Some New Jersey towns have taken the time and effort to make room in their little hamlets to host farmers markets.

Sure, there are plenty of roadside farm stands and some pretty amazing farm markets all over the state, but there's something special about hometown farmers markets.

There are towns all over the state that do a really good job and bringing fresh farm products and great homemade bakers and crafters together in your local area. It also puts forth a great sense of community and goodwill both for people in town and the surrounding vicinity.

This is probably the most comprehensive list of the many towns around the state that do this every year.

Some of the markets are on Saturday or Sunday morning and some host them on weekday afternoons. On a recent Sunday morning, I decided to check out the farmer's market in one of the sweetest, most family-friendly towns in South Jersey, Haddon Heights.

It wasn't too big but it was, as most things in Haddon Heights, simple and sweet. Be sure to make it a point to check one out near you.

Check out the farmers markets in a NJ town near you

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn't have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to the hidden gems of New Jersey, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is such a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it's a great workout.

Before you go out on the trails and explore some of our listeners' suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it's probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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