Most people in the northeast flock to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for the good home-cooking the Amish and Mennonite provide. However, in New Jersey, there are several Amish markets offering the best of Lancaster County.
According to Inside Jersey Magazine, each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, hundreds of Amish and Mennonite, many of them young women, make the trek back and forth from their homes to one of more than thirty popular Amish markets outside of Lancaster County. Over the past few years, a growing number of those Amish workers have come to New Jersey.
There are now nine Amish markets in the state, and soon to be ten. These markets are serving customers who know the quality of the Amish. From the meats and poultry from grass-fed and hormone-free livestock, the jams, jellies and relishes, pretzels, breads and baked goods to the hot foods for a sit-down meal as well as their famous crafts and furniture.
Here is a listing of the current markets, please check their websites for hours and offerings;
- Greater Bridgeton Amish Market, 2 Cassidy Court, Bridgeton, N.J. Offering several vendors and a restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Amish Farmers Market, 108 Swedesboro Road, Mullica Hill, N.J. Offering various Amish vendors including a sit-down restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Landis Market Place, 631 East Landis Ave., Vineland, N.J. Featuring Amish vendors in the lower level and a kitchenette offering full breakfast and lunch menus. The upper level has local Vineland merchants offering a variety of shops. Upper market is open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, while lower market is open Thursday and Friday only.
- Williamstown Farmers & Village Shoppes, 701 North Black House Pike, Williamstown, N.J. Vendors offering a variety of Amish fare with a sit-down restaurant specializing in their on-premises smoked baby back ribs.
- Columbus Farmers Market, 2919 Route 206, Columbus, N.J. The largest flea market in the Delaware Valley offers Amish wares and foods to take home or eat at Stoltzfus BBQ or Riehl’s Deli & Subs.
- The Dutch Wagon Amish Market, 109 Route 70, Medford, N.J. is located inside the Country Collections Gift Shop. Large items from the Amish like furniture as well as meats, produce and a sit-down cafe with luscious meals without the long drive.
- Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market, 4437 Route 27, Princeton, N.J. in the Kingston Mall Shopping Center. The K&R Lunch Counter serves food for breakfast and daily lunch specials like pulled pork, homemade sausage and Philly cheese steaks. Other vendors offerings are pretzels, baked goods, produce, candy and more. Check out website for money-saving coupons.
- Grand Marketplace, 4340 Route 130 North, Willingboro, N.J. Located at the old Pennsauken Mart. No website available. Hours: Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Dutch Country Farmers Market, 19 Commerce Street, Flemington, N.J. with similar fare to the other Amish markets with a restaurant featuring an early bird Thursday dinner buffet from 4 to 6 p.m. for only $8 and all-you-can-eat pancakes every Saturday for $1.50 from 8 to 10 a.m.