Best Ways to Taste “Jersey Fresh”
The “Garden State” – it’s all in the name. New Jersey grows over 100 different varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs and is among the top ten national producers of blueberries, bell peppers, spinach, peaches, squash, tomatoes and cranberries, to name a few.
Among the best places to sample some of the state’s freshest and locally grown produce are at its many community farmers’ markets. Due to the rising popularity in the farm to table movement, as well as consumers’ growing interest in buying local and fresh, farmers’ markets have begun to sprout up all over the state.
The state’s Jersey Fresh initiative is a great resource to find your local market. With over 150 markets running seasonally, there are a variety of places to buy local and freshly grown New Jersey produce.
In the north, Hoboken features both a downtown farmers’ market and uptown farmers’ market with plenty of produce and meals on the go. Jersey City offers seven farmers’ markets throughout the community, creating many opportunities for healthy eating and local support. The Morristown farmers’ market offers everything from cakes and breads to pickles, organic fruits and seafood, alongside live musicians who play throughout market hours.
The central part of the state offers multiple farmers’ markets, including Asbury Park which features the only market held on a boardwalk and offers everything from lavender, cakes, and hot sauces to a variety of organic produce. The New Brunswick farmers’ market at Rutgers Garden has been voted as one of Jersey’s best and offers unique local goodies including eggs, leather, sauces, pastas, meats, and local farm supported produce.
If you are looking to sample the state’s produce from farms in the south, check out the Stone Harbor farmers’ market which offers organic fruits and vegetables, in addition to fish vendors, cheese purveyors, honey and coffee. In addition, Cowtown Farmers Market in Pilesgrove has earned its reputation as one of the premier locations in the state. This area, known as “farm country,” has a plethora of produce options as well as meats, cheeses, fresh cut flowers and shrubbery.