THE AREA IS RIPE WITH FARM DELIGHTS
Growing and harvesting season brings a whole new dimension to eating locally. In Downtown Scotch Plains and Downtown Westfield, the Area’s two Farmers Markets unleash an unbelievable array of farm favorites. While Dreyer Farms in Cranford, the last working farm in Union County, churns out the season’s best.
The Scotch Plains Farmers’ Marketplace is the Area’s largest, first to open/last to close and offers the longest hours. It starts in May and runs all the way through November. Celebrating its 25th year, vendors of all sorts line up in the parking lot between Darby Road Pub (pint after shopping?!) and the Municipal Building on Park Avenue. Family-owned Ort Farms of Long Valley and Whistling Wolf Farm of Pittstown sell seasonal produce direct from their local fields.
In Westfield, the Farmers Market season begins in June and runs through October in the Southside lot of the Westfield Train Station. Chickadee Creek Farm of Pennington and Donaldson Farms of Hackettstown display their farm-to-market fruits and vegetables.
Dreyer Farms of Cranford has been part of the community since 1904 and still is a family affair, with the current owners, tracing their roots back to the original farmers who worked the land along Springfield Avenue. Along with fresh produce, Dreyer Farms sells dairy products, meat, baked goods (including fresh mini doughnuts!), honey, olive oil and lots more, including holiday decor. Dreyer Farms opens in Spring and closes in December.
The Skinny on this Feature
Scotch Plains Farmers’ Marketplace, Scotch Plains
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Westfield Farmers Market, Westfield
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Dreyer Farms, Cranford
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Christine Alba is a local photographer and lifestyle writer based in the Westfield Area. She curates images at @HappilyEverAfter. She is a regular contributor at It’s My Week and NJ Spots.