This post is part of a series about produce auctions across the USA. While this is not a comprehensive list, I have tried to include auctions about which I can find information. If you know of any others, feel free to leave a note in the comments section.
New Jersey is called The Garden State for a reason, though it originally had little to do with gardening. Coming in as one of the smaller states in the Union, there are still 5 different climates found within its borders.
There are currently 2 produce auctions found within New Jersey’s borders:
Vineland Produce Auction
1088 N Main Road
Vineland, New Jersey 08360
Open mid-April through late November. Auction are held Monday – Saturday at 10:45 a.m.
Tri-County Cooperative Auction Market
619 Route 33 West
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Auctions held Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays starting at 5:30 p.m. Call to check for the opening of the auction season
There used to be a third auction, Swedesboro Auction, though I was having trouble finding detailed information. When I could not find any more information than the basics, I called the phone number listed. Unfortunantly it had been disconnected. So the searching continued.
The results? The Swedesboro Auction is no longer in existence. Instead the Former Swedesboro Auction property to be preserved as open space.
The acquisition of the Swedesboro Auction property completes an eight-year effort to save not only the last significant piece of open space in Swedesboro, but also an important part of our history that will be preserved to remind people of the important role agriculture played in Swedesboro’s past.” -County Freeholder Robert Damminger
Having spent time on the East Coast, I know that open space can be very limited. While I am glad to see that this will not become another developed area, I am sad at the loss of a market for both sellers and buyers.
The Landisville Produce Auction was another name I came across. This one was a bit harder to find, as I believe the name officially is the Landisville Produce CoOp and there are no live auctions held. An article on the Press Of Atlantic City website from 2013 gave more information. It turns out that the Landisville Produce Auction may be the oldest in the country. The combination of history and gardening always catches my attention.
Felix Donato owner of Landisville Produce Cooperative, the oldest agricultural coop in the nation