Eat Local: Farm-Fresh Finds in Summit SOMA NJ for 2024 Spring/Summer

All the details on Farmers' Markets in and around Summit Short Hills SOMA / MAPSO area in NJ!

By Macaroni KID; Glenda Robson, Macaroni KID Summit Short Hills SOMA Publisher May 22, 2024

With spring turning into summer in the Summit, Short Hills, and SOMA area, It's time to embrace the freshness of the season by shopping local. From weekly farmers' markets which you can visit regularly with your little ones to CSAs offering a bounty of seasonal delights, there are plenty of ways to eat fresh in our area!

By choosing locally grown produce, you're not only treating your taste buds, but also supporting sustainable agriculture and the hardworking farmers in your local area.

Discover where you can find locally grown fruits, vegetables, meat and seafood, herbs and spices, prepared foods, and more to bring home to your family.

Thanks to the South Orange Farmers' Market for helping to bring this local content!

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Local CSAs in Union County, NJ

Support local farmers and enjoy a regular supply of fresh, seasonal produce by joining a local CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Here is an option to consider:

Dreyer Farms

831 Springfield Ave, Cranford NJ

Details: This local family owned farm and garden center has been around since 1904! It supports Battenkill Valley Creamery, Finding Home Farms, Griggstown Farms, and many others local NJ & NY businesses. While not organic, it follows sustainable practices including Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and traditional techniques to control weeds. Their CSA program lasts 27 weeks from May to the week before Thanksgiving. Each week, subscribers receive fresh produce grown onsite or from other local farms. They also include recipes and ideas for the specific box contents. Their Market Share box includes meat, dairy, grains, and fresh produce so patrons can prepare a full meal. Meanwhile, the BAM box includes surprise goodies such as cheese, dough, and bone broth. Pickups are twice a week at the farm’s store.

Do you have a favorite local CSA that you'd like to recommend? Share the details with us.

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Farmers' Markets in and around Summit & SOMA

Our local farmers' markets are a great place to spend a some time browsing fresh produce, locally-produced artisanal goods, and much more. Here's where to find farmer's markets in and around Summit & SOMA:

Chatham Borough Farmers' Market

Fairmount Ave. & Railroad Plaza South, Chatham, NJ 07928

Dates: Jun. 15 – Nov. 16, Saturdays 8am – 1pm

Vendors: More information here.

Madison Farm & Artisan Market (32nd Season!)

Prospect St. Parking Lot at Kings Rd. & Prospect St.

Dates: May. 25 – Dec. 14, Saturdays 9am – 2pm

Vendors: Vendors listed here.

Maplewood Farmers’ Market (30th Season!)

Springfield Ave. & Indiana St., Maplewood, NJ 07040

Dates: Jun. 3 – Nov. 18, Mondays 2pm – 7pm

Vendors: Stony Hill Farm and more vendors listed here.

South Orange Farmers' Market (sponsor)

Sloan St. Parking Lot, 12 Sloan St., South Orange, NJ 07079

Dates: Jun. 5 – Oct. 30, Wednesdays 2pm – 7pm

Vendors: Full Season includes: Alstede Farms, Stony Hill Farms, and more. Part Season includes: Combo Jams, DHOL Spice Mix. Pop-Up includes: Macaroni KID Summit Short Hills SOMA! Read more about the 2024 South Orange Farmers' Market and their vendors here!

Springfield Farmers' Market

66 Mountain Ave. (Springfield Public Library)

Dates: May 20 – Oct. 28, Mondays 11am – 6pm

Vendors: Info here.

Summit Farmers' Market

Park & Shop Lot #1 corner of DeForest Ave. and Woodland Ave. 07901

Dates: Apr. – Dec. 22, Sundays 8am – 1pm

Vendors: Brownie Points, Anitas Baked, BGood Bakery, Chicadee Creek Farm, Vacchiano Farm, and more. DJ Mr. Socks will be mc'ing and spinning tunes! Join them for their annual Sunday Fundays: 7/21: Summthin' Tomato Contest; 10/27: Summthin' Pumpkin & Family Photo Day. Vendor map here.

Union Farmers' Market

Biertuempfel Park Parking Lot at 1300 Winslow Ave., Union, NJ 07083

Dates: Jun. 6 – Nov. 14, Thursdays 3pm – 8pm

Vendors: Alstede Farms, Wagner Family Farm, and more.

Know of any other farmers' markets in Union, Essex, or Morris counties, NJ, that we should highlight? See any errors or want to share info with us? Let us know!