Get to Know Your Community at Your Local Farmers Market

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Summertime at the Jersey Shore isn’t just about the beaches (although those are pretty fantastic). Farmers markets are some of the major highlights of the season, and there’s still plenty of time to enjoy the fruits (and other tasty delights) of our local farmers’ labor.

Shopping at a farmers market is an experience unlike any other. It’s all about community – creating an environment that supports New Jersey farmers and artisans while bringing customers, vendors, and neighbors face to face. You can learn firsthand from a farmer about the differences in flavors between golden and red beets while enjoying a muffin from a local bakery. They’re also ready to offer recipes if you find yourself intrigued but also intimidated by a new ingredient. So where do you start?

Monmouth County

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For those who live close to Asbury Park, you have three farmers markets available to you every week. The Asbury Park Main Street Market is the city’s oldest at 12 years old. Open every Saturday from 8AM to 1PM on Main Street between Fifth and Sunset Avenues, the market specializes in produce and flowers, with the occasional crafts vendor. For those eager to be closer to the Boardwalk, there’s the Carousel Farmers Market every Thursday from 4PM to 7PM in the green space between First and Ocean Avenues. Vendors sell produce, baked goods, condiments, bath and body products as well as handmade crafts, all of which come from neighboring towns. And the newest market, Asbury Fresh, takes place every Sunday from 12PM to 6PM in Kennedy Park along Cookman Avenue.

Bradley Beach’s Giamano’s Farmers Market is another option for those living in southern Monmouth County. Held every Wednesday from 11AM to 4PM in Giamano’s parking lot, the market features cheeses, oils, and flowers in addition to your standard, organic produce. For those further up along the shore, the Atlantic Highlands holds two farmers markets worth checking out. On Friday from 12PM to 6PM, the Atlantic Highlands’ Farmers Market brings fresh produce and assorted foods, including bread, crab cakes, and pastries, to Veteran’s Park. And every Saturday from 8:30AM until everything sells out, Huddy Park is the site of the Annual Fresh Farmer’s Market. Stop by and pick up up fruits and vegetables, plants, teas, coffee, candles, and handmade body products.

Ocean County

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Farmers markets extend all the way down the shore. The Point Pleasant Beach Farmers Market every Sunday from 10AM to 2PM in the Borden’s parking lot. And on Thursdays between 3PM and 7PM, that market moves down to the Bayhead municipal parking lot on Bridge Avenue. Stop by and pick up fresh goods from Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms, Herbertsville Honey, or any of the assorted vendors participating in the market. South of those markets is the Seaside Park Farmers Market, which happens every Monday and Friday on the Marina Lawn from 10:30AM to 5PM. You can purchase bread, candy, flowers, oils, and fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Down in Lacey Township, enjoy freshly picked produce at the Jersey Fresh Farmers Market every Friday from 12PM to 5PM in the Community Hall parking lot. Manahawkin also hosts a farmers market on Fridays for those further south in Ocean County. The Stafford Township Friday Farmers Market is part of the Manahawkin Flea Market and takes place between 9AM and 3PM at 657 East Bay Avenue. Krowicki’s Farm Market, Headley Farms, and Boxi’s Organic are featured vendors at the market alongside other specialty food producers.

As you can see, there are tons of great farmers markets to choose from along the Jersey Shore. So stop by one, and take in the communal atmosphere and locally grown offerings. You’re guaranteed to enjoy it!