April 24, 2014

Collingswood Farmers’ Market

The Collingswood Farmers’ Market in Collingswood, New Jersey, is just over the Philadelphia bridges on the Jersey side and is open every Saturday from 8am to noon, from May to Thanksgiving, rain or shine. This market was recently voted “America’s Favorite Market” in a contest hosted by American Farmland Trust. The market offers a wide variety of vendors with a little something for everyone.

When visiting the market you will see many of the same families every weekend. For many it has become a family tradition to get up early on a Saturday and visit the market, socialize with neighbors and pick-up their produce for the week. There is almost always live music and often cooking demonstrations from local chefs using fresh Jersey produce.

At the market you will find:

• Jersey Fresh vegetables and fruits from several farms/orchards
• Conventional and certified Organic produce
• Farm made fruit & veggie pies
• Poultry pot pies
• Family-farm cheeses from PA
• Lamb and beef, whole free range chickens and eggs
• Fruit preserves, jams and butters
• Whole grain bakery specialties
• Sweet bakery treats
• Authentic European-style breads
• Jersey Grown potted herbs, plants, & cut flowers
• Annual and perennial bedding plants
• NJ greenhouse-grown landscaping plants
• Local beekeepers with several varieties of honey and bee products
• Gourmet fresh baked dog treats
• Handmade natural herbal soaps

Market visitors can sit in the café areas and enjoy a hot or cold cup of java and indulge in warm breakfast sandwiches or waffles. You will often find children hanging out under the overpass in the shade, drawing with sidewalk chalk and enjoying the live music.

The Collingswood Farmers’ Market has become more than just a place to buy the freshest local produce, it “has become an established part of the social fabric of the community.”

Collingswood Farmers’ Market
713 North Atlantic Ave.
Collingswood, NJ, 08108
856.559.0234

Submitted by Bobbie of My Mama Runs, a blog about a mother of three trying to keep it healthy from the kitchen to the gym.

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Jo-Lynne is a lifestome blogger and the founder of Eat Local Philly. When she's not seeking out new sources for local foods, she is uaually elbow-deep in bread dough or shuttling children to violin or baseball practice.

Comments

  1. when we lived in NJ, i kinda thought this market was a flop. it was big- really big, but more focused on prepared foods than on fresh produce…and i swear, there weren’t even a handful of actual growers/famers selling their own produce. at several of the booths, i would pick up produce, and it would have stickers on it, saying it was from georgia, california, or (worse yet) mexico or argentina! when i go to a farmer’s market, it’s to buy fresh and local!!! it almost seemed like some of the vendors had mad a ‘produce junction’ run, and then showed up and set up a table to sell the produce at a mark-up. we were highly disappointed, and didn’t return :/ so grateful to live where we do now, and go to a growers-only market!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    There is a stand at this Market selling tropical and out-of-season produce, but they aren’t trying to trick you that it’s local, and they don’t force you to buy it.

    Lauren’s comments are unnecessarily hurtful toward many local farmers who sell great produce there. Opinions are opinions, but facts need to be right. There are many farmers there.

  3. To echo Elizabeth, Lauren’s comments were hurtful toward the many local farmers that were there. While what she said may have been truthful “when she lived in NJ”, it is not truthful now.

    There are several great local farmers there. I know my husband and I got a ton of items there the same day that Bobbie was there. We purchased some great produce from Springdale Farm’s booth, in addition to some of their great baked items. There had to be at least 6 or more booths that were specifically local farms.

    In addition to that were some landscape and garden center companies there with some great plants, as well as local vendors from natural soaps to local restaurants like the Tortilla Press, where you could get their fresh guacamole (the best around IMHO).

    Compared to a VERY small farmer’s market in Haddonfield down the street, this had a much bigger selection, and I was extremely happy to help support local farms, businesses, restaurants, etc.

  4. you know, the point was not to be ‘hurtful’ to anyone, and i must admit i’m scratching my head a bit at the accusations. all i did was talk about *my* experience at the collingswood farmer’s market. if it isn’t reflective of your own experience, then feel free to share that! if the market has grown and evolved since i’ve been there, then say so! i am certainly nothing but happy to hear it, if local farmers are more widely represented now. that is as it should be. but to accuse me of being ‘hurtful,’ simply for relaying my experience is a bit over the top.

  5. FoxyKate says:

    We lived in Collingswood from 2003-2006 and these comments made me laugh – I can picture the booth you’re talking about! I actually live on the other side of the river now, and I’ve seen the same thing happen even at some Amish stands at various markets. My understanding is that there are lots of folks who really want to “eat locally” and then are confused by what produce CAN be grown locally at what point in the season. So there’s a disconnect in the person who wants to be supportive of a CSA or farmer’s markets and then is perplexed by all the kale and rhubarb until the weather heats up. I don’t think those farmers were trying to dupe the public so much as they were trying to please their customers who wanted to cut down on the number of shopping trips they made.

    REGARDLESS, on to the Collingswood market! Even in 2006, we saw so many changes to the market and I know it’s one of the sources of pride in such a great little town. In addition to having fantastic “prepared” foods (I can still taste the crepes if I think hard enough!) they provide an opportunity for a number of local farmers to showcase their wares. But also important was the sense of community at the market – local musicians providing entertainment, educational displays on beekeeping – really, the Collingswood market offers a whole *experience* that other markets do not.

  6. Beth says:

    Reading this in the dead of February with all the snow and ice on the ground is makling me long for May when it opens again. I can almost smell the strawberries.

    There *are* vendors who sell their own NJ Fresh in-season local produce alongside “florida celery” or “virginia peanuts” and such. While I agree that there has to be a certain amount of “local and in season” mindset when it comes to a farmers’ market, I would also prefer to get my shopping done all in one place, in one trip, and this market offers excellent quality on those few items you can’t get at certain times of year locally. I also LOVE Hillacres Pride pastured eggs, pastured meats and raw milk cheeses, and they offer a once a month ( free subscription) online order/drop off even in the winter months.

    The variety is nice as well, and I look forward to going every single week.

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