Market – Photo Micky Mathis © Harmony Media, NJ

Many of the Jersey City farmers markets have also branched out to include live music, children’s activities, outdoor yoga classes, cooking demonstrations and other special events. “We try to have different entertainment options throughout the season,” says HPA market manager Debbie Walters. “The Backyard Jug Band will perform at the Hamilton Park Farmers Market opening on May 3. A bubble festival is planned for August and Santa makes an appearance at our last market of the year!”

2017 marks the 10th year the Historic Downtown Farmers Market has been operating and the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District will commemorate the occasion with a fun-filled afternoon. Opening day festivities on May 1 will included a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Steven Fulop, Dancing Tony (Susco) of the the Rock-it Docket will DJ, local beer and wines will be available, and you’ll be able to take a selfie on the Stony Hill Farm tractor!

Debra Devi performs at Music in the Park at the Riverview Park Farmers Market

Debra Devi performs at Music in the Park at the Riverview Park Farmers Market – Photo Beth Achenbach © Harmony Media, NJ

Riverview Park Farmers Market

Riverview Park Farmers Market – Photo Beth Achenbach © Harmony Media, NJ

Chef Mory Thomas of the Food Network makes Freekeh Potato Salad with Charred Lemon Zest for a cooking demonstration at the Farms in the Heights Sunday farmers' market in Riverview-Fisk Park

Chef Mory Thomas makes Freekeh Potato Salad with Charred Lemon Zest for a cooking demonstration at the Riverview Park Farmers Market – Photo Catherine Hecht © Harmony Media, NJ

The free live music series “Music in the Park,” held the first Sunday of every month, will help kick off opening day at the Riverview Farmers Market on May 7 — Senegalese multi-talented Abdou Mboup and Olio will perform from noon to 3 pm, a band led by the own Heights’ percussionist Yougi. “We’ll also be scheduling free art activities for children, cooking demonstrations by local chefs, a recycling program in collaboration with the Riverview Community Garden, a donation-based yoga class taught by Yoga in the Heights, our annual Peach Pie Contest (to be held on August 20), wellness events, and more, says Jessica Murphy of Farms in the Heights.

Here’s the full list of the city’s markets:

Arlington Park Farmers Market
Arlington Avenue and Grand Street
Opens Saturday, June 3 and runs every Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm until October 28. SNAP/EBT, WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers are accepted by all five farmers at this market. Organized by Friends of Arlington Park.
Friends of Arlington Park Facebook Page

Exchange Place Farmers Market
185 Hudson Street
Opens Tuesday, May 2 and runs every Tuesday from 3 – 8 pm until December 19. SNAP, WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers are accepted at this market. Organized by the Exchange Place Alliance.
Exchange Place Alliance Facebook Page

Hamilton Park Farmers Market
Eighth Street and Jersey Avenue (around the gazebo)
Opens Wednesday, May 3 and runs every Wednesday from 3 – 7:30 pm until December 20. EBT/SNAP vouchers are accepted by both farmers at this market and the popcorn vendor accepts WIC. Organized by the Hamilton Park Association.
hpnajc.org

Historic Downtown Farmers Market
Grove Street PATH Plaza (Newark Avenue and Grove Street)
Opens Monday, May 1 and runs every Monday and Thursday from 4 – 8 pm until December 22, with the exception of Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day. WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers are accepted by Ort and Stony Hill farmers at this market. Organized by the Historic Downtown SID.
jcdowntown.org

Journal Square Farmers Market
Journal Square Plaza (at the Fountain & Kiosk)
Opens Wednesday, May 3 and runs every Wednesday and Friday from 11 am – 7 pm until December 22. SNAP and WIC are accepted by farmers and non-prepared food vendors at this market. Organized by The New Journal Square.
thenewjournalsquare.com

Lincoln Park Farmers Market
Bentley and West Side Avenue (next to St. Aloysius church)
Opens Sunday, June 11 and runs every Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm until October 29. Organized by the West Side Community Alliance.
jcwsca.org

Paulus Hook Farmers Market
Washington Street south of Dudley St. (next to the Korean War Memorial)
Opens Saturday, April 29 and runs every Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm until December 23. SNAP, WIC, Senior FMNP vouchers and Family first cards are accepted at this market. Organized by the Historic Paulus Hook Association.
paulushook.org

Riverview Farmers Market
Riverview-Fisk Park, Palisade Avenue (between Griffith and Bowers St.)
Opens Sunday, May 7 and runs every Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm until November 19. SNAP/EBT, WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers are accepted by all five farmers at this market. Organized by Farms in the Heights.
riverviewfarmersmarket.org

Van Vorst Park Farmers Market
Jersey Ave. and Montgomery St. (around the gazebo)
Opens Saturday, April 22 and runs every Saturday from 8 am – 3:30 pm until December 23. WIC and Senior FMNP vouchers accepted by both farmers at this market. Organized by Friends of Van Vorst Park.
fvvp.org

*While most of the farmers markets are flourishing both the Leonard Gordon Park and Newport farmers markets will not be offered this year.

Riverview Park Farmers Market

Riverview Park Farmers Market – Photo Micky Mathis © Harmony Media, NJ

Wondering what kind of fresh food will likely be available at the farmers markets and when? Need ideas on what to do with your farm-fresh goods, once you’ve brought them home? Look for our tips next week on JCI.

April 10 & 22: This article was updated to include additional information and a correction.

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Catherine Hecht

is the owner of Harmony Media, NJ, the publisher of Jersey City Independent and blogs about urban gardening at dig a path. She's lived in Jersey City since 1999 and resides in the Heights section with her wife Beth Achenbach, they were the first couple to file as legal domestic partners in Jersey City. Cat has over 10 years experience in communications, marketing and publishing, she's studied anthropology, art history, woman & gender studies, botany, ethnobotany, and herbology and she is a graduate of the Rising Tide Capital Community Business Academy. She is also is a community activist, registered voter, gay rights activist, art lover, gardener, environmentalist, and an animal advocate.

  • Rebecca Missel

    May 1 is a Monday, not a Thursday. Does this mean the Historic Downtown market starts on Monday, May 1?
    Thanks!

  • moonbeammairgold

    No one is starting their harvests in April, be real! Unless is it early season leeks or Russian kale that wintered over, most stuff isn’t even planted yet.