Sunday, March 15, 2015

Let's Visit The Better World Market

Have you ever heard of The Better World Market in Somerset?  If you haven't, I'm going to tell you why you need to know about this awesome little place, and why you should stop by if you're in the area.

What is The Better World Market?

The Better World Market was established by Elijah's Promise, an organization that strives to end hunger in our local communities. In 2016, The Better World Market gained new ownership. Although they are no longer affiliated with Elijah's Promise, they still offer wholesome foods and selections. They support local New Jersey farmers and artisans. They sell a variety of local goods, from jams and granola, to produce, cheeses, pasta and meat, just to name a few.

What Will I Find at The Better World Market?

We visited The Better World Market on a rainy Sunday evening, about a half hour before they were about to close (we happened to be in the area, so I convinced Mr. Jersey Momma and The Jersey Momma's Boy to take a detour with me from Hobby Lobby!). So because of this poor timing, some of the cool stuff was sold out or cleaned up for the night.  But that's okay, there were still plenty of fresh goods to choose from.

There is a main market area where you can shop and purchase any number of local goodies, such as:

  • seasonal produce 
  • homemade fresh and dry pasta 
  • fresh flowers
  • fresh baked goods 
  • grab and go meals, soups and meats
  • premium coffee 
  • organic beverages and milks
  • organic dressings, condiments and oils
  • local artisan jams and jellies, granola, sauces and snacks
  • and much more!
All of these choices and The Jersey Momma's Boy just wanted a lemonade.  So easy to please.

What Can I Eat at The Better World Market?

Perhaps the biggest surprise to me when I visited The Better World Market was the huge eating area. There was a beautiful, cozy, clean dining area, with soft lights strung across the ceiling and a peaceful view of the fields across the street. There were tables and chairs and coffee house-type lounge chairs, too.

The dining area at The Better World Market

Not only that, but there was even a little play area for kids if Mom's Groups wanted to convene for coffee or lunch!

And CLEAN!  Did I stress clean??  Because that is a huge deal for moms!  Look how clean!

But I digress, since we were supposed to be talking about what you could eat here. Gosh, where do I start?
I stole borrowed this picture from the Better World Market Facebook page, just so you could see how amazingly delicious their sandwiches are (I didn't think they'd mind!):

photo courtesy of The Better World Market
Since the market is now under new management, I don't know what the menu holds, but maybe you should head over there and check them out yourselves!

There is a big, inviting bakery case next to their main counter, filled with cakes and other freshly baked items. We were tempted to purchase the empanadas that were calling our names from behind the glass. Maybe next time, fellas!

Sweets, baked goods, fresh salads and more! The empanadas are on the bottom shelf.

Other Things to Note

The Better World Market hosts small events, too. If you check out their Facebook page, you'll see that they sometimes have live music, talent shows, mom group meet-ups and more. The staff I encountered at the market itself and at the Dessert Expo in August were friendly and inviting.

Yes, it's green on top!  Pistachios!

I also purchased homemade fusilli and gnocchi, and Mr. Jersey Momma picked up some fresh greens and organic salad dressing.I couldn't resist a jar of strawberry jam that was hand-crafted by Jams by Kim. I had met Kim at the NJ Dessert Tasting Expo, and her jams were amazing.

A better blogger would have put this on a nicer plate before photographing it, but I just wanted to eat it.

So Where is The Better World Market?

The Market is located at 1743 Route 27 at Skillman Lane in Somerset.  It's not far off of Rt. 287. As of the publication date of this entry, they are open Thursdays and Fridays from 9am-6pm, Saturdays from 9am-6pm and Sundays from 10am-5pm. But always check their Facebook page for accurate hours.


  1. It sounds really great, I wish we have something like that here, too.

    1. I wish they had more markets like this, Marina! That's why I thought it was important to write about it. Thanks for visiting!

  2. Wow, it looks like a great place to buy things and from the pictures, it doesn't look pricey! Via the USMP.

    1. Yes, Agy, their prices are reasonable! And it's nice to know that regardless, the money goes to such a wonderful cause. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Oh goodness that lookalike an ace place. I wish we had something like that over here :-( #weekendbloghop

    1. There should be a lot more markets like this, I agree! Thanks for visiting, Karen!