Everyone Loves Jersey Fresh Farm Produce

Kids enjoying Jersey Farm Fresh produce

The Sandler girls getting ready to enjoy their farm share veggies.

Spring is in the air and that means Jersey fresh produce from berries to sweet Jersey corn isn’t too far away. If you’re interested in joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Farm Share, now’s the time to sign-up with local farmers.

In addition to CSA’s, here’s what you need to know to find the best fresh produce in stores, farmers markets, or delivered to your door in the Westfield area.

Jersey Fresh Delivered or Boxed for Pick Up

If you want fresh produce (farm shares) delivered weekly or bi-weekly to either your doorstep or a central pick-up location, consider joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) group in Westfield or a nearby town.

Just Farmed

This Westfield-based CSA delivers to homes in the Westfield area from May to December. You’ll receive a varied assortment of farm fresh produce each week on a Thursday or Friday. The produce arrives in an insulated bag along with recipes. Each week you leave out the prior week’s empty box for collection when the new box is delivered. For more information email or call 917.902.8786.

Westfield Area CSA

Participants get a weekly assortment of vegetables, herbs, and some fruit from organic farmer John Krueger (Meet the Farmer Day is April 27, 2014 from 1-3pm, 617 Prospect Street, Westfield). You pick up your farm share from a central location in Westfield on Thursdays from 3 to 7 pm. The Westfield CSA is run by volunteers so all members are expected to help out five hours per season. To learn more, email the Westfield CSA.

Fresh Pick CSA (Cranford Supports Agriculture)

Dreyer Farms offers a weekly program, which starts in late May and continues until the end of December. Each weekly box is loaded with seasonal produce, portioned for your family. Produce boxes will be available for pick up twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays, and they’ll be available in three sizes: Just the Basics, Healthy Family, and Strictly Locavore. Sign-up here or contact Dawn Salerno the Director of CSA at 908.477.0105.

Alan’s Orchard

Please note: We just received a note from Alan’s Orchard stating they will NOT be participating in the Fresh Box program in 2014. They were unable to find a new location to reopen their store.

In previous years, Alan’s Orchards brought its members fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables from 30+ New Jersey farms in their 32-week Fresh Box program. According to their website, they will be doing the same in 2014, however, this information has not been updated since the end of 2013. Please continue to check their website for updates on the 2014 produce season.

Purple Dragon Co-op

This group sources from local organic and ecological farmers, as well as including high-quality organic produce from beyond the local area. Pick-up is every other week all year round, and one person from each household works one hour every three months to help divvy up the produce. Learn more by calling 973.429. 0391or email the Purple Dragon Co-op.

Stores Selling Locally Grown Produce

If you don’t want to make a weekly commitment to a farm share program, visit Westfield grocery stores that feature locally grown fruits and vegetables:

Trader Joe’s

155 Elm Street, Westfield; 908.301.0910

While Trader Joe’s is a nationwide chain, the Westfield store often stocks a wide-range of local Jersey fresh produce.

Westfield Farm

719 Central Avenue, Westfield; 908-232-3344

This store features a large selection of fruits and vegetables (some locally grown), as well as other grocery staples and fresh cut flowers.

New Jersey Farmers’ Markets

(Note: dates are from 2013, they have not been updated for 2014 as of April 2, 2014).

You can’t get any more local than planning a trip to one of New Jersey’s many farmers’ markets. You’ll find a farmers’ market in just about every NJ town, and they all have their own vendors, selling days, and hours of operation.

Westfield’s Farmers’ Market: Saturdays, June 29 to October 26 from 8:30 am to 2 pm; South Avenue Train Station parking lot.

Bloomfield Farmers’ Market: Thursdays, 1 to 7 pm (July 11 to October 31); Bloomfield Avenue at State & Liberty Streets (use address: 9 State Street).

Chatham Farmers’ Market: Saturdays, 8 am to 1 pm (June 15 to November 23); Railroad Plaza South, off Fairmount Avenue.

Madison Farmers’ Market: Saturdays, 8 am to 1 pm (June 6 to October 17); Corner of Green Village Road and Main Street (Route 124).

Maplewood Farmers’ Market: Mondays, 2 to 7 pm (June 10 to October 28); Springfield Avenue at Indiana Street.

Downtown Millburn Farmers’ Market: Fridays, 8 am to 2 pm (June 7 to October 25); Essex Street at Town Hall.

Montclair Farmers’ Market: Saturdays, 8 am to 2 pm (June 1 to November 16); corner of Greenwood and Walnut at the Walnut Street Train Station parking lot.

Morristown Farmers’ Market: Sundays, 8:30am to 2:00pm (June 17 to November 24); Spring Street and Morris Street.

New Providence Farmers’ Market: Wednesdaysm 12 to 6 pm (June 12 to October 30); 1307 Springfield Avenue, Presbyterian Church at New Providence parking lot.

Roselle Park Farmers’ Market: Wednesdays, 1 to 6 pm (July 3 to October 30); Chestnut St. and East Grant Avenue; Gazebo parking lot.

Scotch Plains Farmers’ Market: Saturdays, 8 am to 2 pm (May 13 to November 23); Park Avenue, Scotch Plains municipal parking lot.

South Orange Farmers’ Market: Wednesdays, 2 to 7 pm (June 5 to October 30); Sloan and First Street Parking Lot, across from the NJ Transit station.

Springfield Farmers’ Market: Mondays, 12 to 6 pm (July 1 to October 28); 101 Mountain Avenue, parking lot at Jonathan Dayton High School.

Summit Farmers’ Market: Sundays, 8 am to 1 pm (May 12 to June 23 and September 1 to November 24); DeForest Avenue and Maple Street. Sundays, 8 am to 1 pm (June 30 to August 25); Beechwood Road and Bank Street, Summit.

Summit Greenmarket: Thursdays, 3 to 8 pm (June 27 to September 12); Beechwood Road from Springfield Avenue to Bank Street.

West Orange Farmers’ Market: Fridays, 12 to 6 pm (June 28 to October 25); 66 Main Street, parking lot behind Town Hall

Note: Please confirm dates, times, and locations (and to find other New Jersey Fresh Farmers’ Markets) by visiting the State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Jersey Fresh site. We will also update this post as the dates become available.

Pick-Your-Own Fruits and Vegetables in NJ

You can’t get any fresher than fresh picked, and New Jersey’s got plenty of farms offering pick-your-own crops. For a fun family outing, take the kids to pick strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, pumpkins, veggies, and lots more. Visit PickYourOwn.org for a searchable list of what you can pick, when, and where.

What’s your favorite place to pick-up Jersey fresh produce? Let us know in Comments!

Information updated 4.1.2014.