Living the Fruit- and Veggie-Filled Life {New Jersey Indoor Farmer’s Market}

by Cate on June 1, 2012

farmer's market
I’ve been on a MAJOR vegetable kick lately.  I even did vegetarian lunches all this week.

Some days I think I could easily become vegetarian.

But then I get a massive craving for red meat.

So there’s that.

Last weekend, the kids and I ventured off to an indoor farmer’s market.  I haven’t been there in forever, and because it’s about 20-25 minutes away, I tend to forget about its existence.

It’s super, super, super cheap.

Pity that.

We went.

And loaded up.

Big time.

The place is always busy.  People hustling and bustling.  Much like Christmas shopping.  You know, without the frivolity of rousing choruses of Jingle Bell Rock.

Or something like that.

Nick commandeered the shopping cart.

Poor thing.  That was a challenge in and ot itself.

Madeline took charge of tossing things in the cart.

Without asking first.

I need to keep an eye on that because we ended up with three different varieties of tomatoes.

Which, theoretically, is a good thing.

Well, in practicality, it is too.

The girl likes tomatoes like nobody’s business.

It’s more that we have to make sure we don’t buy more than we can get through before they go bad.

It’s Friday.  The end of a busy week.  Let’s play a game, shall we?

Here is a list of everything we bought.

1/4 watermelon
4 oz gorgonzola
5 heads of garlic
4 lemons
5 oranges
3 bunches of scallions
2 packages of spaghetti
1 box of orzo
1 lb of banana chips (as seen here)
1 grapefruit
1 fennel
1 package of white button mushrooms
4 apples
1 acorn squash
4 yams
1 head of cauliflower
1 package of cherry tomatoes
1/2 pound of Brussels sprouts
one bunch of collard greens
5 artichokes
2 eggplant
1 shallot
1 beet
1 package strawberries
8 Portuguese rolls
1 loaf of French bread
1 pound broccoli
4 large portobello mushrooms (you should be eating mushrooms like all the time.  here’s why, in case you missed it)
1 lb apricots
2 cucumbers
1 butternut squash

farmer's market - the haul
most of the haul

For locals in the area, you can go visit the market on your own:

577 West Mount Pleasant Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
(973) 994-2224

Yelp reviews right > here.

Tell me how much you think my total was in the comment section.  The closest person to the actual total, without going over (hello Bob Barker!), will win a brand new copy of Taste of Home’s Cooking School Cookbook.

Tweet this post (and come back and tell me you did) for an extra entry.  (Are you following me?  Come join the conversation.)

Contest will close 5 pm on Monday, EST.  US winners only.  Book supplied by me.

Good luck…. and happy weekending!

*Forgive any typos today. I went back and found a million before publishing.  Brain?  Fried.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Stacie June 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I love farmers markets! my guess is 42.30 – I hve no idea why, but the number just popped into my head!


Tyanne June 1, 2012 at 8:22 pm

$52.01. And wow, I wish my farmer’s market had as good of a selection!


Sister in-law June 1, 2012 at 8:51 pm




stephanie June 1, 2012 at 9:30 pm

yum! we have a place like that in LA called Farm Boy, which is ridiculous that we need an indoor farmers market at all, but you know us crazies in LA. my guess is 38.74!


patsy June 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Not sure if I should venture a guess since I shop there as well! ;) Love that everything I buy there lasts longer than what I buy at the grocery store. The only time it’s not horribly busy is early on Saturday/Sunday – like around 9 a.m. – they are still stocking the bins at that point so it’s a great time to get first dibs on the good stuff. :)


Angie June 1, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Wish we had a great farmer’s market around here! My boy and I love going, and he always eats more veggies when he gets to choose them. My guess is 52.50.


Jen June 2, 2012 at 7:24 am



Betsy June 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

A great haul. $44.


Sarah June 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm

I’m going to say $55. Great haul!


Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 3, 2012 at 12:48 am

That would be about $90 in Australia. Our money is roughly equal to the US dollar.


Joanne June 3, 2012 at 7:56 am

That is one SERIOUS haul. I’m gonna guess…$42.


John June 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm



Terri June 4, 2012 at 8:19 am



paula June 4, 2012 at 9:27 am


I have to get to the farmer’s market this week.


Monica June 4, 2012 at 10:12 am

I’ll play. $23.50

Wow! Looks like you got some great produce! Wish I lived close enough to NJ to shop there. I have a fabulous produce market near me that sells very fresh produce, cheese, meets, breads, etc and while the prices are decent, I wouldn’t call it cheap.

Can’t wait to hear about the fabulous creations you come up with with your purchases. :-)


Mary Lou June 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm



JB June 4, 2012 at 3:38 pm



Amanda McPeters June 9, 2012 at 11:42 am



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