Hidden gems in New Jersey – Amish Markets

Practically everyone knows about The Amish. But what surprises me is that people aren’t deliberately going out of their way to visit one of the few Amish markets in New Jersey. If you have never been, or haven’t been in a while, you’re missing out!

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Like farmers markets on steroids

Amish Markets in New Jersey ChickenWhile “farmers markets” sure have sprung up in popularity, with three in Hoboken every week touting “Jersey Fresh” produce, as well as in many other communities around – nothing compares to your standard Amish Market.

Amish markets in New Jersey follow almost the same model – and specialize in quite a few things. They have about a dozen or so “vendors” (family businesses). The most popular are their famous pretzels, which are made on the spot, and come in many varieties, including pretzel rolls “stuffed” with meat, cheese, veggies or even apples & cinnamon. Blows away “food court” pretzels at the mall.

They also boast some of the freshest raw meat and fish you’ll find anywhere – at prices at or below your local supermarket. Best bacon you’ll ever have, too!

You love BBQ? They got that covered – and my God – do they do it right. Meat falls off the bone. Whether it’s smoked chicken, Cajun wings, pulled pork or baby back ribs, everything is beyond fairly priced and delicious.

Amish Markets in New Jersey CheeseBaked goods? Holy crap. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll never eat a “treat” at Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts again. From pies to donuts to breads and sticky buns – their bakery items put any other famous place to shame. And if you’re into apple “fritters,” prepare to be blown away. Dirt cheap compared to anything else.

Additionally, you’ll find a huge array of cheeses, prepared foods, quiches, produce, candy, spices, hormone-free dairy, and much more. What you’ll find relatively little of is processed foods, or packaged goods that have an infinite shelf-life (they do sell some “snacks,” though).

The crappy thing is that they’re only open three days a week (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – with relatively limited hours), so deliberate planning is required for sure.

List of Amish Markets in New Jersey

While unfortunate that there aren’t more of these closer to Hoboken, it’s still worth the hour-long (or further) drive. Here’s a few we know about to get you started. If you want the real deal – you can always take a mini-vacation to Lancaster County, PA.

(remember these markets are only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays…)

If you know of any others worth mentioning – please let us know!