/Jerseylicious: The West Windsor Community Farmers' Market

Jerseylicious: The West Windsor Community Farmers' Market


Mamma Parla buys purple spinach from the Chia-Xin Florist and Gardener stall.

When I was a kid, my hometown of West Windsor, NJ was mostly bucolic farmland. Over the years, the vast open spaces were transformed into housing developments and school campuses built to accommodate a population that now numbers over 25,000 residents. During the ’80s and ’90s, in particular, corn and other crops were uprooted to make way for rows of McMansions and other unsightly instruments of conspicuous consumption. But recently, members of the West Windsor community have collaborated to protect much of the remaining farmland and open spaces, preventing their development, and celebrating the town’s agricultural origins.


Late harvest corn, some of the sweetest of the season.

An extension of this movement has been an increased interest in food production and a desire to revitalize the idea of New Jersey as “The Garden State”. Perhaps the best place to see this shift in action is at the West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market, which is held in the train station parking lot every Saturday morning through October. Shoppers encounter both organic and conventionally grown produce, including specialty Asian fruits and vegetables, from farms like Terhune, Stults, Chia-Xin, and others. There is cheese from Cherry Grove Farm, the Village Bakery provides bread, Jersey Jams & Jellies prepares preserves, and the FunniBonz stall features a local entrepreneurial family’s BBQ sauces, marinades, and rubs.


Jim and Jo Barbour of FunniBonz

There are loads of tomatoes I grew up eating, like the plump and meaty beefsteak variety (right), perfect for making sandwiches or eating on its own with a light sprinkle of salt.

There are also heritage varieties like this segmented yellow one that I can’t remember ever seeing when I was growing up. Farmers’ Markets promote biodiversity!

The Chia-Xin Florist and Gardener stall sells produce like jackfruit, sweet potato greens, and durian.

The stall also sells purple spinach, which Mamma Parla sauteed and served as a side dish at Sunday dinner.

One of the most popular stalls is Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms.

In spite of the late corn and tomato crops, there is no denial that fall is just around the corner. These pumpkins and squash are a sure signal. The frosts are not far off.

In fact, there are just 4 more farmers’ markets in West Windsor this year–October 8, 15, 22, and 29. You can visit the West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market in the Vaughn Drive parking lot of Princeton Junction Train Station, just off Alexander Road. The market is open Saturdays, 9am to 1pm. For more information call (609) 577-5113 or visit westwindsorfarmersmarket.org.

2017-02-17T15:25:09+00:00 October 3rd, 2011|Categories: Culture, Food & Wine|7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Margaret in NJ October 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the WW Farmers market. the produce is unbeatable, the Funni bonz BBQ sauce is divine, the crepes amazing and the bread from the Village Bakery….oh, my…have you had the bacon bread?

  2. Katie October 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    are you serious? i missed the bacon bread??? im going back this saturday!! thanks for the heads up. thanks margaret!!

  3. beth October 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    great piece and love the photos! it was nice to meet you there!

  4. ciaochowlinda October 5, 2011 at 12:38 am - Reply

    Katie – I love the farmer’s market there, especially the poussin from Griggstown Farm. Are you still in the area? I’d love to meet up for a cup of coffee or espresso. If you have time, shoot me an email.

  5. Katie October 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Hey! Im in town for another week. Should we meet for a coffee at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday am?

  6. Sarah May October 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    Purple spinach? Bring back some seeds!!!! Everything looks amazing. I love American farmers markets. They always seem so festive and the producers so proud.

  7. Margaret in NJ October 6, 2011 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Katie,
    you need to get there EARLY to get the bacon bread…almost always the first thing he sells out of! I’m going to try to get there for opening at 9am …another Rutgers Football tailgate this weekend that I need to rush to.

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