By Kara Seymour
In the summer, going to the farmer’s market is not just a place to buy food, it’s an activity. Shoppers mingle as they sip coffee with their dogs in tow, gleefully toting fresh vegetables and plump fruit.
The farmers market is most likely not the only thing you’re missing about summer right now but don’t let winter stop you from getting fresh food. There are several markets in Bucks County that go on despite the season, plus there are numerous specialty grocery stores offering an array of local products year-round.
The bitter winter cold may take some of the fun away from the farmers market experience, but you’ll still get delicious, fresh food. And that’s the whole point, right?
Wrightstown Farmers Market
2203 Second Street Pike, Wrightstown
2nd and 4th Saturdays from December to April, 10 to 11 a.m.
What you’ll find: The Wrightstown Farmers Market, one of the area’s most popular in the spring and summer months, hosts winter “mini markets” twice a month during the off season. Products include freshly harvested greens, root crops, pasture-raised meats, locally-roasted coffee, breads, cookies, pies, apples, cider, maple syrup and more.
Ottsville Indoor Farmers Market
8230 Easton Rd, Ottsville (located in the greenhouse of Linden Hill Gardens)
Saturdays through February, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What you’ll find: Salad greens, breads, pastries, eggs, cheeses, creams and yogurt, jams and jellies, prepared foods, organic coffee and more.
19 Bridge St, Stockton, NJ
Friday 3 to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What you’ll find: The indoor farmers market in downtown Stockton features local produce, baked goods, chocolates, meats, artisanal jams, dairy products and more.
Doylestown Food Co-op
29 West State St, Doylestown
Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What you’ll find: The newest addition to the local food scene is in Doylestown, where the co-op offers a year-round location for the sale of fresh, seasonal food. The co-op, open to the general public, features the basics and everything in between. You’ll find dairy, poultry, baked goods, vegetables, personal care products and more.
591 Durham Road, Wrightstown
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What you’ll find: Located in the Carousel Village shopping center off Route 413 in Wrightstown Township, Organnons specializes in organic and non-GMO products. The shelves are stocked with several local items, including fresh eggs, honey, chocolates, baked goods and more.