Over the last decade, fresh fruits and vegetables have been brought to our New Jersey communities and many towns feature a Local Farmer’s Market in the Garden State. In a parking lot near the Downtown Shopping District of Summit, NJ, every Sunday morning from 8:00 am until as late as 1:00 pm, from early June until late November, just behind Summit Bank on DeForest Avenue & Beechwood Road in Summit, NJ, there are tents and trucks, happy people and pets, overflowing with wonderful food, plants, pickels, fish, meats, baked goods, honey, soaps, yarn, cheese, bread, flowers and more.
The Summit Farmer’s Market is one of the best in the area. The outdoor market is full of kids in strollers, dogs on leashes, and both locals and out of area visitors, not to mention a goat
who occasionally makes the scene. Hoboken Farms prepared foods offers many choices for shoppers who want to buy delicious frozen meals, fresh baked breads of many varieties and even bottled marinara sauce to compliment their various raviolis.
It is not unusual to find a dog wearing a helmet or a Halloween custom if the weather cooperates. On hot days the dogs are relaxing under the trees munching on ice cubes and enjoying the attention of all the children who want to pet them.
The organic fruits and vegetable are in great demand and the selection of beans, apples, peaches, plums, several kinds of lettuce, beets, squash, zuchini are mind boggling. In the autumn, the mums and pumpkins are all around but you can find many different varieties of pototoes, herbs and the best Kielbasa at the little Polish Stand where Mario of Stefan and Sons, which also features stuffed cabage and an assortment of pieriogi.
What is especially popular are those famous Jersey tomotoes (the heirlooms are almost too good to be true) and a pickle on a stick. Brownie Points, a local Summit bakery brings their delicious signature cupcakes and duffins (that is part muffin, part cupcake) and pies and brownies are always big sellers.
Some Sundays you will find a guitarist who sings cover songs and entertains the visitors with calming music that creates a festive atmosphere. There are samples of many foods including slices of apples or watermelon and flavored honey sticks for 25c, which are a big attraction for the dozens of well behaved children milling about.
There are many markets throughout the state and here is a list of cities and towns where you can join in the farmers market fun if you can’t make it to Summit, NJ on Sunday mornings. I am a big fan and every Sunday, we look forward to filling our environment friendly bags and walking into Downtown Summit for our purchases. Don’t miss this fun-filled visit to Summit, NJ in the last four weeks of the season.
Summit, NJ was chosen as one of the Best 100 places to live in America. If you are thinking of moving to the area, please give me a call. My office at Towne Realty Group would be delighted to assist you. Several of our agents live in Summit, NJ and are very familiar with the city and the surround communites of Millburn, Short Hills, New Providence, The Chathams and Berkeley Heights, NJ.