Although many outdoor farmer’s markets will close-up shop for the winter months, special winter markets and indoor options can help you shop locally.
While you won’t find the perky blueberries of June or the juicy tomatoes of September, you will find produce that is hearty enough to withstand freezing temperatures or a farmer’s temperature-controlled storage systems.
What to Buy
In New Jersey, apples, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, beets, sweet potatoes, and turnips can all be found at select vendors throughout the winter.
Large farms may also have a greenhouse, where some produce can be grown year-round including leafy greens, peas, squash, and tomatoes.
Don’t forget about the other market goodies you can find throughout the winter:
- Local eggs and dairy
- Fresh bread
- Quality meats: grass-fed beef, turkeys, ducks, and venison are at their peak during the winter months. Many vendors will have other meats available frozen.
- Prepared foods and baked goods
- Artisan crafts
- Bulk foods: grains, pasta, oils, and flours
Dress accordingly: most winter markets are indoors, so you’ll be well protected from the elements. Wear layers to stay comfortable.
As with farmer’s markets and farm stands any time of year, bring your reusable shopping bags and cash.
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