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Community Farmers’ Markets are more popular today than ever because exceeding numbers of consumers are becoming interested in buying their fresh produce directly from local farmers. People enjoy the wholesome experiences of talking to farmers about produce, seeing their neighbors or friends out in the open air while enjoying the sights and smells of market day.

Seasonal markets sprout up in nearly every county as far north as Sussex to down at the southern shore in Cape May County.  Leaders and business people in the community have recognized that smart consumers want to improve their diets through purchasing fresh produce. However, these markets go beyond, by providing economic viability and enhancing the quality of life in each community that creates this farm fresh experience.

  • Farmers Market Nutrition Program

    Many farmers who attend these Community Farmers’ Markets are Certified Farmer Vendors in the WIC & Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Programs (FMNP). These programs provide an opportunity for the state’s farmers to direct market their locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs to nutritionally at risk pregnant, breast-feeding, post-partum women, children 2-5 years old as well as eligible seniors 60 years of age and older. Participants in the FMNP receive $5 vouchers valid June 1st throughNovember 30th to purchase locally grown produce. 

    WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program

    Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

    In addition, those who are in the SNAP program may use their Families First card at certain community farmers markets.  Click here for a list of participating markets.

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  • Farmers' Markets Food Safety

    New Jersey’s fast-growing array of community farmer’s markets are a great place to buy Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables. Many also now offer prepared foods as well. To comply with New Jersey health regulations under Chapter 24, such foods must be prepared in licensed, inspected kitchens and meet other requirements, which vary depending on the type of food being offered. To help vendors comply with these rules, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Senior Services collaborated on “Chapter 24 and You: A Practical Guide to Selling Safely at Farmer’s Markets.” Please use the guide to ensure the prepared foods you offer at farmer’s markets are safe and in compliance with the law.

    Chapter 24 and You: A Practical Guide to Selling Safely at Farmer’s Markets

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  • Youth Farmstand Program

    Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension along with organizations and local municipalities provide educational and employment opportunities for high school students through the Youth Farm Stand Program. These selected youth sell New Jersey produce throughout the state and acquire hands-on agricultural work experiences aimed at developing citizenship skills.

    Click here to go to Rutgers' Youth Farmstand web page.

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  • Contacts and More Information

    New Jersey Department of Agriculture

    Locate a community farmers market

    For information or enrollment in the WIC program, contact your local WIC office.

    Locate your county's Office on Aging 

    Rutgers Cooperative Extension Youth Farmstand Program

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