Saturdays get a whole lot more interesting (and healthy!) in Downtown Scotch Plains and Downtown Westfield as the Area’s two Farmers Markets set up shop.
The Scotch Plains Farmers Market is the Area’s largest, first to open/last to close and offers the longest hours. Starting May 13, and running all the way through November, vendors of all sorts will be lined-up in the parking lot between Darby Road Pub (pint after shopping?!) and the Municipal Building.
Family-owned Ort Farms of Long Valley and Whistling Wolf Farm of Pittstown sell seasonal produce direct from their local fields.
Pickle peddler Picklelicious, innuendo-laced Bang Me Bakery and local favorite Florence Ravioli of Park Avenue also have stalls at the market.
“Hands down one of the greatest experiences with the kids,” commented Bettina Doula Rago on Facebook after a day at the market in 2016, “The weather was great today and it felt awesome to be supporting small businesses [and] community. The bonus? Awesome food!!!!!”
The Scotch Plains Farmers Market operates between 8 a.m and 2 p.m.
Over in Westfield, the Farmers Market season begins in June and runs through October, evey Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. 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. Nicola Pasta Fresca sells fresh pasta and Top of the Mountain Honey Bee Farms acts as your local honey dealer.
“I love the farmers market in the Summer! The vendors are great and the [Greater Westfield Area] Chamber of Commerce really does a great job for all of us,” commented Kelly B. on Yelp. “The farmers are great, but there are also a lot of other options too, like organic meats and music!”
Photo above of a late summer tomato bounty at the Scotch Plains Farmers Market courtesy @maggieknits on Instagram.