Not all, but many local farmers' markets continue through the autumn and winter.
A post at njconservation.org reminds us that although warm-weather crops are gone, some farmers' markets still offer cold-season vegetables, artisan cheeses, homemade pickles and preserves, wines, eggs from free-range chickens, baked goods, jellies and jams, locally-raised meats and poultry, and more.
Some winter markets are:
- The Paterson Farmers Market, on Railway Avenue along the old Erie Railroad line, is open 365 days a year.
- Jersey City has two farmers markets that will remain open through December. The market by the Grove Street PATH station is open Mondays and Thursdays, while the one at the Hamilton Park gazebo is open Wednesdays.
- The Hunterdon Land Trust Farmers Market, located at the Dvoor Farm at the Route 12 circle outside Flemington, is open on the third Sunday of the month from December through April.
- The Stockton Market is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays all year 'round.
- The Rutgers Gardens Farm Market in New Brunswick will be open Fridays, Nov. 30, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21; the rest of the winter schedule is yet to be determined.
- The Princeton Farmers Market will open in the local library on the second Thursday of the month through April.
- The Englishtown Auction, an intriguing combination of farmer's market, craft fair and flea market, is open weekends all year 'round in Manalapan.
- The Cowtown Farmers Market in Pilesgrove is open year 'round on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
A full list of New Jersey farmers markets is at the NJ Department of Agriculture's Jersey Fresh website at state.nj.us/jerseyfresh/searches/urban.htm.
Also check out Edible Jersey at www.ediblecommunities.com/jersey/farmers-markets/.