Heading to the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning is a South Jersey tradition. You get to stock up on fresh produce, enjoy the best baked goods anywhere, and spot great vintage finds, all in one place. There are farmer’s markets all over South Jersey, but these are five of the best.
Locally, it’s called the Berlin Mart. It’s an old-school farmer’s market with a warren of stores selling everything from 1980s prom dresses to discounted car parts, with a little bit of everything-you-could-ever-need tossed in. Take the kids to the candy shop, grab a world-famous (or, at least, South Jersey-famous) soft pretzel, and wander the outdoor flea market, where you can bargain with sellers for a great deal on the perfect thing you never knew you needed.
Build in 1919, the huge Columbus Farmer’s Market is one of the oldest in the region. There are 65 stores inside a multi-building complex spread over 200 acres. It’s really, really big. And that means there’s a little something for everyone, from the bargain hunter to the accomplished foodie. There’s also an open-air section, with rows of vendors selling everything from estate jewelry and furniture to teapots and clothes.
There are a lot of reasons to go to Cowtown. The biggest reason? There’s a huge rodeo there every single weekend. But while you’re waiting for the festivities to begin, check out the sprawling farmer’s market. Come hungry, and gorge yourself on mini pies, soft pretzels, and a hot sausage sandwich, then shop the rest of the market’s odds and ends.
Get a little taste of Lancaster County, PA right here in South Jersey at the Williamstown Farmer’s Market. Try unbelievable cinnamon sugar pretzels, try not to buy every single delicious smelling baked good, and hit the deli for local, organic milk. Try the chocolate milk – trust us, you won’t regret it. Then visit the butcher for an amazing cut of meat for dinner, and scope out some Amish-made furniture.
Stop into the Greater Bridgeton Amish Market for fresh baked goods, meat, and fresh produce. Grab a bite at one of the restaurants inside – the barbecue is always a great choice. If you bring the family in the fall, you’ll be able to celebrate all things harvest, and get lost—in a good way!—in the on-site corn maze.