History

Princeton Farmers’ Market History

In 2009, Jack Morrison started the Princeton Farmers’ Market with the support from a handful of people- Pam Mount, Fran McManus, Kristin Appelget, Raoul and Carlo Momo in the two front parking lots of the old Wild Oats site and the West Coast Video building.  The following season the market was moved to its permanent home on Hinds Plaza. The market was started as a means of bringing our area farms and their produce to Princeton.  We are currently in our seventh season and all of our farmers/vendors are either locally grown or sourced in New Jersey.

 

 

Mission Statement

OUR MARKET


The Princeton Farmers' Market offers the community local organic produce, free-range beef, poultry, pork, eggs and cheese, baked goods, chocolates, jams, spices, flowers, honey grains pickles, crepes, and a juice bar.  

All of our farmers are local and only sell what they can grow themselves.  All of our food vendors provide freshly-made products that use healthy, wholesome ingredients.  You are not going to hear the terms "artificially-flavored" or "preservative" around here.  Instead you have the unique opportunity to hear where your food comes from and how it is produced- something rarely offered at grocery stores.

Our mission is to create an economically sustainable community for local farmers, producers and residents.  We believe in supporting our local farmers and in doing so, promoting a healthier environment.  When purchasing products from our market, you are not only supporting that particular farmer or vendor's business, you are supporting local employment all together.  

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we believe it is important to support other community-based organizations focused on helping those in need. Throughout the year, we take part in donation drives and love every second of it. We are excited to now expand upon our previous efforts, and offer our farmers' market friends the opportunity to give back to some of our favorite causes and organizations online. 


Come enjoy our market, and know that your participation, no matter how small, is helping create a sense of community, while encouraging a more sustainable environment.

Sustainability

Our farmers engage in sustainable farming practices and deliver fresh, local food to the market each week. They make a living off of sustainably grown food and focus on the quality of their product.

Nearly all of our farmers use certified organic practices, which are chemical and pesticide-free. Our farmers have an ongoing relationship with other farmers and vendors that allow for them to reduce product waste. When peaches start to bruise, Fruitwood Orchards gives them to our bakery vendors. When Tico’s is finished juicing at the market, they give the leftover fiber to Lima Family Farms, for their pigs to enjoy. Many of our farmers donate their leftover produce to Send Hunger Packing Princeton at the end of each market, including Terhune Orchards and Cherry Grove Organic Farm. 

We do our best to connect the dots in our mini food system to ultimately reduce food waste. 

Locality

The Princeton Farmers’ Market is located on Hinds Plaza, right in the heart of downtown Princeton. Our neighbors include the renowned Princeton Public Library and the Witherspoon Grill. All of our vendors are located within a 100 mile radius, with the majority of our farmers a mere couple miles away.

Our market works with many local non-profit organizations, including Yes We CAN! Food Drives, Housing Initiatives of Princeton, Sustainable Princeton, Good Grief, and the Princeton YMCA, as a way to further connect with our community. 

We are very lucky to be a part of Princeton, and exist because of the support of this incredible community. 

Community

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, we believe it is important to support other community-based organizations focused on helping those in need. Throughout the year, we take part in donation drives and love every second of it. We are excited to now expand upon our previous efforts, and offer our farmers' market friends the opportunity to give back to some of our favorite causes and organizations online. 

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